In my last eyebrow post, I talked a lot about my browmantic obsession with eyebrows as well as some of the most common faux pas (search "Eyebrows" on the Search tab if you want to revisit it), so some of this is going to overlap because, just like eyebrows themselves, my eyebrow posts are like sisters—not identical, but a lot alike.
First, I just want to reiterate the potential of those furry little patches on our foreheads. I brought up the foxy Megan Fox in the last post because I have a serious crush on her eyebrows (and pretty much everything else on and about her face), so I'm including these pictures* below to show how drastically different she looks from before to after she got her brows figured out.
*Also, I do realize that there are a lot of other variables among the pictures, including major makeup changes and an age gap of about 5-10 years, but just try to focus on the brows, if you would:) Please & thank you!
Gorgeous girl in every picture, but she definitely went from pretty young teenager to unfathomably beautiful woman, and the biggest contributing factor I THINK are the brows.
Next order of business: brow shapes.
As is the case with everything else on the blog, these rules are merely suggestions—generalities based on what TYPICALLY works to complement your face shape and flatter that marvelous mug. In fact, I hope right now you're pausing for a moment, raising your brows a bit, and just thinking: hmmm...
...but at the same time: Jessi...
...and then I'll high five you and move your name into my "this girl is legit" category for quoting "First Wives' Club" and join you in finishing the dance/song.
Further proof that brows can be stunning without following the rules? I have no idea how to even categorize the shape of her brows—somewhere in the softly angled / S-shaped / flat / upward-sloping genre?—but would anyone even dare to call Audrey Hepburn anything short of absolutely beautiful? This should serve as another vote of confidence, I hope, that you shouldn't dumb down your distinctive features to be like anyone else. I don't think Audrey Hepburn would've been quite as beautiful, unique, or probably even as successful without that trademark trait.
Back to TIPS: Below is a diagram (and I've seen similar ones out there, but I didn't want to steal anyone else's work) of some general "suggestions of thumb" regarding the anatomy of the brow.
I'm going to be using a lot of "shoulds" in this paragraph. Feel free to think of them as "maybe, if you want to try it out, I'm just gonna throw it out there and you can digest it a bit, and if you like it, you could start by..."
Line 1: This line should start at the outside of the nostril and pass through your tear duct. It illustrates that, if extended upward to eyebrow-height, the base should be in alignment.
If you have a wider nose that doesn't align with your tear duct,
just use your tear duct as a starting point, and imagine a vertical line up from there.
Line 3: Yes, I'm skipping to Line 3 because Line 2 is dependent upon it. This line indicates where your eyebrow should end. If you were to use a string, start at the outside of your nostril (where we began with Line 1) and pull it up to the outside corner of your eye. The string should pass through both points, and then continue to extend it to the height of your brow. Then throw away the string, and give yourself a pat on the back for humoring that weird exercise. :)
Line 2: This one's somewhat more complex, but basically, what you're going to do is, when looking straight forward at yourself in the mirror, find the outside edge of your iris, and imagine (or get the string again :) ) a completely vertical line upward, intersecting at your brow.
This demonstrates where the highest part of your arch should be.
I have slightly "soft angled" and slightly "S-shaped" brows, and for all you eagle eyes out there, you'll notice the high point of my arch is wider than where Line 2 says it SHOULD be (take that, Jessi from 20 minutes ago when you were making that graphic!). The reason being, I have an irrational (or actually, given the severity and weirdness of my brows in high school, probably COMPLETELY WARRANTED) fear of over plucking, and as I've said before, I love a good bold brow. So while I might look like a Neanderthal with these bad boys, I'm happy with them for now so I'm keeping the shape and thickness as is until I get tired of them.
Bottom line: You can use the "Best Brows for Your Face Shape" graphic and the general guideline for the anatomy of a great full brow, but at the end of the day, use the natural curvature of your eyebrow as a bit of a stencil, and just pluck away the strays that don't fall within the lines . . . and when you're done, don't be scared to love it. I bet you look as good as those crab cakes at the Cleary wedding—phenomenal:)
And if your eyebrows are like Bruno Mars' girlfriend, and they're amazing "Just the Way [They} Are," then don't move a muscle. In fact, I hope you just walk away with your head held high finishing the First Wives' Club anthem. "You don't own me; don't try to change me in any way."
PS Next on the menu for brows: products & a filling tutorial. Keep your eyes peeled!