Eyebrows… One facial feature shaping correctly can completely change your look.
Have you ever wondered why we have eyebrows?
Eyebrows protect your eyes from unwanted bacteria like sweat. However, eyebrows are also a form of human communication. This is why it is so important to shape them properly.
Eyebrows are made up of 6 different points of reference. In properly shaping these are refer to as:
- Beginning of the brow or Inner Corner
- Peak or Highest Point of the brow
- Ending of the brow or Tail
See diagram below:
So, how do you shape your eyebrows?
Eyebrows are used as a form of expression. Whether you want them thinner or thicker, rounded or angled: it is a personal preference. However, just like clothes styles compliment each of us differently. Below we will provide the basics.
To start off, there are five basic brow shapes:
- Soft Angled
These shapes are used to help enhance the four basic face shapes:
An oval-shaped face is the most common face shape. The eyebrow arch can be anywhere between ½ to ⅔ point on the brow. It is best to shape neither too sharp, angled, or rounded. A closed point (the inner corner and tail measure on the same line) is best. This gives an oval-shaped face a soft look adding symmetry.
Round-shaped faces’ arch should stay closer to the ½ point on the brow. An open ending point (the inner corner and tail do not measure on the same line) helps give the illusion of elongating the face.
The jaw line on a square-shaped face can play a key role in correctly shaping the eyebrows. The arch either needs to be ½ to ⅔ point on the brow depending on the width of the face, which is determined by the jaw line. A closed ending point is best for square-shaped faces. This can help balance out the sharp lines.
A long or oblong-shaped face should have a very minimal arch while keeping the point to ⅔ the brow with a closed ending point. By removing hair a little past the inner corner of the eye will create the illusion of widening the face. This is preferred by those whose eyes are set close together or one with a long face.
Other questions to ask yourself?
Do you want a thick brow or a thin brow? This is a personal preference. Just keep in mind as women age their brows naturally thin. Often times maintaining a very thin brow from the arch to the end point will result in no hair as one ages.
What shape do you want your inner corner? Again, personal preference. However, there are typically five styles:
Tufted hairs can be more difficult because you want to make sure to remove and keep the correct hairs. The way to do this is draw a line directly up from the eye to the inner corner of the brow and remove the hair that does not fall in that line.
Think about what we would all look-like without eyebrows. Funny right, now understanding the importance you can see why you should take care of your brows. Plucking and other forms of temporary hair removals can really hurt them over time. By doing electrolysis, you can permanently maintain the perfect shape and keep them healthy for years to come.
Resource: Electrology Institute of New England