Fashion, beauty and feminist icon Emma Watson once said that her eyebrows are the most important feature of her face. This hit home for many women who feel the same, and if their brows are out of line even by a smidge, their entire makeup look seems to fall apart. This idea does hold some traction because eyebrows are indeed one of the most statement features of your face. They help frame your features and knit them together; thus making shaping and filling them according to face shapes, trends and aesthetics an essential step in any makeup routine. And while we can talk all day about trendy brow shapes, there are some classic shapes that have always remained versatile and suit most face shapes and ages. Sounds too good to be true? Let us help you out and convince you with some visuals!
Classic eyebrow shapes are uniquely beautiful in their own way. From the shape of the arch, to the length of the tail and even thickness - the right eyebrow shape matters a lot. We have picked some of our favourite celebs as references and dissected their brow shape in order to explain what makes them so versatile. Let’s take a look at them in detail.
- 1. Tail arch
- 2. Centre arch
- 3. High arch
- 4. Minimal arch
- 5. Straight brows
- 6. Tapered brows
- 7. Rounded brows
- 8. Short and thick
- 9. S-shaped brows
- FAQs about eyebrow shapes
1. Tail arch
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A classic brow shape, the slight arch towards the tail is the most versatile way to shape and fill your brows. This shape can work wonders to bring some sharp angular details to an otherwise rounder face, the arch can even suit a ridiculously sharp jawline like Margot Robbie’s as well. This is also a flattering shape for someone who likes to keep their hair out of their face, but still wants to add a framing detail to their face.
2. Centre arch
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If you wanna add some lift to your cheekbones, a centre arch is the perfect makeup look for that. You can shape a centre arch as well by getting your brow technician to clean up stray hair in the middle of your eyebrow. Do not pluck the arch itself, as it can get too intense and give you that “always shocked” look. This brow shape is also a good way to balance out wide faces and add some symmetry to them.
3. High arch
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A version of the tail arch, this one goes way up and above the brow bone to add more definition and intensity to your look. If you are a fan of super dramatic brows, this one is a good shape to maintain. However, we recommend adding the high arch towards the tail as much as possible because high centre arches are a common stage makeup practice and mess up the balance of your facial features.
4. Minimal arch
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The default shape for most eyebrows, everyone has a slight, barely-there arch to their natural eyebrows. If this is the shape you want to maintain, we recommend giving up your habit of plucking and just stick to cleaning up stray hair with a tweezer instead. To make the shape a bit more prominent, use a brow pencil to fill in the bald spots; you can also use a tinted brow gel for a dense texture.
5. Straight brows
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If your natural brow doesn’t have an arch to it, chances are it is of the straighter variety. Straight brows look very chic in an understated, subtle kind of way. If you have naturally straight brows, do not create an arch, instead, keep them brushed with a spoolie. If you wish to have straighter brows, you can get them shaped by a professional, and keep doing the upkeep whenever you see any angular details pop up.
6. Tapered brows
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Possibly the most high maintenance shape on this list, tapered brows are thicker on the inner 2/3rd corner and subtly arch down to be lighter and more slender towards the end. Since natural brows are usually of equal width throughout, a tapered shape has to be created by a professional eyebrow technician. They need to be maintained more often as well, regular waxing and grooming being an absolute must.
7. Rounded brows
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Girls who love soft, feminine beauty details will fawn over rounded brows like no other. As opposed to the angular shapes we saw above, rounded brows have rounder arches, forming a kind of fluffy cloud over your eyes. Usually recommended for angular faces, rounded brows can be sported by anyone hoping for a cute brow look. Eyebrow products like brow powders and pomades can help cancel out the bends and round off the shape.
8. Short and thick
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If you’ve ever wondered about the secret to Aditi Rao Hydari’s youthful, innocent gaze, we have one word for you - eyebrows! This stunner constantly rocks short and thick brows to suit her small face and dainty features. Short and thick brows can be rocked by anyone who does not have naturally long brows, but wishes for a shape that is bold and makes a statement. So if you haven’t been blessed with a lot of natural brow growth, make sure to keep it short; and brow kohls come in handy to add some extra thickness as well.
9. S-shaped brows
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S-shaped brows have a slight dip in the inner corner of the brow, which then goes into a slender arch towards the tail. This brow shape is usually common, and you must fill it in to even out the shape. But if you have a natural S-shape, we recommend not correcting it because it makes for such a dramatic look. If you do not have a natural S-shape, you can create one by shaping your brow with an angled pencil and fake the dip.
FAQs about eyebrow shapes
1) How do I choose the best eyebrow shape for my face?
A. The trick that most MUAs use while filling in your brows is that the eyebrow shape should be the polar opposite to your face shape. Which means, if you have an angular face with sharp features, a soft, rounded or straight brow will help balance your face well.
2) Do thicker eyebrows look more youthful?
A. Yes, thicker eyebrows are generally considered more youthful because they are usually on the bushier side when you are younger. Since ageing causes thinning of hair, both on your head and brows, slender and sparse brows are considered to be more mature looking than thick and bushy brows.
3) Which is the trending eyebrow shape in 2020?
A. 2020 is all about feathered and rounded eyebrows! The trick to feathered brows is to first let them grow out, then laminate them with a brow gel and comb up in a feathered, spread-out look. Feathered brows are versatile in nature, so even if you do not have a rounded arch, they can be adapted to suit any shape.
4) Is it possible to permanently change the shape of your eyebrow?
A. Yes. If you do not wish to bother with constant shaping and filling your brows, they can be changed with semi-permanent makeup options like eyebrow tattoos and microblading. These in-clinic procedures can change the shape of your eyebrow and minimise the amount of maintenance that needs to be done on a daily basis.
5) Which eyebrow shape is good for round faces?
A. Since round faces are quite common, an arched shape will help add some sharpness to the features. You can also go for rounded brows to keep your face looking soft and well balanced.