There's more to getting it right than you think...
The right eyebrow arch can take years off your age. And the distance between your brows can change the whole way your face looks. But, like most things in beauty, eyebrows are not one size fits all. This is why you need to know about eyebrow shapes and the best ones to suit you.
Unless you have jumped on the microblading band wagon, you’ll need to maintain you the perfect eyebrow shape with your best tweezers (we love Tweezerman’s Classic Slant Tweezers, £21.95, John Lewis). But, there are several things you need to take into consideration when grooming your perfect brows, so before you get tweezer happy, read on…
Eyebrow shapes for a round face
High, sharp arches will provide a vertical point on your face, lifting everything upwards rather than outwards. When filling in, start at your arch and make it slightly darker here than the rest of your brow. Try to create as high an arch as you can without it looking unnatural. And groom your hairs so that they point upwards – this will elongate your face.
Eyebrow shapes for a long face
Try to elongate your brows at the end. It’s the same premise as above, but this will draw things horizontally, to balance out your features. A flat brow shape will also make your face appear more balanced.
Eyebrow shapes for an oval face
People with oval faces, consider yourselves blessed. There are really no rules that apply, except to work with the dimensions of your face for the most natural, flattering shape (see Lisa’s tips below).
Eyebrow shapes for a heart-shaped face
A heart shaped face is one of the trickiest. Because the focus is already on your eyes and forehead, you want to keep things straight or rounded and not too heavy. Try not to attack sparse areas with a brow pencil because this will emphasise your forehead.
Eyebrow shapes for a square face
If you have a square face, go thick with a strong arch. A thicker stronger colour and shape of brow balances a heavier jawline. Angled brows also help to balance out a square face, so focus on your arch when shading in – both angled and arched brows work with this face shape.
The distance of your eyes is also key to creating your perfect brow. Always take this into consideration when deciding where your brows should start and end.
Eyebrow shapes for close-set eyes
Close-set eyes suit a long, wide arch that follows the entire length of your brow bone. Extend yours with an eyebrow pencil for precision. Also avoid a thin, sharp shape because this will have an arrow effect, pointing both inwards and downwards.
Eyebrow shapes for wide-set eyes
If you have wide-set eyes, fill in your brows so that they start further in than your eyes to draw everything into the centre. Soft brows will suit you better, so focus more on the grooming side of things than the plucking.
How to shape your brows
Now that you know the style of the brow that will suit you most, work out your best shape by using the dimensions of your face with the help of Lisa Potter Dixon, Head Makeup Artist for Benefit Cosmetics.
Start by mapping your brows to make sure your brows start, arch and end in the right place as this will make your nose look slimmer, open your eyes and lift the cheekbones.
To do this, take a make up brush and hold the brush at the angle from the corner of your nose, through the inner corner of your eye. This is where your brow should start.
For the arch, look straight ahead and hold the brush from the corner of the nose straight up through the centre of the eye. This is where your brow should arch.
For the end, hold the brush from the corner of your nose to the outer corner of the eye, this is where your brows should end. Using these marks as a template, fill in your brows using either Benefit Goof Proof pencil, or ka-BROW if you would rather use a cream or gel. Both will give you a defined, arched brow that will suit your face beautifully.