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Do Eyebrows Make a difference?

Do Eyebrows Make a difference?

According to Yahoo Health Reports,  your eyebrows are actually your most important facial feature; not your eyes as you might expect.  Your brows aren’t just useful for keeping dirt and sweat out of your eyes—they are also critical to “emotional expression, as well as facial recognition. Eyebrows are perhaps one of the most divisive — and talked-about — features of the human face

eyebrow expressinsBut perhaps more important, eyebrows also have a social function because they’re critical for emotional expression, as well as facial recognition. We’re all subconsciously cued in to each other’s brows: how and when they move and what they look like. As a result, we place a lot of stock in changes to their shape, color, and size, says Javid Sadr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.

In fact, eyebrows may be a sort of facial signature — a way of distinguishing one person’s mug from another’s. In 2003, Sadr and his fellow researchers conducted a study, published in the journal Perception, where they showed people 25 images of celebrities without eyebrows, and then another 25 snapshots of celebrities without eyes. Interestingly, the study participants correctly identified about 56 percent of the eyeless celebs, but only 46 percent of those who were brow-free. The study’s conclusion? Eyebrows are even more important than eyes for recognizing people.

The role of eyebrows in facial recognition may help explain why models with distinct brows — think Cara Delevingne and Cindy Crawford — often rise to the top. Since females naturally have more arched, thinner, and higher-set eyebrows than men, a woman who embraces a more masculine brow will inevitably stand out, explains Izzat Jarudi, a co-author of the Perception study.

male-vs-female-eyebrowsWell, how does all this relate to crossdressers and our beauty regimes. It’s like “reverse engineering”.  When a woman thins her eyebrows and creates an arch, she’s playing up the natural feminine shape. As a result, “the eyebrows become a much stronger signal of a person’s gender.”“And what we almost always find is when you accentuate male-female differences, the person becomes more attractive,” which is yet another reason we may be inclined to obsess over brows. So we send a strong feminine signal with properly shaped eyebrows, and as with other beauty regimes like highlighting and contouring, the viewer sees what the eye expects, a feminine person.

So how do we achieve that feminine eyebrow. Well, here are three videos on hiding those masculine eyebrows and reshaping them to a more feminine look. The first is by Pollo De Mar, a draq queen; the second by Grae Phillips, a well known singer and female impersonator, and the last by Vera Wylde, our very own entertainer and crossdresser – see tip #35.

One of those useful tools to help in shaping your eyebrows is an eyebrow stencil which you can get at Drugstore.com, Sally’s Beauty Supplies or Sephora and here are two video tutorials, here and here, to help you in the process.

Now you know. It was one of the first lessons I learned when I had my very first makeover in London in the late 70s. Eyebrows make a difference

 

with and without eyebrows

with and without eyebrows

 

There are a few things you should be careful not to do too as explained in the Glamour article on 15 Common Eyebrow Mistakes You Probably Are Making

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