Okay, so the top cartoon is meant to be a joke, but we've all seen that one person with eyebrows that leave us thinking "what the- I mean, is that on purpose or...?" I can not stress this enough- eyebrows are important!! I always say that our eyebrows are the focal point of our faces. It's one of the first things I notice on a person, especially if they have nice full eyebrows (but then I'm just coveting!). I know we are not all blessed with perfectly arched, perfectly full eyebrows- and for those who are, count your blessings! However, that does not mean we are to throw our hands up in the air in defeat. We all have eyebrows, so its not like we don't have something to work with. The problem is that many don't know what to do with their eyebrows, and that's where my "surprised eyebrow friend" from the cartoon above comes in. But once you know the blueprint in finding the right shape for your face and how to groom them, your eyebrow problems will be a thing of the past!
1. Know your face shape: Eyebrows are not a "one size fits all" feature. Eyebrow styles suit some faces better than others depending on that person's shape and structure of their face. Here's a helpful chart to explain this (for reference, I fall in the round category):
2. Find your recommended eyebrow style according to your face shape: So now that you've figured out your face shape, here are some recommendations for each one:
Oval: Soft, angled shape.
Long: A horizontal line eyebrow would work to stop the face from appearing too elongated, creating the illusion of a "shorter" face. This can help if you have a prominent chin, making it appear to be shorter.
Round: A high arch brow would make the face appear longer, causing the eye to look vertical (up and down). Rounded eyebrows only make the face look rounder.
Square: This face shape often consists of a strong jawline. To balance out the face, a curved brow with a sharp angle would be a good fit.
Heart: To soften the face, a low, rounded brow would make the forehead appear less prominent and balance out the appearance of a pointy chin.
Diamond: This face shape is the most angled with a wide section around eyes and temples. To soften the angles, a rounded brow will balance the sharp lines on the face.
3. Find your angles: With brows, there are 3 things you need to know: 1. Where your brow should start 2. Locating the highest point of the brow, and 3. Where the brow should end. Here is a diagram with a description of each area:
4. Get the right tools for the job: So know that you know your face shape and recommended eyebrow shape, you need the tools to start grooming those lovely brows! The two tools I highly recommend are a spoolie and a stiff angled liner brush. A spoolie is a long handle brush with a spiral brush on the end, resembling a mascara wand. This is to comb through the eyebrows- always up and over- before applying any color product to the brows. The stiff angled liner works in applying powder and cream products to the brows. Sometimes these brushes are available as a duo brush. Here's an example of what it looks like:
For adding color to the brows, pencil, powder, or cream products designed for the brows are all great options, it just comes down to preference and how much filling in you need. For example, I use both a pencil and powder to fill in my brows. The pencil is used to stencil the shape of the brow I want and the powder is used to fill in the actual brow. Important tip: use the spoolie after each pencil, powder, or cream product application to blend in the product. This controls how much product you add because with brows, its easy to get heavy handed! Another tip to remember is that you want to stay in the same color family as you hair, but go a shade or two lighter than you hair. The only exception is for those with blond hair- in this case, you wan to go a shade or two darker.
So there you have it, a little crash course on the science of eyebrows! Hope this post is helpful in achieving the brows of your dreams!
When I'm not spending way too much time getting ready or drooling over the newest beauty product, I'm a stay at home mom of a rambunctious 4 year old boy, a sweet baby girl we lovingly call "sissy", and a wife to my high school sweetheart.