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Hair Removal: 5 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Eyebrows.

Eyebrow plucking is often carried out to give them structure. Well-defined eyebrows contribute to the harmony of the face and the enhancement of its features. While it's necessary to know the correct techniques for successful eyebrow plucking, it's equally important to be informed about the mistakes to avoid. Here are five common ones.

Mistake No. 1: Not taking into account the shape of one's face.

Taking into account the shape of one's face and the natural line of the eyebrows should be the first step in eyebrow shaping. For each face shape, there exists a perfect eyebrow shape that will enhance it. The table below provides some tips for adapting the shape of your eyebrows to your face. Of course, these are just general guidelines, the most important thing is to find an eyebrow shape that you like.

Shape of the FaceEyebrow Shape
Square faceRounded or arched eyebrows
Long FaceStraight Eyebrows
Round faceAngular or arched eyebrows
Triangle-shaped faceRounded eyebrows

Mistake No. 2: Using a magnifying mirror.

To facilitate hair removal, it can sometimes be tempting to use a magnifying mirror. However, this is not recommended, as it could lead to a misleading result. The magnifying mirror is indeed useful for a maintenance hair removal, but it should not be used for a first-time hair removal or if the aim is to shape the eyebrows.

Furthermore, a magnifying mirror can distort the perception of the actual size and shape of the eyebrows. Indeed, it can amplify details and provide an exaggerated image of the eyebrows, which can lead to excessive or disproportionate plucking. Therefore, it is preferable to use a standard mirror to have a true view of the eyebrows, and maintain a balanced and natural appearance.

Mistake No. 3: Using an old pair of tweezers.

Many people have been using the same pair of tweezers for several years. However, this is not a good idea because, over time, the tips of the tweezers wear down and become blunt. The tweezers then become less precise and can cause nipping, tugging or even snagging the hairs, which can be painful. Moreover, using an old pair of tweezers increases the risk of skin irritation and ingrown hairs, due to its lack of precision. Therefore, it is better to change your tweezers from time to time, when you notice that their tips are becoming blunt. This will ensure a safer and more effective hair removal.

Mistake No. 4: Creating too large a gap between the two eyebrows.

A distinctive aesthetic trait of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, the unibrow is an effect that many often seek to avoid. To achieve this, numerous individuals remove the few hairs that separate their eyebrows. However, there are instances where they may be overzealous, creating too large a gap between their two eyebrows. This imparts a particular expression to the face, which may not necessarily be desired.

In order to navigate correctly, it may be relevant to use the three-point method. This allows you to establish a baseline, an arc, and an upper line that serve as a guide for eyebrow plucking. To know where to start, place a ruler at the base of your nose aligned with the inner corner of your eye. The point where the ruler intersects your eyebrow arch represents the starting point of your eyebrow line.

Tip : If you realise after the fact that you've created too large a gap between your eyebrows, don't hesitate to use a pencil, powder or eyebrow ink to conceal the area while waiting for your hairs to regrow.

Mistake No. 5: Over-trimming the tail of the eyebrow.

This mistake is similar to the previous one, but this time it concerns the tail of the eyebrow. When we are in a hurry or distracted, it is quite common to be heavy-handed with plucking and to overly shorten the tail of the eyebrow. However, this detracts from theharmony of the face. Indeed, the tail of the eyebrow greatly contributes to the framing and aesthetics of the gaze. It can also give it a lifted appearance and help to create a "doe-eyed" effect.

To avoid excessively shortening the tail of the eyebrow, you can once again turn to the three-point method. Place a ruler between the base of your nose and the outer corner of your eye. The point where the ruler meets the brow arch represents the end of the eyebrow tail. Lastly, here's a final piece of advice on eyebrow plucking: if you're doing it yourself, take your time and be certain before removing a hair. Sometimes, it's better to have an "extra" hair than gaps in your eyebrow line.

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