Eyebrow Design - According to a Brow Expert

Eyebrows are a crucial part of our facial features and can greatly affect our overall look. With the right eyebrow design, you can enhance your natural beauty and achieve a polished appearance. However, shaping your eyebrows can be tricky, especially if you're not familiar with the best techniques or tools. Most likely, you’re keen to explore eyebrow shaping ideas or some eyebrow art, but don’t know how to start. Fortunately, The Look By Joi’s founder and brow expert, Joi Mebane, is here to guide you through the process step-by-step. 

In this article, you'll learn everything you need to know about shaping your eyebrows, including tips for determining your ideal shape, using the right tools, and avoiding common mistakes. So, whether you're a beginner or an experienced brow enthusiast, read on to discover how to achieve the perfect eyebrow design for your face.

Step 1: Determine Your Ideal Shape

Determining the ideal shape of your eyebrows involves considering the key points of your eyebrows and your facial structure. These key points are the start, arch, and end of your brows, and are determined by using a straight object like a Precision Pencil to guide you.

The shape of your eyebrows should complement your face shape and enhance your natural features. Different face shapes require different brow shapes, with round faces looking better with a high arch, square faces with a softer arch, heart-shaped faces with a rounded brow, and oval faces with a variety of shapes that suit their style.

It is important to note that everyone's face is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Seeking the advice of a professional brow stylist can be helpful in determining the best shape for your face. Overall, determining your ideal shape is the foundation of achieving the perfect eyebrow design, and will ensure that your brows flatter your facial features and enhance your natural beauty.

Step 2: Choose the Right Tools

Having the right tools can make all the difference in achieving a flawless eyebrow design. Some of the essential tools you'll need include tweezers, scissors, a spoolie brush, and an eyebrow pencil or powder.

When choosing tweezers, opt for a slanted tip that will allow you to grasp even the finest hairs. Scissors should have a curved blade to ensure a precise cut, and a spoolie brush is essential for brushing your eyebrows into place and blending in product.

When it comes to filling in your eyebrows, an eyebrow pencil or powder is a must. Choose a shade that matches your natural hair color and apply it in short, feathery strokes to create the illusion of individual hairs. You can also use a highlighter or concealer to clean up any mistakes and define the shape of your brows.

Investing in high-quality tools may be more expensive, but they will ultimately last longer and provide better results. Remember to clean and sanitize your tools regularly to prevent any infections or breakouts. 

If going out to seek a professional designer for your eyebrows is convenient for you, then that would be truly cost efficient. The Look By Joi’s founder, Joi Mebane, has been servicing eyebrow shaping and tinting for over 20 years already.

Step 3: Start Plucking

Once you've determined your ideal shape and have the right tools, it's time to start shaping your brows. Plucking is the most common method of eyebrow shaping, and with a few simple steps, you can achieve a clean, polished look.

Begin by brushing your eyebrows into place with a spoolie brush. This will help you see the natural shape of your eyebrows and determine which hairs need to be removed. Use your tweezers to grasp individual hairs at the root and pull in the direction of hair growth. Work slowly and carefully, removing only a few hairs at a time to avoid over-plucking.

When shaping your eyebrows, it's important to focus on the area below the arch and above the brow bone, as this is where most of the stray hairs will be located. Be sure to stand back and assess your progress frequently, checking for symmetry and balance between the two brows.

If you're new to eyebrow shaping, start slowly and take breaks if your skin becomes irritated. It may take a few attempts to achieve your desired shape, so be patient and don't rush the process.

Step 4: Trim as Needed

Once you've plucked away any stray hairs, you may find that some of your eyebrow hairs are longer than others. This is where trimming comes in.

Using a pair of scissors with a curved blade, carefully trim any long hairs that are sticking out of your eyebrow shape. Brush your eyebrows upwards with a spoolie brush, and trim any hairs that extend beyond the natural shape of your brow. Be sure to work slowly and carefully, only taking off a little at a time, as it's easier to take off more than it is to regrow hairs that have been trimmed too short.

Trimming is also useful for shaping the overall length and thickness of your eyebrows. If you have very thick eyebrows, trimming can help thin them out and create a more polished look. If you have very long eyebrows, trimming can help shorten them and create a more flattering shape.

Remember, less is often more when it comes to trimming your eyebrows. Work slowly and carefully, and assess your progress frequently to ensure that you achieve the perfect eyebrow design.

Step 5: Fill in Sparse Areas

Even after plucking and trimming, you may find that some areas of your eyebrows still look sparse or uneven. This is where filling in comes in.

Using an eyebrow pencil or powder that matches your natural hair color, gently fill in any sparse areas with short, feathery strokes. Avoid filling in your entire eyebrow, as this can look unnatural. Instead, focus on filling in the gaps between hairs and creating a more defined shape.

When filling in your eyebrows, start with a light hand and build up the color gradually. This will help you achieve a natural look and avoid any harsh lines. Be sure to blend the product in with a spoolie brush to avoid any patchy areas.

If you have very sparse eyebrows, you may want to consider using a brow gel or tint to add more definition and color. These products can help create the illusion of fuller, more defined eyebrows.

Step 6: Maintain Your Eyebrow Design

Once you've achieved your perfect eyebrow shape, it's important to maintain it regularly to keep it looking polished and well-groomed.

Regular maintenance includes plucking any new stray hairs that grow outside of your desired eyebrow shape, trimming any longer hairs as needed, and filling in sparse areas as your eyebrows grow out. You may need to repeat these steps every 2-4 weeks to maintain your desired eyebrow shape.

In addition to regular maintenance, it's important to avoid over-plucking or over-trimming your eyebrows, as this can lead to thinning or patchy brows. It's also important to avoid using harsh chemicals or hair removal creams on your eyebrows, as these can irritate the skin and damage the hair follicles.

To keep your eyebrows looking their best, consider using a brow gel or wax to hold the hairs in place, and avoid touching your eyebrows too much throughout the day to avoid smudging or smearing any product.


Shaping your eyebrows can be a simple and rewarding process when you follow the right steps. Determining your ideal shape, choosing the right tools, plucking, trimming, filling in sparse areas, and maintaining your design are all key components in achieving the perfect eyebrow design.

Whether you're looking to create a bold and dramatic look or a more natural and subtle appearance, following these steps can help you achieve the perfect eyebrow design that complements your unique facial features.

If you're unsure about how to shape your eyebrows, consider seeking out a professional eyebrow designer near you for guidance and assistance. A skilled eyebrow designer like Joi Mabane can help you determine your ideal shape and provide personalized recommendations based on your individual preferences and facial features.

With a little patience, practice, and the right tools, you can achieve the perfect eyebrow design that enhances your natural beauty and boosts your confidence.

If you’re ready to make those brows shine, contact us today! Our beauty bar is located in Greenbriar Mall, Atlanta, Georgia. See you soon!

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