Is your face round or long? Are your eyes set wide apart or close together? These are questions best asked before you try to shape your eyebrows. Otherwise, you might end up with eyebrows that don’t flatter the shape of your face, and that can have an impact on your overall appearance. Check out these tips for shaping your eyebrows according to the shape of your face and the width between your eyes.
For starters, you want each brow to begin right above the inside corner of each eye and end at the outer corner of the eye. To find out exactly where these points are, take a pencil or a thin makeup brush, place one end of it at the outer nostril, and point straight up past the eye. This is where your eyebrow should begin. Next, angle the pencil toward the edge of the eye (still starting at the nostril). Where the pencil intersects with your eyebrow is where it should taper to an end. If needed, use a bit of eyeliner to mark these spots to help you when you start to shape your brows. Just don’t forget to remove the spots when you’re finished!
Now, you’re probably wondering how face shape determines your eyebrow shape. If your face is round, creating a well-defined arch can add a bit of length to your face. For those with long faces, keep the arch to a minimum. There’s no need to add any length to your face. Any arch you have or create should start at the outside edge of the iris (colored portion of the eye). This can be measured using the pencil technique listed above.
At this point, you’ll probably want to take a look at how your eyes are set. Are they more than one eye-width apart? If so, you have wide-set eyes and should start the brows a bit closer together, thereby creating the illusion of perfectly set eyes. For those whose eyes are closely-set (less than one eye length apart), do the opposite of the wide-set eyes technique—start the brows farther apart, and end them farther out. Again, it will help to create the illusion of the perfectly set eye.
Once you’ve got the basic shape down, it’s time to start tweezing or filling in with a brow pencil, depending on the thickness of your natural brow. If you’re one of the people who feels cursed with bushy brows, just think of it this way. You have more to work with and more room for error! However, nothing looks worse than overtweezed eyebrows, so don’t go crazy with those tweezers or waxing strips (whichever you decide to use). Just let your natural shape be your guide. If for some reason you find you went a bit overboard, by all means, fill in areas with a brow pencil. The goal here is to make them look as symmetrical as possible.
By following these tips, you should come out with the perfectly shaped brows. And nothing frames the face quite like a set of eyebrows that are appropriate for the shape of your face.