These are my must-have eyebrow products/tools:
* Old mascara brush - When you're planning on throuwing out your old mascara, don't! Clean the brush and use it for grooming your eyebrows.
* Tweezers - It's really important to invest in a good pair of tweezers. I have Tweezerman and Solingen tweezers. Tweezerman tweezers worked perfectly good at first, but now they've gotten dull and need to be sharpened. Tweezerman company will do that for free, but it would cost a ridiculous amount of money to ship these to US and back. You can sharpen the tweezers yourself (if you're into DIY) by using sandpaper. Still, I swear by Solingen ones.
* Cosmetic scissors - Some parts of the brows don't need plucking, they just need shortening. That's when the scissors come in handy.
* Thread - For threading, of course.
* Angled brush & eyeshadow - Some people use pencils, some use special brow kits, I use a simple eyeshadow and taklon liner brush (from Coastal Scents). Eyeshadow will make your eyebrows look natural and perfectly shaped, without the strong edges. You don't need to draw them with your pencil. Well, unless you over-plucked. ;) Pencils tend to make your eyebrows look unnatural. It's also harder to find the right shade for your brows, since there aren't so many eyebrow pencil shades as there are eyeshadow shades. I use taupe brown shades and my favorite shade is actually purple in the pot. It's by Wild & Crazy (shade Ocean in Mood). When applied it looks taupe with cool undertone. Perfect for me.
* Brow gel - When you have unruly eyebrows like I do, you're gonna need something to tame them. I use Essence Lash & Brow gel mascara. It rocks!
Let me show you the diagram I normally follow. I did this one myself, using my drawing of Natalia Vodianova - just because she doesn't have ''the perfect'' brows the other diagrams usually show. This diagram should only be a guide, not a rule. We all have different faces, different natural shape of eyebrows... You have to be careful when using this diagram, some noses are wide and some are narrow.
So, let's get started. These are my natural eyebrows. The diagram shows you where I cut, where I pluck and where I thread. I might even use an eyebrow shaver every now and then. The choice is all yours.
This might be the most important step when you're doing your eyebrows - fill them in! Use an eyeshadow and a brush and do your brows as you normally would. That will prevent you from over-plucking and from the horror of creating sperm brows. And also remember to follow your natural eyebrow shape. We can't all have brows like Megan Fox, right? Oh, and another tip: don't use magnifying mirror. There's a danger of over-plucking if you do.
I can't really explain the technique of threading, so I advise you to look it up (YouTube is very helpful). I hope we all know how the plucking looks like... and this is how I cut the hair that doesn't need plucking. First I use my mascara brush and comb the hair upwards. I cut the hair above the drawn line. Be careful not to cut too much or you might get bald spots in your brows. Yeah, I'm guilty... Do as I say, not as I do. :D
This is what my brows look after I spend a good amount of time plucking, threading, cutting, shaving... and I still see some hair that shouldn't be where they are.
I hope this little eyebrow shaping guide was/is helpful.
Thanks for looking!