How to Angle Your Eyebrows

Angling your eyebrows helps to frame your face.
Angling your eyebrows helps to frame your face. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

The eyebrows frame the face and accentuate the eyes, but many women overtweeze, clip and even shave their brows until they’re left with very little brow hair to work into a flattering eyebrow shape. If you’ve overgroomed your brows into nothingness or have brows that are overgrown, hope springs eternal. Obtaining the classic angled brow takes only a few steps regardless of the state of your brows right now.

The Main Brow

The main part of your eyebrow is the horizontal portion along the brow bone. Ideally, it should be 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick and can be straight, angled or arched -- the choice is yours. Use an eyebrow brush to brush your eyebrow hairs upward. Hold a chopstick vertically next to the nostril. Draw a light, ¼ inch to ½ inch vertical line with a brow pencil on the brow side of the chopstick. Repeat for the other side. Ensure the lines are evenly spaced above your nose.

The Arch

The arch is the high point of the brow and should peak above the outer edge of your iris and lie on your brow bone. Make two dots with a brow pencil at this point -- one on the bottom of the brow and one at the top. Lightly draw a line from the bottom of the vertical line by your nose to the bottom arch point dot. Repeat for the top of the brow.

The Tail

The tail is the tapered, angled portion of your eyebrow that starts at the arch and comes to a point at the outer edge of your eye. Place a chopstick vertically next to the nostril, and rotate it so it reaches the corner of your eye. Make a dot with a brow pencil where the chopstick crosses the end of your brow. The brow should not be longer than this point. Use an eye pencil to connect the top and bottom arch points to the end brow point. This creates the tail of your brow.


Hold an ice cube to your skin before tweezing. It acts as a numbing agent and lessens the sting of tweezing. Tweeze any hair that falls beyond your eyebrow outline. Use brow powder or a brow pencil to lightly fill in any bare spots within the brow outline. If you opt for a brow pencil, use light, feathery strokes to simulate individual hairs. Use brow setting gel to fix the hairs in place and set the brow pencil or powder.

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