Why You Need to Start Planing Your Brows

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I know, I know. Advising you to reconsider your sacred brow-grooming technique you’ve sworn by for years is a lot to ask and probably almost offensive. But hear me out. If you don’t like how painful tweezing, threading or waxing feels (so, all of us) and want to keep your eyebrows looking perfect in between appointments, eyebrow planning could be your next true love.

What makes eyebrow planing different is the “planer” tool aestheticians use to painlessly remove unwanted hair. Unlike waxing, tweezing and threading—which all remove hair from the root—eyebrow planing eliminates hair from the surface, nixing the possibility of permanently damaging your hair follicles.

Many brow-planing salons are focused on taking the time to teach clients how to create perfect brows, so often times they’ll have you hold a hand mirror to follow along. The aesthetician will use a brush and dark brow powder to outline an ideal arch shape tailored to your face and hair color before he/she gets started. Errant hairs are then removed by running the planer against the direction of growth and a few painless minutes later, your brows are beautifully shaped, with no telltale redness.

These life-changing planers are usually available (and are recommended!) to bring home with you after your consultation to use for touch-ups every day or two. Yes, frequent touch-ups are necessary but that’s the trade-off for pain-free grooming. 

With two New York locations where men and women flock for perfectly sculpted brows, Meri Desevic, owner of New York's Lilibeth Beautiful Brows, created and branded her own line of brow-refining products. After trying it out, we swear by the Lilibeth Brow Shapers ($20 for a 3-pack)—their stainless steel-coated blade is designed to not cut or irritate the skin. But the best part, aside that it’s available in pink, is that it can be used on any facial hair without encouraging new or coarse hair growth. 

Can’t remember what your aesthetician taught you or just unsure on where to start? Breathe easy: Lilibeth Brow Shapers come with a detailed step-by-step guide on how to perfectly shape your brows like the pros. Just place the planer’s blade flat against clean, dry skin and glide it across your skin, working against the hair growth.

Even if you’re not convinced on converting fulltime, the shaper tool is perfect for re-touching your eyebrows in-between appointments of your preferred brow-shaping method. 

Will you try brow planing?