What a difference a Brow makes!
Our mouths show the world when we are happy, our eyes crinkle when we laugh but if a cartoonist wants to convey emotion on the face it’s the brows that are altered every time!
Our brows not only convey expression, they frame the eyes, balance the face and are the one feature on the face that we can alter so dramatically, and truth is, not all of us are Rembrandts.
It happens over time, we tweeze a few hairs here and there and doh! Like trying to even the legs on a table we keep adjusting until they are mere ghosts of their former glorious shape.
If you look at someone and see the brows first they are wrong. As much as I can appreciate the artistry behind a “high definition brow” they just seem to take over the face somehow? Brows are an accessory in my opinion and should enhance the eyes not play the leading role.
So take a good look at your brows and see if you are guilty of any of these brow faux pas!
THE BIG ARCH
Let’s pull in and grab a Big Mac! These beauties are over tweezed and not only will you look surprised all the time you’ve just aged 10 years. Notice too how they make the eye look puffy and enhance a heavy lid. Put away the tweezers now!
THE TADDY BROW
How on earth does this happen? The Taddy Brow (AKA Tadpole, Comma) is an accident, it has to be! What once was thick and luxurious has been tweezed to oblivion, all except of course the centre which is a nice round ball. Why???
THE TIDES OUT
Whoops! I’m guilty of this one and I blame misinformed so called beauty gurus for this. You’ve seen the recommendations for brow shaping surely? Take a makeup brush and line up the centre of the brow to the outside of the nose. All good in theory if you have a perfectly symmetrical face, most of us don’t. If you have a wider nose you’ve just made it look wider. The rule is: the closer the brows to each other in the centre, the narrower your nose looks. Unlike the surprised look you’ll be wearing with “The Big Arch” this will just make you look completely dazed.
THE GOING NOWHERE
The ends of the brow have a much harder time growing back than the centres so this look is common. Only problem is you can look a bit mean or even like Dr Spock so either invest in a good brow pencil or some pointy ears.
This is what happens when the arch of a high definition brow slowly creeps in towards the centre. The arch which is supposed to appear at the outer edge of your iris is now floating above your iris and the result is a hard look that enhances puffiness. If you have heavy or droopy eyelids avoid this look at all costs.
If any of these brows are yours then I suggest urgent help. Enlist the help of a professional to reshape your brows and put those home waxing kits, tweezers, scissors and razors down until you have the brows your face deserves.
THE BALANCED BROW
A balanced brow is more or less straight with a slight tilt upwards (down will make you look very sad), a soft arch two thirds of the way along and the edges soft and natural. They should begin level with your nostril (not outer nose) end in a continual line from the nostril to the outer eye and they don’t need to match perfectly as most of us have asymmetric faces.
So fess up, which one are you? I know I’m guilty of most of them!