I got my first eyebrow wax the week before college. It costed around $15. Between waxes, I would tweeze my eyebrows; usually I’d over-tweeze them. And they were never even. I remember stepping away from the mirror after one particular tweezing session and realizing that I had a permanent surprised look on my face. Cute.
In 2007, an ex-boyfriend’s mom introduced me to Parissa’s Brow Shaper wax strips. The strips allow you to shape your eyebrows without taking off too many hairs – they’re foolproof! I’ve been using them ever since. I wax my eyebrows 1-2 times per month. You’ll save time by waxing at home instead of making an appointment at a salon (sidenote: does anyone else hate appointments like I do?!). And it’s cheaper than going to a salon each month. So, are you ready to wax your eyebrows at home?!
- Parissa Brow Shaper wax strips kit (includes Azulene oil!)
- cotton balls
Step 1: Prep Your Skin
Make sure the area around your eyebrows is clean and makeup-free (note: don’t clean skin immediately before waxing because your skin’s natural oils protect the skin from the wax). Typically I wax my eyebrows at night before bed.
Cut the desired amount of strips – 1 strip is made up of 2 halves. You just pull them apart.
Step 2: Wax
Press a wax strip parallel to your brow and firmly against your skin. Hold it down for ~3 seconds. Make sure that the strip does not move places on the skin. Quickly rip the strip off in the opposite direction that the hairs grow. I usually wax 3 different areas around my eyebrow:
- the top of the arch – I use 1 strip per eye on this part
- below the arch and below the tip near the bridge of your nose – I use 1 strip per eye on this part
- bridge – the area that could turn into a uni-brow; I use 1 strip for both eyes on this part
Pro tip about shaping: the shape of your eyebrows could be making you look older (great for liquor stores, not great for everyday life!).If you look closely, you’ll notice that there’s a shadow area. This is because we focus on the arch too much! You can quickly fix this by waxing the area around your “furrow lines” – the areas between your nose and under your eyebrows.
Step 3: Post-wax
Tweeze any hairs that did not come up with the wax strips. It’s normal for the area around your brows to be a little red. After you’re done waxing and tweezing, dab a little azulene oil on a cotton ball and swipe across your brow area. The azulene oil soothes skin and removes excess wax (it also removes eye makeup!).
There you have it! As you can see, the process is so easy! It takes 5 minutes. You’ll save time and money. Use these strips for other stray hairs as well – like fingers and toes. You can find Parissa’s Brow Shaper wax strips – and their other waxing products – at Ulta, Whole Foods, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I’ve even found them at my local Wegman’s grocery store!
How do you currently maintain your eyebrows? Have you tried these wax strips? Let me know in the comments section!
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