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Eyebrows are Science’s Secret to Youth

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Eyebrows are certainly a hot topic nowadays. A new study finds that facial features, like lips and eyebrows, tend to stand out less as people get older. Because of that, say the authors, people perceive faces with more contrast as younger.

The Study

In the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers analyzed photographs of 763 makeup-free women with various skin tones between ages 20 and 80. A computer program analyzed the photos for facial contrast. This is a measure of how much the eyes, lips and eyebrows stand out due to differences in color, lightness or darkness with the surrounding skin.

Younger women had more facial contrast, and older women had less. Contrast especially decreased in areas around the mouth and eyebrows as women got older.

Next, the researchers Photoshopped some of the pictures, creating two nearly identical versions of each face, varying in contrast. They showed these photographs to volunteers and asked them to choose the younger-looking face. Almost 80% of the time, people said the high-contrast face appeared younger than the low-contrast one.

The Findings

The findings were similar across a variety of ethnicities, suggesting that facial contrast—like wrinkles and changes in skin pigmentation—is truly a “cross-cultural cue” for perceiving how old a person is.

The biggest surprise of all was the power of the brow. For women of all ethnicities, brow color faded with age. Darkening them may really make people look younger, the researchers say.

Anyone who’s ever filtered a selfie on Instagram won’t be surprised by this effect of contrast. But the findings may also help explain why people often use makeup to look younger.

Other Observations

The study didn’t involve makeup, but the authors say that darkening features cosmetically would have the same anti-aging results as demonstrated in the study. “But the 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 co-author Richard Russell, associate professor of psychology at Gettysburg College. “Lips get less red with age and eyebrows get lighter…and those are both things that you could address with makeup.”

Gender Indifferent

Though the study was only done in women, the findings likely apply to men, too. Other research suggests that the decline of facial contrast with age is not just true of women, but also true of men.

Verdict

Given that it’s proven that the eyebrows are the entrance into the beautiful world of youth, remember to make an eyebrow shaping or microblading appointment today!

Why You Should Choose Microblading Over Tattooing Your Brows

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Tattooing is Not the Solution

When people seek a more permanent solution to their eyebrow woes, they typically seek services like eyebrow tattooing. However, did you know there’s an even better, more permanent solution? A solution that will not only guarantee your brow-longevity but will ensure a natural and flawless look? It’s called microblading.

Microblading, or 3D Eyebrow Embroidery, is a permanent makeup technique that falls under the guidelines of tattoo artistry. Unlike tattooing, which fades in color after a few years, microblading provides longevity (lasts about a year) and maintains a natural, fresh looking brow.

As you can see below, the results of microblading are simply breathtaking.

You see, eyebrows that are tattooed fade over time because when the color is applied to the brow, the color deposits so deep into the skin’s tissue, it’s on the level of your blood vessels and any changes in your chemical balance (new medicines, hormones, or even sun exposure) influence the color. Typically, this distortion of color will result in the appearance of purple, blue or pink-hued brows.

Why to Choose Microblading

Microblading is much more gentle than its counterpart and doesn’t damage the hair follicle, offering a balanced and more realistic look while maintaining color and vibrance.

And while it’s true, microblading won’t last nearly as long as eyebrow tattooing, which would you prefer— time, or quality?

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How to Tame Unruly Brows

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Unruly eyebrows seem to have a mind of their own and it can be difficult to tame and deal with misbehaving hair. Whether you have a few stray hairs that point up, or hairs that point in different directions, when your eyebrow hairs refuse to behave, there are some simple and quick remedies that you can do right at home to get your brows back in line before your next brow appointment.

Things You’ll Need:

 

  1. Eyebrow brush or spoolie
  2. Eyebrow wax or gel

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What You’ll Do

  1. Using an eyebrow brush, or spoolie brush your eyebrows up and outward. Repeat this step a few times until most of your eyebrow hairs are laying flat and smoothly down.
  2. Next, apply a brow-taming wax or gel product. You can usually find these in stores that sell cosmetics. An example of a good taming wax is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Primer , which comes in a convenient pencil form. Simply run the product over the brows and the wax will apply a natural, yet firm hold.

If using a product that contains a brush applicator, simply run the brush through the individual eyebrows strands. If any hairs remain, I recommend seeking a brow specialist, as cutting, trimming or plucking brows can often distort the appearance of the brows, especially unruly ones.

