If you, too, went through the rollercoaster of joy and devastation on learning that, yes, beauty salons are reopening, but no, treatments which involve touching the face are still off-limits, I image you're also racking your brains for Plan B when it comes to brow maintenance.
But before you go DIY in a flurry of eyebrow rage, take a breath. Let's regroup.
MUA Nikki Makeup, queen of not only super-fresh, glowing skin but also feathery, iconic eyebrows swooped in last night with a tutorial which, to be honest, blew my mind. We're gathered here today, reader, so I can relay this Very Important Update to you immediately before any further brows are harmed.
The name of the game is what I'm dubbing hybrid eyebrow tidy-up (or hy-brow tidy-up, if you will). The method?
You pluck and trim your brows after applying your daily brow makeup.
It's a simple trick, but one I've never considered. It makes a lot of sense though. In a world where bushy, fluffy, thick brows are coveted, it seems counter-productive to hack away at your precious hairs when the brows aren't fully filled in and fluffed up.
By setting and filling your brows first, it becomes immediately more obvious which hairs help contribute toward the outline of a full brow (even if you need a little pencil, pomade or gel to fill the gaps), and which hairs are ready to be removed. Chances are, you'll be surprised by how many hairs you decide to keep.
Here's a breakdown of the hy-brow tidy-up technique:
- First things first, she brushes the brow hairs upwards with a spoolie to assess the full natural shape of the brow, and how much of the length to trim, if any.
- On that note, Nikki likes to keep hairs their natural length wherever possible to create extra volume. But if necessary, she'll take to the scissors, pointing them diagonally downwards, with the point of the blades facing towards the nose. This angling is important, as the shapes of the hairs add to the feathery vibe of the brow. What's more, I cannot stress the minimal amounts she snips. We're talking a fraction of a millimeter.
- Next, she applies a soap brow product to set the brows into position and adds strokes of brow pencil in the gaps to fill out the brow.
- Then, and only then—once the brows are basically complete—does Nikki get her tweezers involved, pulling away only the hairs which don't sit within her final eyebrow area. And, here's a revolutionary hack: She pulls out the hairs in the direction of the hair growth, in order to prevent breaking hairs. This in turn makes for more complete hair removal and will help prevent ingrown hairs, too.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.