How to Shape Eyebrows to Perfection

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Take a Good Look

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The first rule in how to shape your eyebrows is: You can only work with what you have. On these eyebrows, she is fairly thin on the ends and has rather straight eyebrows. I want to shape them up a bit, but not give an extreme arch.

You'll have to do the same, and work with what you currently have. You can remove hair or use a pencil to make them look fuller, but you can't instantly grow them. The following steps will help you decide what hair to keep or to remove.

Note: This step by step is specifically for women. If you're looking for eyebrow shaping tips for men where different rules apply, check out How To Groom Men's Eyebrows.

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Where Eyebrows Should Start- Option 1

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Draw an imaginary straight line from the outer sides of the ball of your nose to your brows. This is the generally the place where eyebrows should start on most people, with some exceptions.

This is definitely where eyebrows should start if you have wide set eyes (too far apart) because it makes eyes "appear" closer together. A large forehead also benefits because taking too much hair in between the brows makes the forehead look even bigger.

If you have close-set eyes, a small forehead or this option leaves too much hair for your taste, then go to the next page.

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Where the Eyebrow Begins- Option 2

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The general rule of thumb for eyebrow shaping has been that if you took a ruler to the inner corner of your eye, that is about where the brow can begin. But be careful, this is the farthest you want to go. If you're unsure, it's better to leave more. It's easy to remove hair instead of waiting for hair to grow and penciling them in.

Eyebrow Shaping Tips:

  • Eyes too close together? This point of starting at the inner corner of the eyes makes them "appear" farther.
  • Others that may benefit. Those with small foreheads, narrow faces, and small facial features.

Going to our model, you can see her eyebrows already go a bit further in toward the eye.

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How to Arch Eyebrows

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On deciding on how to arch your eyebrows one of the most important parts of designing the brow, we are going to use other features for a reference. For our model here, I've decided on a small arch for her eyebrow shape because she doesn't have a lot of eyelid, and she has straight brows.


So placing a ruler (or something else straight like an eyeliner) on the tip of her nose as a reference, and taking the ruler over her pupil brings me to a section of her brow that you see above. This is going to be the "peak" or highest point of her arch.Another reference point is the top of the nostril, still aiming for over the middle of the pupil for a medium arch, but the far side of the pupil for a large arch. (Tip: right nostril for right eye, left nostril for left eye).

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Where the Eyebrow Should End

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Place the end of a ruler at the outer nose and put on the corner of the eye, this is where the brow should end. On the model above, she's right on target. Usually, it's only a slight bit of women are outside this last line.

Eyebrow Shaping Tips:

Most of the time over-plucking has resulted in brows not meeting this ​endpoint. If that's the case for you, use a brow pencil like Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil (compare prices) to fill in your brows until they grow out.

If your brows are sparse because of stress, aging or thyroid issues, try an eyebrow revitalizer like one of these.

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Example of Eyebrows Already Shaped

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You can see the perfect eyebrow shape already in place for this model, showing the three lines being used in her design. Notice when someone shapes the brows correctly, the eyes are framed nicely. If the first thing you notice about someone is their eyebrows, then they're not the right shape.Another great tool to use to get that perfect shape is The Brow Buddy. Now, let's get back to our original model's eyebrows. We'll start her designing.

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How to Shape Your Eyebrows: First Trim Them If Necessary

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If you want to learn how to shape your eyebrows like the pros, then trim them if they need it. I've already trimmed my model's eyebrow, to our right. You can see the difference this has already made.

A big mistake women make is not trimming their brows. When the eyebrow hair is long, sometimes women end up taking out too much hair when they really needed to take out bulk. So trim first!

Here's how to tell if you need to trim: Brush your eyebrows straight up, and if there are any hairs longer coming out of your natural shape on top, then trim it.

You can do this on your own, it's very simple. Use a fine-tooth regular comb or an eyebrow brush to push eyebrow hair up, and then just trim what is outside the shape with small scissors (preferably eyebrow scissors). If you have rather bushy eyebrows, then you'll need to take additional steps to remove more bulk, watch the eyebrow trimming step-by-step.

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Select Hair for Eyebrow Arches and Shape

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Now, create your eyebrow arches and choose exactly which hair you will be removing. If you're tweezing, put concealer or white eyeliner on the hairs that need to go: underneath, the middle, and on top so you don't wander off. Read complete guide to tweezing brows.

For our model above, I'm only taking off hair underneath her brow. She has nothing in the middle to remove, and no stray hairs above the shape. We're going to continue to work on her right eye so you can see the difference in the final result.

Eyebrow Arching and Shaping Tips:

If you take the hair off the top of the eyebrow, don't go into the main shape. Just take the stray hairs outside the shape.

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Finished Eyebrow Shape

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Here you can take a look at the finished eyebrow shape on our right, compared to the one on our left that hasn't had any work. Such a difference!

The extra effort prepping your brows will pay off in the result. Once you have the exact shape you like, the upkeep will be easy. You will be able to see clearly what has grown in and needs to be removed.