If you’ve ever had to fend off comments like “Are you ok?“, “What’s wrong?” and the classic, “You look tired…” – even when you’re perfectly fine – the problem, and solution, might be your brow shape.
A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that people were more likely to identify someone when their eyes were missing than when their brows were missing. This is all just to say that brows make a significant, if not lasting, impressions and in a world where an impressions are so important, you’d better hope your brows are #REPRESENTING.
Ahead are some examples of common ‘unbalanced’ brows and the emotions they elicit – with commentary by master brow stylist, Lien Davies.
“Overarched brows characterised by a dramatic elevation (and a dramatic decline) produces and angry or frowny expression.”
“Arching the brow at the centre of the iris (coloured part of the eye) has caused an epidemic of surprised-looking women.” Don’t peak too early, people!
“Sparse brows (A.K.A. ‘invisible brows’) result in a lack of facial definition and make you look tired and un-groomed. If sparse brows are arched too high they also accentuate droopy eyelids, exacerbating the problem.”
“Brows that aren’t symmetrical; that are uneven as well as set too wide apart, rob your face of balance making you look puzzled at best, and completely bewildered at worst.” Not ideal…
“A flat brow literally exudes a flat, uninterested expression even if you’re an excitable person. The lack of overall length also fails to frame your eyes.”
Mastering your brow shape is a lot easier than it looks.
Course correction just takes a system to ensure both brows are symmetrical and they start, arch and end at the same points that universally flattering. To get you started, give Lien a call for a brow chat: HERE.
Holding Image: Backstage Blumarine SS 2016
Illustrations by Emma @ The Wander Love Collective