Eyebrows and how to care for them is a hotly debated beauty topic. Should you pluck or thread? Thick or thin? Arched or flat?
The truth of the matter is there is no one-size-fits-all answer, and the best way to determine how to shape your eyebrows is to start by looking at the shape of your face.
Do Eyebrows Help Shape Your Face?
Makeup artist and brow expert Lauren Hogsden suggests the first thing people need to understand about eyebrow shape is that your brows can either help lift your face and make it appear younger and more alive… or not.
The key is understanding where your eyebrow should start, where it should end, and where it should arch. Hogsden said using a brow pencil and the tip of your nose to determine a “brow map” is the first step.
The eyebrow should start at the point almost directly above the widest part of your nose. Using that spot on your nose as the base, you can use a brow pencil to mark the spot vertically where your brow should begin.
Then – by adjusting the pencil at various angles across your eye – you can determine how the eyebrow should arch and where it should end. Once you have that brow map, you can pair the shape of your eyebrow to the shape of your face.
“The golden rule is to go for a brow shape opposite to your face shape. For example, if you’ve got a long face you should go for a low-lying arch and straight, elongated brows to add width to your face,” she said.
What Eyebrows Are Best for the Shape of My Face?
Beauty experts say the best eyebrows act as a non-surgical facelift and draw attention to your best features. While that sounds great, what does it really mean?
The eyebrow shape for a heart face will be very different from either an oval face or a long face – for example. Thankfully, once you understand where your brow should stop and start, determining the best shape (including thickness and arch) is all a matter of matching brow shape to face shape.
For example, the eyebrow shape for a round face would be thinner and high arched. You may even want to darken your brows with a brow pencil or other makeup at the tip of the arch, to emphasize the height, making your face appear longer.
The eyebrow shape for a long face would be the opposite, minimizing the arch and trying to pull the observer’s eyes wider. Tapering the end of the brows and keeping them mostly flat helps with this optical illusion.
For a diamond-shaped face, you want a curved eyebrow to soften your features. Some people may want to extend their brows a bit more to pull attention away from a strong jawline.
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