Ask the Experts: How to Create the Perfect Brow August 30, 2018 08:57
Even though eyebrows have gained some (much deserved) acclaim in recent years, they are often overlooked and under-appreciated.
Of course, it isn't hard to see why; they aren't sparkly and beautiful like eyes or sweet and sexy like lips.
Instead, eyebrows are the silent workhorse of the face. They have a big job. Eyebrows frame the facial features, creating balance, so when they change or fall out completely, the balance of the face is thrown off -- and the effect can be dramatic.
We asked our resident brow expert Riti Machado to share her knowledge with us to achieving just the right shape for you
Before we start talking about which eyebrow shapes are flattering, we need to know the technical terms associated with eyebrows -- otherwise this guide might get a little confusing.
When defining the shape of an eyebrow, there are 5 factors to consider:
The arch height refers to how “lifted” the arch shape is from the bottom of the eyebrow.
The arch shape refers to the pointedness of the peak of the arch.
There are three basic levels of eyebrow thickness
Definition refers to how “filled in” or voluminous the eyebrow is.
Length refers to how far the brow extends.
Best Eyebrow Shape for Round Faces
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.
Best Eyebrow Shape for Long Faces
If you have 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.
Best Eyebrow Shape for Oval Faces
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
Best Eyebrow Shape for Heart-Shaped Faces
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.
Best Eyebrow Shape for Square Faces
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.
Best Eyebrow Shape 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.
Best Eyebrow Shape 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.
Perfectly shaped eyebrows are not an easy feat—either you over pluck to the point of no return (or no eyebrows) or you just accept that genetics has bestowed on you a pair of mismatched ones that no amount of tweezing can ever fix. That’s why Microblading Eyebrow Feathering has taken the world by storm
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