When it comes to eyebrow grooming, most methods can be costly and somewhat painful. Even though the results are usually flawless, threading and waxing are known for their discomfort and price commitment.
Well, what if we were to tell you that you could get that flawless cleaned-up look without having to sit through an uncomfortable waxing or threading session? It can save you some serious dough, too.
We're talking about eyebrow razors! The words eyebrows and razor might seem a bit risky paired together, but trust us, with the right technique and products, your brows will be looking salon quality in minutes. TatBrow knows brows, and we know exactly how to get them on point—now, let’s dive in.
What Are Eyebrow Razors?
Eyebrow razors are thin razors attached to a curved plastic handle. The point of eyebrow razors is to remove the thin hairs on the face and neck. The razor blades are made for the soft skin on your face, which means it’s very difficult for you to cut yourself.
It can feel nerve-racking using a razor on your face, especially up close and personal to your brows, but as long as you follow TatBrow’s easy-to-follow tips and tricks, there’s no reason to worry.
What To Know Before You Use Them
We want to let you in on a few important details before you take a razor to your brows. Obviously, you don’t use just any old razor; that would most likely end in an eyebrow emergency!
Shaving your eyebrows should be left up to a precision razor with a very sharp blade. We're sure you already know, but the sharper the blade, the safer it makes the process when it comes to shaving.
Even though eyebrow razors are meant for your eyebrow and facial hairs, they're still razors, so it's important to be careful while handling them. The skin on your face and eyebrows is thinner than the rest of your body, so you're more prone to cuts and scrapes. You don't want to injure yourself over a simple brow makeover.
While shaving your eyebrows can be a bit more comfortable than waxing or threading, the process itself can be more tedious. Not to mention the results won't last nearly as long. Shaved hair grows back much quicker than waxed or plucked hair.
Waxed brows can take a few months to grow back completely, whereas shaved brows can grow back as early as four to six weeks.
Are They Safe?
The most important question surrounding eyebrow razors is: are they safe? We're here to tell you yes! Of course, you're taking a sharp object to a sensitive area near the eye, so certain precautions must be taken, but for the most part, they are perfectly safe to use.
The great thing about eyebrow razors is that they are made specifically for the supple skin on your face, so unless you’re being totally careless, cuts and knicks shouldn’t be an issue
How To Use an Eyebrow Razor
There are a few essential steps you'll have to follow to properly shave your eyebrows. Same as at home waxing, threading, or plucking, a system must be followed to get the best results. Yes, this eyebrow grooming method may be a bit more time-consuming than others, but we think it's totally worth the wait.
Step #1: Take a Deep Breath
Anything regarding eyebrow grooming takes a calm hand (especially shaving). First things first, take a deep breath and relax. Unnecessary nerves or overthinking can lead to mistakes.
Just imagine the gorgeous set of brows you'll have in the next 10 minutes, and we promise you'll start to feel better.
Step #2: Wash Your Face
Just like any other brow wax, pluck, or thread, you want to make sure you have a squeaky clean face. Exfoliating beforehand is a good idea too. This will ensure the razor doesn't pick up dead skin cells, which could cause the blade to go dull sooner and mess with the accuracy of the blade.
It is important you don't have any bacteria on your face while shaving as that could lead to unwanted blemishes and pimples.
Step #3: Trim Brows Before Shaving
Before you begin the shaving process, you'll want to take a pair of brow scissors to trim the brow hairs.
Take a small makeup spoolie to brush the brow hairs up, then use the brow scissors to cut the hair. Eyebrow hairs can get very long; even if you shave the surrounding area, it can leave the final results looking not so great if you don't trim the hairs.
Step #4: Tweeze That Unibrow
We all get those annoying coarse hairs between our brows—aka the unibrow. It's best to first tweeze that area as you wouldn't want to risk slipping and taking off half your brow. You’ll go in later with the razor to clean everything up but definitely start with the tweezers.
Step #5: Find Your Brow Shape
Knowing your eyebrow shape is key to having on-point brows. It can be hard to know right off the bat which eyebrow shape will look best on you, especially if you haven't been to the salon in a minute.
The most simple way to determine your face shape is by vertically placing an eyebrow pencil at the top side of your nose, then marking that spot. Next, line the pencil up with your iris and mark along your brow.
