I am reluctant to admit that I haven't tweezed my own eyebrows in years. The horrors of over-plucking as a teenager and in my early twenties left me scarred, and the resulting thin, over-arched brows I 'created' was not a good look. Thankfully the damage wasn't permanent and all the pictures of said look have been destroyed. I vowed to never take a pair of tweezers to my eyebrows again.
But that was obviously pre-quarantine, when I could go to my eyebrow tamer of choice, Daxita Vaghela. So good are her threading skills, I would even make a monthly pilgrimage to her home, 30 minutes away from mine, whilst on maternity leave. You see, eyebrows are important. Of course, not that important given the circumstances at the moment, but a well-groomed arch can do wonders for the face. I know as soon as my eyebrows are freshly groomed, they will allow the rest of my make-up to look fresher and for me to appear more awake. And let's face it, in this current climate any moment of self-care should be celebrated.
Now, I want to stress: by 'doing' my brows, I am generally just aiming to tidy up the shape rather than attempting any drastic looks. I spoke to the master tweezer and founder of Blink Brow Bar, Vanita Parti MBE, for some advice. Here are her words of wisdom. I tried this three-step guide and it worked a treat.
Before you begin
Be careful to remove make-up and cleanse before attempting to tweeze your brows. Make sure you have enough light. Using a tamer (which looks similar to a dry mascara wand) to brush your brows up and across. You can then determine your core brow shape and the hair to remove. We recommend slanted tweezers, as these will offer more precision. Slanted tweezers will give you the grip you need to grab each brow hair by the root and minimise hair breakage. If you don't have any to hand at home, try the Super Grip Slanted Tweezers by BBB London, £20.
Make a mark
Map your brows with a pencil to determine where they should start, arch and end. Hold a pencil from the corner of your nose, through the inner corner of your eye - this is where your brows should start. Then move the pencil so it is at an angle from your nose and up through your iris - this is where your arch should be. Finally, move the pencil from the corner of your nose to the outer corner of the eye - this is where your brow should end.
One at a time
Pluck any stray hairs first before tackling shape. The arch is the tricky part so ensure you remove one hair at a time to get the right height. Just pluck two of three hairs at a time, and then step away and view your brows before you continue. Step by step is key. You may also need to trim the longer brow hairs with nail scissors, to do this brush up with a brow tamer and snip any hairs poking above the brow line. Always using a calming and soothing cream post treatment so help the skin remain calm and reduce redness.