Eyebrows often seem to take on a life of their own. While one may be arched, the other may choose to lie flat, and sometimes they even join in the middle. While the adjoining fuzz can be light or quite dark, depending on your natural hair color, removing it makes you look and feel more polished. Homemade wax strips allow you to remove pesky hair from the root in one or two swipes, and the process saves you the trouble of booking a salon session.
Pour 1/4 cup of honey and 1 cup of granulated sugar into a microwave-safe bowl.
Carefully cut a lemon in half, and squeeze half of the lemon over the bowl until fully drained. You can also use prepackaged lemon juice.
Mix the ingredients together using a spoon until fully blended.
Place the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl and stir the contents thoroughly.
Place the bowl back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Remove it early if it begins to spit or burn. Microwaves that run on high heat may require up to 20 seconds less heating time.
Stir the mixture and allow it to cool down for 20 minutes.
Place a ruler at the bottom of a piece of muslin cloth. Use a pencil to mark 3 inches from the bottom corner. Draw a straight line from this mark going 4 inches up. Connect the end of the second line straight over to the edge of the cloth, forming a rectangle. Cut the rectangle out to create a strip, and repeat one more time. An old T-shirt is also a suitable option if you don't have muslin cloth at home.
Wash your face with a cleanser formulated for your skin type to remove any oils that could prevent the wax from gripping to the hair. Gently pat your face dry.
Place an eyeliner pencil along the side of your nose and straight past the inner corner of your eye.
Set your finger at the point next to your brow where the pencil lands.
Remove the pencil, then use it to make a dot directly where your finger sits. This is where your natural brow should start and should not be waxed. Repeat the marking process on your other brow.
Dip the end of a Popsicle stick into the wax once the wax has reached a warm temperature.
Apply one layer of the wax between the two eyeliner marks in the direction of hair growth. Brow hairs typically grow down toward your nose, but have a look in a magnified mirror to confirm your hair's growth pattern.
Press the muslin strip down firmly over the wax right away. Move your finger across the strip four times to heat up the wax and help the strip to grasp all hair.
Place one hand on your forehead, using your fingertips to pull the skin tightly toward your hairline.
Grasp the end of the strip with your other hand, at the opposite end of where you pressed it onto your skin.
Pull the strip back in the opposite direction of hair growth, using one quick motion.
Examine the area to ensure that all hair between the marks was removed. Repeat the process if any strays were left behind.
Dampen a cloth with warm water, and gently pat the area to remove any leftover wax as well as the eyeliner. Use your regular facial cleanser for more stubborn wax.
If your skin feels sensitive or appears red after waxing, apply moisturizer to the area. Avoid heavily fragranced products that could further irritate the skin, and opt instead for natural moisturizers like aloe vera or azulene oil.
Place a lid over the bowl of wax, and store it in the fridge for future use. Throw it in the microwave for another minute (30 seconds at a time) the next time you need a touchup.
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