Eyebrow Grooming for Men

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Let’s get right to the point, overly bushy unkempt brows can really harm your physical appearance. While it is true that natural thick bushy brows on men are in this season, there is a big difference between bold, dark brows and looking like a caveman. Many men take great pains to groom their beards and hair, so why shouldn’t their eyebrows get the same treatment? 

The unfortunate truth is that many men have no idea how to take care of their eyebrows, partly because it is normally not something they are expected to do. In the words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changin' and in the 21st century, every man should know how to shape their eyebrows to get the desired look. Here are some tips for men on how to cultivate their brows. 

Tweeze, don't shave

You might be tempted to grab your trimmer and hack away at your brow’s problem areas. While this may be easier, trimming your brows with an electric razor cuts the fine point off of individual brow hairs, which can give them a bushy and unnatural look. 

In this case, tweezers are your best friend. The thought of literally pulling hair out of your face may seem unappealing but trust us, the final product looks much better and you’ll get used to the sensation. 

A quick guide to tweezing: make sure you grab the hair as close to the base as possible. If you grab near the top, you can break the hair and make it much harder to pull out. Once you get a solid grip, pull in one quick motion. Don’t tug on individual hairs as that can irritate the follicle and cause redness. 

There is also waxing, but this option tends to be more time-consuming and painful. At-home waxing kits are good because they get rid of those ultra-fine hairs that are hard to tweeze but waxing properly has a pretty difficult learning curve. It is fairly easy to screw up a waxing. Just type in “bad eyebrow wax job” into google images and you will see what we mean. 

Get rid of the monobrow

Speaking of tweezers, the first thing to tackle is the growing monobrow on the bridge of your nose. Take your pointer finger and place it directly between your eyes above the bridge of your nose. The area your fingertip covers is where you should tweeze. Don’t go too far or you might look like the guy who fell asleep first at the party. It sometimes helps to pinch the bridge of your nose to raise the hairs so they are easier to tweeze. 

Focus on the top, not the bottom

Focus on getting rid of the straggler directly over the main body of your brow. While you can remove some hair on the bottom, don't overdo it or you run the risk of looking like you are in perpetual wide-eyed surprise. 

Follow your brow’s natural shape

The trick to getting natural looking thick brows is to tweeze while following the natural shape of the brow. Don't try to alter the shape too much at first, simply follow along the curve and clean up the edges. Don't worry about getting them perfect either. If your brows are too shaped it looks artificial and unnatural.  

Take off some length

Here is a neat trick if you want to take some length of your eyebrows. Start with a fine comb and brush straight up on each brow. Next, taking a trimmer, very carefully trim the long hairs standing up to the desired length. Be very careful doing this; if you trim too much you might take a chunk out of your brows. 

Using both foundation and concealer well can make you look much better than you might imagine and impress those around you. Applying these makeup types are easy and don’t take a lot of time out of your morning routine. Don’t limit yourself and believe that foundation and concealer or just for women; men ought to take advantage of their benefits, too! 

Use some products (pencil, brush, gel)

If you weren’t blessed with naturally thick eyebrows, consider picking up an eyebrow pencil and brow brush or gel comb to darken your brows and make them more pronounced. Start by washing your eyebrows to get rid of any debris, then pat them dry with a towel. Next, brush upwards using the brow brush. Make sure you pick a color that matches your natural brow color. After you’ve brushed, take the pencil and fill in with small up and down strokes. Make each mark thin so they match your individual hairs. Lastly, take the brush or your pointer finger and smooth out your brows from side to side. If you have particularly wiry and unruly brow hairs, consider picking up some eyebrow gel to hold them in place.

Eyebrow care: it's not just for women anymore! Adult men can greatly benefit from routine eyebrow maintenance. It can heighten your appearance, make you seem well-groomed and respectable, and give you more self-confidence. Just remember: stick to tweezing, don't overdo it, and don't be afraid to try some eyebrow grooming products for men. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results.  

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