For all this talk of big, beautiful, untouched brows, you'd be forgiven for thinking about ditching your tweezers and letting your brows grow free. That said, you don't have to. Let it be known that there is a way to groom your brows (with tweezers!) that doesn't result in looking surprised for a month. Or accidentally taking out all the hairs that are going to all of a sudden trend in a decade (hey sprouts, we see you). It can be easy, quick, and relatively painless routine, too.
Below, Brooke Wilhelm, Kristie Streicher acolyte and Warren-Tricomi salon-endorsed brow wiz instructs (note: she's using a standard Tweezerman Slant Tweezer—easy to find; gets the job done). You might want to bookmark these gifs next time you feel the grooming itch coming on.
Prep your brows
Brooke uses Kristie's Aforé Oil for a quick brow massage pre-pluck. Makes for a nice start to your routine (read: relaxes your forehead so you can see the whole brow-scape) and helps hairs slide out easily later.
Get all the hairs going in one direction to assess what shape you're actually working with—what's there and what's missing. It's a similar motion to how you might groom your brows with wax or gel—up and out. Just don't use product this time.
If you're inclined to map out your brows, now would be the time. This is by no means a rule, but common practice is to have the sprouts start in-line with the inner corner of your eye; the arch to be a diagonal from the tip of your nose, across your pupil; and the taper diagonal from the outer corner of your eye.
Define below the arch
Lightly. Think between 5-10 hairs max. You're not creating an arch that wasn't there to begin with—instead, you're just helping to define the pre-existing brow architecture. While you're at it, survey the landscape for any stragglers growing too far below the rest of the hairs. That last part will depend on how much space you have between your brows and your eyelids. While plucking, hold skin in place and pull hair in the direction it naturally grows. You'll start feeling the benefits of that oil right about now.
Figure out your forehead
Similar to the preceding step. This should only address hairs that are floating higher up on the forehead, disconnected from the rest of their brow brethren. Do not, do not touch the top of the arch. Or anything directly above the brow that is still connected to the rest of the hairline there. Bad idea.
Optional: Address everything in between
But for the love of Natalia Vodianova, don't touch your sprouts (those hairs right above the inner corner of your eye). Those opposed, let that uni free—we salute you!
Filmed by Tom Newton.
Maybe you need to grow your brows out, first—luckily for you, Kristie has the method.