You know how they say that a good haircut that frames the face can enhance the person’s beauty? Well, it’s the same case with eyebrows and eyes. Shaped eyebrows can completely change the look and brighten up a face. But what with the rapid hair growth, the unruly and unkempt eyebrows can start to look bad and unattractive, making it necessary to visit the salon more often than we’d like. Getting it done at the salon monthly is fine, but every two weeks can be sort of heavy on the pocket, so why not learn some tips and tricks of the trade and give yourself a good tweeze at home with nothing but a single pair of tweezers to maintain your salon plucked brows.
Eyebrows, like haircuts, need to be custom shaped or cleaned according to a person’s face and features and need to be done carefully so as to avoid pulling out even a single extra hair as that one hair can ruin the form, and have a negative impact on overall face contour. So, basically, when shaping your brows, try to envision the perfect tidy brow with a bit of a geometrical mind. Think angles, dissections and symmetry. This makes up your brow-shaping technique.
Use either a scale or anything straight edged, and place it vertically on the outer edge of the nose. The point where the edge of the scale meets the inner corner of the eyebrow is where the eyebrow should begin, so leave a mark with a brow pencil to later pluck outside of. Next, lay the scale at an angle, with an end toward the tip of the nose, at the nostril, and the other end touching the outer corner of the eye; thereon where the scale dissects the outer corner of the eyebrow, leave a mark with the pencil again to pluck outside of. The third step is to determine the thickness or fullness of the brows, to do this, simply using a pencil initially, with a steady hand, draw a horizontal line on the lower aspect of the brow, going parallel to the natural curve of the brow, which may or may not be curved at all, but must be above any stray hairs. Finally, look straight ahead in the mirror, and make a pencil point two thirds of the way out of the inner corner of the eyebrow, on the lower aspect and follow it with a tapering line to create an arch. Pluck outside of all the pencil drawn lines.
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Nonetheless the shape of the brow for every face type is slightly different to counteract the particular face cut. The above-mentioned technique,however, remain the same, and so if you learn the technique, you can start off tweezing your eye-framing brows soon!
The square-ish jaw gives this face cut a sharpness that can be complemented by and with soft round-shaped eyebrows. Care needs to be taken to pluck for the soft arch at least two-thirds out from the inner corner of the eyebrow.
Celebrity examples of this face cut:
Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock
Contrary to the square face cut, a face with a round shape requires some angularity to help bring a definition to conceal the circularity.
Celebrity examples with a round face cut:
Kate Bosworth, Milla Kunis, Kirsten Dunst
This shape puts the focus on the verticality of the face and hence, requires more horizontally stretched eyebrows to reduce the length of the face.
Celebrity examples with a long face:
Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Swank
Heart Shaped Face:
With more emphasis on the top half of this shape of face, it is better to not follow the trend of thick eyebrows these days, as that will only highlight it further, ignoring the petite jawline. The best way forward would be to nicely groom the eyebrows with a nice firm arch.
Celebrity examples are:
Claudia Schiffer, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez
This conventional face cut requires a perfectly small-arched eyebrow for its well balance facial quadrants.
Celebrity examples for this classic face cut are:
Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham, Beyonce Knowles
Before beginning to groom your brows, print out a picture of the celebrity example of your face cut to keep looking at as guidance for the arch. With this picture as a guide, follow the four steps and pluck those brows to define and enhance your cheekbones. With time, practice shall make you perfect.