Select Eyebrow Shape According to Face Shape

by Naina on December 17, 2010 · 73 comments

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  :P :P :P :P :P .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.

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So let’s get started.

Eyebrow Shapes

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Basic Face Shapes

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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

Oval Face ShapeJennifer Aniston Oval Face ShapeThis 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

round face shapeDrew Barrymore round faceThe 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

Long Face ShapeSarah Jessica Parker Long Face ShapeThe 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

Square Face ShapeMarilyn Monroe Square Face ShapeThe 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

Heart Face ShapeScarlett Johansson Heart Face ShapeThe 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

Diamond Face ShapeRihanna Diamond Face ShapeThis 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.

Also Read:

How to Determine Your Face Shape
How to Select Hairstyles According to Face Shape
Short Hairstyle for Face Shapes
How to Select Sunglasses According to Face Shape

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jomol December 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

Wow…what an article….. :clap: :clap: ….actually, I have round shape or heart shaped face….I am confused….but round eyebrows suit me

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naina December 17, 2010 at 11:48 am

thankooooo jomol … :-* :-* :-* :hughright:
a heart shape face tapers towards the chin, pointy chin and a round face doesnt ..

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calicoaster December 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

Lovely article Naina!!!! :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: ..Simply superb…And it is really true that your eyebrows can make or break your look….Greattttttttt post!!! :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

:blush: :blush: :blush:

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Rati December 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

I have round or square shaped face. so it’s hard angled eyebrows for me. I think that’s what I have.

Well written and super useful article, Naina . :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

yayyyyyyaeeee !!!! tahts like a huge compliment :shy: :shy:

i was thinking of you looking at marilyn monroe’s eyebrows.. almost same same :handshake: :handshake: :giggle:

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calicoaster December 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm

marilyn monroe…..she was a goddessss!! I can’t stop staring at her pics, every time I come across one…She looked so perfect…..!! :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: …Donno how guys would feel looking at her…!! :| :| :| :| …God sometimes make so exclusively special people… :worship: :worship: :worship:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

i know … god must have been really happy while sculpting her …right blend of feminism and boldness :pray: :pray: :pray: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

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kokila December 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

exactly calicoaster…..oh my god….marilyn monroe is the most beautiful woman i’ve ever seen….so down to earth…great attitude…and with beauty like that…gosh….can anyone think of someone else as the most beautiful woman in the world of all time…surely not…

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Rati December 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

:beauty: :beauty: :beauty: :beauty: :beauty: :beauty: :beauty:

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Sonam December 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

I have the most round round face anybody has ever seen…in fact in school frnds used to tease me that “your face has been drawn using a rounder” :mean: I have nevr shaped my eyebrows..will try now

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naina December 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm

same pinch sonam , m a round face too … :handshake: :handshake:
arched eyebrows look good, i have them , :yes:
since you wil be getting your eyebrows shaped for the first time you may opt for very a very soft arch, ekdum se high arch might not go down well .. ?:) ?:) ?:) ?:)

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Sonam December 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

OK sure will try this ..thnx for the gyaaan.. :handshake:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

:| :|

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zeeba December 17, 2010 at 11:53 am

i hve a round face…and the hard angled eyebrows always work for me.
:yahoo: nice post..

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naina December 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

thank you zeeba :)) and same pinch :handshake:

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zeeba December 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

ahhahahahahahhahahhahahah :victory2:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm

thankooooo :))

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bulbul December 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

very useful article. most of the people have no idea abt face shapes and suitable eyebrow shapes. :beauty:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm

in my city toh the parlour laddies also have no idea … :violinbash: :violinbash: :violinbash:

thankooo :))

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Natasha December 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm

m not sure if they have any idea here in delhi or not naian as i am mostly very impatient with them to assess them well. besides they touch my face here and there soooo much with their fingers that i often have to ask them “aren’t you taught not to use bare fingers so much during training?” they usually remain speechless :| :| :|

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naina December 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm

i know some beauticians are pathetic :sick: :sick: :sick:

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rids December 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

oval shaped = soft angled…….. thts wht i hv …..yups yups……….. super article !!!

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naina December 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm

:dance: :dance: :dance:

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Natasha December 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

truly awesome article naina.

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naina December 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm

thankooooo natzzzz :)) :)) :))

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Shreya December 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

im confused about my face shape either it is round or square :) wouldn’t the brow shape also depend on shape or size of eyes ??

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naina December 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

err.. round face would mean a soft square .. as in in the square face the edges are strikingly angular and a round face has softened edges .. i hope i made some sense … ?:) ?:)
eyebrows mainly depend on face shape, but the eyes also have a part to play ,i am doing a part two on this , will cover eyes then :))

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Shreya December 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

ya i settle for round for my face i also have soft angular brows … im waiting for your eyes part 2 :)

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naina December 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

:))

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Rima Kaur December 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm

i have no clue what shaped face/brows i have. can someone please tell me? :P very useful article though. very visual.

