Traditionally, shaping a client’s eyebrows whether it be by waxing, threading, microblading, or otherwise, is done with the client laying down. This is primarily for the comfort of both the client and the esthetician alike, also so the practitioner can get a better, eagle-eye view of the client’s face. But think about what happens to the body when it lays down. Typically, it relaxes. The same goes for the muscles in the face. When a client lays down on their back to get their eyebrows shaped, whether they realize it or not their facial muscles relax. This can change the way the brows sit on the face compared to when the client is standing up, creating an incorrect arch for your client’s facial shape.
This is why Malynda Vigliotti, owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar (New York City), swears by shaping her client’s brows while they’re sitting up. “I’m an avid believer of shaping brows while sitting up,” Vigliotti says. “It allows you to shape symmetrical arches and better judge where brows should begin and end in relation to the other features on the face, which helps to make them proportionate. Features get distorted when laying down, making it harder to create a shape that will ultimately look good when standing up.”
According to Vigliotti, when clients lie down gravity takes to the facial muscles and can distort facial features. By shaping your client’s brows while they sit up, you can easily assess the eyebrows in their natural state – the way others see them and they way they look when viewed in a mirror.