Although the standard for men’s brows tends to be somewhat forgiving of stray hairs and bushiness, the Chewbacca eyebrow vibes can become an unwanted focal point.
Men’s eyebrow grooming is more of a matter of maintenance; there’s a balance between cleaning your eyebrows up and over-doing it on the trimming and tweezing, leaving you looking like a terrified Wii-sports character.
The hair on men’s eyebrows tends to grow at different rates to different lengths, making timing your eyebrow grooming a more irregularly timed task than shaving.
The following article will walk you through how to get the right shape on your eyebrows by yourself and how to take care of the scraggly in-between periods.
Men’s Eyebrow Grooming: What Tools Do I Need?
Grooming your eyebrows is a reasonably straightforward process and doesn’t require much– you can get started with as little as a pair of tweezers.
However, where there is a beauty need, there is likely a slew of products available for every possible need. If you want to get the full suite, here are a few products to consider:
- A small eyebrow comb. Yes, they exist. Brushing your eyebrows can help you see which eyebrows are the longest and should get the tweezin’ treatment.
- Eyebrow scissors. Eyebrow scissors may be a good investment to better shape your eyebrows depending on how long they grow.
- Eyebrow trimmer. If you have a lot of eyebrow hair volume, it may be helpful to call in the heavy artillery. An eyebrow trimmer can help you get a more uniform look than scissors or tweezers, and the special guards make trimming much more straightforward. Keep in mind, your beard trimmer is not an eyebrow trimmer (unless it comes with a specific attachment)– you only have to shave your eyebrows off by accident once to learn this lesson, but it can be avoided!
Some men may want to opt for the more hardcore and longer-lasting eyebrow treatments such as waxing, but this is a fast way to get some funky eyebrow shapes if you don’t know what you’re doing. Let’s start simple.
What’s the Best Eyebrow Shape for Men?
Men have the luxury of being able to groom into their natural eyebrow shape, rather than being urged to pursue eyebrow shapes dictated by fashion trends by our female counterparts. Or, if you want to go that route, more power to you, man.
The basics of men’s eyebrow shapes is to just clean things up, and eyebrow shapes primarily revolve around providing a clean aesthetic absent of stray hairs.
There are a handful of eyebrow shapes men can groom into with limited experience necessary, and each form tends to benefit certain facial features gracefully.
Rounded Eyebrows: In our opinion, rounded eyebrows tend to be the most common of the pack. These round eyebrow shapes tend to look best on men with broad foreheads and wide eyes, but they’re rated “E” for Everyone. To groom into these shapes, align your browns to the bones most prominent on your face, which is usually your cheekbones and jawline. Gently taper a soft curve at the tails of the eyebrows.
Flat Eyebrows: This eyebrow shape is usually best suited for men with longer faces, since the horizontal lines can “cut” the length of the face in two, making it appear shorter. This shape has zero or minimal curve.
Angular Eyebrows: This shape favors men with rounded faces since it helps sharpen the overall definition of the face.
Respect the natural curve of the eyebrow when tweezing your eyebrows. The sharper cuts you make into the eyebrow, the more scraggly your growing-back period will look. Keep it au natural.
The art of men’s eyebrow grooming is to refine that natural and masculine look without taking off too much hair.
There are just two simple tenets to men’s eyebrow grooming: do it, but don’t overdo it.
Eyebrow trimming is just one of the many simple components of a man’s self-care routine. By trimming down that scraggy look and sniping out any outlier hairs that take away from your brows' overall shape, you’ll be able to develop the habit and awareness of putting your best face forward.
As you age, eyebrow hair, nose hair, and all sorts of body hair starts growing at a much faster rate. Learning how to keep that hair in check on a regular basis will help you maintain a clean and attractive look on autopilot.