Eyebrows are an integral part of the human face that are often taken for granted, until they disappear, of course. In fact, eyebrows play a key role in body language – the raised eyebrow or “eyebrow flash” draws attention to one’s face before other facial means of communication are exchanged. This universal mode of expression is an acceptable practice all over the world, except in Japan, where it is deemed offensive. Cultural differences aside, a person’s eyebrows or the lack thereof has a good deal of impact on his or her appearance.
Drawn on eyebrows are a good option for temporary hair loss, such as bald spots caused by overzealous plucking. Some people feel comfortable using an eyebrow pencil to create drawn on eyebrows that nearly look real, while others don’t want to meticulously repeat this task every day. False eyebrows are an excellent alternative for people who have lost their own due to alopecia, cancer treatments, or aging. There are many options to choose from that vary in shape, color, and materials – in styles meant for women and men. Here is brief summary with tips for fashioning the most natural look, whatever option you select.
- Use eyebrow stencils, a nifty tool that assists in creating a natural-looking shape.
- Choose the pencil color based on your skin tone and wig color, if you are wearing one. Too many people use pencils that are a shade too dark, which results in brows that look harsh and unnatural. For gray or blonde wigs, a pencil that is no more than two shades darker works well. Dark brown is the best choice for dark wigs and light brown or auburn is a good option for wigs with red tones.
- Select a waterproof pencil, such as Cardani's Indelible Eyebrow Pencil, to avoid smudges.
Stick-on Eyebrows and Eyebrow Wigs
Stick-on eyebrows are applied with an adhesive in the same manner as false eyelashes. They come in various shapes and colors. Unless you have skin sensitivities or allergies, you don’t have to consult with your doctor before using them. Eyebrow wig is a term that implies a higher quality false eyebrow, constructed in a manner that results in a product that lasts as long as six months. In essence, an eyebrow wig is a well-crafted miniature version of a full head wig.
The eyebrow should frame the brow bone, with the arch positioned in proper alignment with the eyelid and nose. If the shape is too arched or sharp, this will draw unnecessary attention to the brows and not enhance your entire face. See our eyebrow Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Eyebrow Wigs.
Temporary Eyebrow Tattoos
Temporary eyebrow tattoos are semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos that are easily transferred onto your skin with a wet cloth. They work much the same way as children's temporary tattoos, although they are made to last longer and are made from higher quality materials. They are waterproof upon application and typically last from 2-3 days. They come on sheets with several pair of eyebrows per sheet.