Getting your eyebrow shape right can enhance your facial features and even take years off your look. If you’ve ever wondered what eyebrow shape would best suit your face, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we will review the most common facial shapes and suggest what brow style and shape can accentuate your best futures and make the best out of the ones that have never been your favorite.
One size does not fit all when it comes to haircuts, shoes and clothes. The same is true for brow shapes. It’s about getting the right balance.
If you’re looking to find the most complimentary shape for killer brows, the first step is to find out the shape of your face. While there are mathematical ways to determine a face’s exact shape, the best method doesn’t involve numbers, calculators, or measures at all. In fact, the best tool for finding out what shape your face is is a good old fashioned mirror. Then once you know what face shape you’re working with, you can get down to the business of the brows.
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Eyebrows for an Oval Shaped Face
Oval-shaped faces are said to be the most attractive because, as humans, we love symmetry. But you don’t have to have the perfect oval to be a balanced beauty.
Like round faces, the cheekbones are the widest of an oval face. But oval faces are overall longer and slimmer in appearance. It is possible to achieve this even-keeled look with a few eyebrow tricks.
Celebs With Your Face Shape: Jessica Alba, Beyoncé, Eva Mendes.
The Best Brows for You: With an oval face shape, almost any brow shape works. If you’re lucky enough to have a naturally beautiful oval face, your best approach is to let your natural brow shape be your guide. Stick to a full natural brow with a soft arch.
Eyebrows for a Round Face Shape
Round faces curve outward and feature a rounded chin. The cheekbones on a round face are generally the widest part of the face.
Celebs With Your Face Shape: Gabrielle Union, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kirsten Dunst.
The Best Brows for You: To make a round face appear to be oval, eyebrows with a high arch can help spice up the face’s angle. Fuller brows with a sharp, angled arch give structure to a round face. An arched brow works best on this face shape. And the farther from the nose the arch is, the wider the face will appear. Be careful with the thickness of the brows as they can overwhelm small round faces.
Eyebrows for a Long Face
Why the long face? You can plump out your oblong face with a few brow tricks. Horizontal, straight eyebrows will make a long face seem shorter. To create the width that you need to get that rounder look, avoid any arches as they make the face look longer.
Celebs With Oblong Faces: Joan Smalls, Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler.
The Best Brows for You: A straighter brow with a soft edge is the best brow shape for a longer face as they help widen the shape of the face. A gentle rounded arch will also help widen the face. Avoid high arches, which make the face appear thinner. A fluffy brow works well with an oblong face because it offsets the length.
Best Eyebrow Shape for a Square Face
If you’re one of those lucky people with a square face, you have been blessed with a strong and beautiful jawline. On square faces, all measurements are fairly the same. While the jawline may be wide and angular, people with square faces generally have less defined chins. The eyebrows provide a way to frame the face in harmonious style and balance out those show-stopping features.
Celebs With Your Face Shape: Olivia Wilde, Nicole Richie, and Angelina Jolie.
The Best Brows for You: High curved arches work best on a square shaped face since they soften and elongate the face and help to offset the hard angles of the square shape. Another tip is not to let the tail extend too low. Taking the tail too low will bring the eye shape downwards.
Eyebrows for a Heart Face
Heart-shaped faces follow the general outline of a heart, with a wider forehead that tapers down to a pointed chin.
Celebs With Your Face Shape: Cara Delevingne, Kourtney Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon
The Best Brows for You: People with heart-shaped faces have delicate facial features, but that doesn’t mean they’re fragile. A heart-shaped face looks best with a soft arch, which balances a longer chin. When it comes to thickness, choose a fuller shape. Heart-shaped faces wear fluffy full brows well because the widest area of their face is the brow area and it won’t get easily overwhelmed with too much brow. High arches can give a shorter heart-shaped face the drama and length that help give off that “I’m the boss” vibe. For longer heart-shaped faces, a lower arch is the way to go. Don’t get the two confused though because high-arched eyebrows on a long face will bring attention to the forehead instead of the eyes.
Eyebrows for a Diamond Face
Similar to a round face, people with a diamond face structure have narrower chins and wide, high cheekbones. Much like an actual diamond, the top of the head is narrower than the middle. The diamond-shaped face is the rarest face shape of all, but many with this unusually-shaped face feel that their angles are just a little too dramatic. Mainly known for strong and wide cheekbones that taper off towards their chin and forehead, if your diamond angle is a bit too drastic than you’d prefer, you can create a softer and narrower look, by rounding out your brows. It is also helpful to stay away from high arches as they can exaggerate face length. It is best to go for a flat brow shape with soft edges.
Celebs With Your Face Shape: Halle Berry, Audrey Tautou, Elizabeth Hurley
The Best Brows for You: Have a diamond face shape? Try a curved brow with an angled arch, which helps to lengthen the widest part of your face, according to our experts. “Because the goal is to widen the appearance of your forehead, an angled brow works well,” says St. Jean. If you’re between appointments and don’t want to mess with your brows too much, Kassajikian says “you can use a concealer to clean up around the brow to sharpen your shape and conceal the stray hairs.”
Best Eyebrow Shape for a Rectangular Face
The best eyebrow shape for a rectangular-shaped face is similar to a long face shape, except rectangular faces have a stronger jawline. To help reduce the forehead size, opt for a fuller, non-structured brow shape. A flat eyebrow will also make a long face seem shorter. Another trick is to extend the tail of the brow to create width. For a rounder look, avoid any arches. Arches make the face look longer.
Tips when considering your eyebrow shape
Make sure that the tail end of the brow is not lower than the start of the brow. If the tail is lower it will create the illusion of a drooping eye. Instead, create a ‘lift’ by drawing the tail outwards and upwards.