The Importance of Eyebrows: How Well-Defined Brows Change the Look of Your Face

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Posted 09/17/10 at 06:23PM by Total Beauty

Until recently I never really understood all the hoopla about eyebrows. I have friends who get them waxed like clockwork, know others who obsess over getting them to be just the right shape and my sister even once paid big bucks to have hers done by eyebrow guru to the stars, Anastasia.

And there I was never paying them much mind. Sure, I'd pluck the few strays I'd occasionally get beneath my brow bones, but that was about the extent of it.

Then, I saw a bunch of before and after pix in some women's magazine where the only thing that the makeup artist changed was their brows and, for the first time, I saw what an incredible difference shaping and shading make. Heck, all you have to do is go see "Eat Pray Love" and witness Julia Roberts' perfectly groomed brows to get inspired to do something about your own.

Here are some tips to help make the most of yours;

Arch the Right Way: Lots of us pluck the arch of our brows into the wrong place and that works against us. To know where it should be, grab a pencil and hold it parallel to the outer edge of your iris. The point where the pencil hits your brow is where your arch should be.

Stopping Point: Your eyebrows should end at the same place where your brow bone does. If they're shorter they'll look oddly rectangular. Too long? You run the risk of looking droopy eyed -- not a good look.

Step Away from the Tweezers: Experts agree that over-plucking is a bad idea and recommend that you tweeze only once every three weeks! And, when you do pluck, pull out only one hair at a time.

Lighten Up!: A lot of women use eyebrow pencils in entirely the wrong shade -- namely too dark. A good rule of thumb is that you want to go with a color that's a shade or two lighter than the color of your hair. (Go with what your current hair color is, not what you were born with.)

And, because I'm incredibly inept at most things cosmetic related, once I'd made the decision to start paying attention to my eyebrows, I made an appointment with a professional for the initial shaping -- I wanted someone who knew what she was doing and figured I could just keep up what she set forth. Worked like a charm.
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  • Posted by ashley868 on 01/19/14 at 03:23pm

    Eyebrows definitely make a difference with my face. If they are thick my face actually looks chubby even though I'm not. It's hard to explain. And I will only let a certain person do them because she is the only one who can do it right. Someone else overplucked on me. They need to be thin, but not that thin. I am not beautiful as it is, so that's why I am extremely picky about my eyebrows.

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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 01:21pm

    Nice

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  • Posted by KarasuSparkle on 10/09/12 at 08:55am

    The impact of eyebrows has always been pretty obvious to me, but that's because I have extremely sparse ones, and I look completely strange if I do the rest of my makeup but don't add eyebrows. ;)

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/13/12 at 06:58pm

    Eyebrows are the frame for your face...Thank you for the tips!

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  • Posted by Shaysha on 08/30/11 at 08:02am

    The funny thing about eyebrows is that they're on of the last things you think of when you think of beauty, yet they make a huge impact on your total look.

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/20/11 at 12:21am

    Good brows really do change a person's WHOLE FACE. It's amazing, and can really make a person look a lot better if they're nicely groomed.... or really bad if they're not. I kind of messed up my arch and overplucked, and now I'm regrowing my brows out a bit. I've been using RevitaBrow, and it's helping fill in my brows a lot faster. In the meantime, I'm using brow powder.

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