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How To Shape & Shade Your Eyebrows


In an attempt to save money, I stopped getting my eyebrows threaded months ago and started tweezing them myself. I’d become that girl when I laid down on my esthetician’s table: not too thin, not too much off the arch, keep them long at the ends, etc. And if I knew exactly how I wanted them, why didn’t I just do them myself? In the time since, I’ve learned a lot about eyebrow shaping and shading. Here’s how to get great eyebrows! First up, how to shape your brows…


How To – Eyebrow Shaping: Before you tweeze your brows, get a great pair of tweezers, like Tweezerman Slanted Tweezers. Make sure to clean and disinfect them between uses. Pluck in a well-let area so you can see the tiny hairs. If you’re squeamish about the pain, pop an Advil about 30 minutes before, or put a little Anbesol, Orajel on your brows. Also, don’t tweeze during your period! Wait until a week after your period begins. It will be a lot less painful.

  • Step 1: Always trim your brows before tweezing. But be very careful not to over do it because you can end up with holes in your brows. (Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything.) Use your spooly to comb your eyebrow hair straight up. With a small scissors, trim any stray hairs that extend past the upper brow line. Next, brush all the hairs straight down and trim the hairs extending past the brow line. Brush all the hairs back into place.
  • Step 2: To avoid over plucking between your eyes, take a pencil and hold it parallel to the side of your nose. Where the pencil meets your brow is where your brow should start. Before tweezing, mark this spot with a dark pencil. This will remind you not to tweeze any further in than this mark.
  • Step 3: To figure out the correct length of your brows, take a pencil and angle it from your nose to the outer corner of your eye. Where the eyebrow meets the brush (or should meet the brush) is where your eyebrow should end. Mark this spot with a dark pencil.
  • Step 4: To find your natural brow arch, hold a pencil parallel to the outside edge of the colored part of your eye (the iris). Where the brush meets the brow is where the highest part of your brow should be. mark this spot with a dark pencil.
  • Step 5: Pluck! Be careful to follow the directions you have set out for yourself. Hold your skin taught, pluck one hair at a time, in the direction the hair naturally grows.
  • Step 6: Every few hairs, take a break and look at your brows. Remember, there is no rewind button in tweezing! So take breaks to assess your progess. It is fine to pluck the top and bottom of your brows, just be careful not to make your brows too thin. Follow your guides and pause to look at your work.

After the break, how to shade in your brows for a polished look, reviews of some of my favorite eyebrow products, and some videos on eyebrow shaping!

How To – Eyebrow Shading:

  • Step 1: Pick a shadow that closely matches your brow shade or something a level darker, if your your eyebrows are very light.
  • Step 2: Comb your eyebrows with an eyebrow comb or spooly.
  • Step 3: Like you did with the eyebrow shaping, mark off where the correct inside length, outside length, and the natural arch should be. This will help you achieve natural shading.


  • Step 4: Use an angled eyebrow brush to apply your shadow in short brush strokes, shading in your brows. I use Stila Brush #10 or Brow Diva’s Duo Brush, which is nice because it has an angled end for applying your brow powder and a spooly side for blending.
  • Step 5: Comb through your eyebrows again with your comb to blend. Voila! Perfect eyebrows.

The key is to use the correct shade of eyeshadow for your brows, and to use a really great angled brush. For shadow, I sometimes use a plain old Aveda eyeshadow in brown, but here are some of the other brow products I use and love…


Brow Diva’s Brow Base–a wax-based product that can be used alone or with a brow powder for a more intense color. You apply it with an angle brush, filling in any sparse areas and then blending the color with the spooly side of the brush. It comes in six colors. I love the stickiness of the wax in this product. It helps hold brows in place as it shades, something a plain powder cannot do. That’s what I like about brow gels or mascaras–the holding powder–but I like the natural coverage and control of a shadow. Brow Base is the perfect combination! Price: $25.00


Darac Brow Trio is a three-in-one eyebrow pencil that is perfect when I am in a hurry and don’t feel like messing with powders and brushes. Check out my full review here. Price: $24.00


The Body Shop Brow Definer was an impulse purchase while waiting for a flight at LAX. Damn that LAX Body Shop! So evil. But I really like it. It’s super creamy and smooth, it blends well and the Blonde/Alburn color matches my coloring well.Actually, I was impressed by The Body Shop’s makeup line. I picked up a few other things (hello, stress shoping, nice to see you again.) And it was all pretty high quality and relatively inexpensive. Price: $10.00

An editorial sample of products was provided by Brow Diva so I could review these products. Please see my About page for further information on Disclosure policies.

Ok, so this first video on eyebrow shaping is good because they model’s eyebrows look great in the end. Full and nice. But the esthetician’s brows are kinda crazy. Just take a look. Still, she gives great tips and you can really see what she’s doing. I found this helpful.

This is interesting too. She marks off her brows, which I like. But she makes them too thin I think. Also, she uses a razor. Which… I dunno about that. Check it out!


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