Most guys are uneducated about brow care—and look worse for it. This simple regimen can have a huge impact on your appearance.
1. Get the Right Tool
Buy a pair of tweezers made to fit a man’s hand. ACE Dual Action Tweezers ($14; amazon.com) have a wide, textured grip, not to mention a dual-head design that lets you pluck brow hairs with one end and clean up small strays that fall outside your hairline with the other.
2. Prep With a Shower
“The heat opens up pores and will loosen the hair so it won’t hurt as much,” says celebrity eyebrow stylist Anastasia Soare, whose clients include David Beckham and Ryan Seacrest. If you’ve got especially sensitive skin, apply a numbing agent like Orajel to help lessen the sting.
3. Do a Quick Trim
All guys should do this, not just those with heavy brows. “Taking the weight out may be all you need to look young and polished,” says Ramy Gafni, an eyebrow expert in New York City. Comb hairs straight up with a brow brush or a clean toothbrush, then use a straight blade to clip any hairs that stick out above your natural brow line.
4. Master Your Plucking Technique
Always use a regular mirror (not a magnifying mirror, which can lead to overplucking) and remove hairs one by one. Pull them quickly by the root in their natural direction to prevent ingrowns. Step back regularly to assess your work.
5. Leave a Few Strays
To keep things from looking artificial, never carve into your arch and don’t remove every last rogue. A little roughness is a must for men. Thick, bushy eyebrows can look strong and handsome (think Chace Crawford), but they get out of control easily. As with flyaway head hair, a styling product can help. To achieve a structured appearance (without veering into Jersey Shore territory), try a clear brow gel like Joey Healy’s Brow Structure Clear Set ($25; joeyhealy.com). It’s water-resistant and it won’t flake—just brush brows up and back with a few quick sweeps in the morning. In a pinch, a spritz of hair spray on the fine-toothed end of a comb will do the trick too.