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There is nothing quite as distracting as unkempt, unruly brows. This should come as no surprise to any of us, considering how “brows on fleek” is one of the biggest trends of the decade.

So, what can you do to ensure that your brows are on fleek? Well, while any major brow-shaping moves are better left to professionals, trimming them from time to time to make sure they stay neat and groomed is a good idea.

Asians, particularly, tend to have thicker brow hairs that can look more unruly than our counterparts from other parts of the world. This is why brow-trimming can be quite a challenge.

Now, we know this can sound intimidating especially for first-timers, but fret not: Daily Vanity has compiled the ultimate guide as to how to trim eyebrows.

Ready to get brows impressive enough to rival Cara Delevingne’s? We know we are!

Let your brows grow out, first

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Too-thin brows aren’t exactly in-trend right now, so before you get to trimming, let them grow out first. After all, you require a strong foundation in place before learning how to trim eyebrows, right?

Experts recommend a growth period of one to two months before you start whipping out the tweezers. It may feel like a long wait, but the result later will make it worthwhile. Tip: consider sporting bangs during this time to hide messy brows.

Make sure you have the right tools for brow trimming

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The first step as to learning how to trim eyebrows? Having the right tools for it, of course.

We recommend you start out with these basic tools: a spoolie brush, a brow scissors, and a pair of tweezers. Use the spoolie brush to comb through hairs and tame them, making sure to brush them in the direction that they naturally grow in. Seriously, going against the grain could lead to unkempt, messy brows, which no one wants, so keep from doing that! Brushing in the direction of natural hair growth will also make trimming it after easier.

A pair of brow scissors— with short, ultra straight blades— is essential, too, as it will allow you to precisely trim away long, overgrown hairs. And as for the tweezers, you can use them to pluck away errant strands and clean up the edges of your brows.

Sephora Collection Brow Defining Set

Sephora Collection Brow Defining Set

This comes with two of the must-have brow essentials: a brush with a detachable handle and a scissors with narrow blades for more precise trimming. Made of stainless steel, the duo is going to last you for a long time. The kit even comes with a tutorial and instructions to help teach you how to create an ideal brow shape.

This retails for S$20. Check the link below for updated promotions.

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Map out your eyebrow shape

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Before you get to actually trimming your brows, it’s best to have an idea of how you’d like them to be shaped.

Marking down the precise points of where you’d like your brows to start and end will definitely ease the stress of the trimming process.

Not sure where to begin? A tip is to find the beginning of your brows by holding a brow pencil vertically at the middle of each nostril. Once you have, mark that spot carefully with the pencil. Then, pivot the pencil to the outside of your iris. That will serve as the arch of your brow. Mark the spot, then swing your pencil until it grazes the outer corner of your eye to find your end point. Easy-peasy!

Start with slow, careful snips

There’s no better way as to how to trim eyebrows right than by going with slow, careful snips. Trust us, it is the best way to keep from making a irreversible mistake, such as giving yourself a too-close crop!

Start brushing the hair of the front portion of your brows with your spoolie, making sure to use an upward motion. Then, use the brow scissors to trim a very small amount at the top, leaving the natural shape untouched. From there, continue brushing your brows in the direction of their natural growth and trim away the pieces that are overly long or sticking out.

Remember: less is more! Trim small amounts at a time to prevent any catastrophic disasters.

Prepping for brow-plucking

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Don’t pick up the tweezers just yet! Plucking at your brow hairs can be harsh on your skin, so it’s best to prepare for it by massaging some of your favourite facial oil onto your brow bone.

This keeps your skin and hair follicles lubricated and also prevents hair breakage. Plus, it also reduces skin sensitivity so you won’t look as if you’ve acquired a rash after tweezing. Uh, no red, irritated skin after a massive tweezing session? Yes, please!

Pixi Overnight Glow Serum

Pixi Overnight Glow Serum

If you can’t decide on a facial oil just yet, we recommend the Pixi Overnight Glow Serum. This contains calming aloe vera and cucumber extracts, which helps soothe irritated, sensitised skin. It also comes formulated with Vitamins A, C, and E, which nourishes and brightens skin after use.

Good for your skin, and reduces the possibility of a red, irritated patches of skin by your brows? Now, that’s definitely how to trim your eyebrows right.

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Clean up any remaining stray hairs

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As with trimming, the same principle applies to tweezing: less is more. To get a painless, fuss-free pluck, tweeze hairs in the direction of hair growth whilst holding your skin taut. Start with the stray hairs beneath the beginning of your brows, and slowly work your way to the back, making sure to stop every once a while to re-evaluate if you like what you see.

You can even opt for a magnifying mirror to get a closer look while tweezing. But remember to back up a few steps and take a look in a normal mirror from time to time, too, to ensure that your brows are shaping out how you want them to appear. Our advice? Keep calm, and take frequent breaks to ensure that you’re heading in the right direction.

If tweezing doesn’t seem to be working out for you, well, that could be because your brows are more on the thick and unruly end of the spectrum.

If you can’t tolerate tweezing, consider alternatives such as waxing instead.

Calm irritated skin

Skin still appears red and irritated despite all the prep work from before? Calm it with your favourite soothing gel.

Also, make sure to keep away from tweezing and plucking for at least the next six weeks, and repeat the cycle again once more for beautifully shaped brows.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

This cult product is enriched with vitamins from pure aloe vera to calm even the most sensitive of skin, and even works as a moisturiser, hair mask, and face mask!

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Fill in any sparse spots if needed

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Now that you know how to trim eyebrows right, you can perfect them by filling in any sparse patches!

Grab your favourite brow pencil feather in some hairs, combing through them with a spoolie to blend them out for the finishing touch.

Get a professional brow trimming service

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If you’re really unsure how to do it and don’t feel particularly adventurous, make an appointment with a brow specialist. Most makeup counters provide brow trimming services so you can call and book a slot with them. The professional can help you to trim your brows and create a desirable shape. Thereafter, you can do your own trimming regularly, following the shape that has been done for you by the professional, and simply trim off the excess hairs.

At the session, feel free to also ask the professional to give you tips or even do it yourself under her watch so you can really learn the right ways to trim your brows.