HOW TO SHAPE YOUR EYEBROWS
When it comes to the shape of our precious eyebrows, we believe it’s best to leave it in the hands of the professionals (there’s a reason why your favorite eyebrow artist has a six-week waiting list). Every once in a while, however, you realize that your next wax appointment is just a smidge too far away, and there’s no way you’ll be able to snag a new appointment before your big date. That’s when it’s time to take matters into your own hands.
This week on The Arch, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about how to shape your eyebrows. Whether you’ve never shaped your eyebrows before or you’re looking to perfect your technique of the much sought-after Golden Ratio®, we’ve got you covered.
Eyebrow Shaping 101
Anastasia is known as the Queen of Brows and for a good reason. Not only does she create spectacular brows, but she’s also patented an eyebrow shaping technique—the Golden Ratio® Eyebrow Shaping Method—that guarantees perfect brows every time. Before you begin shaping your eyebrows, you should get to know the Golden Ratio® Method.
The mathematical rule of thirds, known more modernly as the Golden Ratio, has influenced centuries of art and architecture. Observed in patterns that occur in nature, art, music and the human body, the Golden Ratio offers the key to finding balance, symmetry and beauty. Inspired by this ancient principle of Divine Proportion, Anastasia recognized that the same formula could be applied directly to the human face to create aesthetic harmony. Believing that brows should be shaped according to an individual's bone structure, Anastasia developed an eyebrow shaping technique based on the Golden Ratio.
There are three guidelines to follow when shaping your eyebrows according to Anastasia’s Golden Ratio® Method:
1: Eyebrows should begin directly above the center of your nostrils. Brows that overlap these points or are too far apart can make the eyes appear more wide-set or close-set.
2: Brows should end where the corner of the nostril connects with the outer corner of the eye. Tails that don’t hit this end point can look nonexistent, highlighting wide-set eyes or adding width to a face.
3: The highest point of the arch should connect the center of the tip of the nose with the center of the iris. When the arches are too close, the brows can seem nonexistent or, if too far out, cause the facial features to be overshadowed by the brows.
Use Anastasia’s patented Golden Ratio® Method to achieve your perfect brow shape.
1: First, pick up a little brow powder with a brow brush (we recommend using Brow Powder Duo and Brush 7B). Align your brow brush vertically from the center of the nostril upward and mark the starting point of your brow (Point I).
2: Next, place your brow brush on the bottom outside corner of the nostril, align it with the outside corner of the eye and mark the ending point of the brow (Point II).
3: Then, looking straight ahead, place the brush on the center of the tip of your nose, align it with the center of your iris and mark the arch of your brow (Point III).
The Best Eyebrow Shaping Tools
Whether you’ve been shaping your eyebrows on your own for years or are shaping your brows for the first time, everyone knows your eyebrows are only as good as the tools you use to sculpt them. If you want to ensure you achieve the Golden Ratio every time, be sure to have these tools on hand.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stencils
Whether you’re a brow newbie or shaping your eyebrows is a regular part of your routine, creating a stunning eyebrow shape freehand can sometimes be a bit daunting. Take the guesswork out of shaping your brows with ABH’s Stencils. The set comes complete with five different patented eyebrow shapes based on Anastasia’s Golden Ratio® Eyebrow Shaping Method. Each eyebrow Stencil shape is designed to help you achieve perfectly balanced, symmetrical brows every time you shape and fill your brows. Plus, each Stencil features 3 markings that align with the 3 points of the Golden Ratio® Method, so you can easily line up your Stencil with its proper placement and fill with powder.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stencils $20.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo
With an easy-to-blend, buildable powder formula, Brow Powder Duo is the perfect product to use when filling in your Stencil. Pick up Brow Powder Duo with your brow brush (we recommend Brush 7B) and start filling in the Stencil from the tail end, working your way toward the front of the brow. Remove the Stencil and blend the product using the spoolie end of the brush for a natural-looking finish.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo $23.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush 7B — Dual-Ended Angled Brush
A wide angled brow brush with flexible synthetic fibers and thin tapered shape, Brush 7B is ideal for applying Brow Powder Duo to the brows with ease and precision. Use to easily sweep powder through your Stencil. (You can also use the superfine edge to quickly create the look of hairlike strokes throughout the brow!) Then, use the custom spoolie end to blend product through the brow for a natural-looking finish.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush 7B — Dual-Ended Angled Brush $18.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers
The right tweezer is the difference between precise and undefined brows. Keep your brows in shape with ABH’s Precision Tweezers. These salon-quality, stainless steel eyebrow tweezers come equipped with a slant tip for precise hair removal and professional-quality brow grooming. After filling your Stencil, remove any hairs that lie outside of the powdered area to perfect and maintain your ideal brow shape.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers $28.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills Scissors
To maintain your ideal brow shape over time, keep brow hairs in line by trimming (this is also ideal if you are trying to grow out over-tweezed brows and want to avoid tweezing). The Anastasia Beverly Hills Scissors are professional-quality, carbon-steel eyebrow scissors made to help you achieve salon-quality brow grooming. Its ultra-thin straight blades are made of durable carbon steel and allow you to trim hairs in a precise, straight line like a pro.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Scissors $20.50
Which Eyebrow Shape Is Best?
The ideal eyebrow shape is kind of like a fingerprint—each is individual to the person. While you may prefer the look of a full arch on yourself, your bestie may prefer a petite arch. No two brows are the same, so pick the shape that works best for you. If you are still unsure which eyebrow shape best suits your face, make an appointment with a professional brow artist who can help steer you in the right direction.
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