Eyebrows play a huge role in the overall look of your face. So when it comes to shaping your brows, it's wise to look beyond conventional arches and choose a brow shape that compliments the shape of your face. Certain brow shapes can balance out the shape of your face for the most beautiful shape possible.
What Shape is My Face?
Before you set out to shape your brows, you need to know what shape your face is. To do this, look straight into a mirror and outline your face in the mirror with lipstick. The shape you're left with won't be a perfect figure, but you should be able to place it into one of these categories: oval, heart, long, round, square, or diamond. If you still can't figure out what face shape you have, read on for a more detailed description of each face shape and their complimentary brows. Once you've figured out how you're going to remove the hair from your brows, you're ready to shape.
Eyebrow Shape for an Oval Face
If you have an oval face shape, congratulations! You're lucky enough to have what's considered the ideal face shape. Oval face shapes have a wider forehead than jaw and prominent cheekbones that gracefully taper down toward the chin. Since all of the other face shapes attempt to make their face more ovular, the key to brow shaping for an oval face is to maintain your face's natural proportions. The brow should be softly angular, with the angle reaching its peak anywhere above the iris.
Eyebrow Shape for a Heart Face
A heart shaped face is similar to an oval, except that chin is much narrower-- hence the heart shape. A heart shaped face can be very feminine. The trick to brows for heart shaped faces is to make that narrow chin look soft and rounded out rather than pointy and sharp. Thus, rounded brows are the ideal shape for heart shaped faces. The soft curve of round brows will reflect on the chin for a face that looks delicate and feminine. Round brows with a low arch look natural, whereas high arches look more dramatic. If you have a short heart shaped face, high round brows may add some needed length to your face.
Eyebrow Shape for a Long Face
A long face shape has a forehead, cheekbones, and chin that are all about the same width. They also tend to have prominent chins. The goal for long face shapes is to shorten the length of the face and possibly balance the chin. Flat brow shapes act as horizontal lines on the face that draw the eye outward toward the width of the face rather than up or down it. Just because the brow is relatively flat doesn't mean that it has to lack an arch. A small arch is fine, or you may taper out the end of your brow for the illusion of an arch.
Eyebrow Shape for a Round Face
Round faces are almost as wide as they are long, and are the widest at the cheeks. Round face shapes can be visually stretched vertically by shaping your brows into a high angle. High arches draw the face up and down to distract from the roundness. If you want a very dramatic look, the brows can be shaped with a point at the uppermost peak of the brow. If high arches are too drastic for your taste, a classic arch will also suit your round face shape.
Eyebrow Shape for a Square Face
A square face shape has equal widths forehead, cheekbones, and jaw. The distinguishing feature of a square face is the jaw, which will definitely be square in shape and may be prominent. To balance out your jaw, try a equally prominent and angular brow. A brow with a considerable arch and a pointed peak looks strong. You can also take the opposite route and soften your jaw with soft brows, like a classic arch with a rounded peak.
Eyebrow Shape for a Diamond Face
Diamond shaped faces are less common than other face shapes. They're characterized by angular features and a short forehead. It's also widest at the temples. Your brow shape should soften the angles of your face and shorten the width of the temples. The curved arch wraps the eye around the curves, softening the angular features. The arch should not be extremely high and the outer half of the brow should gentle curve rather than end in a straight line.
Beyond Eyebrow Shaping: ColorsIn addition to changing the shape of your brows to suit your face, you can also play around with the color of your brows. The rule of thumb is if you have dark hair, your eyebrows should be two shades lighter and if you have light hair, they should be two shades darker. If you want to get more adventurous with your look, darker brows give off a look that's strong and bold. Feeling demure? Lighter brows will soften and round out facial features.
There are many different brow shapes that can make your face look more balanced and beautiful. If you're still unhappy with the shape of your face, it is possible to change facial proportions through dermal fillers like Radiesse. Dermal fillers can enhance cheekbones and soften a strong jawline. If you'd like to learn more about dermal fillers, contact us and we'll set up an appointment with a skincare specialist in your area.