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How to Shape Your Eyebrows

Not sure how to shape your eyebrows? We’ve rounded up our favourite tips and tricks.

Bold, natural brows are well and truly here to stay. And while that means we’re rather ecstatic about the fact the barely there brows that dominated the 90s are not making a comeback any time soon, it has left us wondering about the best ways to shape and style our brows. To make things easier we’ve rounded up what you need to know about how to shape your brows. 

Long Distance is Overrated

A lot of people take their brows too far apart, making the eyes look smaller, and nose look wider, throwing off the balance of the face. As a general rule, the head (AKA where the brow begins) of your eyebrows should line up with the outside of the nostrils. If you’ve over-plucked in the past, resulting in brows that look like they miss each other, a good thing to do is to leave them to grow back again and then reshape them once you’ve got something to work with.

Growing tip: apply a little castor oil on your brows each night to help them to grow. It contains fatty acids that moisturise existing hairs, while also triggering the growth of dormant follicles, giving your brows a bit of a growth kick.

Arch Placement

Another key brow tip is making sure your arch is in the right place. If your arch is too far in, your face and eyes can look rounder, which emphasises dark circles under your eyes. To avoid this, perhaps consider getting your brows professionally mapped so you can find out where the start, arch, and end of your brow should sit. After that, you should have a great template to work with to make sure you get your brows right every time.

Choose the Right Colour

When thinking about how to shape your eyebrows, colouring your brows can be the cherry on top, but only if the colour is a good match. Just because you have brown hair doesn’t mean you have to buy a brown eyebrow pencil. In fact, experts recommend buying a brow product that a shade or two lighter than your actual hair colour, to create a more natural look.

For more great brow tips, click here to view MiNDFOOD Beauty Secrets: How to Define Your Brows.

Your Eyebrows Could be the key to Looking Younger

Want to know the secret to eternal youth?  According to scientists, your eyebrows could be the key to looking younger.

Put down that youth-restoring serum that promises to rewind the clock: finessing your eyebrows could be the key to looking younger.

A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology (you can view it here) found that facial features, such as lips and eyebrows, stand out less as we get older. As part of the study, researchers analysed 763 photos of make-up free women aged between 20 and 80 with various skin tones. A computer programme then analysed facial contrast – how much eyes, lips and eyebrows stand out due to differences in light and darkness with the surrounding skin. It turns out, people with stronger facial contrast are perceived as younger.

Researchers then created Photoshopped versions of some of the images using different levels of contrasts.  The new images were shown to a group of volunteers who were asked to identify the younger-looking face. According to the group, the high-contrast face was chosen as the younger of the two nearly 80 per cent of the time.

The researchers believe that using cosmetics to darken and enhance features would replicate the same results. Co-author Richard Russell, associate professor of psychology at Gettysburg College, told Time â€śThe way we manipulated features in the photos was very similar to what you’d do with makeup, and I would be surprised if you couldn’t get similar effects,” says. “We know that lips get less red with age and eyebrows get lighter, for instance, and those are both things that you could address with makeup if you wanted.”

All the more reason to start perfecting your brow game, we say. Take a look at three of our faves for doing just that in the gallery below.

Not sure how to shape your eyebrows? Click here for our top beauty tips for bold and beautiful brows.

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