Ouch. Pluck that eyebrow. Image courtesy of Hemera/Thinkstock.

There she is, looking at the windows to your soul, but she really can’t see your soul because you’ve got an unkempt shrubbery that may be an eyebrow, but due to it’s density there’s really no way of knowing.

One of the many benefits of being a model is the exposure to all things aesthetic.  When you show up at a shoot, you get your hair and makeup done.  If you need a little fine tuning, the makeup artist will help you out.

I have some pretty thick eyebrows.  I have sisters, so the monobrow was never an issue in my house.  You pluck those suckers and give yourself a little separation.  Now the other stuff?  That’s a little bit more challenging.

On one of the shoots that I did, the makeup artist wanted to do a little shaping of my eyebrows.  Whoa.  No.  Well, that was my first reaction.  She worked in a salon that specialized in eyebrows and convinced me she would clean them up a little bit at a time and I could stop her whenever I wanted.  OK, then.

First, she put a little gel on my eyebrows an combed them up.  Any of the brows that were much longer than the rest, she cut.  Then she combed them down.  Any hairs at the top of the eyebrow that didn’t intersect another hair, she plucked.  On a sidenote: she used Tweezerman facial hair scissors and tweezers for the job, and they make great products.

That is just the beginning, but it can make a big difference in the appearance if all of this is new to you.  Next came a little shaping.  WARNING: Take it easy.  Don’t make it too extreme the first time you get after it.  Or the second time.  You can tighten them up a little bit more every time you pluck IF you leave something to pluck!  I had a couple of blocks at the corners where my eyebrows should have curved.  She knocked them down by just plucking a few of the higher hairs, and cleaning up what was left.  My advice to make sure you never look too pretty, or douchey, is to refrain from plucking the bottom of your eyebrows.  If you have a few loners that are completely separate from the rest, pluck those few, otherwise, leave the bottom of the eyebrows alone.


Pluck in moderation.  If you are still unsure, or if you want more help, go to a salon.  They know what to do, and ask them to do just a little bit at a time.  You can also try threading, which is basically plucking using a string.  Go once, and then you can do the maintenance on your own.  The eyebrows frame the eyes, so put a little time into it, playboy.  Then go practice your best eyebrow moves.


Richard has been in the Essential Style for Men mix since its inception in 2009. When he isn’t busy serving as the ESM’s Director of Fashion & Style, you may find him on the beach playing volleyball, or working hard in Thailand shooting with a beautiful Brazilian supermodel.