The uni-brow, also sometimes known as the mono-brow, is never going to be in style in Western culture. Women (and men) put themselves through all sorts of painful things to get rid of excess hair that looks like a caterpillar running across the top of their eyes.
I will openly admit, right here in public so no one feels singled out or picked on, that if I didn’t fight my eyebrows, I too would be sporting a uni-brow.
People stare at uni-brows. They can’t help it. It might do a trick, they don’t know. It’s one long eyebrow. You have two eyes; each deserves their own little patch of hair-land.
There are several ways to treat uni-brows but ignoring it isn’t an option. Some people pluck, wax, shave, thread (a method of yanking out a row of hair at a time using thread) and go through electrolysis or lazar treatments to separate this line of hair into 2 separate brows. All are painful and some are expensive.
Eyebrows serve a purpose and should not be shaved off. They protect the eye from salty sweat and rain from running into the eye causing temporary sight problems and stinging. You don’t need the extra patch of hair between your eyes to protect your nose unless your nose is upside down.
If so, then you have bigger problems than a uni-brow and I can’t help you.
Eyebrow grooming can make a person appear younger and more attractive. Maintenance of uni-brows only adds a few minutes into your normal hygiene ritual and can be done painlessly.
Here’s what you need:
- A really good pair of pin point or slanted tweezers
- A magnifying, light-up mirror
- Benzocaine topical (Don’t look it up- I’ll tell you in a minute or more, depending on how fast you read)
- A pencil
- A cup of coffee OR an ice cold drink, but not both unless it’s ice coffee (I prefer crushed ice to cubes but you can use whichever you like)
- A cookie- Double stuff Oreos are preferred however brownies can be substituted
Now that you have your supplies ready, start with washing your face with really warm, soapy water to open your pores. You really want to do this because you are about to make little tiny wounds on your face and you don’t want to risk an infection.
That will just make you look gross and we are trying to be more beautiful. Fight the beast, bring out the beauty.
Bring your lighted magnifying mirror as close to natural light as you can. I don’t care if the neighbors want to watch me pluck my eyebrows but you may live in a community that frowns about it or something. The more natural lighting you can use though, the better the results.
Take your pencil and line it up against your nose so you know where your eyebrow should stop. You can use the pencil to mark the spot above where the actual plucking will be. Remember we are going to make tiny wounds- don’t mark where your actually going to pluck.
Now use your benzocaine topical on the hairy area your about to rip from your face. Benzocaine topical can be found in Anbesol Baby, Anbesol Cold Sore, Anbesol Maximum Strength, Orajel Baby and Orajel Mouth-Aid.
Ah, now you know what it is. (Unless you already knew, don’t spoil it for the rest of us, okay?)
I don’t have to tell you not to get this in your eyes, do I? I case I do, don’t get this stuff in your eyes. There, that’s done.
Once the area is numb, which should only take a few minutes- pluck out everything between your pencil marks.
Now, if you are a real scare, hair-bear like me, you’ll also need to do your eyebrow curve. I can’t say it enough, don’t get the benzocaine in your eyes- use as little as it will take to numb the area but be very careful not to get it in your eyes.
Alternate plucking each side so they will be even and be careful of over plucking. If you over pluck you’ll spend months looking really surprised and your friends will wonder what’s up.
Once you are finished use your astringent to clean up the eye area. Now you can enjoy your drink and snack of choice and admire the beauty that you are.
But if you are not yet comfortable doing all of the steps mentioned above, it is advisable to check some helpful tutorials online specially from microblading studio NYC. This will give you an idea and overview about the proper ways of getting your brows done.