How to Shape Eyebrows for Your Face Shape
Brows are having a moment, and we’re so excited that they are finally getting the attention they deserve. Often under-appreciated, brows actually hold a lot of power to enhance your makeup look. From a bushy boy brow to a thin Y2K arch, trying out different eyebrow shapes can be a super fun way to mix up your look and find something that flatters your face.
But where to start? The key to finding out which eyebrow shapes will work best for you is first determining your face shape, and your natural brow shape. From there, we will help you figure out which eyebrow shapes will best suit you, and let you in on the tricks and tools you need to get the look.
How to identify your natural brow shape
Every pair of brows is different. Learning which of the natural eyebrow shapes you have is important, because then you’ll know what you’re working with when it’s time to start shaping.
The trick that professional makeup artists use to get perfect brows actually has its roots in geometry. It’s called brow mapping, and it involves measuring your brows from various angles to figure out what you’re working with, and which eyebrow shapes will best suit your face. To do this, you’re going to need a long, straight object such as a ruler or a makeup brush, and a neutral eyebrow pencil.
With the straight object, you’re going to make three lines. First, hold it from the side of your nose straight up to the beginning of your brow. Use the eyebrow pencil to make a small mark. Next, keep one end at the tip of your nose, and angle the other to the highest part of your eyebrow’s arch, then mark it there. Finally, hold it between your nose and the end of your brow, and mark the third position. Repeat this process on the other side of your face.
How to shape eyebrows
Once you’ve identified the general shape of your brows, you will use these markings to start shaping. For this, you will need a pair of tweezers. You can use an eyebrow razor or threading as well, but if you’re just starting out, tweezers can help you to go slow and avoid mistakes. Before diving in, beginners may want to learn more about how to do eyebrows.
If you’re wondering how to find the best eyebrow shape for your face, try picking a brow shape to balance your facial features. For example, if you have a soft, round face, pick a more angular brow style. If your features are sharp, soften them with a gently arched brow.
Different eyebrow shapes for your face shape
The goal of natural eyebrow shaping is to make sure your brows are enhancing your lovely features, not distracting from them. Every face is unique, so we’ve got you covered for which shape will look best on you.
Round face: For round face shapes, the goal is to elongate the face and add structure. To achieve this, pick a strong, angled brow shape with a high arch.
Square face: The square face shape is defined by a strong, wide jaw. To balance this powerful feature, go for a thick brow. The Plumper Eyebrow Mascara will tint and embolden brows, giving them that extra oomph. An angled shape will add drama, whereas a rounded brow will soften the face.
Oval face: The best eyebrow shape for oval faces is a straight brow with a downward flick at the end. However, flat brows and subtly angled brows can also be a fun choice, depending on your preference. Grab the Micro Tattoo Eyebrow Definer and get experimenting.
Diamond-shaped face: Those with a diamond-shaped face may wish to soften their look with curved, defined brows. The Unbelievabrow Brow Artist Brow Gel will add texture and volume, with smudge-proof wear for up to 3 days.
Long face: Thick, flat brows are one of the popular eyebrow shapes for those with a longer face shape. They compliment the natural features by adding width to the face.
Heart-shaped face: The most prominent feature on a heart-shaped face is the narrow, pointed chin. Balance out the angles by sticking with rounded brows that will add a sense of symmetry to the face.
Our natural eyebrow shaping tips
A word of advice: when shaping your brows, don’t rush the process. You can always pluck more, but it takes a while for hairs to grow back once they're gone. When it comes to natural eyebrow shaping, less is more.
After you’re all finished with the new shape, it’s time to enhance your brows with an eyebrow product. For the final look, the colour can be just as important as the shape.
Typically, matching your eyebrow colour to your hair colour is a safe choice for a cohesive look. However, it’s becoming increasingly common to opt for a lighter shade on the brows, like blonde, to open up the face. The Skinny Definer Eyebrow Pencil comes in a range of shades, allowing you to play around with your look. To see how a certain colour will look on you before you buy, try out our virtual try-on tool.
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