How to : Shape Eyebrows

utorak, travnja 07, 2015

The shape of your eyebrows can enhance your appearance by flattering your facial shape, balancing your features, and framing your eyes. If you have thick, full eyebrows, you might need to tweeze them; if you have thin, small eyebrows, you may need to fill them in with a pencil. Either way, here is how to find a shape that's flattering to any face.


Determine where your inner brow should end. Hold a straight edge, such as an eyebrow pencil or a ruler, vertically in front of your face.
  • Line it up so that it touches the outermost of edge your nose and the inside of your eye. This line will determine where your eyebrow should start.
  • Mark that spot with an eyebrow pencil. Repeat for the other eye
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Determine where your arch should peak. Angle the straight edge so that it lines up with the outermost edge of your nose and the outermost edge of your iris.
  • It's very important that you look straight ahead — both your face and your eyes should be looking directly forward at the mirror.
  • Wherever the line intersects your eyebrow is where the peak of your arch should begin at the top border of the eyebrow.
  • Mark that spot with your eyebrow pencil.
  • Repeat for the other eye.

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Determine where your outer brow should end. Angle the straight edge further so that it touches the outermost edge of your nose and also passes along the outermost edge of your eye.
  • This tells you where the eyebrow should end. Mark this point with your eyebrow pencil.
  • Repeat with the other eye.

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Draw a line along the bottom edge of your brow. This will determine the brow thickness.
  • Follow the natural curvature of your eyebrow.
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Pluck the strays that fall below the line and outside the marks you've made.
  • Your eyebrows should be 1/4 - /1/2 inch (0.5 - 1 cm) at their thickest.
  • Pluck minimally above the brow — you want to retain your brow's natural arch. Only tweeze stray hairs.
  • If plucking isn't your thing, try shaping without it.
  • If your brows are sensitive, use ice to numb the areas before you tweeze
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Consider your face shape. Certain brows better compliment specific face shapes.
  • To minimize the curve of a round face, direct the outer third of the brow towards the top of the ear.
  • If the face is square, direct it toward the middle of the ear. This helps balance the face.
  • If the face is long, keep the brow more straight across, directing it above the ear.
  • An oval face already looks balanced, but to enhance this harmony, you can direct the outer third towards the ear lobe.
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Trim your brows. You may find that hairs are within your ideal shape, but are just too long. Use a pair of eyebrow trimmers to clean up your look.
  • Using a brow brush, brush the hairs upward.
  • Cut the hairs that extend beyond your natural hairline.
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Fill in sparse spots. If your brows are too light (or dark), fill them in with an eyebrow pencil.
  • If your brows are fair, choose a pencil two shades darker than your hair. (If you have dark hair, go two shades lighter.)
  • Hold your skin taut at the temple, and line softly along the upper edge of your brow. Then, line along the bottom edge.
  • With feathery strokes, fill in between the two edges.
  • Remember to blend!
    • If you don't have an eyebrow pencil, substitute matte eyeshadow.
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Use a clear gel to set. Brush the hairs how they naturally lie and apply gel to set the hairs in place.
  • Clear mascara can double as a brow gel.
  • This also prevents smudging, if filled in.

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