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Three lovely little words are guaranteed to get even the most high-maintenance girls safely through these crazy economic times: Do-It-Yourself. With the right products and step by step instructions, eyebrow waxing goes from salon expensive to a DIY do. Follow these simple steps to learn how to wax your own eyebrows.
1. Hard Wax
4. Eyebrow brush
6. Small scissors (to trim eyebrow hair if necessary)
7. Large wall-mounted mirror
8. Bright lighting
Line 1. From the outside of the nose to the inner of the eye brow will form the start point
line 2 .form and imaginary line that again runs from the outside of the nose but this time runs through the middle of the pupil if your looking straight ahead.
Line 3. Still working from the outside of the nose this line defines where the brow should finish
Line 4 .This is a horizontal line that should start from the edge of line 3 and finish at the start of the brow at the inside of the eye.
Hair should be about ¼” long – the length of a grain of rice – any shorter and the wax won’t have anything to hold onto. For most people, that length is the result of a 7-day grow out; resist the urge to tweeze stray hairs for a full week before waxing. Choosing the shape of your arch before you begin is an important step so you know what your final result should look like.
Using a soft tissue or cotton ball, clean your brows and the surrounding area with a gentle astringent. Wax won’t stick as well to make-up or oily skin, so it’s important to clean up before you get started. While you’re prepping, heat the wax according to the instructions on the kit.
Hard wax is best for coarse hair and sensitive skin in delicate areas, such as your face. It’s easy to apply and remove since no waxing strips are necessary. Use a small spatula applicator to spread your first thick – about 2ml – layer of wax over the treatment area going against the direction of hair growth, then immediately spread a second layer of wax going with the direction of hair growth, extending it slightly past the treatment area – this will serve as your tab to lift and pull off the wax once it’s hardened.
Pull the wax away from your skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth to remove the hair.
Remove any wax residue using a wax remover. Comb eyebrows into shape and tweeze any remaining hairs that may have been too short or fine for the wax to pick up. Trim long eyebrow hairs by brushing your brows against the grain so they bristle upwards. Use the small scissors – nail scissors work best – to carefully trim the hairs down to your preferred length.
Keep in mind, some redness is normal after waxing and usually fades within 1-to-2 hours, depending on your skin type.
– Test your waxing skills on a small spot on your arm or leg before tackling your eyebrows.
– Exfoliate the skin around your brows – not your eyelids! – the day before you wax to remove any dead skin cells that could develop into blemishes after waxing.
– Keep your tools close to you. Waxing is a fast procedure and you don’t want to have to search for the right product when you need it.
– Stay out of the sun for 24 hours after waxing. Skin will be sensitive and prone to burning.
– Eyebrows will need to be waxed every two to four weeks, on average.
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