Face Issues: eyebrows
Many estheticians consider the eyebrows to be the most important facial feature. They do play a major role in framing the eyes and they can influence the perceived shape of the face. The shape, color, thickness and position of eyebrows can affect the appearance of facial symmetry, width, and youthfulness; eyebrows can make the eyes appear wider, shapelier or smaller; they can make your expression seem angry, surprised or happy.
Learn more by visiting the section on eyebrow treatments, page 105 of ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin’.
When considering how best to groom your eyebrows, it is best not to follow passing trends. As the over-plucked, shaved and high-arched eyebrow shapes of the past have demonstrated, eyebrow styles go in and out of fashion. Instead, tailor your eyebrows to suit your face.
In general, square-shaped faces suit thicker, stronger eyebrows; heart-shaped faces are flattered by ’rounded’ eyebrows; flattish/horizontal brows seem to add width to a long face; arched brows are said to make round faces look less round, and almost any style will suit an oval face.
Distance between: Typically, the distance between the eyebrows should equal the width of the nostrils, so ideally you would remove any stray hairs growing in this space between the eyebrows.
End points: To mark the end points of your eyebrows, lay a ruler or other straight object on an angle against your cheek so that one point touches the bottom of your nose and another point reaches the outer corner of your eye. The spot where the ruler intersects your eyebrow is where the hairs, preferably, should end.
Thickness: The ideal eyebrows are between 6 mm (¼ inch) and 12 mm (½ inch) at their thickest. Beginning just below the fullest part of your eyebrow, use an eyeliner pencil to draw a line along the bottom edge of your eyebrow. The line should run above any stray out-of-place hairs, and should follow the natural path of your brow’s top edge. This may be angled, slightly curved, or even straight. Remove the stray hairs from below the line. After the peak of the eyebrow’s arch, the eyebrow’s tail should be a little slimmer than the main part of the brow, tapering off at the end.
Arch: When you look at yourself straight on, in a mirror, the perfect eyebrow arch should reach its highest point above the outer rim of your iris and lie precisely along your brow bone.
Eyebrow issues can include:
- asymmetry of shape and/or position
- unsuitable shape
- thinning of hair
- wiry hairs
- fading color
- gaps or scars
- hairs too long
- awkward positioning
- lack of definition
The following treatments do not lift the forehead; however they can improve the appearance of the eyebrows.
- cosmetic tattooing
- snipping/trimming with scissors
- eyebrow transplant
- plucking, shaving
- eyebrow tinting