Understanding how to enhance your face shape with the perfect eyebrows
When it comes to beauty, I believe that eyebrows are the most important facial feature.
Perfectly shaped and defined brows will enhance your most attractive features and lift your face, opening it up and balance your features in perfect symmetry.
But while eyebrows are so essential to completing a groomed appearance, they are also one of the most difficult features to get right, as we all have different face shapes that suit different styles of brow.
With every shape there will be a certain best look that I will aim to fulfil when designing the eyebrow.
Read on for my rundown of the most common face shapes and the best brow styles for you…
Those with square faces, such as Angelina Jolie, tend to have strong, angular features with sharp angles. For these types, it is best to have bolder, thicker brows. These will blend into the face instead of standing out against it, making a classic, unfussy statement. I would keep the arch of the brow subtle in order to balance and soften a strong jawline. Brows should never be too round in order to avoid too dramatic a statement – a soft, rounded arch will do the trick with a neat looking brow to naturally enhance the curves of the face.
Oh lovely oval
For those with an oval-shaped face, consider yourself lucky! Those with oval face shapes, such as Jessica Alba, will naturally have more facial symmetry and proportion than others, meaning that a variety of brow shapes and sizes will suit them. The oval is generally acknowledged as being the most naturally beautiful face shape, so I would shape brows along their natural lines, curves and contours. I might also introduce a soft arch and slight angle to the brows.
Those with round faces should go for a brow with a high arch in order to elongate and flatter their features. The high arch, sharp angles and precise definition will help to soften the round face to create the coveted oval shape, whilst the angle and arch will give shape and height. Many of my clients find that a high arch brow creates a more prominent bone structure by adding the edges that are missing. I have also had comments about how this style of brow makes the face appear thinner by creating a smooth vertical flow.
Why the long face?
Surely the most famous example of the long face is Sarah Jessica Parker, who also happens to have a fantastic set of eyebrows. She adopts the look that is most flattering for those with longer faces – flat, straight brows with a low arch. This opens up and enhances the horizontal facial features so that attention is drawn across the face instead of in a vertical direction. I would also extend the end – or ‘tail’ – of the brows beyond the corner of the eye (more so than in the case of other face shapes) to encourage attention across the face instead of down.
I Heart You
With the heart-shaped face, famous figures such as Reese Witherspoon have shown how the right brows will enhance the natural femininity of this shape. For these types, I would create a medium, round arch to balance a pointy chin and wide forehead. A rounded tail and thinner brow will also complement this face, as it will balance out the typically small jaw line. The perfect brows on the heart-shaped face will enhance the natural aesthetic, creating a heart that comes to a point at the chin.
Shine on like a diamond
The diamond face shape (think Nicole Kidman) is a typically angular one, with wide cheeks and a narrow hairline. On diamond faces, I would use a curved brow to reduce the ‘impact’ of any angles with just a slight arch to complement the diamond shape.
What’s your face shape?
Maybe you’re not sure what face shape you have, or how you’d like your eyebrows to look.
If you would like to discuss anything about your face shape, please do get in touch.
I offer free initial consultations to all potential clients and would love to have a chat with you to answer any questions you might have and determine the perfect eyebrow shape and style for you.