Saturday, April 30, 2011

Shaping Your Eyebrows

The natural shape of your eyebrows can be enhanced to brighten your face. It can also make you look unlike yourself if the shaping is not done well.  There are various methods to shape your brows (waxing, tweezing etc.) First thing's first, wipe your face clean of makeup, cleanse and begin with a fresh slate. Take a look in the mirror. 

"Hold a straight edge, such as an eyebrow pencil or a ruler, vertically in front of your face. Line it up so that it touches the outermost of your nose and the inside of your eye. This line will determine where your eyebrow should start. Mark that spot with an eyebrow pencil. Repeat for the other eye."

"Angle the straight edge so that it lines up with the outermost edge of your nose and the outermost edge of your iris. It's very important that you look straight ahead--both your face and your eyes should be looking directly forward at the mirror. Wherever the line intersects your eyebrow is where the peak of your arch should begin at the top border of the eyebrow. Mark that spot with your eyebrow pencil. Repeat for the other eye."

"Angle the straight edge further so that it touches the outermost edge of your nose and also passes along the outermost edge of your eye (not your eyelashes, if you have long ones that extend beyond the edge of your eye, you lucky thing). This tells you where the eyebrow should end. Mark this point with your eyebrow pencil. Repeat with the other eye."

Tailor the thickness and shape of your eyebrows to correspond with your face shape:
Low Forehead: With a very low forehead, even a moderate arch can leave you looking permanently surprised. Try to use a low arch in shaping the eyebrows to give the forehead more height.

Wide-Set Eyes: When a person has widely set eyes, you can make them appear closer together by extending the brows inward a bit. Be cautious, however, not to give a "frowning" appearance.

Close-Set Eyes: By shaping the brows a little closer to the inner corner of the eye and extending the outer edge a bit further outward, you can give the illusion that the eyes are further apart.

Round Face: Women with round faces will find that an eyebrow shape with a high arch and extended to the end of the cheekbone gives them a more narrow-faced appearance.

Long Face: For the long face, flatten the eyebrow arch to almost nothing, this will have the effect of making the face appear shorter. Remember not to extend the brows past the outer corners of the eye in these cases.

Square Face: Use a high arch and a rounded curve on the outer ends of the brows to make the square face appear more oval.

Take a look at this tutorial to help demonstrate the steps just listed. Have fun!

Peace, Love & Blaze,


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