However, if it’s an absolute must, I always tell our clients to brush down the hair and cut the tips of the curl. I suggest doing it slowly, hair by hair before going in a cutting all in one chunk, to avoid making any mistakes.

Warning:

When trimming unruly brows, do NOT cut the length at the beginning of highest point of your arch to the end. While it may seem that you hairs are unreasonably long, long hair on the ends of the brows tend to masquerade sparse areas and make the brow end look fuller and longer. So keep them in order to achieve a neater, fuller look.



Trusting the Process: The Importance of Trust in Microblading

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You’ve tried every solution known to man to remedy your brows, and you’ve finally decided that microblading was the best solution for you. You find a reputable specialist, schedule your consultation and you’re all ready to go. You arrive at said location, eagerly ready to flaunt your news brows, and after a few minutes of talking with your specialist you realize one big problem: your specialist doesn’t trust your opinion and you don’t trust theirs.

When it comes to microblading, trust is one of the biggest factors in achieving a flawless, natural look, if not THE most important factor. And it’s not just clients trusting the specialist, it’s the specialist also trusting the client.

Since microblading is considered an art, it’s easy to understand why there can differences in opinions. Your client may want arched brows to a degree you find absurd, and your specialist wants to give you brows as dark as Groucho Marx.

But art after all, is a highly debatable subject.

So how do you come to compromise?

It’s important to remember that each party brings a valuable asset to the team: the client knows the look they want to achieve, however your area of expertise is to craft and eyebrow that they didn’t even know was possible.

Therefore, when sitting down with a brow specialist or client, it’s important to keep an open mind and try to not let preconceptions or stubbornness guide your adjustment. In doing so, you’ll ensure that you both have a smooth and fun process.

Want to learn more about our amazing eyebrows services? Contact us at Varvara Brows and we’ll be more than happy to help. 

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The Best Eyebrows For Your Face Shape

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Like haircuts, when it comes to eyebrows, all shapes do not fit one size. While getting perfect eyebrows depend on a number of factors, what it really boils down to is matching your eyebrows with the dimensions of your face.

Knowing what brows look best for your face shape and how to properly shape them, will not only emphasize your best features and make you look younger, but they’ll also build your confidence and deter the use of unnecessary makeup.

But how do you deter what brows go with what face? Don’t worry, we’ve got you’ve covered. Check out our list of the best eyebrows shape for each face out there, so you can find your dream, golden arches.

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When it comes to square faces, the jaw line is the strongest feature. Therefore, it’s priority to balance a strong jaw with a strong brow, or to soften the appearance of the jaw
with soft curves. Angled brows, for example do a great job at creating this balance.

When getting your brows done, or a thicker stronger colors and shape with balance. Think Robin Wright.
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Round Faces

As mentioned in the name, round faces create a rounded, more widened look, and the last thing you need is for your brows to make your face look any rounder.

To give your face a longer look, create a higher arch and stay away from arches that have a more rounded look. Think Kate Upton.

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Oblong Faces

Opposite of the round face, the oblong face appears to long in length, therefore the idea eyebrow look will be take make the face appear shorter. To achieve this look, aim for a brow that has more of a flat look (not to high of an arch, but not a extremely low arch). Creating a flat look will give balance to your face and make the jaw line appear smaller. Think Jennifer Connolly. 

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Heart Faces

Heart faces have a lot of curves, especially near the jaw area. To balance the shape of the jawline and to feature your beautiful heart shape, it’s best to round out your eyebrows. In doing so, you’ll achieve a beautiful natural look that creates a very soft and elegant look. Think Reese Witherspoon.
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Diamond Faces

Diamond faces have sharp angles at the highest peak of their faces; the cheek bones. The goal with diamond faces is to make the face appear less wide.

To do so, curve the eyebrow and it’s widest point, to make the face appear more slender. Think Halle Berry.

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Oval Faces

The Oval face is one of the most universal shapes and can virtually handle any eyebrow shape. However, be mindful that because the face is already oval, you want to stray away from brows that will make your face look more rounded. 

Soft angled eyebrows are idea in creating a soft balance and bringing out your best features. Think Jessica Alba.

 

Want to learn more about our amazing eyebrows services? Contact us and we will be happy to help!

You can also learn more about our products and services by visiting our website at vavarabrows.com.

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