Best eyebrow trimming tips for men: The tips, tricks, and tools of the trade

Best eyebrow trimming tips for men: The tips, tricks, and tools of the trade

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Text: Yong Le Man

The eyes are the windows to your soul. Well if that's the case, your eyebrows may very well be everything else — the window frame, sill, curtains... you get the drift. Sure, men's grooming may be growing in prominence with a new wave of lads who understand the importance of a sleek haircut, top-of-the-line facial cleansers, and a good coloured 'cure — however, brows remain criminally underrated, where most fail to understand how arches can make or break an entire look. If you're one of 'em, fret not, because we're here to help. From those with thick, bushy brows, to those with thinner, sparse caterpillars, this article is all you need to get your brows look on-fleek.

Step 1: Study

Before you reach for the tweezers, study your face. Look at your brows and note their natural shape, such as where it curves, arches, and ends. Since we're talking details and intricacy, it is imperative that you understand what your eyebrow shape naturally gravitates towards so you can work towards keeping everything neat and tidy. Remember, you don't want to change the structure of your brows entirely; rather, you're looking to craft a style that complements your facial features.

Step 2: Brush upwards

Once that's settled, grab a mustache comb  and brush your eyebrow hairs upwards towards your forehead. This will help you siphon out unruly long strands that extend beyond the natural top line of your brows. If your brows are more sparse or on the thinner side, we recommend using a mascara applicator instead. The tighter bristles will help grab thinner hairs that a comb might miss.

Step 3: Snip away

Once you've combed all your eyebrow hairs to be as vertical as possible, snip away all those stray hairs that extend beyond the top line with a pair of fine-tipped scissors. Again, don't compromise on shape. The goal here is to be intricate and purposeful, not to mow the entire lawn. Don't start along the middle of the brow, too, as you might risk creating a hole.

Step 4: Trim away volume

If you have particularly unruly and bushy eyebrows, a specifically-designed eyebrow trimmer will do wonders in cutting through some of the unwanted bulk that you can't achieve with scissors. Don't, I repeat, don't even dare touch your beard trimmer unless you want to end up looking like Voldemort. Using the trimmer, gently graze over your brows in the direction of the grain until everything is a uniform length.

Step 5: Finishing touches

Now that your brows are trimmed and uniform, grab a pair of tweezers and attack errant and stray hairs along the perimeter. Pluck isolated hairs that lie outside of the main curve of your brows, like at the edges or within unibrow zone.

Once you've got rid of the pesky outliers, wash your face with your preferred facial wash to rid your face of any trimmings. Apply a clear brow gel which will help smoothen down the brows without adding too much gloss or colour. This will also make it easier to spot any hairs you might've missed while you were trimming. And, voila: newly-minted arches to impress just about anyone.