We’ll take timeless over trendy any day. With so many wacky brow trends making the rounds these days, figuring out a timeless shape that actually works for you can be confusing. Worry not — these eyebrow options are classic and flattering, with easy upkeep that won’t have you raising those brows at the cost of maintenance.
Arched Toward the Tail
“If you have a round face, you want to try and give yourself an arch so it’s not a round brow on a round face,” says Kelley Baker, celebrity brow expert and founder of Kelley Baker Brows. But as you can see, this classic brow shape looks phenomenal on almost anyone.
Arched in the Middle
If your brows naturally arch more toward the center than the ends, you can totally work with that. Ask a salon pro to clean up stray hairs under the highest part of your arch without creating a peak, which could result in the dreaded “constantly surprised” look.
Some celebrities, like Baker’s client Lea Michele, prefer a high arch well above the brow bone, which creates an extra defined and picture perfect look. If you want this dramatic style, an arch toward the tail — not the center — is a must.
Many people have a subtle, natural arch to their brows that looks fantastic without significant shaping. All you need is a little maintenance with a tweezer and a brow pencil — Baker’s own Brow Defining Pencil is a great pick — to fill in sparse areas, and you’re good to go.
A brow’s arch doesn’t have to be angular. Sometimes, a softly rounded brow can be the most flattering option, especially if the rest of your face has sharper features. “For an angled face, you want a rounder, fluffy brow to soften the face,” Baker explains.
If your brow doesn’t naturally arch, there’s no need to create one. As you can see, straight brows can look amazing, and at any width. Keeping them brushed with a spoolie brush is a must for a polished look.
A close cousin of the arch toward the tail, a tapered brow’s inner two thirds is noticeably thicker than the ends. If you love this look but your brows are the same width throughout, keep in mind that it will require much more maintenance, like regular trips to a waxer.
An S-shaped brow starts up in the center and then subtly dips down before rising into the arch. This is typically a natural occurrence, which some try to correct with shaping and makeup, but as you can see here, it can look fabulous as is.
Short and Thick
If you don’t have particularly long eyebrows, you’re a perfect candidate for the thick-brow trend. A brow that’s both short and thin could read as barely there, but a bold brow creates a youthful look.
This dramatic arched look goes to great lengths — literally — with the tail extending well beyond the outer corner of the eye.
Re-posted from Good Housekeeping By Marci Robin • Nov 15, 2017 • All images courtesy of Getty.