How to Do Your Eyebrows for Your Face Shape

Not all eyebrows are created equal—here’s how to get the right shape for your face.

Though recent years have seen a surge in full, well-groomed brows, it’s still important to know how to make your eyebrows look natural and that you’re filling them in the right way with the best brow makeup. However, tweaking the shape here and there can really make a difference when it comes to flattering your face. Before we get to face shape tweaks for your perfect eyebrows, here’s how to fill in your brows with the best eyebrow makeup.

How to fill in your eyebrows

Step 1: Find the three points of your eyebrow shape.

In order to expertly fill in your eyebrows, you need to determine three points: the inner corner, the outer corner and the arch. Once you’ve located them, you can play with the shape as much as you want; knowing where these three points are on your face will help set the foundation for your perfect eyebrow shape.

  • To find the inner corner, take your eyebrow pencil and line it up vertically with your left nostril. Your inner left brow should start on the same vertical line where your nostril ends. Do the same with your right nostril for your other brow.
  • To find the outer corner, take your eyebrow pencil and use it to determine the line from your right nostril to the outer corner of your right eye. Follow that line to see where your natural brow should end. Repeat on the left side.
  • To find where your natural arch peaks, use your eyebrow pencil to create a line from your right nostril to the centre of your eye, right through your pupil. Follow that line to your eyebrow to see where your natural arch should be and repeat on the left side.

Step 2: Use a brush for your eyebrows.

Brush up the inner-corner brow hairs, which tend to grow vertically, with the spoolie side of your L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Xpert. Then, use the same spoolie eyebrow brush, following the direction of your natural hair growth.

Step 3: Get out your brow filler

Using the pigmented side of your L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Xpert in your chosen shade, the best way to fill in your eyebrows is with light, feather-like strokes that mimic eyebrow hairs. Then move to the inside of your brows and, continuing with hairlike strokes, fill in any spots with fewer hairs as you work your way back to the tail. If you have any very empty spots, you can use the triangular-shaped tip for precision.

Step 4: Brush your eyebrows again!

If you find that you haven’t achieved the perfect eyebrows you were hoping for, or you accidentally used too much of the pigmented pencil, simply use the spoolie to brush your eyebrows a second time. If you have unruly brows, make sure to use eyebrow gel to keep them in place.

Determine how to do your eyebrows to flatter your face shape

How to shape eyebrows for an oval face…

Lucky you! Most brow shapes look good on oval faces, which tend to be balanced. If you have an oval face shape, your forehead is only slightly wider than your chin and your face width is about two-thirds the length. Instead of opting for a specific shape, let your natural eyebrows lead the way and just make sure your eyebrows are expertly groomed. This means plucking strays and using product to define your shape, using our tips above.

How to shape eyebrows for a round face

If you have a round face, you likely have round, prominent cheeks and the width of your face is about the same as the length. Make sure your eyebrows aren’t also very round—that will just emphasize the shape when what you want to do is add dimension. Instead, your perfect eyebrows should embrace your natural arch—and then kick it up a notch. Feel free to define your arch with a slightly heavier hand than the rest of your brows or even in a shade slightly darker than what you would normally use. This provides lift and angles—which will balance out the roundness.

How to shape eyebrows for a square face

You’ll also need to embrace an angled or arched eyebrows. Square faces are often defined by a chiselled or prominent jawline, one that might even seem—as the name suggests—square. Adding emphasis to the top portion of your face in the form of bold brows helps balancing the look. Don’t be afraid to go strong here; stay away from anything too skinny or severe looking, and opt for gentle arches.

How to shape eyebrows for a heart-shaped face

Heart-shaped faces tend to be defined by prominent cheekbones, wider foreheads and pointed chins. Since you already have quite a few angles, it’s best to stick with a straight eyebrows. This doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning your arch completely—instead, fill in your brow by maintaining the same width throughout and you’ll find a softness that complements your look.

How to shape eyebrows for a long face

If you have a long face, you want to balance it by adding width. While at first glance it may seem like you have an oval face, long or oblong face shapes tend to be narrower and have a thin chin as well. You can add width by elongating the tails of your brows with an eyebrow pencil and keeping your arch minimal. This way, you draw attention to your cheekbones, which creates the illusion of width.

Final eyebrow tips

  • If your eyes are close together, feel free to tweak the inner corner of your brow to be a bit further from the cent
  • You can do the opposite for eyes that are further apart; simply fake the inner corner of your eyebrows to be closer to the centre to draw everything in.
  • Hair-like strokes will always yield more natural-looking results than outlining and then filling in.
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