Welcome back to Mom Moments with Megan Kelly. This week’s Mom Moments tackles something we all have to at some point, no matter how few and far between quiet moments alone might be – eyebrows. I have created the ULTIMATE mom guide to perfect brows, and have put it into an easy to follow printable step-by-step (don’t forget to grab it at the end) so you can use it anywhere, anytime!
Before kids you could schedule a spa appointment, leisurely page through magazines, have your brows waxed, finger nails polished, all followed by a neck massage to release all the tensions of the day. Nowadays, you’ve probably noticed that Murphey can be a little mean, and EVERY TIME you plan on going to the spa and treating yourself to some mommy-time, you wake up to a kid puking all over your last clean t-shirt. The ultimate mom guide to perfect brows is a necessary back up plan for days like that!
We understand that attempting to DIY your brows can be a little overwhelming at first, but that’s completely okay! We’ve over groomed our eyebrows so that you don’t have to, and through trial and error, we’ve been able to create the ultimate mom guide to perfect brows, and all in the comfort of your home.
The tools of the trade (Yes, that IS Teejel you see there!)
Tuck away your hair
This may come as a surprise, but wax tends to be sticky and if there is a small unruly hair, you are in for a fun time. We recommend pulling your hair back into a high pony and using an elastic hair band to pull back your baby-hairs, especially around the hairline.
Sensitive skin? No problem!
If the thought of tweezing or waxing your brows already has your eyes watering, we have you covered! Teething Gel is a great topical ointment that can be applied on and around your brow area to gently numb and ease any pain, that you are prone to experience. Apply the gel 2-3 minutes before waxing your brows, allow it to soak in before wiping off whatever is left over. Pinch your brow to test the sensitivity.
PRO TIP: Always wash your face before waxing as the wax struggles to stick when your skin is covered in makeup, moisturisers or natural oils, making it ineffective. If you’re really struggling with the pinch of waxing or tweezing, try showering beforehand, as the hot steam will open up your pores and make it a little easier to remove stubborn hairs.
Work out the angles
The trick to shaping your brows is sticking to your natural brow line and just cleaning up the edges. You can work out where your brows should start, end and arch by using the Billion Dollar Brow Buddy to mark out where you should start and end (We’ve used the Brow Buddy, but you can just as easily use a pen or even makeup brush, in the same way).
PRO TIP: Always groom your brows in a well-lit area preferably in natural light.
Place the Brow Buddy in the closed position, with your nose in the centre. This is where your brow will begin. Use an eyebrow pencil or eyeliner to make a mark on the inside of the tool.
Looking straight ahead, start opening the Brow Buddy and extend the prong until it lines up with the outside circle of your iris. This is the arch of your eyebrow. Use an eyebrow pencil or eyeliner to make a mark on the inside of the tool.
Lastly, open the Brow Buddy until the prong lines up with outer corner of your eye. This is where your brow ends. Use an eyebrow pencil or eyeliner to make a mark on the inside of the tool.
If you’re still struggling, connect the dots by following the natural shape of your brow, to create an outline of where you should tweeze and/or wax.
Let’s get waxing
Cut your wax strips into smaller pieces so that it is easier to manage around your brow area.
Rub the sealed strip between your hands so that it warms the wax, making it extra sticky.
Separate the wax film and line up the first strip so that it connects your first two dots, which you’ve already made in the previous step.
Continue using smaller strips of wax to clear around the brow area, always sticking to your dotted guide.
Clean off the wax
Wax can irritate your skin and might even cause a breakout. Veet conveniently includes wipes that are infused with oils and helps remove any leftover tackiness. Make sure to remove any traces of wax to ensure that your skin doesn’t flare up in the week to follow.
Tweeze unruly hairs
Waxing helps get rid of the overgrown areas, but you may still need to pluck out the smaller or ingrown hairs around your brow (or even eyelid). Make sure to always use a good quality pair of tweezer that are sterilized, to prevent any bacterial infections.
PRO TIP: If you’re struggling to pluck tiny hairs, try lifting your brow by using your finger just above the area and making an upward motion.
Brush them up
Use a brow wand to brush the hairs of your brows up.
Use a brow scissors to cut the ends of your brows all the same length by gently gliding the scissors against your brow bone as you go.
Brush and Go!
Brush the hairs back into place and you’re ready to go!
What did I tell you?! Easy right? The ultimate mom guide to perfect brows allows you to go forth and be gorgeous knowing your unibrow is under control!
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