To me a perfectly shaped and maintained eyebrow is one of the most important parts of a beauty routine, after daily cleansing and moisturising (with high SPF) and weekly exfoliation and masks.
Neat and tidy brows open up the whole eye area, creating a guideline for makeup. A well defined brow also makes you look younger.
There are many brow trends, for instance the 1920′s shaved and drawn in brow, the ’80′s bushy brow, the extremely thin brow which, for some reason, is still quite popular.
Although there are a basic shape/guideline to shaping a well defined brow, it still needs to go with your facial features. Following your natural brow line and just enhancing your natural shape is ultimately what you want to go for.
Most notable natural eyebrow shapes
My natural brow shape is rounded, which I hate, but I am learning to live with it.
Shaping a classic eyebrow
- The brow starts (line D / 1) a little bit in towards the centre of your face from the corner of your eye. It ends at line F / 3, which is roughly a 45 degree angle that starts at the brow beginning and runs alongside the outside edge of your eye. Use your brush to estimate this.
- The bottom of the brow (line B) is at the same height as the top of your eyelid. Both ends of the brow should be at roughly the same height, with the tail end perhaps a little higher.
- Your eyebrow’s arch (line E / 2) should be in line with the outside of your iris (the coloured part of your eye) when you’re looking straight ahead, or measured from the corner of your nose angled to somewhere between the outside of your pupil and the outside iris.
- Your brow height (line B to line C) should be about the same height as from the top of your eyelid to the bottom half of your iris (line A to line B). Another way to look at this is while looking straight ahead with your eyes open normally, the height of your eyelid should be about half the height of your eyebrow.
- To help you, you can draw the measured guite shape with a white eye pencil. Tweeze hair outside of the perimeter.
- Sterilize your tweezers with peroxide or at least wash well with antibacterial soap. It’s a good idea to sterilize your brow brush as well.
- Wash your eye area gently but thoroughly. Do not put cream or anything around the area as it could cause infection. If your eye area begins to swell while tweezing then stop immediately. Rose water can be applied to alleviate redness and irritation.
- Brush your brows straight up so you can find the bottom line. You want to tweeze below the main brow line, not above it.
- Pull skin out to tighten, this will get you closet to the root, and lessens pain
- Tweeze one hair at a time.
- Tweeze in the direction the hair grows with one fast, smooth motion.
- Always start at the beginning of the brow and tweeze outward. Tweeze in rows and alternate brows as you go; tweeze one row from the right brow, then one from the left. Brush them constantly so you can see how you’re doing.
- Grab the hair as close to the base/root as possible. This is where it is thickest and less likely to break.
- Don’t get carried away and over tweeze.
- Between sessions, stand back a little farther to inspect/evaluate the work.
Have fun creating your perfect eyebrow shape. Remember not to over tweeze.