Tweeze, Please!

By Kirthi Jayakumar

I have no shame in admitting that I prefer dental surgery without anesthesia over threading my eyebrows. There is something about that thread that sends me flying into a fit, so I’d do anything to put as much distance between me and the salon chair for an eyebrow-plucking session.

The best thing I put between me and that was the humble pair of tweezers.

You’re probably wondering how it helped anything – considering that it plucked with as much force as the thread. Sure. But here’s what works: plucking with an anticipated force. When I knew beforehand what part of the eyebrow was next in line, it made the task so much easier and a rather less-painful procedure. Here is what you can do to try this out:

1. Clean your skin and pat it dry.
2. Dab a little teething gel (you get this off the counter at any medical store) on your eyebrow. This will help you keep the pain to a minimum – lesser in intensity than the pain you may experience with my anticipated-force-idea.
3. Set your eyebrows with a brush, or your fingers, to follow their natural fall.
4. Take a pair of tweezers – please be sure to use one which is not rusted. I need one without slanted edges, though some people I know prefer those with slanted edges.
5. Begin tweezing – always be sure to tweeze them in the direction in which they grow. Here are a few points to remember:
– First find the extras and tweeze them out. This refers to the hair growth outside the eyebrow itself.
– Move along the brow and define the shape you want to see. You can hold the arch up using the fingers of your other hand while you tweeze, so you know how you want it to look.
– If you have trouble finding your arch, take a long eyeshadow brush or an eye pencil. Hold it parallel to the outside edge of the colored part of your eye. Wherever the brush meets the brow is where the highest part of your brow should be. Tweeze the hairs underneath the arch and make the shape
– Always make sure that the space between your brows be equal to, or a little wider than, your eyes. If you have trouble finding out where your brow should go, take the brush or pencil and hold it parallel to the side of your nose. Wherever the brush meets your brow is where your brow should begin. Tweeze all the strays in between.
– Stop and look each time. Try not to overpluck!

6. Once you’re done, use a gentle dab of Aloe Vera Gel!