When it comes to grooming your brows, there are so many possibilities. Standard tweezing can be painful and it takes forever, so waxing your eyebrows is great if you're looking for a quick, long-lasting result. But salon and spa prices can really add up. If you want to save some money, try waxing your brows at home. There are plenty of at-home waxing kits that require minimal effort.
Look for a kit that includes cream wax. These are the most gentle types of wax, so they work well on the delicate, sensitive eye area. Plus, heated wax grabs easily onto each individual hair and gives smoother results than pre-waxed strips.
Once you have your wax kit, make sure it includes all of the necessary tools. You'll need a pre-wax cleanser, a wax warmer, wooden applicators, muslin strips, wax remover, and post-wax aloe lotion. It's also helpful to have a pair of tweezers in case you need to pluck any stray hairs afterward.
Check the length of your brows—the hairs need to be about a quarter inch long for the wax to pull them. If they're too short, wait a week or so and check again.
Before you begin, decide what eyebrow shape you want. Use an eyebrow powder or pencil to fill in your brows so they look just the way you want them to. This makes it easy to follow the line with the wax. Then only remove the hairs that are outside the shape you have filled in.
Brush your eyebrows straight up with a fine-tooth comb or brow brush. If there are any long hairs that look out of place, just trim what is outside the shape with small eyebrow scissors. If you have long or very bushy eyebrows, they might want more bulk removed.
Use pre-wax cleanser on your eyebrows and surrounding skin and remove any residue with a cotton round or swab.
Wax Your Brows
Once your brows are prepped, warm the wax to the proper temperature. It should be warm and not too hot, with the consistency of peanut butter. If the wax looks like oil, let it cool down and get thicker. Apply the wax evenly in the direction of hair growth using a wooden stick to only the hairs you want to remove.
Apply a muslin strip in the direction of hair growth, leaving some leftover strip at the end so you can pull it back in the opposite direction. Press and firmly smooth your hand over the strip in the direction of the hair growth a couple of times to ensure that wax is attached to the brow and has slightly cooled.
One it's cool, hold your skin taut with one hand and remove the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth in one quick pull, all the way to the other side. Don't pull the strip up. Press your eyebrow with your hand a bit to relieve some of the pain. If there is still a little wax in your eyebrow, press the strip back onto your skin and then remove it again.
Check to make sure the brows match as you work. Use tweezers to remove any hairs that were missed by the wax and fine-tune the shape.
After you've finished and you’re satisfied with the shape of your eyebrows, remove any remaining residue with wax remover or a natural oil that is safe to use on your face. Then apply an after-wax lotion or an aloe-based gel to soothe the area and reduce any redness.
Because the skin around the eyes is sensitive, special care needs to be taken when you wax your eyebrows. Make sure to follow any waxing precautions and warnings before you begin. Always test the temperature of the wax on your wrist before applying it to your face and don't let it drip into your eye as you apply it.