As little as they are, your arches have a big impact— bookending your features and lending proportion to your face. Here’s how to keep them in shape.
THE GOLDEN RULE OF GROOMING: Before you shape or shade your brows, find a length that flatters your face. “Brow aesthetics may change over the years, but what never changes is where an attractive brow begins and ends,” says Mally Roncal, a makeup artist and the founder of Mally Beauty.
To find the start of your brow, “hold a pen vertically against one side of your nose,” says Kristie Streicher, a brow expert and co-owner of Striiike in Los Angeles. “Where the pen intersects the brow is the start.” Tweeze any hair between your brows’ starting points. If your brows begin wider than their prescribed starting points, narrow the gap by shading in with a brow pencil, using hairlike strokes.
To determine your brow’s tail, “angle the pen diagonally from your nostril to your eye’s outer corner,” Streicher says. “Where the pen crosses your brow bone is the tail.” And if your brows peter out earlier than where the pen crosses your brow bone, stencil in a longer tail with a water-resistant product, such as Mally Beauty Evercolor Long Wear Brow Defining Gel ($31; qvc.com).