We've all heard about the importance of your eyebrows and how they frame your face, but just exactly how important is eyebrow shape?

I was inspired by Jazz Pampling's article so much so, that I decided to do my own little experiment with my eyebrow shape.

About My Eyebrows

I once had very dark, beautiful and thick eyebrows. That was until the 1990's when 2 trends changed my eyebrow shape forever!

  • The thin and arched eyebrow trend that saw women of all ages racing to get the perfect arch;

  • The introduction of permanent hair removal lasers.

Need I say more? Since then, I've had some success using Lattisse (the eyelash grower) on my eyebrows, but it hasn't brought back my once bushy and full eyebrows. I now obsess over eyebrow pencils, powders and gels to get the coveted youthful shape - straight and thick.

So how important is the shape? Have a look below. I kept my makeup the same and only changed my eyebrow shape. The difference is quite subtle but enough to change my look. It was a good exercise to see which shape suited me most. I highly recommend you all do this exercise to see which shape suits you best!

My natural eyebrow

My natural eyebrow

The stronger, darker and more arched eyebrow

The stronger, darker and more arched eyebrow

I felt this shape made me look harsher and more mature.

The longer and arched eyebrow

The longer and arched eyebrow

I felt a bit like Angelica Houston from the Addams Family movies with this eyebrow shape. This shape not only made me look harsher (despite the smile), but also made my face droop. Surprisingly, this is the 'recommended' shape according to all the books and articles. Eyebrows is so personal. It needs to mesh with the rest of your face so not everyone will look good with the recommended formula for arching, starting and stopping the eyebrows.

The thick and straight eyebrow

The thick and straight eyebrow

This shape lifts my face more so than the previous shape and is less harsh. Also makes me look slightly younger than my original eyebrow shape.

Evolution

Evolution of eyebrows left to right

Tools

  • MAC Eye Brows in Stud

  • Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil (for the swivel head)

  • Bobbi Brown clear Eyebrow Gel