Tweeze, wax, or thread?

We all want eyebrows that enhance our eyes and look best with our face shape. Some eyebrows require a lot of grooming, while others just need an occasional tweeze here and there. Did you know that eyebrow shaping can really change your look? It can make your eyes stand out, or even make you look younger, since thick eyebrows are a sign of youth.

What are the pros and cons of each eyebrow-shaping method—and which is right for you?

Tweezing

If you have just a few stray hairs, just grab a tweezer and a magnifying mirror and pluck.

Pros: Inexpensive, and you can do it at home.

Cons: Plucking can be painful and time-consuming. Inexperience can cause you to tweeze eyebrows unevenly, or too much. If you have very thick brows, you likely need a more aggressive approach.

Waxing

If you are going to wax, it’s a good idea to have a professional do it for you.

Pros:  It’s fast and inexpensive and can last up to eight weeks. With regular waxing, eyebrow hair typically grows in thinner over time.

Cons: Waxing can be painful, and the waxed area may remain sore and red for a few hours afterward. Find an experienced technician. You’ll need to make an appointment, and it may take a while to get in. Also, your hair must be a certain length in order to wax.

Threading

You’ll likely find an eyebrow threading booth at your local shopping mall.

Pros: As with waxing, eyebrow hair often grows in thinner over time after threading. It’s fast and inexpensive and can last up to eight weeks. Unlike waxing,  your skin won’t redden. It is the easiest method to achieve a symmetrical look and sharp eyebrow definition. It can be done on very fine and small hairs, and it’s inexpensive.

Cons: This method may not be available in your area, depending on where you live. And it can be painful!

Microblading

This method is getting more popular all the time. Microblading is a form of tattooing using a tiny tool with a wispy blade that deposits pigment under the skin. Microblading enhances eyebrows that have been over-plucked or thinned.

Pros: Perfect for enhancing thinning or over-plucked brows, microblading will shorten your make up routine.

Cons: It’s essential to find a microblading salon that employees experienced, certified professionals. This method is time consuming (it can take up to two hours) and can be expensive. Healing time can take up to a week.

Whatever method you choose, remember that thicker eyebrows are more youthful-looking, so don’t overdo it. Conversely, filling in brows with pencils, gels, and powders can make brows appear unnaturally thick. You may need to try different method to see which works best for you. Once you shape your eyebrows, you still may need to use an eyebrow pencil/crayon for fill in, or a clear eyebrow gel to hold eyebrows in place.