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wedding eyebrow guide: part 1.

my mind has been exploding with all questions wedding since the beginning of the month.  at a recent visit to my brow spot, shobha threading salon, i suddenly came up with a million brow queries.  i interviewed shobha, to get their official stance on my wedding brows questions -- and they had a lot to say!  i've broken the interview into two parts to make it easier to comprehend.  come back next friday to see the 2nd half.

{their luxurious indian stylings}

today we answer the question:
what brow shape do you recommend for a bride?

 everyone’s shape is really dependent on their facial features and their personality, here is our 4 step approach:
  1. find the right shape for your face.  just like blue complements orange, your brows should complement your face shape.
  • round vs. angular-shaped faces 
         · the rounder your face, the more arched + angular your brow shape should be. 

          · the more angular your face, the more rounded + soft your brows shape should be.
  • long vs. wide faces
           · if your face is longer, your brows should be more horizontal with a more distant arch that     is closer to the tail of the brows.

           · if your face is wider, your brows can help lengthen your face with a higher, more centered arch.

        2.  know your face.  your strongest features can help determine which brow shape is the best for you + give you a more balanced look, stronger doesn't mean ugly - even though some folks might not like the fact that they have a big nose, a big chin, big eyes or big lips. strong eyebrows can help by counterbalancing their other features, so that their face opens up & is looked at as a beautiful whole, instead of just noticing one predominant feature.
  • large eyes
         · thicker bros          · deeper colored brows  (fill them in with pencil/powder)
  • prominent (aka big) nose
         · highly arched brows          · thicker brows
         · deeper colored brows(fill them in with pencil/powder)
  • almond eyes
         · more angled brows          · thinner brows
  • pointed chin or large lips
         · rounder brows
  • high cheekbones
         · highly arched brows          · brow tail pointing down
  • eyeglasses
         · will overpower all other features, becoming your strongest feature.          · pick glasses that follow the line of your brows - so match your glasses to your brows + not the other way around!

        3. know your own (brow) strength.  in a nutshell, the stronger your features the stronger your brows should be, the more delicate your features the lighter + thinner your brows should be. please note that stronger doesn't mean better! here are 3 quick questions to assess your brow strength:
  • how close is your brow to your eye?
         · the closer your brow is to the eye, the stronger it will look.
         · beware of over plucking + creating too much space between your eyes + your brows, it can weaken your look!
  • how thick are your brows?
         · the thicker the brow, the stronger it will look.
         · beware of super thick brows (i.e.,bushy, coarse or curly brows)- they can make your face look top heavy, so your might need to trim or thin them out to soften your true look.
  • how dark are your brows?
         · the darker the brow, the stronger it will look.
         · when choosing a brow pencil or powder to fill in your brows go one shade lighter than the color of your brows for a more natural look.

        4. make the magic happen.  put everything you learned about your face + your eyebrows in steps 1-3 to work!
  • see a Shobha specialist for a threading treatment.
  • if you are grooming at home - first draw some guidelines with a brow pencil for the shape you are looking for avoid over tweezing.
  • please don't wax your brows, the skin is too delicate around the eyes!

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