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Eyebrow Shaping Tips

Different Eyebrow Shapes

There are five basic eyebrow shapes that can be used to accentuate or modify facial features. Choosing the right brow for your facial shape is very important – choosing the wrong shape can be quite unflattering. For example, a highly arched, angled brow can make a round face appear more oval but the same brow will make a long face look even longer.

The five basic brow shapes are:

So, now that you are familiar with the different eyebrow shapes, how do you know which will best suit your features? The first thing to do is identify your face shape.

Different Face Shapes

OK, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Remove all makeup and pull your hair back and take a long, objective look in the mirror. Your face will probably not look exactly like any of the basic shapes, however, you should be able to identify which shape yours is most similar to and then follow the recommendations for that shape.

There are six basic face shapes and knowing which one your face most closely resembles is the key to determining which eyebrow shape will be most flattering for you.

The six basic face shapes are:

If you are having trouble identifying your face shape, here are some tips that might help you:

The Best Brows for Your Face

Now that you have determined what your predominant face shape is, it's time to figure out which brow shape will best enhance your features.

The following guidelines will give you an idea of what brow shape is best and worst for each face shape. It's certainly alright to have fun and experiment with different eyebrow shapes, but to find the most appealing look you'll be comfortable wearing every day you'll want to follow these rules.

Shaping Eyebrows to Flatter Your Face

How to Arch Eyebrows

There are three measurement guidelines to keep in mind when determining the proper way to arch your eyebrows. The following illustration gives a visual representation of these measurements:

Brow Shaping

  1. To determine where the brow should begin, imagine a straight line from the outside edge of your nose up to the inside corner of your eye. The inner corner of the brow should begin along this line.
  2. To determine where the tail of the brow should end, imagine a straight line from the center of the upper lip, along the outer edge of the nose, up to the outer corner of the eye. The tail of the brow should end at this line.
  3. To determine arch placement, imagine a straight line from the tip of the nose through the middle of the pupil. The eyebrow should arch where that line intersects with the brow.

Your Best Look

Well-shaped eyebrows really do more to enhance your appearance than any other facial feature. The right brow shape can make your face appear slimmer; eyes appear larger and more youthful. Now you have the knowledge you need to identify your face shape and determine what eyebrow shape will highlight your best features.