How to Do Simple 3-Point Eyebrow Mapping to Shape & Maintain Brows

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30 Minutes

Do you struggle to shape your brows? Today, I'll show you a simple 3-point eyebrow mapping technique to help you maintain your eyebrows between salon visits, or skip the salon and groom your eyebrows yourself.

Are you ready to learn how to map eyebrows? Then let’s get started. You probably already have everything you will need.

Tools and materials:

  • Eyebrow pencil, or any kind of marker that you can easily erase
  • Spoolie eyebrow brush
  • Tweezers
  • Eyebrow scissors
  • Eyebrow gel
  • Cotton swabs
Prepping eyebrows before the mapping

1. Prep your eyebrows

Use a spoolie to brush your eyebrows downwards. If you don’t have a spoolie brush, you can also use a small hairbrush or comb. Doing this will better enable you to accurately mark the points on your eyebrow.

Mapping eyebrows

2. Map the first point

For the first eyebrow map point, place your eyebrow pencil right next to your nose, past the inner corner of your eye. Mark a small vertical line at your eyebrow. That should be the inner edge of your eyebrow.

How to map eyebrows

3. Map the second point

For the second eyebrow map point, glide your brow pencil from the outer edge of your nostril, diagonally across the center of your eye and up to your eyebrow.

Mark a small vertical line at that point for the top and bottom of your eyebrow arch. 

Easy eyebrow mapping

4. Map the third point

For the third eyebrow map point, glide your eyebrow pencil from the outside of your nostril, diagonally past the outside corner of your eye and up to your eyebrow.

Mark that point to map where your eyebrow will end.

Connecting the points with a line

5. Connect the points

Use your eyebrow pencil to connect the three map points with an arched line. Make sure to draw in the same direction as your natural eyebrow hairs grow.

Repeat to map your other eyebrow.

Tweezing brows outside the line

6. Shape your eyebrows

Tweeze your eyebrow hairs that lie above the line you just drew and, on the inside, between your eyebrows as well.

Tip: If you are very sensitive to pain, try icing the skin where you are going to tweeze before plucking, and ice again after you pluck.

Brushing eyebrows upwards

Now brush your eyebrows upwards.

Connecting the lines below the brow

Use your eyebrow pencil again, to connect the lines for the lower border of your brow. Tweeze the eyebrow hairs outside of that border.

Cleaning up around the brows

Use a dry makeup brush to clean up any loose tweezed hairs from around your eyebrows.

Brushing brow hairs upwards

7. Trim your brows

Give your brows a final brush upwards. 

Trimming brows with curved scissors

Use a small pair of scissors to trim off eyebrow hairs that are extending above the mapped area. Be careful not to cut too much, because you don’t want to create gaps in your eyebrow.

Before and after eyebrow mapping

Here’s the before and after. You can see how much better groomed my right eyebrow (on the left in the picture) is than the other one that I didn’t yet map and groom.

Erasing the mapping lines with a cotton swab

8. Fill in brows

Use a dry cotton swab to erase the eyebrow mapping lines. 

Filling in brows with a pencil

Fill in the upper eyebrow line with your eyebrow pencil.

Applying brow gel to set eyebrows

Then brush your eyebrows upwards again, but with an eyebrow gel this time. If you have thick eyebrows, then use a clear eyebrow gel rather than a tinted one.

Filling in the lower edge

Now fill in the lower edge of your eyebrows with your eyebrow pencil.

Repeat for your other eyebrow.

Results of eyebrow mapping

Eyebrow mapping tutorial

Here they are – both brows are completely done. I do this once a week to keep my brows well maintained, and I haven’t been to the salon for my eyebrows in years!

Try it yourself and let me know how you liked this eyebrow mapping tutorial by leaving a comment.

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Eyebrow pencil, or any kind of marker that you can easily erase
  • Spoolie eyebrow brush
  • Tweezers
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  • Leslie Leslie on May 05, 2022

    You are beautiful and thank you for your tutorial. I have never mapped my eyebrows and they come out well but I am going to try your process of mapping. I also truly believe that your Mothers' tweezers lasted so long because things were made better. I am going to look into buying that type of tweezer. Again thank you 🌺

  • Mariann_ridulfo Mariann_ridulfo on May 09, 2022

    I will try this myself!! Great tutorial!!