Using a ruler or any long, straight edge, use your nose to measure where the head of your brow should begin, where the arch should be, and where the tail of your brow should end.
Those with square faces may find that the curved brow shape will be ultra flattering on them, as it provides some balance and softens up the angles.
As for the shape, there’s no one correct way. Just play around with different shapes while following along the brow bone.
Most beginners, when learning how to draw their eyebrows for the first time, will usually start shading from the inner corner of their brows and move outwards from there.
a. With the ruler aligned vertically straight along the corner of your nose, mark out a straight line – this will be where the head of your brow should start.
It is way more difficult to see your brow shape and learn how to draw your eyebrows if you have hair growing all over the place. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Okay, last step! We just added some shadows inside the boundary of the eyebrow. Now it’s time to draw shadows around the outside. If your light source is coming from the top (like mine), draw your shadows directly below the eyebrow and/or sides only. Subtle shadows will do. Avoid hard edges!
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Time to draw the upper portion of hair. I usually draw the first row really thin/light and then increase the thickness/darkness with the following rows.
With your fingers, put some pressure along your eyebrow and move the skin up and down. You’ll find that your eyebrows grow along the brow bone. The brow bone is the protruding area directly above your eye socket. When you don’t know where to draw an eyebrow, visualize the eye socket around the eye.
Slow down and carefully plan the placement of each stroke you make and try to make them as unpredictable as possible. Avoid predictable patterns like the ones below.
d. Make sure that the tail of your brow does not end higher than where the head of your brows begin, as this might make your eyes look droopy and lower.
Can you spot what’s different in the image for this step? I’ve added shadows in the forest of hair. If you shaded the skin as light as mine, use a 2B pencil to shade over your entire eyebrow. Don’t press too hard.
b. Using the same ruler, align it with the corner of your nose and through the center of your eye – this will mark the highest point of your eyebrow shape, or where the high point of your arch should be.
With an H pencil, use my shadow-lining technique to outline the shape you want the eyebrow to have. If you use this technique, your outlines will blend in perfectly when you draw the actual hairs later.
Build the colour up slowly, rather than trying to get your desired darkness in as short a time as possible. Trust us, the result will be much more natural looking.
Now, add an additional row or two. Remember to draw hairs at the beginning of the eyebrow longer than ones at the end.
While that’s great for cartoons and manga, it’s quite unrealistic.
If you are using an eyebrow pencil and don’t have a few shades to choose between, then practise lightening the shade by going with a softer touch. If needed, use a clean brush or spoolie to help with your blending
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c. Lastly, measure from the corner of your nose and along the outer edge of your bottom eyelid. This marks where the tail of your eyebrow should be.
If you’re not sure how to do it yourself, Daily Vanity strongly recommends that you get your brows shaped by a trained brow professional. Tweezing, threading, or waxing – it’s up to you!
It’s difficult to know how to draw your eyebrows if you don’t have an idea of how you want the end result to look like. Think about whether you would like it straight, arched, or curved.
Before you start filling in your brows, we recommend also that you brush your eyebrow hair downwards with a spoolie so you will have a clearer idea of where bald spots and sparser areas are. Concentrate on those areas when you’re filling in your brows.
I’m not adding any more hairs on the left side of the eyebrow because I don’t know if that will be enough yet. I’ll be able to decide later when I draw the upper portion of the eyebrow.
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It’s up to you how you want to design your eyebrow, so you can add more hair if you want.
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If you see any inconsistencies in value or you think you’d like a darker eyebrow, go over some hairs with a sharp 4B mechanical pencil and darken overlapping hairs or individual hairs that you want to stand out more than others.
Make slight changes in the hair direction and amount of curve. Join some hairs together by their ends as well.
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If you are using an eyebrow palette with several different shades of brown, use the darkest colours at the center of your brow, as that is generally where you will find the most hairs.
If you rewound the clock a decade or so, you may have been able to get away with not bothering with your eyebrows in your daily makeup routine.
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Eyebrow hairs are usually shorter at the end of the eyebrow and as a rule of thumb, the lighter the hair, the shorter it is.
Keep your strokes fairly thin. I always try to keep the tip of my pencil as sharp as possible for each stroke. Once your pencil starts to become blunt, individual hairs will blur together and eventually disappear as they blend in with each other.
Otherwise, you can simply use dots at the more prominent points as a much rougher guide, leaving your edges of your brow to be more natural looking.
When filling in the middle portion of the eyebrow, focus on drawing hairs that flow in the direction that seems most natural to you.
Your eyebrow shape can really play a huge role in the image you portray of yourself to the world. Take a look at the comparison pictures below.
Do not make the mistake of drawing a single row of hairs in an attempt to cover the entire eyebrow. More on that later.
Be very careful not to overdo it. It’s hard to erase thin lines. If you do need to erase any hairs or make them appear lighter, pinch your kneaded eraser until it looks as sharp as a knife and then press it directly on the hair to lift a layer of graphite away.
