How to Determine the Best Eyebrow Shape for Your Face

Eyebrows frame your face and accentuate your eyes, making them one of the essential features on your face. But they can also be intimidating to shape and maintain, especially if you’re not sure which eyebrow shape is best suited to your unique facial structure.

So how do you determine the best eyebrow shape for your face? How do you know what brows will look best on you, or if you should go with a high arch or a soft arch? And does everyone’s eyebrow even have an “ideal” shape? Yes! There is a “best” eyebrow shape for every person, but it depends on the natural shape of your eyebrows and the shape of your face. Here are ways to determine the best eyebrow shape for your face.

Speaking with a Professional Brow Specialist

The best way to find out what type of eyebrow shape looks good on you is by speaking with a professional brow specialist who can assess your facial structure and recommend the best eyebrow shape for you.

Determine Your Eyebrow Length

Eyebrow length refers to the width of your brow at its fullest point. This is usually in line with the outer corner of your eye. To determine this measurement, you can use a ruler or measuring tape again: Place one end of the ruler at the outer edge of your nostril. Place the other edge on the outer corner of your eye (near your temple)—Mark where the edge meets your eyebrow with an eyebrow pencil or brow marker. If you’re using a measuring tape, note how many inches this mark is from the tip of your nose.

For a Round Face

If you have a round face, your eyebrow shape should be more angular to make your face look longer. The face has delicate, curved features with full cheeks and chin. To get the correct placement of your eyebrow, measure from the inner corner of one eye to the inner corner of the other eye using a ruler or measuring tape. Mark this spot with an eyebrow pencil. Use a straightedge (ruler) to mark where you want your arch’s highest and lowest points to be. You can also use a straightedge to determine where your eyebrow should start and end.

For an Oval Face

If you have an oval face, you can achieve a flattering look by choosing a similar shape to your natural brow line and just slightly arched. To determine the length, measure from the inner corner of one eye diagonally across your face to the outer edge of your brow. Mark this spot with an eyebrow pencil, then repeat on the other side. Erase all visible lines from your forehead with a makeup remover. Faces with this shape can carry off most eyebrow shapes as all will suit their soft features.

For a Heart-Shaped Face

The heart-shaped face is wider at the forehead and gradually tapers down to a narrow chin. The perfect arches for you are those with a high, defined peak that begins just above the outer corner of your eyes and continues until the arch reaches its highest point before smoothly curving down toward your eyebrow tails.

With this type of eyebrow shape, be sure to avoid over-plucking the inner parts of your brows, which can make your forehead look even broader. If you want to minimize a large forehead, ask an aesthetician to wax only the upper part of your eyebrows. This will draw attention away from the widest part of your face and soften its shape.



Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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