All Face Shapes
No matter what face shape you have, there are three golden rules to follow when it comes to your brows.
1. The head of the brow should begin at the bridge of your nose. “This point can be easily found by vertically holding a pencil up to either side of your nose bone.”
2. The arch of your eyebrows should be about two-thirds of the way out. “One of the biggest mistakes I see day-to-day is a centered arch. This gives the dreaded ‘rainbow’ shape!”
3. Don’t cut your brows short. “The tail should, at the very least, end on an imaginary line from the corner of the nose to the corner of the eye,”
“You can allow it to extend slightly further as long as that tail doesn’t end lower than where the head begins (this can make the eyes look droopy). Make sure your tails always taper to a crisp point to best lift the eye.”
A square jaw accents the angularity of your face, so softly rounded brows are the way to go. “Make sure your brows are not too angular,”
“But beware of making brows appear too round; you don’t want to over pluck and create rainbow-shaped brows!”
A classic, balanced brow is perfect for this well-proportioned face shape.
“Although bold brows are in this season, a heart-shaped face will definitely want to steer shy of this trend,” Because of the petite jaw line and emphasis on the upper portion of the face, it is important to keep brows well-manicured and exceptionally groomed. That being said, a thin brow is never in! The idea here is to create a shape that is controlled and never bushy. This tight brow on the top hemisphere of the face will serve to balance the smaller chin and jawline of the bottom half.
“A long face is characterized by features that are vertically stretched out,” “In this case, it is important to extend the tails of your brows east-to-west to really play up horizontal features.”
“I always suggest that the tails of brows extend beyond the corner of the eye, but a long face should make it a point for tails to extend a bit longer. It is important to beware when sculpting the tail, however, as allowing it out too far will drag the eye down and make it appear droopy.”
“If your face is round you want to make sure your brows are very angular,” i advises. “Because there is a lack of definition in a rounder face, the perfect angled brow can bring out and define facial bone structure that is lacking or not present.” For round faces, a higher arch is flattering.
Shaping your eyebrows isn’t easy at all. Many of us have tried to do it ourselves, ending up with one super thin, shapeless eyebrow, and the other one looking even worse (not to mention totally different than the first one!). Like everything else, shaping your eyebrows is a matter of practice. However, there are useful tips to do it right. Here are some of them:
- Step 1: Take a pencil, tweezer or a ruler and lay it vertically against your nostril. It should go all the way up, making an imaginary line converging with your eyebrow. This is the spot where your eyebrow should begin. Any “extra” hair should be plucked.
- Step 2: Always starting from your nostril, take your pencil, tweezer or ruler and lay it in on top of your eye in a way that it passes over your pupil. Where it converges with your eyebrow is the spot where your arch should be. Mark it with a white eyeliner.
- Step 3: Starting from your nostril, lay your pencil, tweezer or ruler at the edge of your eye. That’s the place your eyebrow should end. Remove any hair that goes beyond that spot.