Beauty Q&A: What Is Brow Mapping?June 24, 2020
What Is Brow Mapping?
“Brow mapping is when an elaborate grid is drawn upon the upper part of the face with either a fine eyebrow pencil or thread dipped in color to mark out key points in the face,” says Healy. “It’s purpose is to ensure extreme brow symmetry.”
While symmetry should be a priority when shaping your brows, it shouldn’t be the first priority. “I have other priorities, like the thickness of the brows or if they have a fluffy spirit to them.” When you put symmetry above everything else, Healy says that it can actually lead to other mistakes. “Brow mapping relies on symmetry to a fault, but the face is not symmetrical,” he says. There are other things that need to be taken into account when shaping the brows (such as asymmetrical hair growth, the muscles of your face, scars or beauty marks) that brow mapping doesn’t consider.
Should You Try Brow Mapping?
Brow mapping can give you a good guideline, but it doesn’t need to be so precise. “Sometimes I’ll take a brow brush and make an invisible line from the corner of the nose to the corner of the eye to make sure that they end in the same place. I definitely use my tools to check my line work, but I’m not making an entire grid on the face.”