Continuing on from part 1 of the eyebrow series HERE, where we discussed the importance of eyebrows in framing and enhancing the face and features, today’s post is all about tips and pointers to keep in mind when shaping the eyebrows.
Note: apply and customise these tips to achieve what you feel is the right look for you and what you personally feel comfortable with. There are no rules, only suggestions ;)
The most common misconception when it comes to shaping the brows is where to start the brows. I see many charts pointing to the side of the nostrils going up, to indicate where the brows should start. This may work for some but in my experience, I find the biggest problem with this tip is:
1. if you have wider/fuller nostrils, you would lose half of your eyebrow starting them this way (as per picture below)
2. the further apart the distance between the brows, the wider the nose looks
Here’s what I find has worked for me personally (and also with my clients) in achieving the most natural and flattering shape:
Start: where the natural curve of your inner brow bone meets the top of the nose – as indicated in the photo.
Arch: hold a pencil or brush handle at an angle from the side of the nostril to where the colored part of the iris ends
End: hold a pencil or brush handle at an angle from the side of the nostril towards where your eye ends
Once you establish the 3 basic points of Start, Arch and End of your brows, it is then time to decide how thick/thin you would like your eyebrows to be. The best way to see the shape of your new eyebrows without going ahead and plucking them is to map the shape out by either use a white pencil, or a very dark one:
Picture Credit: Makeup by the amazingly talented Charlotte Tilbury
White pencil method: use the white pencil to color over any stray hairs or parts of your eyebrow that you would like to remove. This will leave behind the brow hairs which will make up the final shape. Once you have the desired shape, pluck/remove all the hairs that are coated with the white pencil.
Dark pencil method: use a brow or eyeliner pencil darker than your brow hairs to draw on the shape you like. Pluck/remove the hairs that are outside of the areas you have drawn.
These methods are also great in matching the shape of both brows without removing any hairs. Make sure to stand back now and then and check that you’re happy with the shape you created. If not, it’s as easy as wiping the pencil off and starting again, without compromising the end result.
As with all my tips regarding beauty and makeup, I’m all for easy, practical yet effective techniques. It’s impossible to advice what the right shape of eyebrow would be for every one of you over a blog post, which is why I hope pointers such as the ones above will help you achieve the best possible result for you – without the restriction of set rules.
Next up in the eyebrow series, we will look at brow tools, hair removal methods and professional brow services available. But before then, here’s a collection of the most iconic eyebrows through the years…
Which is your favorite iconic shape? xx