Mess around with your hair – dye it blue, get bangs, or curl it – and no one bats an eye. But mess around with your eyebrows? Everyone will notice, for sure.
Your arches are a serious matter. If you have a good vision and a steady hand, you can remove your own thick, stray brow hairs. But if you want to create an eyebrow shape that fits your eyes and face perfectly, it’s best to leave the job to the experts.
It’s important to choose your eyebrow shaping salon wisely and know the things you should and should not do to your brows before, during, and after your appointment. If you’re getting your eyebrows done, here are 10 things to avoid.
1. Not doing your research
Aside from choosing your salon wisely, you should also do your research on the best eyebrow grooming technique to use. What are the differences between eyebrow threading and eyebrow waxing? Is eyebrow tinting safe? What are the pros and cons of the procedure? Doing your research will help you get a good idea of what you can expect.
2. Showing up with thin or overly plucked brows
Your brow specialist is an expert, not a wizard who can instantly grow non-existent eyebrows. If you’re going for an eyebrow shaping appointment, make sure you have enough hair to work with.
It’s best not to tweeze between appointments. If you feel like you’ve made a mistake with the plucking, let your eyebrows fully grow back before going to the salon. Sometimes it would take 3-6 months.
3. Filling your brows with makeup before the appointment
Give your brow specialist a favor and show up with naked eyebrows. Wearing brow makeup, especially those stubborn, waterproof ones, will make it harder for them to see your natural brow hairs.
It covers up fine hair that needed to be removed for a perfectly shaped brow. And while they always clean the eyebrows before tweezing, there’s always a chance for the leftover makeup residue to clog the newly opened pores.
4. Forgetting to disclose your past and ongoing topical medications
Have you been prescribed acne treatments and topical medications like Accutane and/or Retin-A? Do you have an ongoing peeling treatment? If so, make sure to let your brow specialist know. These medications may cause the skin to peel, exfoliate, and be hypersensitive, affecting the results of your eyebrow shaping procedure.
5. Not revealing your past and ongoing eye treatments
Have you had certain procedures done to your eyes? Do you use special medication for them? Keep in mind that there’ll be uncontrollable side effects including sneezing and eye-watering due to sensitivity. Be sure to let your brow artist know to help make the process easier for you.
6. Plucking out gray hairs before the appointment
Just don’t. While the gray hairs popping randomly can be annoying, don’t forget that you still need those hairs. Plucking them out may result in unsightly sparse and patchy eyebrows only expensive eyebrow shaping procedures can fix.
Treat them like the gray hairs on your head. Instead of plucking them out, consider tinting your eyebrows to cover up those unwanted gray hairs.
7. Having a spray tan before going for eyebrow waxing
If the aesthetician applies the wax then peels it off, your tan gets ripped off too. It’s a no-brainer, but a lot of people still get it wrong.
8. Having unrealistic expectations
Thinking you’ll have a lush pair of eyebrows like Audrey Hepburn when all yours is an ultra-thin 90’s Christina Aguilera pair of arches? Think again.
While it’s nice to have an ideal shape in mind, it’s better not to come with unrealistic expectations.
Be specific about the shape you want and just let your brow specialist do the magic. Your stylist may advise you on the best strategy and work your brows based on what’s best for your face shape.
9. Applying makeup afterward
After eyebrow threading, your brow specialist may fill in your neat brows with light eyebrow makeup, if you wish, to make them look fuller. However, you may be told not to apply a concealer or foundation afterward.
Don’t ignore this advice – complexion makeup can easily clog your pores left open by the hair removal procedure and cause spots. You may also be advised not to wet the waxed or threaded area.
10. Leaving the salon unsatisfied
When the eyebrow shaping is done, it’s easy to automatically say you liked the results (even if you didn’t). Check the results carefully and make sure to ask your brow stylist for tweaks if you’re not 100% sold.