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Giasaysthat December 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I think you have an Oval face? :P

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Giasaysthat December 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I checked my face shape today.
I took my fringes up and stared at the mirror
and i see an oval face.
But my jaws are sort of squary
and when i smile it’s round :worship: :worship: :worship:
so stupid!
:jaiho: i am not able to find it at all…. :spank: :spank: :spank:

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Shreya December 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

hehe even i was confused about this .. tied my hair back looked into mirror and made my hand like rounder finally settled for round +/- 1cm :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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Giasaysthat December 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

saw*

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naina December 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

trial and error, stick to whichever looks the best :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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sireesha December 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

awesome article naina! :waytogo: :victory: me also round face gang! i always take care to maintain the arch.. :beauty:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

:highfive: :highfive: :highfive:

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Giasaysthat December 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

:whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

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Rajol December 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

It’s indeed a very well written article. I have an oval shape face…it’s soft angled for me…
and I love them that way!!! :shy:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

thankoo rajol :))

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Jinal December 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm

very informative article :yes: :yes:
I have an oval face and very light eyebrows…..so i dont shape them so much….:))

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naina December 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

:))
rub in castor oil,daily at bed time, like half a drop for each eyebrow, it works.. my mum has light eyebrows too and it worked for her :))

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sireesha December 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm

really!!! wow!!! will try this from today itself! :beauty:

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bhumika December 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm

awesum work naina..
i also dunno my face shape…err..heart or diamond ..may be :X-P: bt soft angled downwards..i have naturally gud eyebrows n like dat shape..shaped htm recently for d 1st tym..n i told d parlor gal to just remove d extra hairs..d natural shape was fine.. :waytogo:
though i felt a bit weird seeing me with shaped brows for d 1st tym… :P
as v r soo nt used to !!

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Samin December 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Me too donno ma face shape.. :( round wen i smile..else itz some othr shape, wich i donno..wot it is… :( :(
And last tym i faced a new beautician n she gave me a flat brows..!! I was like crying.. She ruined ma entire look..

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Samin December 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Naina.. Itz really a nice n useful article.. I love angled brows.. And it suits me well.. :)

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Nimi December 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Hey naina, nice informative post.

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Bee December 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Good one Naina…. :)

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ik December 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm

dont lie, Bee!:P useless article. we all knew this pehele se. :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm

grrrrr ik…. ya atleast it better than “see-see-i-have-so-many-shoes-are-you-jealous?”

:tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :spank: :spank:

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ik December 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm

absolutely useless sharing this. :pig: :pig: :pig: :pig: :pig: like we dint know it already.. :P :tongue: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: and anyway, its too painful! :wilt:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm

its war ikky :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :zombiekiller: :hunterwali: :spank: :violinbash: :duel: :hunterwali: :spank: :violinbash: :duel:

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Mrunmayee December 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm

i have a round face and i like my angled brows.. Awessome and useful post naina. :yes: :yes: :yes:

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ik December 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

:P i think you have a prettyyy :heart: shaped face with an obscenely beautiful smile! :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

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Mrunmayee December 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm

OMG… It’s alright the smile.. :idk: Actually i have a prominent but definitely not pointed/dainty chin.. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: And my chubby cheeks still make my face round.. :| :| :|

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ik December 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm

thank you very much would have done!:P but i think its loveelllyyy!!! :shout: :shout: Mrun.. i actuallygo aroung being mean to people all day so i can save up all things nice for select people like you. actually, select people=you. :secret2: :secret2: i dont feel like being mean to you. :D so just accept the compliments gracefully!:P

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naina December 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm

ikky deserves a big spank on her big bum :spank: *amplified*:spank:

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naina December 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm

thank you , u r so sweet mrun :-* not mean like some ogres here :duel:

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ik December 18, 2010 at 12:26 am

naina- i have a small bum!:P :shame: for how huge i am.. my bum is tiny. :ass2: :ass2: so stop spanking!:P :shout: :shout: :shout: and that shoes title rati did.. i had some godforsaken chillar title which she dint understand i guess!:P and i was a kid then. :P now.. i am much better. atleast not giving useless you have heart shaped i have round face so what eyebrow gyaan!:P :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:
spank right back! hmmmmmmph! :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :P

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Rati December 18, 2010 at 12:28 am

I thought you went off to sleep..and big ogre with small bum?? :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

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ik December 18, 2010 at 12:50 am

:-| i said goodnight after half an hour!:P maybe thats why.. just saw hence. :P my tummy aching!:( so will try to sleep now! :((:(( that datty naina put nazar to my happiness!:P and YOU called me overeating and fat! i ignore your food posts! boycottttt!!!!!!!

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Kelly February 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

Great article, just wondering how come you left out pear/triangle face shape?.. :s :chick:

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Ana August 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

hi! my face is diamond shaped and i’ve got deep set eyes with soft angled kind of brows.. i so want to have an arched or curved brow but my brows don’t have any natural arch to them.. also i’ve triedd caster oil.. didn’t work.. :( help?

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