Brow Mapping 101

Remember those lines and angles from geometry? They finally come in handy with brow mapping. Brow mapping is all about creating a custom shape based on your client’s features using lines and angles. 


Brow shape is drawn based on nose, eyes, and bone structure. Begin by marking these elements.

  1. Starting Point: From the outside of nose up to forehead. The beginning of the eyebrow becomes the bulb.
  2. Highest Point: From the outside of nose to the center of eyes. The bridge goes from the bulb to the arch. 
  3. Outer Edge: This is a line from the outside of nose to the corner of eye. The end of the brow is the tail.

Changing any one of these elements gives brows a totally different look. For example, changing the bulb shape gives these results:

  • Sharp = points to the nose, elegant 
  • Oval = natural, light
  • Squared = dramatic, makeup look


  • Use tools such as mapping string or brow designer for precision 
  1. Mark a central line through the whole face for symmetry* (if brows are nonsymmetrical, make one eyebrow a little higher or lower)
  2. Mark the starting point, highest point, and outer edge
  3. Find the arch and tail based on those points
  4. Draw the body of the eyebrow by following the brow bone (upper eye socket)
  5. Follow the eye socket to draw a curved tail


Great brows fit the face shape. Follow these guidelines:

  • Slim Face = longer brows
  • Plump Face = shorter brows
  • Fuller Lips = fuller brows
  • Thinner Lips =  thinner eyebrows

(Reblogged from Mei-Cha)