This will create a guideline for where your arch should be. Now you focus on the tail. This part is quite simple; just line the pencil up with the outer corner of your eye and eyebrow, then mark that area with the pencil.
Once you've finished marking all the necessary areas, you should have the perfect outline to follow. That process might've seemed somewhat taxing, but remember, that's really the only time you'll have to do it. Once you have your shape determined, it'll be very easy to keep them groomed as well as the shape looking perfect.
Step #6: Brush the Brows
After all that measuring and marking, your brow hairs might be all over the place. Before you start cutting and plucking, it's best to take a second to brush out your brows. You want to make sure all the hairs are going in the right (and same) direction.
TatBrow Tip: Make sure to be gentle with the spoolie. You don't want to brush out all the markings you've made for the outline.
Step #7: Outline the Brows
Since you already have a rough outline to follow from earlier, outlining the brows will be very easy. Just follow the markings you've already made but outline the entire brow. Outlining will ensure you don't over-shave your brows or make them too thin. We always say opt for thicker at first; you can always take more off later.
Step #8: Use Facial Oil
One of the important steps to this entire process: facial oil. When shaving, you always want a product you can apply to your skin to ensure the razor glides perfectly. When it comes to shaving your eyebrows, you can't use soap or shaving cream, so facial oil is your best bet.
If the outline gets smudged, don't panic; just redo the outline as best you can, and be extra careful when you start the shaving process.
Step #9: Above the Brows First
Before you give any other areas attention, you'll want to shave the top of your brows first. Start at the top and go down to the upper line. Try not to overdo it here. It isn’t the time for reshaping yet—just cleaning up.
Step #10: The Tail End
The tail of your brows is the easiest way to tell if you've been neglecting your grooming routine, which means they're also a quick fix and an easy way to make your brows look a bit more put together.
You'll want to start by shaving the outside end of the brow, then move towards the temple and underneath the tail. These are some tight spaces, so make sure you're taking your time. You don't want to shave it too thin or take too much off.
Step #11: The Under Brow
After you've cleaned up the tail and upper brow, you'll want to focus your attention on the under brow. Take the razor and shave any superfine hairs that are sitting under the brow. Remember, if you can't get all of them, you can always go back in with a tweezer.
Sometimes the thicker, coarser hairs are harder to shave off. If that is the case, the tweezer is probably your best option.
Step #12: Back to the Middle
We know you've already plucked the sparse hairs between your two brows. Still, it's important to give that area a little extra TLC before sealing the deal and determining that your brows are ready to hit the town.
Carefully take your razor and move it back and forth between your eyebrows. You can go ahead and sharpen up the inner area of your brows too. This will give it that perfect salon look. Just don't overdo it. You don't want your eyebrows looking unnatural!
Admire Your Hard Work
Now that you've got some killer brows, all that's left to do is admire your hard work. We bet your brows are looking as on point as ever!
Time To Style the Brows
While not everyone loves filling in their brows, unless you get them tinted or microbladed, you’ll probably need to put in a little effort when styling them.
When you shave your brows, you’re mostly just shaping them and preparing them to be styled or filled in. Yes, some people have perfect full brows naturally, but we get that those people are few and far between. If you’re someone that relies on eyebrow fillers to get your brows looking on point, then we’ve got some suggestions for you.
Here at TatBrow, we know all the best products that’ll get your brows looking flawless. First off, we get that it’s not always easy to fill in your eyebrows—if you struggle with filling in your brows, we suggest our Microblade Precision Pen. It makes the application simple and easy and always flawless.
If the precision pen doesn’t seem like it’d be a good fit for you, you can always try out the Micro Precision Pen. Much like the Microblade Precision Pen, it’s great for beginners and is super easy to use.
Doing your brows should never feel like a chore; once you master your routine, it’ll become more therapeutic than anything. All it takes is a solid routine and some good products.
Eyebrow razors are a convenient and pain-free way to groom your brows. When it comes to eyebrow grooming, waxing, plucking, and threading are known to be pretty uncomfortable. While eyebrow shaving won’t last as long as waxing or threading, you’ll still have a solid four to six weeks in between each shaving session before your brows are back to their bushy selves.
It might feel nerve-racking to think about having a razor so close to your beloved brows, but trust us, as long as you follow our step-by-step guide, we know they’ll turn out looking great!
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