If you’re thinking about going for a natural makeup look this spring and summer, it’s important that your brows are on point. While the thick, full brow is making a comeback this season, you’ll need to get your brows shaped correctly to fit your face shape. Here are a few tips to keep in mind next time you visit the space for an eyebrow wax—or for the next time you step up to the mirror with a razor or pair of tweezers.
The Eyebrow Shape Perfect for Your Face
Eyebrows that are both rounded and arched are best for women with a round face. As Jennifer Hudson perfectly displays here, a slightly thin brow that doesn’t overpower the face is best. A brow powder that is around the same color as your hair is best. Fill in the brows a little thicker in the middle, and thinner at the beginning of the brow.
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A rounded arch is best for women whose faces are shaped like a heart. Brows should be defined near the outer corner of the eye, but the arch shouldn’t be too pointy. This shape will make the face look more balanced, since heart-shaped faces are thinner at the bottom. Medium to heavy applications of brow powder will make the eyes the brightest feature of the face. Ciara’s cocoa-brown brows compliment her blond highlights perfectly and make her face look more proportionate.
If your face is an oval shape, this means your forehead is noticeably wider than your chin and you have very defined cheekbones. Your brows should have a slight arch to them, but the arch shouldn’t be too high above the middle of your eye. Take your brow cues from oval-faced celebrities like Halle Berry; bring a picture along with you to the spa to ensure that your brows maintain the right amount of fullness and aren’t too sharply arched. A dark brow pencil will help to fill in any sparse spaces and will make the eyes appear brighter.
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Long-faced beauties have a jawline, forehead and cheekbones that are the same width, like Iman. Your eyebrows shouldn’t have a defined arch at all, but need to be rounded in shape and in a clean line. This gives a proportionate look to the face; dying your brows to match your hair color also works particularly well for women with long faces.
A completely round brow looks stunning on women with square faces. The brow shape immediately wakes up the face, so there’s no need for lots of makeup, as Jada Pinkett-Smith so beautifully exemplifies here. A bit of brow powder on the edges of the eyebrows will complete the look; powder that is a little lighter than your hair color will help to “wake up” your face.
Rihanna’s diamond-shaped face looks even more radiant with eyebrows that are slightly arched at the ends. The beginning of the brows should be close to the inside corners of the eyes. Penciling or powdering in the brows with a color that is noticeably lighter than your hair, and adding a sweep of bright eyeshadow, will make your eyes the star of your makeup show.