A good beauty routine and awesome make up skills will show on your face. But there is one thing that can spoil all your efforts – a badly/wrongly shaped eyebrow. I say through experience that no matter how much your skin glows or how professionally you apply your make up , the ‘something’s -wrong’ feeling stays if your eyebrows aren’t done correctly.. I can safely bet at one point or the other we have faced the horror of having our brows spoilt, that too by professionals. HORRID isn’t it?? The whole pain of waiting for it grow back again, rubbing in litres of castor oil so that they grow faster and what not. I had mine totally messed before my cousin’s wedding and it was a nightmare, living through those 2-3 weeks. Anyway we save that cribbing for later on .So the point of saying so much is that a well defined eyebrow adds the ‘chaar chand’ to your looks, it is something that makes you look better, instantly. It is important that we our eyebrow shape is in accordance with our face shape. There is nothing called as a perfect face shape, it is all about how you make it look perfect. And eyebrows have a major role to play here. It is possible to balance out face shapes by shaping the eyebrow correctly. For instance, a long face looks shorter with flat brows and longer with arched brows. Just see what difference eyebrows, make to the face, makeup and hairstyle remaining constant.
So let’s get started.
Basic Face Shapes
We have an article on determining your face shape. Read HERE.
The shape of one’s eyebrow is totally a personal choice, but there are some basics which will help if kept in mind. Let’s find the correct eyebrow shape according to face shape.
Oval Face Shape
This is considered to be the one best face shapes to have. This shape doesn’t need much attention. Any shape suits well on the person with oval face cut but curved eyebrows look exceptional. A soft angled eyebrow is what suits this face best. Usually most of the hair styles also look good on such people. Also a soft angled eyebrow is the most common eyebrow shape. Think – Jennifer Aniston
Round Face Shape
The goal is to make a round face appear less round by making the face look longer. A high arched eyebrow gives an up down look and elongates the face. People with a round face should stay away from rounded eyebrows, this face the face look more round. If one is not comfortable with highly arched brows, one can also opt for a soft angled eyebrow (similar to oval face).That will also serve the purpose to some extent. Think – Drew Barrymore
Long Face Shape
The aim is to make long face appear shorter .This is done by a flat eyebrow, as opposed to an arched brow. Flat eyebrow will draw attention away from the length of your face and add a bit of width to it instead. It stops the gaze going up and down thus making the face shorter in comparison. An arched brow is a no-no for a long face; it just makes the face look abysmally long. Keep the arch low as it helps in giving an illusion of more width to the face. The style is similar to one used in the low forehead case. Think – Sarah Jessica Parker
Square Face Shape
The most striking feature of this type of face is the strong jaw line. Forehead, cheeks and jawline will both be equal in width and the jawline will be squared. You will want to stick with a brow shape that balances out your jawline. The aim is to soften the jaw line. An angled eyebrow with sharp peak balances the face. Curved brows also work but an angled eyebrow evens out the face. Make sure that the arch of your brow is directly above the square of the jaw. Brows should be on the thinner side to soften the appearance of the face. Think – Marilyn Monroe
Heart Face Shape
The aim is to soften the striking curves of the face with rounded eyebrows. So that the face looks like a typical heart, with rounded tops and pointy bottom. Rounded brows give a soft feminine look where as sharp curves further angle the face. Best choice for heart shape is a rounded eyebrow with very soft arches. The arch may be high or low depending on whether it is a short heart shaped face or a long heart shaped face. Try to keep brow width natural but not too bushy or too thin. Think – Scarlett Johansson.
Diamond Face Shape
This kind of face is widest at around the cheek bones. The aim is to soften and balance out the face. A curved eyebrow solves this purpose, it makes the widest part subtle and the arch elongates the face so that it looks balanced and not strikingly angular. Choose a curved brow to soften your angular face or keep emphasis on the center arch of the brow to draw away from the width of your face. Think – Rihanna.
As this article is on eyebrows, I would like to share certain other tips about eyebrows-
- Dry eyebrows cause eyebrow hair fall .It is good to always keep them moisturized.
- Massaging in castor oil to the eyebrows helps in thicker growth and darker brows.
- Ginger juice if applied on eyebrows daily helps in arresting eyebrow hair fall.
- It is good the brush eyebrow daily with an eyebrow brush, this increases blood circulation round the area. If you don’t have a brush, lightly massage with finger tips.
- Avoid tweezing at home; it is best left to professionals.
- If you have to shape it yourself, stand far away from the mirror. Looking in too closely will cause you to lose symmetry.
All images collected from the internet.