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It’s 2018, so it’s probably safe to say that you know thick eyebrows are on trend. Yep, gone are the days of over-plucking and drawing on eyebrows with eyeliner. These days, it’s all about finding the perfect eyebrow shape to complement your face shape. That’s right, the extremely angular eyebrows you see all over your social media feed might not be what suits your face shape best. In fact, different eyebrow shapes will look better on different face shapes. And consequentially, shaping and filling in your eyebrows—with eyebrow makeup—based on your face can help flatter your face and disguise any sparse areas. We’ve already shared how to contour for every face shape and how to apply blush according to your face shape, and now we’re breaking down the right eyebrow shape for every face shape, below. Keep reading to find yours!
If your face is circular, with plump cheeks and a soft jawline, then you have a round face shape. An angular eyebrow shape can help balance out the fullness of your face. Creating strong lines can help counteract softness and a lack of definition, giving the appearance of more defined bone structure.
When it comes to having an oval face shape, the world is practically your oyster. As the most balanced face shape, the rules rarely apply. You’ll find almost any eyebrow shape will complement your face shape. Since having too many options can be overwhelming, try accentuating your symmetrical shape even more with a soft angle.
While square face shapes may not quite look like a cube, the resemblance should be clear. When working on coordinating your eyebrow shape with your face shape, take a moment to remember this oft-stated piece of wisdom: Opposites attract. Pairing a rounded eyebrow shape with a prominent, angular jaw can help soften your features.
Despite being blessed with sharp cheekbones (seriously, jealousy-inducing), when you have a heart-shaped face, there’s still work for your eyebrows to do. Choose a controlled shape with a high arch. By adding height to your eyebrows, you can lengthen the look of a shorter jaw.
Think of what you know about diamonds. Sure, they're shiny and expensive, but they’re also known for their cut. The harsh edges and facets on your favorite jewels are exactly what makes them comparable to a diamond face shape. With a pointed chin and a narrow hairline, this face shape is marked by harsh features that can be softened with curves. Follow the natural curve of your eyebrow bones to make wide cheekbones appear narrower.
Looking long in the face may be associated with sadness, but with the right brows, there’s no reason to tear up. Keeping your eyebrows horizontal will help stop the eye from traveling downwards, thus making your face seem shorter. You’re not done yet! Extend the tails of your eyebrows straight to the side, which can add visual width to your face.
Now that you know the best way to balance your face shape with your eyebrows, you’ll need to pick a product for filling them in—and learn how to use it.
If you’re partial to an eyebrow pencil…start with clean, brushed eyebrows. Use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil to outline for precise lines. Shade with the flat side for even coverage and define the tail using the tip.
If you’re partial to an eyebrow pomade…dip a brush into the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame & Set, then outline the eyebrow and define the arch. Draw in eyebrow hairs in sparse areas, filling in to your desired intensity. Comb and blend with the included spoolie to style your final look.
If you’re partial to an eyebrow mascara…use the angled skinny brush of the L’Oréal Paris Boost & Set Brow Mascara in short, upward strokes to boost volume and build eyebrows to your desired intensity and shape. (You can also use a clear eyebrow mascara to set your brows after filling in with an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow pomade!)
Oh, and don’t forget, if you need to clean up your eyebrows—without makeup remover—and lift your arches, you’ll want to use an eyebrow brow concealer and highlighter. After filling in your brows, trace the matte concealer from the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Brow Raiser Highlighter Duo around the edges of brows to define and sharpen their shape. Then, apply the shimmer highlighter above and below the arch, and then blend out.
Can you ever have enough eyebrow-centric beauty tips? Don’t think so! Next, check out our articles, 8 Brow Hacks for Gorgeous-Looking Arches and All the Different Eyebrow Shaping Techniques.