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Eyebrow designs include the highly arched, softly angled, flat, and rounded eyebrow. There are also angled and curved eyebrow designs. The biggest difference between the various eyebrow designs is the shape, and each eyebrow design works best on a particular facial shape.
The highly arched brow follows a straight line up to the arch of the brow and creates high and angular lines. This design works best on a round face since it can create an illusion of length. some prefer a less severe shape, however, even on a round face, and opt for the softly angled brow.
Softly angled brows create a balance between vertical and horizontal lines. The angles of the brow are made less extreme when using this design. It works best on an oval face shape, and because the oval face is already balanced, this brow shape just frames and accentuates the eyes. There is no need to balance out any facial features unless the eyes are set too close or too far apart.
Flat eyebrow designs follow a nearly straight line to where the brow arches. The arch is created by narrowing the end of the brow from the top downwards instead of from the bottom. This design works best on long, as the horizontal lines of this brow design draw the eye outward instead of either up or down the face.
The rounded eyebrow has a very feminine, rounded arch. Using a lower arch with this brow shape can create a more natural look, whereas a higher brow can create an illusion of length and helps lengthen "short" faces. It works best on facial shapes where lines need to be softened or an illusion of height is needed. If someone has a heart-shaped face, rounded eyebrows can make the face appear longer, perfecting the heart shape.
Angled eyebrow designs use straight lines. The start of the brow follows a straight line to where the brow peaks and descends in a straight line as well. This is also one of the more horizontal-looking eyebrow designs, so its aim isn't to create height but to balance a strong jaw line or angular features.
Curved eyebrows differ from similar designs, such as the rounded eyebrow, because the inner edges of the brow extend upward slightly and the arches are quite high. The tip of this brow design is also higher than the start which is unusual since most eyebrow designs have inner and outer edges that are more or less parallel. This brow design works best on diamond-shaped faces because it can make the face seem longer and less wide.