Well-shaped eyebrows can make a real difference to your look and take years off. They frame the face, open it up, and give the eyes definition. Some of the most famous signature looks in movie stars have been a lot to do with their eyebrows – think of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Most people need to do little more than keep their eyebrows tidy and groomed, emphasizing the natural arch, but more adventurous reshaping can have a dramatic effect. Draw on different shapes to experiment with what suits you, or have your eyebrows shaped professionally by a brow specialist and maintain the shape yourself.
The Classic Shape
Finding the brow shape that suits you is not difficult- your brow probably already arches in the right place and just needs tidying. The most common shape is slightly squared off at the nose with an arch two thirds of the way along and a tapered end. Here are some guidelines to follow:
- Brows should begin in line with the inner corner of the eyes and be a full eye-width apart.
- The highest point of the arch should fall above the outer edge of your iris.
- Hold a brush or pencil in front of your nose and tilt it diagonally to the outer corner of your eye. Follow the same line up until it meets the brow to find the outer point. Depending on your brows, you may want to extend them up to the point with a brow pencil or pluck any stray hairs.
Tips for Brows
- Set the eyebrow by spritzing hairspray onto a brow brush before combing. Or try a slick of hair gel or clear mascara.
- Brows are emphasized not only by darkening the brow itself, but also by highlighting under the brow using a pale color to define the line.
- Eyebrows can draw attention away from droopy eyes. If the brow slopes gently away, continuing in a line just beyond the corner, it lifts the entire eye.
- If you change your hair color, you may also need to gently color your eyebrows to match.