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If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped by a professional, you might be feeling a little bit stressed about the state of them right now. Salons, spas, and lots of other beauty services across the country have been closing in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Visiting a professional and having them get close to your face with a pair of tweezers is simply not in the cards right now, and no one's quite sure when it will be again.
All brows are in need of a little maintenance every now and then. Shaping your own eyebrows at home might seem simple enough, but there are a few tips and tools the professionals would rather you know before plucking and trimming yourself. As long as you've got the correct tools on hand and can tell when it's time to stop, it won't take much to keep stray and unruly hairs at bay.
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To shape your own eyebrows at home, you'll obviously need a pair of tweezers, which you likely already own. Brow artist Sania Vucetaj of Sania's Brow Bar in New York City prefers tweezers with a slanted tip. "These tweezers grab at the root of the hair so you avoid breakage," she explains. Her eyebrow studio produces its own slanted tweezers that you can buy online if you don't already have a pair like it. You can't go wrong with Tweezerman's Slanted Tweezer, an 18-time Best of Beauty winner, either.
If you don't have a pair of brow scissors on hand for trimming, avoid kitchen or craft scissors at all costs. "Most scissors can cause you to trim unevenly resulting in botchy brows," Vucetaj says. "This is because the blades on the scissors are too short and hinges are too tight." Sania's Brow Bar, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Joey Healy all offer scissors with sharp blades and handles that are easy to grip and control.