From wispy and over-plucked to bushy and barely-groomed, eyebrow looks have certainly spanned the spectrum over the past few decades. Now it seems the latest eyebrow trend is not to follow any beauty trend at all. The perfect eyebrow shape is about grooming and shaping your brows to suit your own face shape and unique facial features.1
Finding The Perfect Eyebrow Shape: Why Is Face Shape Important When Styling Brow Arches?
If you want to really frame your face and shape your eyebrows in the most flattering way possible, you need to first determine your face type.
Groomed and shaped eyebrows can give your face a polished look – even before you apply makeup. Matching the right eyebrow arch and correctly adding definition to your own particular face shape can help:
- Open up and draw attention to your eyes, giving you a more youthful and put-together look
- Give the illusion of a slimmer face or more pronounced bone structure
- Give the face more symmetry or balance2
How you achieve the perfect brow will depend on several factors, including whether you have a rounder face or a longer one. While general grooming guidelines (like plucking stray hairs) and the beauty tools and techniques might be the same, you should shape your brows based on your actual facial shape.
Finding Your Face Type: Oval, Square, Round, Long, Heart, And Diamond
Stand in front of a mirror in a well-lit spot, and pull your hair back from your face. Look squarely at your reflection (it may help to have a pencil or even a ruler handy to map out the angles of your face).
Oval Face Shape
An oval face often features:
- A forehead that is only slightly wider than the chin
- A slightly longer, less angled appearance
Square Face Shape
If you have a square face, you might notice:
- Your face is as wide as it is long
- You have an angled or prominent jawline
- You have a sharp or straight line from your temples to your jaw
Round Face Shape
A round shape features:
- Fuller cheekbones and a small chin
- Softer edges
Long Face Shape
Also known as a rectangular face shape, you may notice:
- A slightly more elongated version of the square face shape
- A softer, more curved chin
Heart Face Shape
A heart-shaped face boasts the following features:
- A wider forehead
- A smaller, pointier chin
Diamond Face Shape
If you have this uniquely symmetrical face shape, you may have:
- More angular bone structure, with a pointier chin and pronounced cheekbones
- A narrow hairline compared to other face shapes3
Basic Eyebrow Shaping Tips: Finding Your Natural Arch And Complement Your Bone Structure
Before you can tailor-fit your brows to accentuate your facial structure, you’ll want to do a bit of basic grooming. Here is a step-by-step guide to mapping your arches so you can clean them up.
- Hold a thin makeup brush (think eyeliner or eyeshadow) up against your face. Line it up against your nose, just outside your nostril. This is where your eyebrows should begin. You can mark the spot with a little eyebrow pencil.
- Remove any stray or unwanted hairs outside the starting point by plucking or waxing.
- Next, angle the brush slightly over your pupil. The point over this spot should the highest part of your eyebrow arch. Brush your eyebrow hairs up and out to further reveal your natural arch. Trim or pluck your eyebrows underneath this area.
- Finally, angle the brush from the edge of your nose to the outer corner of your eye. Your eyebrow tail should end here.4
Brow Goals For Each Face Shape
You can work with what nature gave you and tailor-fit your brows.
For rounder face shapes:
Give your face a more angular look by shaping brows to get a more pronounced arch.
Brush brow hairs upwards to accentuate the high arch and give your face more definition.
For heart-shaped faces:
Soften your features with a gradual, natural-looking arch.
For square or long face shapes:
Compliment your features with a flat brow, brushing them out horizontally.
A thicker brow with a gradual or slight arch can draw the eye away from a prominent jaw.
For longer or rectangular faces, thinner (but still flat) brows help bring balance to the face.
For diamond face shapes:
Go for a curved brow with a well-defined arch to flatter your angular features.
For oval face shapes:
Keep brows natural and well-groomed, as your face shape looks great with almost any brow style or shape.5
Products To Shape Your Brows: Eyebrow Pencils, Brushes, Stencils, And Other Makeup
Some women like a more natural look, while others like the feeling and appearance of fully made-up brow.
Regardless of what you’re going for, it pays to be well-versed in the wide range of eyebrow tools and makeup available to you.
Eyebrow Grooming Basics
- Eyebrow scissors – Brow scissors can trim longer hairs.
- Wax – There are pre-cut strips for facial hair available in many drugstores, but you might want to leave this to the pros if you don’t have a steady hand.
- Tweezers – For plucking stray hairs.
- Spoolie – For brushing brows into place.
Makeup And Stencils For Color And Definition
- Eyebrow pencil – The fine tip and soft color can help you draw in hair with precision. This works for emphasizing shape and adding an illusion of fullness.
- Brow powder – When applied with the right brush, it can give thin or sparse brows a boost. Make sure you have a light hand when applying, though.
- Brow gel – Whether untinted or in the right shade to add depth to your brows, gel can help smooth them into place and keep them from getting unruly. This product is great for thicker brows if you’re looking to nail a natural look.
- Markers (with or without stencils) – These products work to help you actually draw in brows with a long-lasting formula.6
Beautiful Brows: Achieving The Perfectly Shaped Brow For You
A strong brow game is one that you’ve made your own. By understanding your face shape and working with the right tools and makeup, you’ll have standout eyebrows that will bring the right kind of attention to your own striking beauty.
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