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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. 

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

Make sure to follow us on Instagram at @varvarabrows to see our amazing work and to stay in the know on all things eyebrows!

Eyebrow Trends Around the World

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When we think of eyebrows, we think of beautifully shaped and thick arches. While some have been born with perfect furry caterpillars, some are unfortunately still praying to the eyebrow gods for theirs to grow in. In the meantime, we are left with certain methods such as 3D microblading and brow penciling. Take a look below at some of the eyebrow shapes trending around the world. Maybe you can adopt one of these styles that works best for your unique features and complete the look you’ve always wanted.

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Shaggy eyebrow look

Number 1: Western Europe

The feathered look is found mostly in Western Europe. It gives off an effortlessly chic vibe. These feathered brows are simply combed up and out with a few short strokes of brow powder and topped off with brow gel.

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Middle Eastern well-defined eyebrows focus all the attention to the eyes

Number 2: Middle East and Eastern Europe

Traveling East, we will find more of the bold and angular type brow. In the Middle East, the eyes play an important role as the focal point of the face, and therefore, the eyebrows must stand out. This look is also very popular on Instagram among makeup artists.

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Korean eyebrow shaping with a straighter look

Number 3: Korea

In Korea, you will see that majority of the population is obsessed with straight brows. This trend has been going on for over five years and is still an ongoing style today. The straight brow look simulates that youthful look we’re all yearning to keep forever.

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Beach eyebrows from down under

Number 4: Australia

A trend that most likely started in Australia and is making its way to Europe, the “beach” eyebrow consists of lightening the shade of your eyebrows without bleaching them. The key to achieving this look is to comb your brows with eye primer to coat the hairs and then fill in with a brow pencil that’s a shade lighter than your hair.