Trimming eyebrows is one of those grooming steps that many men file under “unnecessary, not for me.” Which is a shame, because all of us can benefit from an eyebrow trim. The simple, quick practice—done once every couple weeks—will enhance whatever shape your eyebrows currently exhibit.
That’s because trimming your brows isn’t the same as plucking them—it’s not the time to downsize or reshape your brows. So, if it’s gonna be bushy and beautiful, now you’ve got big brows that won’t grow outside their bounds. Same goes for thin or normal eyebrows: Trimming them prevents periodic flyaways and that egregiously long strand that somehow snuck out there (we all know that hair). Sure, this isn’t as dire as a good haircut or a nail trim, but we file it under “it’s all in the details”. And eyebrows are the details. (Just ask our bushy-browed grooming columnist about his illustrious pair.)
So, get ready. You’ll need a few tools, a steady hand, and a baseline level of comfort looking at yourself in the mirror.
The Tools You Need
A mustache comb
Get a comb that’s small enough to separate the hairs: A mustache comb works perfectly here. It is possible to trim your eyebrows without a tiny comb—some guys use a new, flat-top toothbrush for the task—but having one is the first step to intentional, well-manicured brows.
You can get a pair with a rounded-tip 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 so close to the skin. We’d recommend getting purpose-built pointed-tip eyebrow scissors.
How to Trim Your Eyebrows
Study your face
Since trimming eyebrows is something that could easily take a dark turn (you over-trim and all of a sudden you have wisps for eyebrows), the first thing you need to do is study your brows and their shape. Look at the arch, the ends, and all that. The goal here isn’t to compromise this perfection. Again, if you’re considering a new shape, plucking is a different game altogether. But for now, you’re simply grazing a bit off the top. So that’s all we’re gonna do with these steps: Simply snip the ends and clean it all up. Don’t lose track of that intent.
Take your teeny tiny comb and coach everything straight up, on the vertical. You can also comb up and back against the grain so that you make everything look as bushy and gnarled as possible. See how long those hairs actually are?
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. Again, don’t compromise the shape at all, but simply trim away at any of the lawn that needs mowing. When you’re done, you should be looking at your exact same eyebrow shape. You can now comb the brow back into place, and sigh with relief that you look exactly the same as when you started, just a little tidier.
Don’t use your beard trimmer
Please avoid using an electric clipper unless it’s specifically designed to trim eyebrows. And don’t use big scissors, either. You’re gonna do something you regret.