Shaping your eyebrows can be the difference between looking like a fashion model and a cartoon drawing. Eyebrows can lift your face or age you, depending on the shape you choose. Eyebrow trends are constantly evolving and are some of the most noticeable makeup choices. From the pencil line brow of the 2000s to the full bush of the 80s and the defined cat like brow of the 2010s. Here are Beauty Trends We Don’t Hear About Anymore
These trends have their time and place in history, and unless you’re Rihanna, it’s difficult to pull off the pencil line brow unironically. In addition, different styles suit different face shapes. When you get your brows trimmed at the salon, they may not do a style that suits your face. For example, you may end up getting a tear drop shape which suits people with a heart shape face. So you end up looking like too much of your eyebrows were tweezed. The first step to knowing how to trim or even shape your brows with your pencil is by knowing how to brow map.
How to brow map
Take a brow pencil and place the base against the side of your nostril. Hold it at an angle such that the tip faces the inner corner of your eye. Don’t let the tip go over the eyebrow. Where the pencil is against the brow line, that’s the starting point.
Next, move the tip of the pencil until it lines with the arch of the eyebrow at the top. The line from the inner corner and the point that aligns with the arch should remain straight.
Finally, let the pencil align with the outer end of your brow. This should help you determine the main points of your brow shape and how you should trim or tweeze them.
Another way to determine the start, arch and end is by placing the base of the pencil against the top of your nostril and holding it straight up. Where the pencil meets the brow line is the start. Next, place the base of the pencil against the tip of your nose then align it straight to meet the highest point of the eyebrow, that’s the arch. Finally, place the base of the pencil against the side of the nostril and point it straight at the outer tip of your eyebrow.
How to find the right eyebrow shape for you
Once you’ve drawn your brow map, you can choose which shape is best for you.
If you have a face where the length and the width are almost equal, then you have a round face. The high arch will help add length to your face and open it up for more design space. It gives the round face an almost geometrical feel.
This is a face whose length is noticeably longer than the width. The low-lying arch with a straight and lengthened eyebrow helps add dimension and width.
This is a face with an angular jawline with the height and width roughly the same. A soft arch helps soften the face and the softened angles help give the face a more complete look.
This is similar to a long face. However, it has a strong jawline. Curved arches help soften the jawline and reduce any emphasis on sharp bone structure giving the face a more balanced look.
This is a face with a jawline wider than the forehead. Fuller eyebrows help soften any sharp look. Low arches and curves without a downward angle edge give the face a more vibrant appearance.
This is a face that’s wider at the forehead and narrow at the jaw with a pointed chin. A thicker eyebrow suits this face shape with rounded arches and straight edges.
This is a face with a small forehead, a pointed child, and wide cheekbones. To avoid any harsh or overly angled looks, go for rounded brows.
This is a symmetrical long face with a rounded forehead and chin. This only needs a slight arch and ensuring the tips are level. The more natural the look, the better.
Gloria Mari is a culture writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. She writes on art, film, literature, health, and the environment. She has previously written for Kenya Buzz, People Daily, The Elephant, and Kalahari Review.