There’s something about a well-sculpted brow that really ties a whole look together. And one of the quickest ways to define your brows is by using an eyebrow razor.
Sculpted brows can help you look neat and well-kempt, even if you don’t apply makeup for the day. While there are many choices out there like waxing and plucking, an eyebrow razor is by far the simplest solution.
While using an eyebrow razor sounds difficult and even downright dangerous, we’re here to assure you that it’s actually much easier than it sounds.
By the end of this article, you will have all the knowledge to achieve the perfect arched brows of your dreams.
What is an eyebrow razor?
Eyebrow razors are different from the razors you would use to shave your legs. They are much smaller as you don’t want anything that large going near your brows and eyes.
The most basic ones are disposable tools that feature a blade at the top with a long, curved handle. There are also upgraded versions like collapsible stainless-steel blades and electric trimmers.
Are eyebrow razors safe?
Shaving your eyebrows is pain-free compared to other methods like waxing or tweezing.
However, the skin around your eyes is quite thin and delicate, so you need to be careful to not scrape or cut yourself.
But as long as you use the eyebrow razor the right way, you shouldn’t have an issue as this is a safe tool to use.
How to use an eyebrow razor
Take a deep breath and ready yourself before attempting to shave your brows. There’s no need to be nervous.
If you follow our step-by-step tutorial, you should be one step closer to becoming an eyebrow razor expert.
Step 1: Cleanse your skin
Clean your skin before attempting to shave your brows. This is so that you can minimise the spread of bacteria while shaving, which can cause pesky pimples to pop up.
Step 2: Brush your brows
Using a spoolie, brush your eyebrows upward and outward. You’re going to want everything neatly brushed so you can have a better idea of what you are working with.
Step 3: Determine your brow shape
First, place an eyebrow pencil on the side of your nose and hold it at an angle towards the inner corner of your eye. The beginning of your eyebrow should be where the pencil edge hits the brow line.
Next, hold the pencil on the side of your nose, straight over your iris. The point where it hits the brow bone is your arch.
Finally, place the pencil on the edge of your nose and align it with the outer corner of your eye. This marks the end of your eyebrow.
This is a step that can be skipped in the future as you can just follow your previous eyebrow shape and clean up stray hairs instead.
Step 4: Outline your brows
Outlining your eyebrows will help you identify which areas to shave. Use a brow pencil to gently draw an outline of the shape you’re going for.
Step 5: Apply facial oil
A facial oil will be useful here as it helps the eyebrow razor glide smoothly over the skin. Just dab a tiny amount around the eyebrows.
Step 6: Shave the upper area
Hold the skin around your eyebrows tight. With your eyebrow razor at a 45-degree angle, do short, downward strokes in the direction of hair growth, like little sketch strokes.
The key here is to avoid long strokes and to keep your strokes as light as a feather to reduce the chance of nicks and cuts.
Once done, wipe off the eyebrow razor with a paper towel to keep it clean for the next step.
Step 7: Groom the area under your brows
Again, use small strokes to shave any stray hairs under your brows. Remember to keep to the outline that you’ve drawn earlier.
Step 8: Focus between your brows
The next step is to remove the hairs between your brows, which will help you look well-groomed. Slowly remove stray hairs in this area.
Step 9: Double check
Stand back, look in the mirror, and check that your eyebrows are even. If you still see any stray hairs, you could also pluck those with a pair of tweezers rather than shaving.
Step 10: Final touches
Wipe your brows clean with a makeup remover and then brush your eyebrows into place. This is where you can admire your handiwork.
Avoid exfoliation as the freshly shaved skin can be easily irritated. Remember to follow up with your normal skincare routine such as moisturiser and sunscreen.
Eyebrow razor on your upper lip
Some of us have pesky fuzz on our upper lip that we’re dying to remove but don’t want to shell out money for an expensive wax every few weeks.
Other than the brows, you can actually use eyebrow razors on other areas that require a bit more precision like the upper lip or jawline.
To shave the upper lip, apply some shaving cream and pull the upper lip down taut for a cleaner shave. Use a clean eyebrow razor and shave in the direction of the hair growth. Remember to be careful when shaving over existing spots and cuts.
If you’re looking for a shaving cream to use, perhaps consider the new Powerpuff Girls paddlepop-coloured shaving cream.
Best eyebrow razors
Kai Shaping Eyebrow Razor
These Japanese eyebrow razors are made of steel so they won’t rust easily and won’t irritate your skin.
The blade doesn’t blunt easily, so you could use these razors for a long time.
It retails for S$6 for five pieces.
Etude House My Beauty Tool Eyebrow Razor
Do all eyebrow razors need to be the same boring shape? Etude House says no with this uniquely shaped pink eyebrow razor.
You’re guaranteed an easy shaping time with this stainless steel razor.
It retails for S$2.50 for one piece.
Innisfree Eyebrow Razor
Made of stainless steel, this eyebrow razor is durable and won’t rust, so you can rest assured.
The blade is sharp and long-lasting, and the razor cover clicks in, so it won’t be easily lost.
It retails for S$5 for two pieces.
BEAUTYBIGBANG Eyebrow Razor
This is a handy eyebrow razor because you can quickly fold it closed after using it. This way, you don’t have to keep track of a pesky cover.
It’s also super affordable and gives you a lot of value for money.
It retails for S$2.52 for three pieces.
Leaf Shape Eyebrow Razor
We have another uniquely-shaped eyebrow razor here with this leaf-shaped trimmer that will add a new aesthetic to your vanity.
The blade is made of food-grade stainless steel and is extremely sharp and anti-rust.
It retails for S$8.90 for six pieces.
Watsons Facial Razors
We’re a fan of Watsons products as they are quite good and their eyebrow razors are no different.
The blade is sharp so it’s easy to shave and comes with a protective cap for safety after use.
It retails for S$6.90 for three pieces.