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Eyebrow Know-How, Get the Look You Want

One of the most dramatic ways an ethnic beauty can enhance her face without makeup is to groom her brows. A pair of groomed eyebrows can unbelievably transform a face. People will say you look great and you may appear puzzled thinking, 'I didn’t do anything different, and I'm wearing what I always wear.' Well no wonder, your brows no longer look like you forgot them. Eyebrows, like pedicured toenails and manicured fingernails aid in the presentation of you. Taking a little care of oneself and exercising a little brow know-how can cause one to appear pulled together -- and in beauty ladies, that is called bringing your A game.

Below I will list a few brow shaping techniques and just how they work:

Tweezing – Often called plucking, this removal method for unwanted facial hair uses small metal tongs called tweezers. By identifying the direction in which the hair grows, one places the tip of the tweezer as close to the root as possible and pulls. Although it may sound like torture, and truthfully, though it may feel like it the first time, for precise hair removal this is definitely a way to go.

Waxing – Removes unwanted hair anywhere. This semi-permanent technique is accomplished by thinly spreading a wax combination over the skin. A paper or cloth strip is pressed on top then quickly ripped off, removing the wax as well as unwanted hair. This method is available in many spas. For those with sensitive skin there is a hard wax method. Thickly applied it uses no cloth or paper strips. When cool, the hardened wax is easily removed.

Threading – Is an ancient hair removal and shaping method that originated in parts of India and other areas of the Eastern world. Using cotton thread that is twisted and rolled along the skin, hairs are entwined and quickly lifted from the follicle. Precise, the cost may be less than procedures that employ chemical treatments. Unlike plucking or tweezing, threading removes a clean line of hair all at once, instead of deleting individual hairs. Many spas offer it; however enlist an experienced technician to lessen the chance of uneven brows or undue aches.

Now for the wow brow tools:

Brow Brush – For contouring eyebrows, these are angled to shape and define a natural-looking brow. Other brow brushes are two-sided with a tiny brush and comb. All can be dipped into brow powder or used with any brow product.

Brow Trimmer – A tiny pair of scissors with a genius little comb attached that acts as a guide to prevent over-trimming. Simply comb brows in the direction opposite growth and trim extra-long or stray hairs. No learning curve needed. Love it!

Brow Stencils – Usually come in a kit that includes most of what is listed below. The kit also includes clear plastic guides that help one to shape eyebrows. Easy to use, stencils shape the perfect brow. Stencils are great for those just learning to maintain or create wow brows.

Brow Pencil – Made specifically for the face, eyebrow pencils are available in natural shades to even and fill in gaps. Pencils blend seamlessly with brow hairs for a natural look, they may also be used with a brow brush and or brow gel for hold.

Brow Powder – Gives intensity, if you like a glam look, this may be for you. Containing more pigment than a pencil, brow powder may also be used wet for a more dramatic appearance. Use an angled brow brush with different shades to perfect your look.

Brow Gel – Gives definition to eyebrows by enabling them to remain up when brushed. Eyebrow Gel comes in clear or colors. Apply by using a spool brush. Also available at beauty stores it looks like a mascara wand.

Brow Wax – Gives a natural appearance. Usually clear, this wax may be used, with an angled brow brush on natural eyebrow hair or over an eyebrow pencil to keep all in place.

Tweezers – Are small hand held tong-like tools. Many are made exclusively for plucking human hair. Some are slanted and others have precision ends for grabbing and extracting the finest hair. Available wherever beauty products are sold.

Ethnic beauties, how you groom your brows is up to you. Even if you choose to simply brush them, now you're in the know!

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