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How to Trim Your Eyebrows At Home

Let this step-by-step tutorial guide you to the eyebrows you desire.
June 22, 2022

We’ll be the first ones to say that eyebrow maintenance can be a bit intimidating, not to mention time consuming. Aside from the fear of ending up with uneven — or worse, overplucked — eyebrows, keeping up with eyebrow shaping and grooming can be straight up annoying. 

But as annoying as it can be, eyebrow maintenance is a must if you’re looking to achieve  a certain type of polished beauty look. And with the help of regular trims, it’ll be much easier to keep unruly brows in check.

If you’re not sure how to trim your eyebrows, don’t fear. Here, we’re sharing a step-by-step guide on trimming eyebrows, and sharing the tools needed to give yourself the perfect set of brows.

Do You Need To Trim Your Eyebrows? 

Before we dive into how to trim your eyebrows, you may be wondering if it’s necessary to do so. If you frequently get your eyebrows done professionally, trimming your eyebrows in between appointments can help you extend the polished look that trimmed brows give. The occasional trim can also help prevent stray eyebrow hairs from sticking up in random directions throughout the day — and no one wants that.

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How Often Should You Trim Your Eyebrows? 

As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to trim your eyebrows about once per week. That being said, if you have an event coming up, you may want to treat your eyebrows to a quick trim beforehand. On the other hand, if you’re trying to grow your eyebrows, you can leave more time between trimming sessions.

How to Trim Your Eyebrows

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get to our tutorial. Follow the steps below to become an eyebrow trimming pro. We promise it’s easy.

1. Comb Your Brows

First thing’s first, use an eyebrow comb to brush the front area of your eyebrows upward toward your hairline. This will allow you to see which hairs have become longer than others, which is the reason for trimming your eyebrows in the first place.

2. Trim Long Hairs

Examine the hairs you brushed up. See which ones tend to fall in line with the top of your eyebrow and which ones stand out in length. Use a pair of angled eyebrow scissors to carefully trim any outstanding hairs. Remember — you can always trim more later, but you can’t add more hair if you take away too much. Take your time and trim little by little, especially if you’re nervous.

3. Repeat the Process

Move on to the middle section of your eyebrows and brush the hairs upward once again. Trim where necessary. Then, repeat the same comb and trim technique on the tail of your brow.

4. Brush Your Brows

Use a spoolie to brush your brows in the direction that you would shape them. This will give you a better idea of how your newly trimmed brow hairs will fall normally. If you notice any hairs that are out of place, use your angled scissors to snip, snip!

Editor’s tip: If you don’t have a spoolie on hand, check your eyebrow pencil. Most eyebrow products, including the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil, come with a built-in spoolie on one end. A clean mascara brush can also serve you well in a pinch.

5. Check Other Directions

While brushing your hairs upward is an easy way to bring long, unruly hairs into the limelight, brushing them downward is also important when trimming your brows. This will ensure no lengthy hair is left untrimmed.

6. Style Your Brows

After you’ve trimmed your brows to your liking, you’ll want them to hold in place all day. Use a clear eyebrow gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Brow Topcoat to seal in your look. 

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Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn 

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