Many crossdressers want to shape their eyebrows but are either afraid to or don’t know how. In this article I will share my knowledge and experience to make you more knowledgeable in this area to be able to get their eyebrows looking nicer, improving your feminine appearance.
As I’ve mentioned before, my natural eyebrows are nothing short of a disaster. Really, calling them eyebrows would be incorrect because before I started getting them done professionally, they were, in fact just one solid eyebrow. Back in 1999, I first decided to take the plunge into the world of eyebrow modification. For the first several years, I only waxed the middle portion, giving me two ugly, yet distinct eyerbrows.
Fast forward to around 2004 and I started shaping them by having the estechican arch them for me. There are several different methods that you can use to change the look of your eyebrows.
Of all the methods I’ve tried, this is by far the least effective of them all. It involves taking a set of tweezers and pulling the hair out of each follicle, one by one. Further complicating matters is the fact that it is more difficult to achieve a desired shape. That’s certainly not to say that it can’t be done, but be warned that it isn’t the most efficient method.
Although the pain isn’t too bad, be warned that it is a slow process and that you will endure pain after pain after pain. . .
Plucking eyebrow hairs typically will not leave bumps on my face.
One great advantage of plucking is that it is cheap and easy to get started. Tweezers are the only tool required and you can either do it yourself or ask a friend.
When I do pluck, it is usually to grab a couple of stray hairs or renegade hairs that pop up in between salon visits.
Hands down the most common eyebrow shaping method, waxing is faster than plucking though probably a little more painful because several hairs are being ripped out at once. Waxing was my first professional foray into eyebrow trimming, and I quickly adjusted to it.
Some of the advantages of waxing include the short time it takes to get done, relative affordability, and good results. It lasts a bit longer than plucking and can also be done at home with simple kits that can be picked up at most drug stores.
Drawbacks of waxing include the potential for nasty, irritating bumps on the area that has been waxed. I have been a victim of this wrath plenty of times, although they tend to disappear after a couple of days. Another big disadvantage is that if you wax too much, you can’t go back. The process isn’t usually a gradual one, as beauty technicians prefer to get you done and out the door.
I no longer wax my eyebrows unless I’m desparate.
This is now my preferred way of shaping my eyebrows. In my opinion, threading is the most precise and most efficient way of removing excess eyebrow hair while also getting a desired result most of the time. It can be painful, perhaps even more than waxing, however.
Threading is (in my experience) cheaper than waxing, and the people who are trained in this art really know what they are doing. There is a salon in Chicago that I went to a few times that only charges $5, though I found a better place downtown that was $15. I started threading at the end of last year on the suggestion of one of my Aunts, and have never looked back. I never get bumps as a result of threading.
My favorite part of threading is how they can target single hairs or remove one row of hairs at a time. This way, your eyebrows come together more gradually, but not super slow like when plucking. Also, my eyebrows tend to look much sharper and more precisely arched than they ever did when waxing.
Of course, unless you are specifically skilled in this, threading cannot be done at home. Another problem is that it may be difficult to find this service in your area, as it is not as prevalent as waxing.
Now, I’ve never tried this but had a non TG guy friend who did this to escape his own evil unibrow. As far as I know, he would wash his face like normal, then lather up and shave away. Shaving, however, is a quick fix as hairs grow back much faster because you are not removing them at the root. I would also tend to think that your skin is more prone to irritation after shaving, after all, you are dragging sharpened steel across a delicate patch of skin.
If you have especially thick eyebrows, it is possible to use a beard trimmer with a guard attached to thin them out a bit, but I’ve never tried.
Yet another shaving technique involves shaving your eyebrows completely off and then drawing them on or having them tatooed on. You can also cover them up with heavy concealer and draw them on.
What Shape to Get
The most obvious difference between men’s and women’s eyebrows is that women have arches whereas most men don’t. Therefore, any male who wants to look more feminine has to incorporate arching somehow. You can go extreme, but I compromise. My eyebrows, while arched, are not too thin, so they fit my face better.
Keep in mind that the more feminine you make your eyebrows, the more noticeable they will be when in male mode. If you are full time then there is no need to worry about that.
Here’s a suggestion: you want your eyebrows more arched than most men but a little less than most women.
I hope that with these tips you can achieve your desired eyebrow look. Feel free to add your own tidbits of info or questions if there is something more that you would like to know. Enjoy and may your eyebrows be shapely!