Posted on May 12, 2022

Microblading 101: 12 Eyebrow Styles and How to Know Which One is Right For You

different eyebrow styles

Microblading allows you to achieve your desired eyebrow shape while maintaining a natural look. During the treatment, your esthetician uses microscopic needles to make tiny incisions to form and fill in your brow, altering — and improving — your look.

The best part? 

Unlike standard eyebrow grooming, which needs regular maintenance, when you get your brows micro-bladed, you can expect your new look to last anywhere from 12 months to 2 years, with a far more natural result. But if you’re committing to a brow for two years, you should focus on choosing the right brow shape and getting a qualified esthetician to complete the job.

Why is the Right Eyebrow Shape Important?

Your eyebrow shape can help define and lift your face, enhancing your appearance. The result is a more youthful and elegant countenance. However, eyebrows can also have the opposite effect. If you don’t select a flattering eyebrow shape instead of appearing runway-ready, you’ll look aged, worn, and wrinkly. Given that you can easily change your eyebrow styles, if you want to give yourself an instant confidence boost, consider microblading. But before you do, research the eyebrow styles that will best suit your appearance.

How to Know Which Eyebrow Style is the Right One For You

The right eyebrow style will depend on the shape of your face. As a rule, your eyebrow shape should be the opposite of your face shape. So, if you have a long face, aim for rounded eyebrows and vice versa. 

But before you start using your face as a guide, use a pen or pencil to determine the structure of your eyebrow. 

Placing a straight pen on the edge of your nostril and having it align with the inner corner of your eye, you’ll know where the start of your brow should be. 

Then, using the edge of your nostril again, place the pen at an angle, so it covers the center of your eye. This is where your arch should be. Finally, move the pen to the outer corner of your eye to determine where the tip of your eyebrow should be.

12 Different Eyebrow Styles

There are literally a dozen eyebrow styles you can choose from when microblading, but before you select a style because it looks good on someone else, choose an eyebrow style that works best for your appearance.

Hard Arched Eyebrows

Hard arched brows work best for people with square faces, as the arch complements the angular nature of the shape, helping to define those features. 

S-Shaped Brows

Another excellent eyebrow style for those with a square face, s-shaped brows have a slight dip in the center before moving on to a hard angle.

Tapered Brows

This eyebrow style is most flattering on those with oval and diamond face shapes as it starts thicker in the front and gradually gets thinner toward the tail, without much definition.

Diagonal Brows

Perfect for those with round faces, a diagonal brow — one that is lower in the front and higher at the tip — gives excellent definition to the face.

Thin Brows

Before you wince at the idea of thin brows, in certain cases, this brow style can be flattering, especially for those with oblong faces.

Thick Brows

Thick brows complement a variety of face shapes, especially those with square and round faces.

Round Brows

Round brows are perfect for those with oblong, diamond, and oval-shaped faces, as they have an arch but with limited definition.

Straight Brows

Given that they have no definition, straight brows can work on every face shape as long as they are the right length and thickness to complement your features.

Peaked Brows

Commonly associated with microblading, peaked brows open and lift the face, providing excellent contour to the face.

Queens Brows

If you want to open your face, consider microblading your brows for them to appear higher up on your face. Typically a tapered brow works best for this purpose.

Long Brows

If your face is wide, long brows can help make your features appear proportionate.

Short Brows

If you have a small face, short brows give you excellent definition without distracting your eyes.

Although microblading your brows are all about your eyebrows, the eyebrow shape and style should depend on your face shape and personality. You can discuss what shape would look best on your face with your San Diego microblading expert.

Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know before microblading.


Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo, used for the purpose of reconstructing sparse eyebrows or simply to enhance already full brows. The proper ink is chosen and mixed to fit your exact skin tone to look the most natural and realistic. We then create small, hair-like strokes to perfectly mimic natural and gorgeous eyebrows.


Healed microblading results last anywhere from 1-2 years, depending on your skin type. If you have oily skin, results usually fade a little faster than those with dryer skin types. Touch-ups are required to maintain the microbladed look. First touch-up is included.


Please read the faqs page completely to ensure that you are an eligible candidate for microblading. Prior to your procedure: -Do not take Advil or other blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin E ,drink alcohol or take caffeine within 24 hours of your procedure, go tanning within 24 hours of the procedure, make sure to not have had facial fillers done at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Do not do facial fillers at least 2 weeks after the procedure.


-Anybody can get microblading done as long as the following does not apply. Those who are: Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor),Viral infections and/or diseases,Epilepsy, A Pacemaker or major heart problems, Had an Organ transplant, Skin irritations or Psoriasis near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.), Sick (cold, flu, etc.), Pregnant or Nursing. Please contact us if you have had any facial fillers in the past two months*. Please contact us if you have used any prescription acne medication in the past year*.


Microbladed brows typically take 6 weeks to fully heal. Within the first week the pigment will appear much darker, and your eyebrows will look very bold. Do not worry! This is part of the healing process and it means that you are healing properly. After the first week the eyebrows will begin to get lighter, as by now the scabbing should be taking place. This is also normal! Around week 2, most of the scabbing should be done, and you will begin to see your full and natural eyebrow shape come through. Let it heal naturally, and only begin to wash your eyebrows with a mild foamy anti-bacterial soap after 14 days.


There should be absolutely NO picking at your eyebrows for the first 10 days. The first 10 days are the most crucial for having healthy healed eyebrows. Let the epithelial crust and natural scabbing occur on its own. After the first two weeks, you are allowed to begin washing them again. Try to keep the area as dry as possible in the first 10 days. Do not swim in fresh, salt, or chlorinated pool water for at least 2-4 weeks following your procedure. Limit sun exposure for 14 days following the procedure. For the first two weeks, avoid:Water, cleansers, creams, makeup, heavy sweating in the brow area, tanning and heavy sun exposure, Facials, facial fillers, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion.


Discomfort is minimal, although a numbing cream is applied to alleviate any discomfort.