Gone are the days of excessively plucking our way to pencil thin brows. Ever since the likes of Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins arrived on the scene, the general population has become obsessed with achieving brows that wow.
Sure the strong, bold look is something we can all strive for, but did you know that there is actually a formula for attaining the perfect eyebrows for your face? The secret lies in the shape of your face.
If you’re like the rest of us and are dying to know what it takes to get brows that truly flatter your face, keep on reading to find your perfect brow match based on your personal face shape:
How to Know: Round face shapes are usually characterized by full cheeks, a round jaw and an equal face height and width. Envision a circle and you’ve got the picture.
How to Brow: The key here is to help create length throughout the face. You want to steer clear of super straight brows, as this will cause the face to look even shorter and imbalanced. Instead, opt for a soft, angled arch with added length to make the face appear more defined. If you don’t already have an arch, simply create a gentle lift by plucking away stray hairs, then use an eyebrow pencil to extend the tails of the brow and fill in any sparse areas.
How to Know: When the length of your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are all parallel, then you most likely have a square face shape. This face type is also, more times than not, defined by an angular jawline.
How to Brow: Softening your sharp facial features in the name of the game when it comes to creating the perfect brow for this face type. Using eyebrow makeup to bold brows with an accentuated and soft round arch will help balance a strong jaw while bringing attention to the eyes. Growing out your eyebrows for a statement effect is a great option for this face shape, but in the time being, you can use a brow pencil to help round the top of the eyebrow for the illusion of arched, full brows.
How to Know: With a forehead that is just slightly wider than the jaw, the oval face shape is usually regarded as the “ideal” type. Oval face shapes usually have balanced features complimented by a narrow forehead, curved jawline and rounded chin.
How to Brow: Add to the natural balance with a strong brow that is well-groomed. Go for a look that features soft angles and shallow arches to draw attention and help flatter natural curves. To achieve this look, allow you brow hairs to natural grow, then softly shape the center. Using a brow pencil, help create gentle angles while filling in any gaps towards the inside or outside of the brow. You can also accentuate a natural brow curve by applying concealer below and above the brow.
How to Know: If you have a forehead that is wider than the jaw and dominant, pointed chin, then you probably have a heart shaped face.
How to Brow: The length of the face comes into play with heart face types. Shorter heart shaped faces should opt for a brow with a high, sharp arch to lengthen the face while normal to long types should aim for a soft, rounded arch. The goal here is to lessen harsh facial features and narrow the width of the face. Always make sure to use an eyebrow pencil to define the eyebrow arch and add length to the ends for added dimension. You can also add a swipe of mascara to pull attention to the eyes for an added eye-catching effect.