From the center moving towards the two outer edges of the brows, the shade should be getting lighter and lighter. The inner and outer edges of our brow is usually where your hairs naturally get thinner, so drawing your brows should attempt to replicate that.
We want to draw hairs that point in 3 main directions: Up, down and from left to right (or right to left if you’re drawing the left eyebrow).
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Arched brows are a cornerstone of the classic, femme fatale look. High arches have fallen out of favour with Asian women since the 1990’s, but lower and gentler arches are still in-trend.
How to draw an eyebrow guide (for arched and curved shapes):
Add an additional layer or two. As the ends of the hairs start coming in contact with the upward pointing hairs, allow your strokes to slowly merge into the same direction.
If you have coloured hair, then you may have to start experimenting with your eyebrow colours. The general rule of thumb is to get a shade that somewhat matches at least the shade intensity of your hair, if not the actual colour.
Some brow guides even recommend that you use “featherlike strokes”, so you might need to have a bit of patience during this stage of learning how to draw your eyebrows.
At this point, the eyebrow still looks like it’s sort of pasted onto the face. We’ll fix this in the next step.
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You can tell how Sammi Cheng and Song Hye Kyo give off entirely different vibes in the side-by-side pictures, even though only the shape of their brows had been tweaked.
Straight brows popularised by Korean celebrities have become the hottest brow trend in recent years. This trend isn’t suitable for everyone though, and would be better worn by those with longer or oval-shaped faces.
Freehanding your eyebrow can be pretty tricky and intimidating for beginners, so we do not recommend beginners try that. Rather, to properly learn how to draw your eyebrows, start off with rough shape guide.
Eyebrow hairs also come in a variety of shapes such as the ones below. Find the right combination/grouping to get your desired look or just go with the flow.
The curve is the much, much gentler version of an arch, and gives your face a more youthful, girl-next-door look.
Drawing eyebrows, however, can be pretty daunting for beginners. You want something thick enough to give your face more character, but you don’t want to look like a cartoon character either.
If you want to draw clean, sharp eyebrows, shade the area above the eye and blend it out first before you start. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This step eliminates the amount of shading and blending you’ll have to do later on.
If you used the shadow lining technique for your outline in step 1, you will notice that it has blended in well and there should be no need to erase it.
Your ultimate goal is to get a smooth transition from upward pointing to downward pointing hairs.
We’re going to draw hairs going in several different directions. Using a sharp 2B pencil, let’s start by drawing a single row on the bottom and go from left to right. These hairs grow in the upward direction and start pointing downward near the end of the eyebrow.
Often, black shades can appear too harsh when you use it to fill your entire eyebrow. Even if you had properly mastered how to draw your eyebrows, jet black shades itself may look too intense for our skin colour.
If you think it still looks pasted on, use a sharp H pencil to draw really light hairs around the top and side.
Do not outline it like the image below. It will be very obvious in your final drawing and a complete pain to erase!
In this step, I didn’t add any new hairs. I just looked at which ones were overlapping and used the sharpest edge of my 4B mechanical pencil to darken those areas. This will make the eyebrow look more interesting.
The structure of this tutorial will be similar to my previous one on eyelashes: examples with explanations and then application in a step by step format.
You can draw a guide with straight-edged outlines along the shape of your brow, but take note this will make your brows look more harsh, and should only attempted if this is the look you prefer.
Instead of colouring in your brows, use short, flicking strokes with the brow product to replicate the natural look of individual hair strands in your brows.
You want to avoid having any harsh demarcating lines in your brow colour, so make sure that your blending game is strong – which will help with the rest of your makeup anyway.
Most of us have black hair, but that doesn’t mean that you should automatically go for black eyebrow shades.
Eyebrow length varies from person to person, but the average length is only slightly longer than the length of the eye itself.
We cannot emphasize blending enough for any principle of makeup application, not just those learning how to draw their eyebrows.
Instead, go for something that’s a shade lighter than your natural black hair, such as charcoal, ash-gray, dark gray, or even dark brown. Of course, pick something that’s still generally black-based so it still matches your hair.
Thicker and more luxuriant brows are in, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your brows growing willy-nilly.
Take note that this guide is only relevant to those who are intending to create an arched or a curved eyebrow shape. If you’re going for a straight brow, this guide will not be applicable.
They’re great for heart-shaped and round faces, as it provides angularity and definition.
Beauty Tips How to easily draw eyebrows for Asian beginners (2018 edition)
Well, this is 2018, and eyebrows have been making a huge, huge comeback in the past few years. Leave out the eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow if you’re in a rush, but you should never leave the house without drawing your brows.
Here’s where we step in (gently), and show you how to draw eyebrows.
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This will instead give you a fiercer look, and make your brows look more stilted.