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Choosing the Right Eyebrow Shape Can Truly Transform How You Look - Completely

02 Jun, 2020
By Andie Reeves
Our brow obsession has been around for some time now. But as perfect eyebrows can take so many forms, how do you know which one is best for you? Turns out that your face shape is a good place to start when deciding which eyebrow shape you should choose...

It's been a few years since Cara Delevingne popped onto the scene with her bold-browed face and changed the game, seemingly forever. It's all about big bushy brows these days, and it doesn't look like the hype is going to die down any time soon. We support it mainly because we really, really don't want the ultra-thin and over-plucked brows of the 90s to come back in style - ever.

While you might now just be grabbing the tweezers to remove a stray hair or two every now and again, you could be missing a great face-enhancing trick. Start thinking about your brows like you would a new hairstyle. It might look cool on someone else but will it suit your face and personality.

You see, much like hairstyles, when it comes to choosing your eyebrow shape, there isn't a one-style-suits-all. There are a few things to consider - your natural shape, the look you desire, and also your face shape. And you'll be surprised as to just how big a difference it can make to your face – just like a new hairstyle. But the most important thing to remember is to try work with what you've got so you don't land up with brows that are too high-maintenance...

Use What You've Got Going on Already

Look at your natural eyebrow situation and go from there. You wouldn’t cut yourself a fringe if you weren’t prepared to style it every morning so don’t give yourself an eyebrow shape that’s going to require a lot of upkeep if your natural brow is bushy. Or don’t try force a big arch if they’re naturally straight and flat.

Using your face shape to decide how to groom your brows is a good place to start but it's by no means the only factor. It's totally up to you and the look you're into. Just because you've got a heart-shaped face doesn't mean you're not allowed to have super straight and boy-ish brows. It's just a rough guide to what will probably suit you best...

Whichever way your brows grow is what will suit you the best; then it's just a case of keeping them groomed and neat. And if you still want to tweak your shape or fill in some sparse bits to get closer to your perfect brow, just grab a brow pencil, powder or gel and work a little eyebrow shaping magic...
 

Start with Brow Mapping

Considering your face shape will get you a long way on the route to getting the perfect brows, but there are other things to take into consideration too - namely the rest of your face. You want your brows to be perfectly proportional to your nose and eyes as they all work together to show off your natural beauty.
 
Do a spot of brow mapping to figure out the most important spots of your brows: where they should start, where they end and where your arch should sit.
 
  • Take something a long and thin, like a makeup brush or pencil. Line it up with the side of your nose, right on the outer corner of your nostril, and lay it vertically on your face. Where it hits your brows is where your brow should start, so pluck any hairs that lie to the side of the imaginary line.
     
  • Next pivot the brush so the base of it stays next to your nostril but the tip crosses over the centre of your eye diagonally. This is where your arch of your eyebrow should be. How much hair you pluck from the arch is dependent on what shape you’re going for, and is definitely not an area you want to get too pluck-happy in as it can totally change (i.e. ruin) your look. Read on to decide exactly how you’re going to shape things around here.
     
  • Lastly, let’s find the end of your brow. Pivot your brush so that it hits the outer corner of your eye, and where it touches your brow is where your brow should end.

So now you know the key points of your brow, let’s get shaping.  

Read More. Here Are 5 Easy Steps to Shaping the Most Amazing Brows

What Eyebrow Shape Should I Have?

Eyebrow Shaping for a Round Face
Do I have a round face?  Your face is as long as it is wide, and is widest at the centre while being a bit narrower at your chin and hairline. You often get complimented for looking young as round faces have a child-like quality to them (which is a good thing, I mean, who doesn’t love looking youthful).

What’s good for you: Go for a slightly angled brow to add a bit of sharper definition to your face.

How to shape your brows: You’re probably already a fan of adding angles to your not-so-angled face with bronzer and highlighter. If you can cheat cheekbones you can also cheat your brow bone, and a high arch is the most flattering for your face. Avoid very rounded brows as this will make you look too soft and rounded. 

Use a brow pencil to draw two lines underneath your brow: one from the inner corner to the highest point of your arch and the other from this point of your arch to the end of your brow. This will create a sharp angle. Pluck any hairs underneath these lines. 

When tweezing the thickest part of your brow (the head) keep it sharp too. Instead of a rounded head keep it squared off. You might have to cheat it with a brow pencil if you’ve got naturally rounder brows.

Products we love: Maybelline Brow Satin Duo and Eylure Brow Shapers to help remove all those fine hairs.

 
Eyebrow Shaping for a Square Face
Do I have a square face? Square faces are similar to round faces as your face is the same width at all major points, so your jaw line, cheeks and forehead all pretty much line up. However, your jaw line is stronger and more angular.

What’s good for you: Go for a slightly rounded brow to add softness to your angular face.

How to shape your brows: You don’t need any more definition to your face so avoid sharp and angular brows. Instead add a touch of softness to your face with a rounded shape. With an eyebrow pencil draw a line along the bottom of your brow using short strokes to make the line soft and rounded. Pluck any strays underneath your pencil line.

