Thursday, August 1, 2013

How To Wax Your Eyebrows

plucking your eyebrows is great for shaping and contouring. if you need some pointers on how to do that, you can watch my video here.

waxing your eyebrows...well, that just takes your brows to a whole new level! i don't like using waxing to shape my eyebrows, i like using it simply for the fact that it cleans up those thousands of tiny hairs you can't see when tweezing in the mirror. then, you get out to your car and look in your vanity mirror only to find tons of little hairs that your tweezer could not have possibly picked up. waxing is the genius that smooths the skin around your brows and makes those plucked arches look perfect. the skin around your brows is shinier once waxed, and helps create a natural "highlight" of your eyes.

it can be a bit expensive to do this regularly, but don't fret! waxing your brows is SIMPLE and can be done from the comfort of your own home. if you already own your own wax, you can proceed. if not, head to your nearest Target or beauty supply and pick up a wax kit. you can find small wax kits for only a few dollars.

step 1: heat up your wax. i am using my GiGi wax and wax warmer. if you don't own a wax warmer, it can often be warmed in the microwave.

step 2: prepare your supplies. i use muslin fabric cut to the size desired. special waxing paper strips can also be purchased from the beauty supply. wax kits often come with strips pre-cut. i also trim off the end of my popsicle stick applicator to get a sharp tip for precision when waxing eyebrows. make sure to remove all makeup from eyes.

step 3: apply your wax in four stages. below are the highlighted areas showing where to wax, and in what order. the order is not rigid, this is just to give you a guideline.

apply your wax to area 1. when applying wax dip the sharp end of your wax stick into wax. remove any excess wax, only a small amount is needed. apply wax in the direction of hair growth. area 1 above already has wax applied.

step 4: apply your muslin strip. press firmly over the wax in the direction the wax was applied (see arrow below). once you have pressed firmly several times, rip off strip (QUICKLY!) in the opposite direction of arrow.

step 5: finish with GiGi's After Wax Cooling Gel, or ointment of your choice, to help reduce redness and inflammation.

here's the final product. slightly red but oh so shiny. good luck with your waxing!