As we age, our eyebrows often tend to rotate down and in a bit at their outer ends. They also may thin and start to turn gray just like the hair on our heads does. The process is so insidious that we often don’t realize what is happening and that our brows may be part of the reason we suddenly notice that we look “tired”. Here are just a few tips on keeping a youthful brow. Know that I’m speaking in generalities since every individual is unique.
One of the hallmarks of a youthful brow is contrast between the color of the brow and the skin. While we want to keep our look as soft as possible as we age (since Father Time wants us to look harder and even angry), the whole upper third of the face will look prettier if the brows are well-defined. They truly are a frame for your eyes. The conventional wisdom is that we should keep the brows close to or a bit lighter than the hair color. If your hair is very light brown, blonde or gray, this rule does not apply. If the brows look faded, try a slightly darker shade of brow color. Give yourself a good day for your eye to adjust to the new color as the immediate change may throw off your perception of how it really looks.
If the brows are thicker, they will generally look younger. Pull out an old photograph of yourself and see if your brows are thinner than they used to be. If so, thicken them up a bit with your brow color, and again give yourself some time for your eye to adjust before nixing the result.
Ideally, the outer ends of your brows should be at the top of your brow bone, not curving down over the most prominent part of the rim. If the outer ends are lower than the inner ends, try lifting your brow color toward the topmost brow hairs laterally to improve the balance.
Also ideally, the outermost tip of your brow should be along a line that extends from the nostril through the outer corner of your eye on each side. Hold a pencil along that line and see where it falls when it reaches your brow. Since the ends of the brow tend to thin as we age, they can actually look shorter than the best proportion for you if you don’t extend it a bit.
Whether it’s just a matter of improving your brows with cosmetics or a situation that may require my help, we are just a phone call away if you need me or my wonderful aesthetician, Jill.
By now, with those little taxicab yellow smiley faces having become iconic, we’ve all had a chance to see how changing the position of the eyebrows on an otherwise bland round face with dots and dashes for features can have a powerful effect on the emotion that face conveys. (If you use an Emoticon app on your cell phone or tablet, you know how you communicate more effectively with these faces attached to the text.)
The eyebrows are important. They’re important for you and the look and mood you present to our vision-oriented world. Standards of beauty change over the decades and right now a lower brow is considered more of the moment, but part of that may be a reaction to the over-arched, over-lifted, “surprised” brows that we’ve come to associate with a “surgical” look. Also, while low brows on a tired appearing face can make one look more tired, low brows on a fresh appearing face just tend to look sultry -- and we have so many ways to keep a face looking fresh nowadays! Injectables like BoTox, Dysport and Xeomin -- and fillers too -- can tailor the position of the brows a bit – and “a bit” can make a big difference in your appearance. All that aside, a healthy, natural looking brow that sits in a position that is most harmonious with your individual facial shape will be the ideal for you.
This is where I’ve seen the problem come in. Many of us get so used to looking at ourselves, and the changes that take place over time can be so insidious, that we may lose sight of those changes and how much they affect the mood we project.
Let me share with you a few easily correctable problems that I see again and again in my practice.
I hope this was helpful. As always, if you would like some assistance, give us a call and make an appointment with our wonderful aesthetician, Jill or with me.
by Holly Barbour
Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, Sarasota, Florida
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