By Jocelyn Johnson
Just about all human beings have eyebrows. Why?
A Google search provides an answer, but not necessarily definitive:
One approach suggests its main function is to prevent moisture (mostly sweat and rain) from flowing into the eye. Recent research, however, suggests eyebrows in humans developed as a means of communication and that this is their primary function. Humans developed a smooth forehead with visible, hairy eyebrows capable of a wide range of movement. Such eyebrows can express a wide range of subtle emotions – including recognition and sympathy.
Females use various means to shape and colour their eyebrows to, I assume, make themselves more attractive. Us CD/TGs also perform grooming of our brows to look more feminine.
I personally have a close look at women I meet or see on TV and try to determine if their brows are improving their facial features. The following charts show various shapes of female eyebrows and the general shapes over the past number of decades.
I don’t believe there is one shape that is correct. Our individual facial makeup is so personal to what each of us thinks is making us look our best.
When I was buying my first wig at a local boutique, and I finally decided on a brown colour, the kind SA suggested I darken my brows to match the colour of my new found hair. I guess old man grey, which was my hair colour, would not complement my wig colour.
I am sure all of us strive to get the right shape, thickness and colour for our eyebrows. If that is achieved, then symmetry between right and left is always a challenge. My personal choice is “arched” eyebrows. I also do some plucking to help get the right thickness and shape.
My accompanying photo shows my personal choice. How do I look?
What is your eyebrow style?