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brows 101


brow beauty basics


brows can:

  • balance your other facial features
  • enhance your look, even without makeup
  • let your personality shine through

common brows boo boos:

  • over tweezing or plucking
  • improper arch placement
  • too short
  • too thin

interesting facts:

  • the average person has approximately 250 hairs per eyebrow.
  • eyebrow hair grows differently than the rest of your body hair, & can grow 4 times slower than the hair on your scalp-so think carefully before you remove any of it!

steps to your best brows

#1 find the right shape for your face

just like blue complements orange, your brows should complement your face shape.

round vs. angular-shaped faces
  • the rounder your face, the more arched & angular your brow shape should be.
  • the more angular your face, the more rounded & soft your brows shape should be.
long vs. wide faces
  • if your face is longer, your brows should be more horizontal with a more distant arch that is closer to the tail of the brows.
  • if your face is wider, your brows can help lengthen your face with a higher, more centered arch.

#2 know your face

your strongest features can help determine which brow shape is the best for you & give you a more balanced look. stronger doesn't mean ugly - even though some folks might not like the fact that they have a big nose, a big chin, big eyes or big lips. strong eyebrows can help by counterbalancing their other features, so that their face opens up & is looked at as a beautiful whole, instead of just noticing one predominant feature.

face shapes

large eyes:

  • thicker brows
  • deeper colored brows
    (fill them in with pencil/powder)

prominent (aka big) nose

  • highly arched brows
  • thicker brows
  • deeper colored brows(fill them in with pencil/powder)

almond eyes

  • more angled brows
  • thinner brows

pointed chin or large lips

  • rounder brows

high cheekbones

  • highly arched brows
  • brow tail pointing down


  • will overpower all other features, becoming your strongest feature.
  • pick glasses that follow the line of your brows - so match your glasses to your brows & not the other way around.

#3 know your own (brow) strength

in a nutshell, the stronger your features the stronger your brows should be, the more delicate your features the lighter & thinner your brows should be. please note that stronger doesn't mean better! here are 3 quick questions to assess your brow strength:

how close is your brow to your eye?
  • the closer your brow is to the eye, the stronger it will look.
  • beware of over plucking & creating too much space between your eyes & your brows, it can weaken your look!
how thick are your brows?
  • the thicker the brow, the stronger it will look.
  • beware of super thick brows (i.e.,bushy, coarse or curly brows)- they can make your face look top heavy, so you might need to trim or thin them out to soften your true look.
how dark are your brows?
  • the darker the brow, the stronger it will look.
  • when choosing a brow pencil or powder to fill in your brows go one shade lighter than the color of your brows for a more natural look.

#4 make the magic happen

put everything you learned about your face & your eyebrows in steps 1-3 to work!

  • see a Shobha Specialist for a threading treatment.
  • if you are grooming at home - first draw some guidelines with a brow pencil for the shape you are looking for avoid over tweezing.
  • please don't wax your brows, the skin is too delicate around the eyes!