Eyebrow Shaping Tip — One Golden Rule for Every Face?

In the previous post, we analyzed Keira Knightley’s eyebrows. It was suggested that Keira’s eyebrows are too dark and close together and that her brows should be trimmed in such a way that inner ends are vertically-aligned to the sides of her nostril.

A quick Google shows that the Internet is rife with tips on how to properly shape eyebrows in order to attain the perfect set of brows to frame your eyes. Many of these rules seem to suggest that the eyebrow line should be in vertical alignment with either the tear duct or the sides of the nostrils for ideal results.

Here’s a classic beauty — screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. She has thick, dark eyebrows framing her beautiful blue-violet eyes. Cyan lines are used here to show the vertical alignment of the eyebrows to the tear duct. In her case, they align almost perfectly to her tear ducts and sides of the nostrils.

Elizabeth Taylor's eyebrows -- beautifully proportionate to her face

American R&B singer Alicia Keys, who is bi-racial (half white, half African American) also conforms to this standard. Hers is run vertically aligned to the inner sides of her eyes.

Alicia Key's eyebrows -- beautifully proportionate to her face

Aishwarya Rai is a popular Indian actress and former Miss World. The Bollywood babe is often labeled as “the most beautiful woman in the world”. Her eyebrows conforms to the rule too.

Beautiful Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai - eyebrows are proportionate to her face, nicely framing her eyes

So if these beauties conform to the rule, does it mean that it holds true for everyone? Well, it depends on a number of factors, one of which is how wide apart the eyes are set.

Here’s Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, famous for her roles in films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha. She is delicate beauty with fine features and her eyebrows are set closer compared to the inner edges of her eyes.Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi beautiful face with proportionate eyebrows

Picture on the right below is what Ziyi would look like if her brows start flushed to the inner corner of her eyes. Looks a little short in relation to the rest of the features on her face.

Zhang Ziyi digital makeover -- now with shorter eyebrows

Popular US TV personality, talk show host Oprah Winfrey is also someone who proves that beautiful brows need not conform to the so called golden rule.

Oprah Winfrey's face showing her eyebrows in relation to her eyes and nose

Trimming her brows at the center will emphasize her wide-set eyes.

Oprah Winfrey digital makeover - her eyebrows are trimmed to be in line with the inner corners of her eyes, emphazing her wide-set eyes

Keira Knightley Eyebrows Are Fierce?

Our topic for today is beautiful British actress Keira Knightley. She is famous for her roles in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Bend it Like Beckham, Atonement, The Duchess and Love Actually.

Some over at The Gloss has a problem with Keira Knightley brows. She/He feels that they are “just too close together”.

Here are her “caterpillar brows”. Note that this being the cover of a magazine, they’ve probably retouched her face quite a bit.

Keira Knightley face with makeup showing beautiful, thick eyebrows

The writer suggested that the inner part of her eyebrows should start parallel to where the outer part of her nostrils end. Here’s her brows with the 1/4 inch patch nearest to her nose digitally plucked off. What do you think?

Keira Knightley digital makeover - now with trimmed eyebrows

The difference is subtle, so here’s a side by side comparison.

Keira Knightley have her eyebrows trimmed in our digital makeover

It is also suggested that her brows should be lightened to match her hair. Here’s Keira with her shorter (narrower), digitally bleached brows. Here, she looks a lot like Natalie Portman, whom she’d worked with in Star Wars. Natalie played Queen Amidala and Keira got the part of the queen’s decoy Sabe because of their striking resemblance.

Keira Knightley with bleached blond eye brows

How about Keira with thinner eyebrows?

Keira Knightley with thinner eyebrows

Thinner brows + bleach. She looks slightly older here.

Keira Knightley with thin, bleached eyebrows

We at The Look Factor think that her eyebrows are perfectly fine the way they are – thick but well-groomed – but as the saying goes, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Let us know what you think.

Normal Keira vs Keira with shorter, lighter eyebrows.

Keira Knightley with a digital makeover - eyebrows retouched to be lighter and shorter
Normal Keira vs Keira with shorter, thinner and lighter brows.

Keira Knightley looks older in this digital makeover - we gave her thinner, lighter bleached-blond eyebrows on the right

For Your Entertainment: Do Blondes Have More Fun? Maybe not in the case of Adam Lambert

Today we talk about US singer Adam Lambert, American Idol season 8 runner up who recently released his solo pop rock/electronic album, “For Your Entertainment”.

He certainly got the brooding glam emo rock star look down pat with his dark spiky hair and guyliner (man’s version of eyeliner).

