The Definitive Eyebrow Guide

When it comes to your overall appearence, eyebrows are often overlooked or downplayed. Getting the right eyebrow shape can have a drastic effect on the way you look - not only do they frame your face, they also accentuate your other features. They can make small eyes look large, bring out deep set eyes and even 'change' the appearence of your nose - it's like a mini-facelift! Get them wrong however, and you could look like you're in a constant state of surprise.

Our guide is here to help you prevent potential disasters when it comes to eyebrow shaping. Before we get into proper tweezing techniques, and before you pick up a tweezer, it is important to consider what shape you're going for. This varies from person to person, so there is no "one size fits all" shape - but, if you follow our guide, you can't go wrong.

Finding the right shape

Where to begin? Your eyebrow should start above the inside corner of your eye. To get a good idea of where this is, draw an imaginary line from the bottom of your nose to the inside corner of your eye - the point at which this meets your eyebrow is where it should start. Mark this point with an eyebrow pencil.

Ideal Eyebrow Starting Position
Ideal Eyebrow Starting Position

It is also important to consider the gap between your eyebrows when finding their starting point. Do not leave too much of a gap, as it could over-emphasize your nose - a maximum gap of 1.5cm should be enough.

Maximum Eyebrow Gap
Maximum Eyebrow Gap

Where to end? Ideally, your eyebrow should end above the outermost corner of your eye. Like with the start of the eyebrow, this can be guaged by drawing an imaginary line fron the start of your nose to the outer corner of your eye - where this line meets your eyebrow is it's ideal ending point. Mark this point with an eyebrow pencil. This line can be adjust to make sure that the end of your eyebrow doesn't fall below the start, which gives it a 'droopy' look.

Ideal Eyebrow Ending Position
Ideal Eyebrow Ending Position

Where does it peak? A good eyebrow should rise for 34 of it's length and fall for the last 14. As before, this can be marked out with an imaginary line - start at the beginning of your nose, go past the outer side of your iris until you read your eyebrow. This is the ideal place where your arch should reach it's peak. Avoid peaking your arches near the center of your eye as this will give it a 'rainbow' shape (not very appealing!)

Ideal Arch Position
Ideal Arch Position

Shape and Size The shape and size of your eyebrows depends on your body type as well as facial shape. Generally, the more slender (fine boned) you are, the more narrow your brows should be. Those with a more athletic type of frame should opt for a thicker brow. In terms of the overall shape, the best practice is to look at celebrities, see who has the closest facial shape to you and imitate their arch.

From a practical point of view, there are a limited number of shapes you can apply to your eyebrows. Shown below is a guide for these shapes.

Eyebrow Shape
Eyebrow Shapes

Notice that all the eyebrow shapes have something in common - they start of thick, reach a peak in their arch then slope and taper down to a crisp point. If you follow this rule, as well as those above in regards to eyebrow positioning, you should be fine.