6.2 Brow mapping

As we covered in module 3, brow mapping is a technique that is used to help find the ideal brow shape for a client’s facial proportions. When we are mapping clients’ brows, we are essentially marking measurements on their face to determine where the brow line should start (head), where the arch should be (body) and where the brow should end (tail). We are also providing ourselves with a guide for the lower and upper edge of each brow body and tail, as well as ensuring each brow is the same height on the forehead.

It is important to note that the markings left by your brow mapping process do not necessarily define the outer edge of your entire brow! It is up to you as an artist to create a set of aesthetically pleasing, symmetrical brows using your creativity and experience. This, of course, will come with practice and time.

Watch the below video tutorial to learn how to map a set of brows prior to conducting a brow service.

Practical Exercise

  • Download and print the below Brow Mapping Face Chart and practice your brow map sequence using a pen or pencil and a ruler. Of course, this is somewhat unrealistic considering you are working on a 2D and not a 3D surface, however this exercise is intended to help you solidify the correct mapping sequence and facial reference points. Do this as many times as you need until you commit the mapping order and reference points to memory. Once completed, keep your finished brow maps in a safe place, as you’ll need them for the next Practical Exercise!
  • Once you are happy that you have the mapping sequence and facial reference points down pat, practice applying a brow map to 2-3 of your friends and/or family. Take your time and ensure your markings are clear and smudge free. Once each map is complete, take a moment to study the brows and visualise the brows you might create with your tint or henna.
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