With your perfectly sharpened pencil, precision tweezers in hand, and your face an inch from a mirror, trying to perfect your brows can feel like a high-stakes game. One wrong move, and… well, you’re just a little late for dinner. But even if the stakes are not this High, perfectly shaped brows are the icing on the cake of any beauty look, whether it’s going glam or going for the no-makeup vibe.
Struggling to make your eyebrows look like identical twins rather than distant cousins? There’s a beauty tip for that. It’s called brow mapping, a method that promises to help novices and professionals alike shape symmetrical arches using precise angles and their own unique facial features. While the technique isn’t new, it’s growing in popularity with its hashtag earning over 11 million views on TikTok (and there’s even an eyebrow mapping filter). Here, a full breakdown.
What is eyebrow mapping?
Eyebrow mapping involves using a pencil or other straight-edged tool (or inked string) to locate key locations on the face and around the eyebrows, creating a kind of “blueprint” for tweezing or makeup. . Simply put: “Eyebrow mapping is the art of using the natural features of your face to create the framework to shape and create perfect, aesthetically pleasing eyebrows,” says Jimena Garcia, eyebrow artist at Chanel.
The general rule is that the front of your eyebrows should start above the dimples of your nose (for your information, you can find this point by looking straight ahead in the mirror and marking where your nostril starts to flare), the arch should sit above the outer edge of your iris, and you should be able to connect a straight line from the outer edge of your nostril, to the outer corner of your eye, to the tail of your forehead . “The main goal,” says Garcia, “is to create natural brows that are symmetrical and complement your face.” She adds, “Brow mapping can lift, intensify and lengthen the look of the eyes.”
Beginner’s Guide to Eyebrow Mapping
There are several different approaches. For beginners, Garcia recommends a simple dot connection approach, where you use a straight edge tool and dots to identify and mark the front of the eyebrows, the arch and the tail.
The first step
Grab a white eyeliner pencil and another thin pencil to use as a guide. Starting at the dimple of your nose, lay your guide pencil vertically past the inner corner of your eye to determine where your brows should start. Mark white dots up and down in front of your forehead.
Starting at the dimple of your nose, lay your pencil down diagonally so it lines up with the outer edge of your iris. This is where your bow should rest. Mark points on the lower arch and where you want the top of your arch to land.
Find the point where your eyebrow tail should end by laying your guide pencil from the side of your nostril to the outermost corner of your eye and up to your eyebrow. Mark this spot with a white dot.
Repeat the first three steps on your other eyebrow. From there, use the white pencil to connect the dots and create a frame. Shape or fill, then use your makeup remover to carefully erase your guidelines.
An advanced guide to eyebrow mapping
Once you’ve mastered the connected dots method, you can opt for inked twine (eyebrow floss already pre-inked with charcoal or cosmetic ink) or you can color a piece of floss yourself ordinary with an eyebrow pencil or an eyeliner. . It’s a similar method, but has a few extra steps.
The first step
Using the nose as a guide, mark the center of your face. The line should be right between your eyebrows.
From the dimple of your nose, stretch the thread vertically upward toward the corner of your eye. and mark it with the yarn. This is the front of your forehead.
To identify your arch, draw a diagonal line that connects the dimple of your nose, to the outermost corner of your iris, to your eyebrow.
Find the tail of your forehead by using your thread to mark a line from the outer edge of your nostril, to the outer corner of your eye to your eyebrow.
Repeat steps 2-4 on the other side. Then use your thread to horizontally connect the top and bottom of the front of each eyebrow.
Mark a horizontal line that connects the top of each arch to help with symmetry.
From there, create the frame for each brow by connecting the upper front, to the upper arch, to the upper tail. And then use your yarn to connect the lower front, to the lower arch, to the lower tail.
Shape or fill, then gently remove your card using toner, micellar water or a makeup remover wipe.