Over time, my naturally thick eyebrows thinned out and became too light to be seen. This meant I had to switch from plucking them occasionally to filling them in every single day to keep them looking right.
That's when I noticed how different I looked without my dense brows and wished I had them back. I looked tired, drained, and washed out. And, dare I say, older!
Could brows make that much of a difference in your appearance and perceived age? Apparently so.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, enhancing the appearance of the eyebrows can significantly improve the overall youthful appearance.
There have even been a few studies on this topic that suggests prominent or thick eyebrows are a sign of youth. But why?
Do lighter eyebrows make you look younger? Thin, sparse, faded eyebrows can make you look older.
Faded eyebrow color or eyebrow hair loss can make you look older because of the lack of facial contrast! Eyebrows can make you look younger!
Studies suggest that high contrast of certain facial features (like eyebrows and lips) against skin tone can make one appear younger.
Facial color contrast probably explains why wearing a little makeup as we get older can help us look more youthful.
When we were young, our facial features have more color contrast. Eyebrows, eyelashes, eye color, and lips are more vibrant and richer in color.
Faces with higher contrast appear more youthful, according to studies.1
However, as we age, the opposite is true. The hair on our head and eyebrows start to thin, fade or turn gray. The once vibrant color of our eyes and lips fade too.
As a result, there is less contrast between our features and skin tone, which can make us look faded, washed out, or tired. And, this is a cross-cultural perception, crossing all ethnic groups and skin color.
Regardless of how dark your skin tone or eyebrow color is, when it fades to the point where there is not much contrast between facial features and surrounding skin tone.
This could make you look older than you are. 2
Achieving thick, fuller eyebrows is not that hard. There are many choices from at-home makeup methods to professional treatments, each designed to boost your brow game.
Got Thin Eyebrows?
You can simply fill in sparse or bald spots using the at-home methods below. Try using a slightly darker color if your eyebrows have faded or turned gray.
Keep it light! Do not draw brows on too thick or too dark. This can look fake and harsh, which may age your face.😮 If you have a hard time getting it right, try watching a tutorial on how to fill in thin or sparse brows.
Got Eyebrow Hair Loss?
If you’ve lost a significant amount of eyebrow hair, these are good options to consider.
If you're experiencing hair loss on the outer 1/3 of your eyebrows, consider speaking with your doctor, as may be associated with low thyroid function.
Wear Eye Makeup:
Don’t be afraid to wear a little eye makeup. To add more contrast to your facial features, try lightly lining the rims of your upper and lower eyelids.
If done correctly, wearing eyeliner can make your eyes standout more.
So you want to know the perfect eyebrow shape to look your best?
The answer is simple: Everyone is different, and the best look is what you were born with. Try to achieve the natural eyebrow shape, thickness, and color you had when you were younger.
For example, if you never had very dark or straight eyebrows, don't try to create that look. It will appear strange and could make you look older.
Instead, bring your eyebrows back to where they were when you were younger. Looking at pictures of your younger self is a good idea for the most natural look.
As stated earlier in this post - too dark or thick eyebrows can look harsh and may age you if that's not what you were born with.
So try to achieve what you naturally had.
What's your eyebrow experience? Have you lost those thick eyebrows of yesterday? Have you found a great eyebrow makeup pencil or solution? Got any great before and after pictures? Share with us.
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