All you need to know about the 'Eyebrows'

The eyebrows are the curvy hair above the eyes, right on top of the brow bone. For some people; their eyebrows are thick and aligned or unruly while others have it sparsely. The main function of the eyebrows is to prevent dirt, sweat, and moisture from falling into the eyes and also to protect the eyes from sunlight. They also function in communication and facial expression like, amazement, sadness, and anger.

Eyebrows are a major feature in a woman’s face especially for makeup and several methods have been adopted to alter them like waxing, threading, and tweezing so as to enhance or accentuate the face. The most common of the methods is the tweezing where tweezers are used to remove or thin out the brows. Waxing makes use of the wax heated, spread on the part of the brow that wants to be taken out and the use of strip to pull out the hair from the root. Threading is where a cotton thread is twisted over the hair to take out the part that is not needed. Tiny scissors or razor blades are used alone or with any of the other methods to make neat the hair that has been pulled out. The process of plucking could be painful especially for first timers but after a while, the individual gets used to it. Some women totally shave off their eyebrows and leave them bare then they line them with a pencil or tattoo them, but this doesn’t look natural at all because that arched hairy part above the eyes are the natural enhancer of the entire look.  The darker color of hair women have over the brow area, the more prominent their look becomes. Sometimes women have to strike with pencil or use an eyebrow shadow to fill up the brows to make it prominent if they don’t have it naturally or full enough. Eyebrows act as a vital part of the face. And can make a great difference between a beautiful woman and a beautiful ape, so it shouldn’t be totally taken out.

Everyone has different shape of brows that is unique to them. The most common types of eyebrows are:

Arched: This kind of eyebrow looks very thick and broad. It is a combination of the angled and curved shapes to create a softer feature than the angular eyebrows.

Angled: This eyebrow is the most outstanding of all the eyebrow shape. It has an obvious angular feature.

Curved or round: This is round shape of eyebrow. It has a slightly prominent arc. But the arch can be accentuated artificially by shaping or grooming the eyebrows

Flat or straight: These eyebrows look straight like they have no arch at all.

Sloping: This is a rare feature, a number of people have it, and the eyebrows are downward sloping towards the outer corner of the eyes. They have no obvious arc.
The shape of the face mostly determine the shape of the eyebrow and in grooming eyebrows, one should understand that there are different type of eyebrows that suits different facial structures. For instance; A round face will go better with an arched brow to create an illusion on a longer face, and a round or curvy eyebrow will suit someone with a long or oblong face. But it is found out that some of the time, round faces have the round features while long faces have arched features. The apple shaped faces or oval shaped faces can have any form of eyebrows because it suits them.

In application of eye makeup products, to the eye area, it is essential to know that for the Sloping and Straight eyebrow features, they have more narrow eyelids, so less is required for them, because depositing too much colors or different shades of colors will make the eyelid look too busy, thereby not attractive. While for Arched, Angled and Curvy, one could deposit or play around with colors (as much as blending is done) since the eyelid is wide enough.

Tip: For all the shape of the eyebrows, one can enhance the arc artificially when grooming the brows, because the arc gives the face a ‘lifted’ outlook.

Tip: In grooming the eyebrows, one should be careful not to make them too thin in the process of trying to get them to look exactly the same. In as much as they should look the same, the will never look exactly the same; they are only sisters not twins.

Fact: The eyebrows can have dandruff and as with scalp dandruff, flaking of the skin under the eyebrows can have many causes, from fungal involvement to psoriasis. Using shampoos as on the scalp could help, or a skin treatment prescription

The eyebrows must also be well taken care of especially because they help to give the face definition, recognition and a unique identity.