No matter what your age, face shape or coloring, you should never underestimate the impact of your eyebrows.

Eyebrows can really make or break your look, thereby affecting whether or not you pass as a genetic female.

Depending on how ‘manly' your eyebrows are, you may wish to consult a professional for the perfect shape. You can then try to maintain the shape yourself, with regular tweezing.

Although brow shapes come and go, the basics of shaping generally stay the same. So I'd like to offer some tips to help you create the perfect eyebrows yourself.

The most flattering eyebrow shape for most women is a softly round, long brow with a gentle arch, which tapers to a point at the end.

Whether your eyebrows are rounded, straight or heavy, you can use the following guidelines to create the perfect shape.

First, position yourself in front of a good mirror with plenty of light. I would also suggest that you prepare the area with a warm, moist flannel (as you would before shaving) as this opens the pores and helps to make it a little more comfortable. I won't pretend that it doesn't hurt – it does, especially the first time! Exactly how much depends on your pain threshold – mine isn't too great, so I usually have to take it easy!

Now, try visualising an imaginary straight line from the base on your nose to your eyebrow (you can use a pencil, if it helps). Ideally, this is where you eyebrow should begin.

Then, imagine the line (or hold the pencil) slanting across the center of the eye, to the right of the pupil. This is where the arch should be.

Finally, hold the pencil so that it's in line with the outer corner of your eye. This is where your brow should end.

To make it a little easier, you could use a white eyeliner pencil to mark the relevant points and highlight any hairs that you wish to remove.

Tweeze all of the excess hairs, working from underneath the brow to even up and clean the line. If your natural brow stops short of the outside corner, just use a sharp eyebrow pencil to draw in a thin, delicate line.

To lift the arch of the brow a little higher, tweeze hairs from just below the point where you want the arch to be highest.

Once your eyebrows reach a certain length, they start to lose the pigmentation at the ends. If you have naturally long or bushy eyebrows, try to keep them nice and trim to ensure they remain tidy and to prevent any undue attention. Using a small pair of manicure scissors, comb your eyebrows up and trim any excess that goes beyond the natural hair line. Then comb them down and do the same.

Finally, to make sure you get a great result every time, make sure you have the right tools for the job. A good set of tweezers is an absolute must.

Source by Paula Harris