How to Make Your Eyebrows Match

I've realized that my eyebrows don't match. In other words, they aren't the same shape. How can I shape them so that they look similar?  —Brett
I've realized that my eyebrows don't match. In other words, they aren't the same shape. How can I shape them so that they look similar?  —Brett

This is a great question. Eyebrows are one of the most important features of the face and they can also sometimes be the most baffling. It's likely that each of you has tweezed, waxed, or otherwise to obtain the eyebrow shape that you want, even if it's just been a few stray hairs here or there. And we all do it: lean in close, pluck a few, lean back and look back and forth between brows to see if they match.

So what's the best way to make your eyebrows match? Don't. (Stick with me, here.)

Before I get into why I don't think you should worry about making your eyebrows match, let's take a look at how to find the three points of your brow that are most flattering for your face: the starting point, the ending point, and the arch.

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Finding the ideal brow shape

Grab yourself a brow pencil, or a regular pencil for that matter, or anything that's roughly that shape and length. These are the three lines you want to find on your face:

  1. Place the pencil flat against outer corner of your nose and line it up with the inner corner of your eye, letting the pencil extend up to your brow. Where the pencil meets your brow is where your brow should begin. Make a mark there, if you need to.
  2. Place the pencil flat against the outer corner of your nose and line it up with the outer corner of your eye, letting the pencil extend up to your brow. Where the pencil meets your brow is where your brow should end. Make a mark there, if you need to.
  3. Place the pencil flat against the outer corner of your nose and line it up with the outer portion of your iris, letting the pencil extend up to your brow. Where the pencil meets your brow is where your the high point of yourarch should be. **This is going to vary from person to person because the arch of our brows can depend on the muscles underneath and the orbital bone around your eye.
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Now, listen. There is nothing wrong with your eyebrows if these lines don't match up for you! Everyone's face is different, and lots of us have spent years shaping our brows in an unflattering manner, so they just don't grow they way we want them to. Most of us will require some shaping & filling to get the "ideal" eyebrow shape (I do!).

Now, if you look closely at my face, you'll see a few things: first, that my left eye is a little bit bigger than my right; second, that my nose is crooked (it curves to my left); third, that my eyebrows are not identical. Because eyebrows are sisters, not twins. [Tweet that]

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When I measure my eyebrow lines on my face, each brow will always be different, because the two sides of my face are different. Rare is the face that is perfectly symmetrical (and thank goodness for that, how boring would that be?). Here I've taken the photo of my face and flipped the right side of it so you can more easily compare:

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I'm not going to sit here and try to convince you that I have an asymmetrical face, because I think these are pretty close, but to prove a point: look at my nose on each side. This photo was split exactly in half from the center of my forehead to the center of my chin, but see how much of my nose is in one of the photos and not the other? If I'm measuring my brow points based on the lines I described above, how could my brows not be different? But they both look pretty good, right?

Just for fun... want to see what symmetrical Susannah would look like?

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They both look like me... but also kiiiinda creepily not like me.

What's more important than your brows matching each other exactly is that they are flattering relative to the side of the face they're on. I could relax my face completely and fill my brows to look exactly the same, but the truth is that when I let my face be my face again and make my normal facial expressions, one of my eyebrows will always be slightly more arched than the other, because that's the one I'm constantly raising like a sassmaster.

So, what if you want to make your eyebrows match anyway?

None of this is to say that if your brows are dramatically different, it will look normal — just that there's no point in being super nitpicky about perfect symmetry. There is nothing wrong with wanting your brows to match, but for that, there is no real trick. You just kind of have to eyeball it. The best advice I can give you is to do one section of each brow at a time instead of doing one entire brow and then the other. It will be easier to see how the lines match up if you're just looking at one part, like the arch or the tail, at a time. Also, pay no attention to your brows relative to your eyes, only to each other.

I would use caution with brow stencils, as brows are not one-size-fits-all, but if you pay attention to the brow shape that you like on other people, you can kind of break it down and apply it to yourself. I, for example, like a clean, straight line from the very inner, bottom corner of my brow up to the bottom of the arch, and then have it curve there (as opposed to the whole bottom line being a curve from beginning to end). Connect the dots, people, keep it easy.

But the truth, in my opinion, is that facial beauty is found in the unique ways our faces are shaped. And that includes mismatched eyebrows!

Do you try to make your eyebrows match, or see them individually? Are matching eyebrows your biggest brow concern? What is your biggest brow concern? Comment below!

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