Avoid the ‘rainbow’ look though, which is when your brow is one thickness throughout. Tweeze the tail end of your brows from underneath slightly to taper them.

Products we love: L’Oréal Brow Artiste Xpert Pencil and for when you want a softer look, use a brow powder like Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set.

Read More. How to Use Makeup to Make the Most of Your Face Shape

 
Eyebrow Shaping for a Oval Face
Do I have an oval face? Your face is pretty even, longer than it is wide, and doesn't have any particularly narrow or wide points, although it’s slightly wider at the top like an upside-down egg shape.

What’s good for you: Go for softly arched brows.

How to shape your brows: Your face is slightly less round than a round face so you want an arch but a less angled one. This shape lies somewhere in between the super defined arch and the soft rounded brow. 

But because you have what is considered the most ‘balanced’ face shape you are free to get a bit experimental. The ‘straight’ brow shape isn’t as popular because it’s harder to pull off, but it’ll give you a unique and striking look. 

For this style only tweeze the outer corner of your arch, leaving the first two thirds of your arch to blend in with the rest of your brow. If your hair is too sparse for this then fill it in with a brow pencil or brow powder. Draw a line along the top of your brow with a pencil to exaggerate the straight look even more.

Products we love: Rimmel Eyebrow Pro Micro Precision Pencil and LA Girl Inspiring Brow Kit if you prefer the softer finish of a powder.

 
Eyebrow Shaping for a Long Face
Do I have a long face? Your face is about twice as long as it is wide and is generally the same width all along. It's almost an oval shape but the difference is your face is a lot narrower, like Gisele Bündchen.

What’s good for you: Go for an extended brow to add width to your face.

How to shape your brows: If you’d like to balance out the length of your face you can create the illusion of a wider face with just your brows. Be careful not to over-pluck the end of your brow: you need all the length you can get here. Just neaten it up. 

Next take an eyebrow pencil and use short strokes to extend your brow a few millimetres beyond where your brow naturally ends. You can add to the illusion with your eye makeup too. Anything that appears to extend the eye area, like winged eyeliner, will help.

Products we love: Catrice Slim'matic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil with an ultra-fine tip for precise shading and Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara to control stray hairs and get a perfectly groomed look.

Read More: 9 Tricks You Need to Know to Get Your Eyebrows on Point

 
Eyebrow Shaping for a Heart-Shaped Face
Do I have a heart-shaped face? Your best quality is your amazing cheekbones and your face is widest at the top and most narrow at your chin, giving you a bit of an elfin look. Lots of heart-shaped faces usually have a widow's peak and/or a slightly pointed chin.

What’s good for you: Go for a defined curve brow with a low-arch to complement the heart shape you’ve already got.

How to shape your brows: You want to groom your eyebrows into shapes that mimic the heart-shape in your forehead. You can do this by lowering the top of your arch, giving you a more rounded top of your brow, and by defining the underneath of your arch too. Forget everything you ever heard about plucking the top of your brows: you are totally allowed to do it. After all, stray hairs grow here too, and you want the tops of your brows to be just as killer as underneath.

Use a pencil to draw along the top of your brow. If your brows are naturally angled some hairs might fall above your rounded line: pluck those. Now you should have a nice curve to the top of your brows. Then tidy up underneath your arch so you have angled definition below and a soft shape up top. Just like a heart.

Products we love: Revlon Colorstay Brow Tint Eyebrow Pencil with an ultra-fine tip applicator for precise, feather-like strokes and Cala Brow & Eye Lash Groomer to smudge out the liner strokes and tidy up stray hairs.

Read More. Everything You Need to Know About Eyebrow Microblading
 

 
Eyebrow Shaping for a Pear-Shaped Face
Do I have a pear-shaped face? Yes, not only can you have a pear-shaped body but a pear-shaped face is also a thing. Also known as a triangle shape, this is when your face is widest at the jaw, giving you a perpetually ‘chubby cheeks’ look, in a cute way. Think Kelly Osbourne.

What’s good for you: Go for thicker brows to balance out your jaw.

How to shape your brows: You can balance out the weight that your jaw adds to your face by adding weight to your brows (we’re not talking actual weight, just proportions, don’t worry). For this reason, thick and bold brows will look amazing on you.

Assess how much eyelid space you have before you start thickening. If you have a large gap between brow and eye then you can afford to add thickness with small, light pencil strokes or a brow powder underneath.

If you don’t have much eyelid space however, doing this can make your eyes look smaller, which is never the goal. Rather subtly fill in your eyebrows by slightly extending above the top of your brow. Keep the tail of your brow relatively thick too: you don’t want the ‘tadpole’ look. If the tail is naturally thin you can always cheat it with some well-placed strokes of the brow pencil.

Products we love: Catrice Professional Brow Palette, an all-in-one brow set with a selection of 6 powder shades, wax to set the brow and a highlighter, and Yardley Velvet Brow Pencil And Brush.

 

HOW TO: FIND THE BEST EYEBROW SHAPE FOR YOUR FACE!!!!

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