How to Trim Your Eyebrows So You Don't Look Like a Bridge Troll
Why steal precious minutes from your time on earth to trim your eyebrows when those minutes could be spent contemplating beauty or scrolling through Twitter in an angry, exhausted daze? Because you might look like a bridge troll.
If you accept this premise, all you need to know is how to trim your eyebrows. You'll need a few tools, a stead hand, and a baseline level of comfort looking at yourself in the mirror.
This might come as a shot, but eyebrows actually have a terminal length and should theoretically fall out when they get too long, before growing back. But they tend, nevertheless, to get wild and unruly in the process. I’m not going to get into the basics of eyebrow shaping and plucking, because that’s a different topic. But, assuming you confidently understand the shape and density of your eyebrows, here is how to trim them without overdoing it.
The Tools You Need
A mustache comb: Get a comb that’s small enough to separate the hairs: A mustache comb is the perfect route. Obviously it is still possible to trim your eyebrows without a tiny comb, but having the right tools for the operation is the first step towards success!
Tiny scissors: You can get rounded-tip scissors if you don’t want anything sharp near your eyes (typically these are for nose-hair trimming), but they tend to be difficult to maneuver since you’re trimming to close to the skin. Otherwise, you can get the standard-fare eyebrow scissors that many brands sell.
How to Trim Your Eyebrows
Study your face: I know, this is a strange first instruction. But, since trimming eyebrows is something that could easily take a dark turn (as in, if you over trim and all of a sudden you have narrow lines for eyebrows), I think the first thing you need to do is study your eyebrows and their shape, the arch, the ends, and all that. The goal here isn’t to compromise this perfection. Again, you have to decide for yourself where you’re gonna pluck. Today you’re simply grazing a bit off the top. You’re mowing an already manicured lawn, ok? So that’s all we’re gonna do: Snip the ends and clean it all up. Don’t lose track of that intent.
Comb upward: Take your teeny tiny comb and brush everything straight up. Vertical. You can also comb up and back against the grain so that you make everything look as bushy and gnarled as possible. Take a moment to reflect at how long these little guys are and how deranged you look when they fall out of line.
Snip along the brow line: Now take your pint-size scissors and get real close to the mirror. Snip any hair that stands up over your brow line. Don’t compromise the shape at all, but simply trim away at anything that needs mowing. When you’re done, you should be looking at your exact same eyebrow, except it’s still all combed upward.
Rinse and comb it back into place: Splash on some water or take a quick shower, and then comb everything back into place. It’ll look the same in shape, but it will feel a little lighter and you won’t fall victim to any flyaways (melodramatic, yes). This is how it's supposed to look! Remember this.
How NOT to Trim Your Eyebrows
Don’t use an electric clipper unless it’s specifically designed to trim eyebrows. Don’t use big scissors. Also, more generally speaking, don’t run with scissors in your hand.