Adam Lambert in full rockstar regalia - wearing guyliner makeup (male eyeliner)

His real hair color is much a lighter blond/strawberry blond as seen here in his earlier photos — Adam’s high school photo. (This is a screen capture off a video so the image quality is quite low)

Young Adam Lambert High School Photo - He's a natural blond

Slightly older, with darker brows.

Adam Lambert a blond jock in school? A rock star in the making

Here’s a picture of Adam Lambert without any makeup. He has striking blue eyes which are further emphasized by his pale skin and dark hair and eyebrows.

Adam Lambert without makeup (eyeliner)

How would he look like if he didn’t color his hair? Here’s our take: Adam Lambert “back to his roots” with blond hair and eyebrows.

Adam Lambert with blond hair in this back to his roots digital makeover by The Look Factor
By any means still a very good-looking guy but probably with a little less air of mystery.

For Your Entertainment: Adam Lambert as a dark brunette or with blond hair? Which do you prefer?

Digital Makeover – Making Fergie Look Younger without Plastic Surgery

Today we are going to talk about Fergie. Fergie’s real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson and she is a well-known pop singer-songwriter famous for her solo album The Dutchess. Fergie also fronts the band Black Eyed Peas.

Fergie has lovely green/blue eyes but her makeup and hair are usually not done in a way to give emphasis on her best features. She also have a problem of looking much older than her actual age (born in March 1975, she is 34 at the time of writing). She attributes this to drug abuse during her younger days. Drug use can be attributed to her poor skin quality — premature wrinkles, etc. — however fashion magazine editors are notoriously known for their heavy hand at touching up skin blemishes and other imperfections using photo editing software such as Photoshop.

This is a Fergie’s photo from a magazine photo shoot. She still looks matured.

Blonde Fergie looks old before eyebrow makeover, photo from a magazine photoshoot

So why does Fergie still look old despite the professional touch up?
The answer to this lies in the eyes. Or more accurately, her eyebrows. She has a very highly arched, thin brows that doesn’t complement her beautiful eyes. In fact, this style of brows have the tendency to make one look like a drag queen, which is one of the unfortunate titles she has been associated with.

To remedy this, she needs to wear her eyebrows lower and darker. Why?

Take a look at a young child’s face. Their eyebrows are not arched and are positioned lower down the forehead, closer to the eyes. This is one of the tricks to create a suggestion of youth.

Thicker eyebrows would give her sultry eyes the right framing they need.

In this makeover, Fergie is given darker, less arched brows, a little bit more mascara to make her eyes pop and darker hair to complement her brows and also draw our eyes to her best feature. In keeping with the youthful theme, her lips are kept matte, using a lighter lip color.

The result: Younger, brunette Fergie after our digital makeover.

Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) looks younger as a brunette with thicker, less arched eyebrows in this digital makeover

No other changes were made to her skin, structure of face, color of eyes etc. but the result is amazingly different. She looks 10 years younger and the emphasis to her best feature is restored – her amazingly sexy eyes.

Blonde, overly arched eyebrows make Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) look older than she actually is. She looks younger as a brunette with thicker, less arched eyebrows in this digital makeover

What is Beauty?

What is beauty?
Ask this question and a plethora of clichés come to mind — Beauty is only skin-deep. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Beauty is a fading flower.

Beauty is subjective therefore the ultimate cliché:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

One of the most universally accepted idea of beauty is that of youth and health. Clear, supple skin free of acne, pimples, fine lines, wrinkles and other blemishes; healthy, bright eyes and soft, shiny hair. Not everything associate with youth is considered beautiful for adults. Consider the proportion of a baby’s head to his body. An adult has slightly different proportions compared to a child.

Another acceptable definition of beauty is that of symmetry. A vertically symmetrical face is a beautiful face. In other words, the eyes line on about the same plane on the right side as it is on the left, as are the nostrils, ears, etc.

Apart from symmetry of placement, facial features have to be of similar shapes and sizes. Not only that, the sizes have to be of the right proportion in relation to the size of the face and other features. This is the beauty of being proportionate. Ideal proportions differ for adults and children as describe in the paragraph above.

Photo: Flickr

How do we emulate beauty?
Not many of us are blessed with all the attributes of that make up the ideal beauty but there are ways to improve on our features in order to look younger, healthier. For a start, consider engaging a basic skincare routine to maintain clear, youthful skin. Wear sunscreen with a good SPF reading protects your skin against the harmful effects of UV (photoaging).

Beauty is the Mistress, the Gardener Her Slave.

Makeup can be used to enhance our best features and play down unflattering flaws. This is the aim of corrective makeup. The same can be said about hairstyles. Depending on the type of hair cut you get, one can emphasize on the eyes or slim down a wide face. Hair color too plays an important part.