For the last two years I feel that well shaped and filled in eyebrows have become more and more popular in the make-up world and to me, it's not a surprise as of why. Eyebrows can drastically change what a person looks like and they add so much character to a face that I feel like it's one of the first things that you should try to tackle when you're interested in make-up. To illustrate how important brows are to the general look of a face I proceeded to quickly sketch a lady and gave her over 15 different brow shapes and intensities.
I'm not going to tell you which ones I think are flattering or not because I feel like it's a matter of taste and not of fact. I personally dislike it when people tell you how to do something because they often only suggest it because it's what they personally like, not what may be most suitable for you. Different faces suit different things, so you should do your brows in whichever way you want! All I want to achieve with this is that you become aware of what different eyebrows do and perhaps gain some insight into how you want to shape your own.
Please note that in all of the following illustrations I didn't change anything in the drawing except for the brows. Also, just like with the photos in my usual articles, I made this myself. Feel free to share it with people or use it for non-profit reasons, but please always link them back to the original source. Thank you.
|The one on the left uses the 'Anastasia' method, a popular way to shape eyebrows that suits a lot of face shapes, but not all.|
|Note how much the expression changes just by changing the arch of the brow and sharpening the edges.|
These two are almost identical, but the one on the left is more heavily filled in towards the tail and the beginning of the brow is left natural and lighter. On the right, the brow is filled in all the way to the center, note how much the intensity of the brow changes with just a little addition like that. So if you want a softer, more natural effect, lightly fill in the beginning of the brow instead of heavily.
|I keep seeing the brow on the left on the MUA's I follow on instagram, it's both full but very neatly shaped with a high arch. Note how much can change in a face by adding or subtracting volume as well.|
See how much changes in the intensity of the expressions when you change the opacity of the eyebrow. This is why it's important to think of the colour as well! It can change how you come across drastically.
|Straight eyebrows are especially popular in Asia because they believe it brings youthfulness to the face.|
|See how even a light or artistic eyebrow can bring expression to the face in a way that the 'no eyebrow' lacks, though not having brows can be a statement in itself as well and is quite popular for that.|
Can you see what I mean? Different brows do so many different things to faces, it's fascinating to me! What is your favourite way to shape your eyebrows, and what do you think will be a popular way to shape them in the future?