Eyebrow are an important feature of the face because they give the face its shape and frame the facial features of eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth and chin. The eyebrows are one of the few facial features that can be shaped to enhance the beauty of the face.
To achieve the most flattering effect it is important to consider both face shape and eye types. The perfect eyebrow shape is closely related to the actual shape of the face. The basic eyebrow shape is also determined on the bone structure of the face. Below are descriptions and illustrations of eyebrow shapes which are most appropriate for different shaped faces.
Oval - A perfectly balanced face shape
Round - Well-rounded full cheek and chin area, face length is relatively short
Oblong - Longer than wide, face has same width across the forehead, jaw line, and cheekbone
Square - Width of the cheeks and forehead are similar; width of the jaw line and forehead being alike as well
Heart - Fuller and wider at the forehead tapering down to the cheeks then down to a pointed chin
Diamond - Widest at the cheekbones and equally narrow at the forehead and jaw line
Perfect Eyebrow Shape for an Oval Face
Oval face shapes can get away with just about any eyebrow shape. Oval is the ideal face shape and any natural shape of the eyebrow works well with an oval face. Oval is the perfect model frame.
Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Round Face
Apply an eyebrow line that goes up the face by arching the eyebrow high and leaving the tapering part small. The center of the arch should move out towards the end of the eyebrow while the end should be short. A high arched eyebrow shape will draw attention away from the width of the face.
Perfect Eyebrow Shape for an Oblong Face
To make a long face appear oval one should apply horizontal lines to the face. Apply an eyebrow line that is flat and keep the arch low, this stops the eye from going up the face. A flat eyebrow opens the eyes horizontally to give the appearance of an oval face. This eyebrow shape will draw the eye from side to side and stop it from going up and down.
Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Square Face
A thick eyebrow is best suited for a square frame face with a strong jaw line. The peak of the eyebrow is most effective when positioned exactly above the square of the jaw. This eyebrow shape will balance out the square appearance of the face and soften the facial contours.
Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Heart Face
Rounding the eyebrows with softer peaks is best suited for a heart shape face. A rounded shape helps by adding curves to soften the face plus emphasizes the lovely heart shape.
Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Diamond Face
There are two suitable shapes, rounding the eyebrows will soften the angular face or keep emphasis on the center arch of the eyebrow to balance the width of the face or a peaked eyebrow will help narrow the width of the distinctive diamond wide face.
Here are the top 3 brow shapes NOT to do, that you may want to avoid the next time you pick up your tweezers.
1. THE ROUND EYEBROW
The Round Eyebrow
Most commonly called, "the happy eyebrow", it borders on an almost 1/2 circle shape. This happens when the tweezer keeps trying to create more of an arch, but is not sure where the arch is. So they keep tweezing from underneath the eyebrow in the wrong place, creating a 1/2 circle. The round eyebrow has replaced the 'tadpole' eyebrow as the current most seen brow mishap.
FIX: Create your arch only at the outside corner of your iris. Then tweeze a straight line from the beginning of the brow to the arch, to create a stronger, more dramatic arch to the brow without having to tweeze so much.
2. THE ARCH IN THE WRONG PLACE
Or, in most cases, the arch is too far outside the eye. This happens when the arch is created by a pencil lining up to the side of the nose to the outside iris of the eye. What happens is that the eyes actually end up looking crossed eyed and too close together. Having an arch placed too far out creates the illusion that the eye is actually closer to the nose than it really is. So sadly, this does not create a 'wide' eyed appearance as most think it does. Instead, you get the actual opposite, eyes that look far too close together.
FIX: To move the arch closer to the inner corner of the eye, pull 2/3 hairs at the arch, going towards the nose to move the arch in.
3. THE STRAIGHT EYEBROW
The Straight Eyebrow
A straight eyebrow is when the arch of the eyebrow either never existed which is rare, or too much brow was taken off the top of the arch of the eyebrow, which flattens the arch and creates a straight line to the eyebrow.
FIX: Avoid tweezing any hairs above the brows that are actually touching the eyebrow. This will keep the brow shape, and keep the area above the brows clean looking without touching and flattening the arch.