Take 5-10 years off your appearance immediately by simply grooming your brows. It’s true! This is not a gimmick. If you don’t wear a lick of makeup, just take five minutes to groom your brows. Once you get the hang of it, it won’t take that long (I promise) and you will be so glad you did.
Brows frame the face and give it structure. A full, well-groomed brow sets off the rest of the face and gives you a more youthful modern appearance. Take a look at the model below. What’s the FIRST thing you notice?
It’s her eyes and her smile, right? They form the top and bottom of the “frame”. Visualize the last time you saw the face of someone you found attractive. As you visualize this person, where is your focus? It’s probably in the area between their eyebrows and their chin (within the “frame”). When you first looked at the model above, I’ll bet that you didn’t focus on the wrinkles? The first thing you saw were her sparkly eyes and stunning smile! You responded positively to her balanced features because humans like balance! You didn’t ignore the wrinkles. You just responded positively to the balance that a well-framed face achieves. Her full brow balances her face and makes her appear modern and contemporary while wearing a plain white t-shirt. She doesn’t look dated. If you change only the fullness of the eyebrows, the look becomes very dated and not as attractive.
There are a few of you who hesitate to give up the thin, highly arched brow. That thin brow is making you look old and less current. You might have a flawless complexion, dewy skin, and otherwise perfectly applied makeup, but if your brows are too thin, you look old and your entire look appears dated. It doesn’t matter what you are wearing, that thin severe arch is aging you. It might take a bit of practice to perfect your technique, but once you do, you’ll be amazed at how good you look.
Here are two photos of the same woman taken on the same day. In the first photo her brows appear thin and severely arched. They actually aren’t that thin. They are partially gray which makes them appear thinner than they actually are. This makes her face look unbalanced. (Where are you focusing?)
The second photo was taken after our model groomed her brows. She made the arch less severe and filled in the gray with a taupe pencil (not black!) to create a slightly fuller brow. The fuller, darker brow helps her face appear balanced. You are now focusing on the most compelling part of her face – her eyes and her smile!
Notice that her hairline is more attractive in the second photo. She didn’t change her hairdo. The difference is that the hairline is no longer the top of the “frame”. The slightly stronger brow balances the face and brings the attention where it should be – on her eyes and smile. Our model completes the look with blush and lipstick. She looks modern and has taken years off her appearance.
NOTE: If she didn’t have the right color of pencil handy, she could have used taupe or light brown eye shadow. Many find that eye shadow or eyebrow power is much easier to use and produces a more subtle effect than a pencil, especially for brunettes.
Grooming your brows pays huge dividends. Your face appears more balanced, your eyes become more engaging, and your look is contemporary. Groom your brows every day for a week – even if you aren’t planning to leave the house. You’ll look so good, you might be motivated go someplace where others might bask in your loveliness!
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There are lots of eyebrow tutorials available on YouTube. Here are some of my favorites. To share your favorites, leave a link in the comments.
To find the right brow shape for you print out Tracy Do’s 1-page cheat sheet http://permanentpretty.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/eyebrow_shapes2.jpg
Wayne Goss is the king of the YouTube makeup tutorial. SUBSCRIBE TO HIS CHANNEL TODAY! His tutorials are chock full of useful information. These speak to brows, but check out his other videos.
5 Brow Shapes to Avoid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CWtnitS1c4
Beware the “Scouse” Brow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgySGxS1OuM
How to Get the Perfect Brow – Easy steps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpqIFoY4-HA
How to – Quick Easy Eyebrow Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYLz032wwBg
From the Gossmakeupartist YouTube channel: How Not to Look Old- Easy Steps to Stay Young Looking: