How to Groom Your Eyebrows (If You're Male-Aligned)

Updated 04/20/19
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Don't Do Anything Dramatic (at First)

Eyebrow grooming for dude-aligned people doesn't necessarily mean removing a lot of hair, shaping them like an Instagram model, or creating high or dramatic arches. Some people just want to keep that classic masculine look, just a little cleaned up. A basic tune-up can make them look better. Sometimes, all it takes is trimming your brows, or taking out a couple of hairs occasionally. There are no rules, but the best way to keep them looking classic, is to keep them looking natural.

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Minimal Trimming

Sometimes all that the brows need is some trimming, and no hair has to be removed from the follicle. Trimming helps keep brows in place, and makes them look lighter and more groomed. When trimming, follow along and sharpen the natural lines your eyebrows make—use eyebrow scissors, like the ones from Tweezerman.

Often, people end up taking out hair they don't need to, when it's the excess bulk that really needs to go. Trim first before you decide to remove any other hair, and then maintenance trim every three to four weeks.

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More Serious Cleanup

If you have hair in the middle between your brows, you might want to trim this out. How much you take out is a personal choice, but the typical choice is to clean that area up and avoid anything close to a unibrow look. The most valuable thing to know when trimming eyebrow hair is where to stop. 

You don't have to take away all of the hair. You can tweeze out single hairs from the middle by taking random thicker hairs, leaving the finer ones. This will thin out the area and make the hair look less noticeable, but prevent it from being so stark to be noticeable.

If you're removing hair on the bottom part of the brow, make straight or slightly curved lines. Stick to just taking hair only outside the main shape.

Good tweezers make the job a lot easier and quicker because they grasp hair and don't let it slide off. Tweezers with a slanted end work the best.

To keep a lid on pain, tweeze right when you come out of the shower when your follicle is nice and relaxed. The hair will slide out easier.

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Eyebrow Shaping

Eyebrow shaping for male-aligned people is usually different than it is for women-aligned people, and you need to be careful with making the middle (between brows) hairless. If you want it bare, here's how to find where the absolute farthest in they should start: Use something straight (like a pencil) to form a line from the outer sides of the tip of your nose to your inner brows. Remember, this should be the farthest you go between the brows. You can choose to leave more hair than this.

Start slowly. You can always take more hair. If you take too much, you'll have to wait for it to grow back or use a brow pencil. 

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Waxing

Eyebrow waxing is quicker than tweezing, and it's a better choice if you want a little definition, because waxing can get the very fine hairs that tweezing often misses. It's not a good idea to wax your own brows if you're new to grooming them, so tweeze first to get the feel. Go to a professional who is licensed and also is experienced in masculine-focused eyebrow waxing. Explain exactly what you want, before they begin waxing. Other professional options are threading, in which a string is used to remove hair, and sugaring, which is less painful than waxing and more gentle to the skin.

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Thickness

Male eyebrows can be thick and still looked groomed, because men, in general, have large brows. The amount of thickness they end up with is there for a reason; it balances other facial features, like large eyes and lips, or an angular face shape.

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