Dilemma of the Week: My Eyebrows Are Out of Control. Help!

My eyebrows are out of control. It's like they're going in three different directions. When I brush them up I like how they look, but a minute later they're wild again. What can you suggest?

You've got disobedient brows. They're not doing what you want and it's making you mad! Lucky for you, there are a ton of great eyebrow-taming products I can recommend, and I can tell you how to use them. Personally, I love working with old-fashioned moustache wax, which I buy at the drugstore and always have in my kit. The main ingredient is beeswax. It's cheap and will hold brows all day, though it's dense, so you can only use a trace and you really have to brush through it. Here's what to do:

  • Start by brushing through your brows with a hard-bristle toothbrush (not the same one you brush your teeth with, of course!). You're going to brush with light pressure up and outward to the right for the right side, and up and outward to the left for the left side. Repeat five times on each side.
  • If there are any extralong hairs that are bothering you, you can trim them, but do so carefully. Trim the longer ones with a small scissor made for the face.
  • Don't go overboard when tweezing. It may be tempting to pluck any wildly riotous deviants. But be careful, because it's easy to take out more hair than you mean to. You might want to consult a professional the first time. Some folks have their brows waxed, which I don't do because I always get a rash afterward, but I know plenty of people who wax regularly.
  • After you've brushed your brows, take a tiny drop of the wax and warm it between your fingers for a second, then softly but firmly rub it onto your brows, in the same direction that you brushed them. Brush again to remove any remnants of wax.
  • If wax is too dense for you to work with, try a gel brow tamer, which usually comes in a mascaralike tube with brushes attached. The consistency is very much like hair gel, and it's easy to use. Just brush up and outward. The results won't last as long as wax, but it's a pretty result that will work for a few hours.


Make Your Own Brow Tamer at Home

For a great homemade brow tamer, here's all you need to do:
1. Mix together 2 teaspoons of grated beeswax and 1 teaspoon of castor oil in a Pyrex dish.
2. Heat the mixture slowly in the microwave until the beeswax is melted.
3. Pour your mixture carefully into a small sanitized container.
4. Cool until solid.


Recommended Products

Product name: Paula Dorf Brow Stay
This is light wax, so it's easy to work with and combines with any brow color for more comely, natural-looking brows.
Price: $18
Available: PaulaDorf.com

Product name: Tweezerman Brow Mousse A clear styling gel with a brush-on wand that helps to shape brows and keep them in place.
Price: $8
Available: Tweezerman.com

Product name: Lorac Brow Wax
These three amazingly natural tones define and enhance the arc of your brow while holding it in place. In auburn, blonde and brunette.
Price: $16
Available: Sephora.com

Product name: Smashbox Brow Tech Wax
A tiny pot of colorless brow-shaping pomade that can be mixed with brow powder or shadow to fill brows and set them in place, or used alone to groom brows into the perfect shape that lasts all day.
Price: $18
Available: Smashbox.com

Product name: Tweezerman Facial Hair Scissors
Precision-crafted scissors designed to cut right to the safety tip. The blade curves away from the skin, making it safer to use. These scissors are excellent for extralong eyebrow hairs. Just comb eyebrows up and trim.
Price: $15
Available: Tweezerman.com

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