Now that big and bushy brows are back in style, it gives us ladies some free reign when it comes to which brow styles and shapes work best for us. When thin and straight eyebrows were everyone’s only option, it was hard if your face shape or features didn’t work well with that style. Thankfully bold and fuller brows allows some wiggle room in the style department, not to mention it makes the upkeep far less tedious. While having the option is great - knowing which eyebrow shape and style to choose that best suits your face can be daunting. If you’re trying to find your perfect brow shape but don’t even know where to begin, keep on reading!
Find Your Face Shape
Before you can pick your eyebrow shape, you have to figure out what face shape you have first. Your face shape will determine which eyebrow shape will work best for you. Finding your face shape is relatively easy, and the only supplies you’ll need are a measuring tape.
First off, you need to know which measures you need to take - follow the guidelines below, and you’ll know your face shape in no time.
- Forehead: Pull the tape measure from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the other arch.
- Cheekbones: Measure across your upper cheeks, starting and ending at the sharp bump below the outer corner of your eyes.
- Jawline: Measure your jaw across your face at its widest point.
- Face length: Measure from the top of your forehead to the tip of your chin
Write down all of these measurements, and note which one is the largest. Now, let’s figure out your face shape!
If You Have a Round Face
If you have a round face, your cheekbones and jaw will be close in size and larger than your forehead and jawline, which will also have similar measurements. The angle of your jaw is soft.
You’re going to want brows on the more sharp and angled side, with a high arch to give your face some extra structure. The further your nose and arch are apart, the wider your face will appear. And, beware of the thickness too. If you have a small round face, two overly filled in brows will not do you justice.
If You Have An Oblong Face
Your face length is your longest measurement, while your forehead, cheeks, and jawline are similar in size.
A straighter brow with softer edges is what you’ll be looking for. The gentle arch will widen your face, whereas a higher arch would make your face appear too thin. Like your heart-shaped buddies, fluffy brows look best on you babes - it offsets the length of your face.
If You Have a Diamond Face
Face length is the largest measurement. Then cheekbones, forehead, and jawline - all in descending order, and your chin is pointed.
Do you have a diamond-shaped face? Well, consider a curved brow with an angled arch. This shape will help lengthen the widest point of your face. The whole point is to widen the appearance of your forehead.
If You Have a Triangular Face
If you have a triangular face, then you’ve always rocked the strong jawline, small cheekbones, and small forehead, while your face length is any size.
Full brows that taper at the end but that do not taper down are your best bet. This will draw attention to the forehead and balance out your face.
If You Have an Oval Face
If you have an oval face, your face length is longer than your cheekbones’ width, and your forehead is larger than the jawline even though the jaw is rounded.
This one is for all the Beyonce baes out there rocking the oval face. One of the most versatile and desired facial shapes out there - you ovals girls have got it set. Almost every makeup look, hairstyle, or eye trend looks perfect on you. Lucky is an understatement.
With all this freedom and option, our only piece of advice is to let your natural brows guide you and never overpluck.
If You Have a Heart-Shaped Face
The general outline of a heart, but with a broader forehead that tapers down to a pointy chin.
Think Kourtney Kardashian or Reese Witherspoon.
With a longer chin, you’re going to want something to even that out. A soft arch would look perfect on a heart-shaped face. Definitely choose a fuller shape; heart-shaped faces are known for rocking big and fluffy brows.
If You Have a Square-Shaped Face
If you have a square-shaped face, it is typically less defined than others, with a broader and more angular jawline. Olivia Wild and Nicole Richie are perfect examples of the square-shaped face.
A high arch with a dramatic curve worked best with square-shaped faces. The shape elongates the face and sets off the harsher angles.
TatBrow Tip: If you’re working with a square-shaped face, never let the tail of the brow dip. Keep those brows high and proud.
Achieving That Perfect Shape
Now that you’ve figured out your face shape and which brow shape will look best on you, it’s time to start working on achieving your perfect brow.
First things first, you need to decide how you’re going to grow your eyebrows from now on. Are you going to learn how to properly shape and pluck them at home, or are you going to keep your monthly waxing and threading appointments?
There’s no wrong answer, just your personal preference and what your budget allows.
If you’re gonna stick to your salon brows, then achieving that shape is pretty easy; just let your girl know what you need, and she should be able to deliver. It might be hard at first to get used to a new way of filling them in - but that’s when filler products like microblade pens come in handy.
Learning to Shape Your Own Brows
If you’re new to the brow plucking or shaping game - this might seem intimidating. After all, you’re working on one of the main focal points of your face. In construction, there’s a saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” We think the same applies to shaping beautiful brows!
1. Locate Your Starting Point
This all depends on what shape your choice of brow shapes you picked as the starting point would be slightly different for each one, but just know your first few plucks should start at the inner brow near the uni-brow area.
2. Mark Your Endpoints
Just as your starting points, your endpoints will be slightly different depending on your desired shape, but for the most part, it’s pretty self-explanatory. The endpoint should be at the end of the eyebrow. Use an eyebrow pen to make nice clear points.
3. Define the Thickness of Your Brows
This is where your makeup skills will come into play. Take your filler pen or pencil and fill in your eyebrows with your everyday brow routine. This will assure you don’t overpluck or ruin the shape you already have.
4. Shape Your Arch
If you choose one of the looks with a more dramatic arch, then pay attention to this section - especially if you aren’t used to giving your arch attention.
Look straight at the mirror to find the arch - it should peak right about the outer rim of the iris and lie right on your brow bone. Mark that point with your eyebrow pencil and carefully remove all those excess hairs.
Shaping and plucking your own brows isn’t brain surgery, but it doesn’t always feel like a walk in the park either. Don’t let your brow game stress you out too much - even if you overpluck or make a little mistake. There are always tons of products you can use to cover up those mishaps.
Here at TatBrow, we know how important getting the perfect brow is for every girl, and you shouldn’t let a wonky wax or threading job get you down. You can easily find your perfect shape and figure out a way to get your brows back to where they were before. And yes, it might take them a few weeks (or even a month) to get back to completely normal - in the meantime, you can focus on up-ing your brow routine game while you’re waiting for your girls to grow back.
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