Brows are back! From Frida-esque strong ones to even those chola-glam exaggerated babies. This season the bolder the brow, the better. The key to any great eyebrow, however, is all in creating the perfect arch. Not sure where to start plucking? Luckily, Tia Danzler, a celebrity makeup artist will show us how to get the ideal arch for the most common face shapes.
ROUND • Selena Gomez
“While a round face implies youthfulness, a high arch will balance the look out so you don’t look like a moon pie,” says Danzler. Before you create a high arch you have to figure out where your eyebrows should start and end. The trick is to hold a pencil against the side of your nose, straight up to where it meets the brow. Turn the pencil at an angle, holding it against the nostril, so that it crosses over the center of your eye. Where the pencil hits your eyebrow is where the peak of your arch should start, so pluck away. Then move the pencil until it meets the edge of the outer eye—this is where your brow should end.
SQUARE • Salma Hayek
“Having strong angular features are gorgeous, but to soften the look, opt for a gently angled or curved brow,” says Danzler. While the start of the brow line nearest to the center of the face is usually straight, the rest should ideally curve. To help, you can get a brow pencil and gently create a rounded silhouette. Try Dior’s Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil ($29).
HEART • Penélope Cruz
The key to balancing this chin-accentuating shape face is to pull the focal point up toward a strong balanced brow. To do so, first fill in sparse hair areas with a brow pencil, then top with a colored brow gel to get the full wow effect. Danzler recommends using a color two shades darker than your skin tone.
OVAL • America Ferrera
Though this ultra-flattering face shape can handle almost any style, Danzler loves a small arch that’s powerful and thick. “For extra lushness, play around with brow powders and stencils,” says Danzler. “While they may seem weird at first, they’re super easy to use.” The powder gives the brow a boost of fullness and the stencil helps with symmetry (which is what flatters the eyes most). Try Anastasia Brow Powder Duo ($22) and Classic Stencils ($20).