There is a very cheesy saying that goes “The eyes are the windows of the soul.” And if this is so, the eyebrows are probably the curtains. When the arches are in top shape, you look more charismatic – and your eyes pop a lot more. When brows are poorly plucked or overgrown, the opposite is true. You will quickly appear grumpy and negative. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, we’ve summarized the most important tips and tricks in our ultimate eyebrow grooming guide for men.
How much should men pluck their brows?
No matter if you are a man or a woman: Basically, the natural shape of your brows flatters your face and should not be changed drastically. When you pluck too much, your look loses expression. That is why it is best for everyone to pluck as little as possible. However, this also doesn’t mean that complete wild growth is particularly advantageous.
“Especially in men, many hairs often sprout underneath the brows clearly outside the actual brow shape. This makes you look unkempt and grumpy,” says Hollywood cosmetician Anastasia Soare, an expert who has already plucked David Beckham’s brows. Thanks to her, we’ll show you step by step how to get the best out of your brows at home.
Step 1: Brushing the Eyebrows Upwards.
Using a small precision comb, brush the hairs in your brows upwards. That way, you can see which hairs are significantly longer than others (you can shorten them later) and which are clearly out of line, growing far away from your actual brow shape,” explains Anastasia Soare. After all, only these hairs should be plucked later.
Step 2: Trim the Outliers
Once all the hairs are as vertical as possible, you can go to work with a small pair of nail scissors or a pair of brow scissors. Only trim the hairs that protrude significantly – more than 3 mm – above the upper contour of your brows. It is important to always, really always, trim the eyebrow hairs only above the contour. “If you cut in the middle of your brows, you are in danger of making small or large holes in your brows,” says Soare.
Step 3: Thin out brows that are too dense.
The majority of men may be able to skip this step. But if you have really thick, bushy brows that are just too long overall, scissors alone won’t get you far. A better bet is a specially designed eyebrow trimmer like the ones from Remington which, by the way, you can also use for nose and ear hair. This is how it works: Gently run the tool over your eyebrows. In this way, all hairs get a length. Afterwards, comb all hairs upwards and check whether individual hairs are still protruding. If everything is in place, continue with step 4.
Step 4: Pluck the Eyebrows
Finally, when all the hairs are short, use the tweezers. We recommend using a pair of tweezers with a beveled tip, so you can grip fine hairs better. Special eyebrow tweezer from brands like Pfeilring is recommended. Keep in mind, the point is to create some neatness, not to completely reshape your brows – and pluck an arch into them where there naturally isn’t one.
Eyebrow grooming pro Anastasia Soare explains how: “Pluck the hairs that are clearly out of line. The following applies: Only pluck below the brow, never above it. No wild hairs usually sprout there anyway.” Above the root of the nose, in the monobrow zone, you can pluck a little more courageously. After all, brows that have grown together really don’t flatter anyone. The most embarrassing depilation accidents for men
Tip: After picking, wash the face with cold water. This will cause the blood vessels to tighten. Pain and redness will subside quickly.
If you don’t want to go through the pain of plucking in the first place, there are also special eyebrow shavers. But you will quickly see stubble here, because the hairs have not been removed with the root as with plucking. And you easily slip off, which easily creates bumps in the brows. So, rather briefly clench your teeth.
Step 5: Fix the Shape with Eyebrow Gel
Theoretically, after plucking, you’re done. However, you can also shape your eyebrows with an eyebrow gel. Just like hair styling products, it keeps your eyebrows in shape. The Clear Lash & Brow eyebrow gel from Artdeco is our favorite in the editorial team. This is how you use it: there is a spiral brush attached to the cap. When you pull it out, gel automatically sticks to it.
Swipe the brush once at the opening of the bottle to get rid of excess gel (otherwise the brows will stick together unsightly). Next, comb all the hairs upwards with the gel brush so that they lie well in shape. The eyebrows now look a little fuller and more groomed, but not made up.
Conclusion: Eyebrow Grooming Doesn’t Take Much Time
Before plucking, you should shorten long hairs with scissors. Strong wild growth can be controlled with a trimmer. Use a special styling gel to fix your eyebrows so that they stay in top shape all day long.
In our ultimate eyebrow grooming guide for men we tried to cover everything in 5 steps, let us know what you think about it and share you eyebrow grooming tips with us in the comments section below.