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On Arches

Posted by Sarah Moors on
On Arches

How to get them, how to match them, and how to get it right every time.

Everyone’s brows are different, but experts say you can follow general rules to outline your natural brow — where it starts, where it arches and where it should end.

The Arch

To find your natural starting point, imagine a line going from the edge of your nose (the side of your nostril) all the way up to your forehead. This is your brows starting point. You can also take a pencil along the edge of your nose to guide you. 

Use that same pencil, or your imagination again, follow a line that starts on the outside of your nose, moves diagonally across the outer side of your pupil, and continues. The point where this line meets your brow should be the highest point in your arch.

Lastly, using your imagination or pencil, visualize a line from the outside of your nose to the outside of your eye and then to your brow. Long brows frame the face and give it proportion, so finding this natural endpoint is an important step!

Plucking + Trimming

Once you map your brows and natural arch, we recommend using a makeup pencil to make a border around your brows. Every hair that is outside that border is safe to pluck.

If you have to trim your brows, take a brush and brush hair down. Trim the excess little by little. Brush up to test the length. If it’s still too long, trim again!

Want some extra oomph?

If you want to fill in your brows, researchers have some advice. If you have naturally thick brows but have patchy spots, use a thin pencil that can imitate hair strokes. If you have sparse brows, use a powder. Powders make your brows look fluffier, which might be perfect for naturally lighter or sparse brows.

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