The trend of full brows that showed up on the runway a few years ago, hasn’t gone away yet.
Of course not everyone will have full brows, so you have to work with what mother nature gave you, and whatever plucking damage you may have done in your youth.
Figuring Out The Best Eyebrow Shape For Your Face
Learning your face shape will actually help you determine the eyebrow shape which will balance out your features. Take a look at this handy chart below to give you some guidance.
Photo courtesy of Shobha
Your eyebrows can be the key to an instant eyelift and softening of the face.
Women lose thickness in their eyebrow hair as they age, so it’s very important to make sure they are well-defined and any “naked” spaces are filled in, creating the illusion of youthfully thicker brows with an eye-opening arch.
Brows frame the eye and create structure on the face so having the best eyebrow shape to balance your features really matters more than you might initially think.
Shaping Your Eyebrows
The “beginning point” can be rounded or squared off but should start parallel to the inner corner of the eye. The “arch” is best placed and most lifting on the outer 2/3 of the eye. Generally that’s right above the outer edge of the iris. The “ending point” is very important for completing the frame of the eyes. Typically it’s longer than most women think it will be and rather than curving down it does a gentle slope towards the top of the ear.
The three brow extremes to avoid: Untamed, Barely There, and Sharpie brows
The first brow extreme is the completely untamed, un-groomed eyebrow.
It’s the easiest to deal with because once untamed brows are given a beautiful shape, they are pretty easy to maintain with just a pair of tweezers. The trickiest part is getting the correct shape as discussed above.
Tips for shaping the Untamed AKA “virgin brows”
Find a good brow professional if you’re a brow grooming newbie.
Do your homework though. Don’t just walk into any salon, no matter how fancy it is, and expect their esthetician to be brilliant with brows.
Ask women you think have nice brows where they get them done and by who.
Bring in pictures of your ideal brow shape.
Talk about them and ask that the intended shape be sketched out in white pencil on your brows so you can see what they might look like before any removal begins. That’s also a great way to tackle brow shaping at home.
At-Home Brow Tweezing Tip From Kristen Arnett
If you are skittish about creating a shape and knowing which hairs to pluck, use a white eye pencil to go over the hairs you wish weren’t there, then only pluck those.
A word of caution: Frequent brow waxing, over time, can weaken and tear at the delicate eye skin. Go for tweezing or threading whenever possible. Check out the time I got my brows threaded here.
Barely There Brows
The second brow extreme is a pencil thin, rounded eyebrow whose hair won’t grow back after years of plucking. This either happened in the 70’s or in the 90’s if you were a teenager of that era.
Extreme #2 is more time consuming to deal with because as you age, your brows will continue to get more sparse.
Thin harsh lines and minimal brows that rise upwards in semi-circles are very aging to a face. It’s important to learn how to wield a brow pencil or a thin brow brush to create the illusion of fullness and add a modern shape, which is thicker and more square.[See my video on how to create full, natural looking brows]
The third and the newest extreme brow style to avoid – The Sharpie Eyebrow.
I don’t know why this started happening on Instagram and YouTube, but these so called “beauty experts” have women inking on their brows in a seriously unflattering way.
We makeup artists call these “Sharpie Brows” because they look as if someone grabbed a stencil, got out a permanent marker and drew them directly on the face.
Eyebrows that have stiff lines and are too dark can be aging and down right scary looking. Avoid these at all costs, please.
If you keep your brows naturally groomed, you will always be in style!
Have you been able to grow your brows back after over plucking? How do you maintain your brows? Let me know in the comments below, please!
Feature image photo by Toto Cullen. Makeup and Hair by Kristen Arnett using only natural, organic beauty brands. Photo was originally published in Relapse Magazine.