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By Stacey Rolfe — February 21, 2012

Overplucking = bad

I’ll admit I am a little obsessed with eyebrows! I can’t help it. I study them and look at everyone’s I meet as well as those I see on TV or in magazines. It’s just that a little adjustment to the shape can make such a huge difference.

Eyebrows frame the eyes and we always want our eyes to stand out. The right shape is crucial. The wrong shape can age you or make you look angry.

The right eyebrow shape will suit your face perfectly. The wrong eyebrow will stand out.

The most important thing is to have symmetry and the right shape, and then you can decide if you’d like them a little thicker or thinner.

What not to do

First let me show you some of the most common mistakes I see:

Three common mistakes

This eyebrow shape is too arched or pointed and can give you a permanent frown. Too pointed brows also create a large puffy eyelid because the tail end is too harsh.

If your brow is too arched you will look older and heavier; but if your brow is a little straighter, you’ll look younger and achieve a much more sophisticated look.

The tadpole (middle right)

This brow shape is a thick brow and then a thin tail – it’s a very unnatural shape and not at all flattering.

The underside of the brow should be a nice continual line, not a stop and step up.

The McDonalds arches (bottom right)

This shape creates droopy eyes, as there is too much space created between the lashes and the brow. Very ageing!

Know when to stop

The worst crime is to over pluck. Too thin honestly does not suit anyone and it feels like they take forever to grow back so put the tweezers down!

The perfect brow

The perfect brow starts at the inner corner of the eye and gradually tapers thinner to the end. The perfect shape will make your eyes look bright and young and your nose straight.

As a makeup artist, you learn little tricks to help balance features. This guideline of where the brow should start and end can be slightly adjusted if needed.

For example, if you have a wide nose and you start your eyebrows to be in line with the edge of your nostrils the gap in between your brows will be too big. So create the illusion of a thinner nose by bringing your brows closer together.

If the gap between your brows is too big your nose looks big. You need to have this gap fairly close together to create the illusion of a sleek refined nose.

Your brow can help balance a crooked nose. Amazing!

The right shape can be created with waxing, tweezing and tinting if needed. If there are gaps missing a little eye shadow using a brush can even it out.

Stacey's tattooed brows

Cosmetic tattooing can give you a no fuss perfect brow every day! Cosmetic tattooing is implanting colour under your skin. I draw the shape on first with a pencil and then use this as a guide.

For the most natural looking brow I use a lighter colour to shade the background area and then a darker colour to do hair like strokes through the brow.

Cosmetic tattooing is great for women of all ages. As we get older our eyebrows and eyelashes naturally thin out and we lose some hairs – ladies experiencing this hair loss often feel naked and insecure until they have “drawn” on their eyebrows.

If this is the case, cosmetic tattooing can be  a life changing (or at least face changing!) experience.

Cosmetic tattooing is also great for ladies that suffer from Alopecia, have been through Chemotherapy or are allergy sufferers and sensitive to makeup.

Cosmetic tattooing is also great for athletes, swimmers etc., vision impaired ladies who are unable to apply makeup – not to mention busy mums!

I personally had my eyebrows tattooed because I didn’t have enough hairs to create a nice shape, even with tinting the hairs there were still gaps in my brows. You can see the result at right.

Now I simply tweeze the stray hairs around the tattoo. Other than that I don’t need to touch them. Perfect eyebrows every day!

Defining Features is offering HerCanberra readers a huge 50% off any treatment until Tuesday 20 March. See what’s on offer by visiting the Defining Features website!

[author] [author_image timthumb='on'][/author_image] [author_info]Stacey Rolfe is the owner and founder of Defining Features, and has 10 years experience within the beauty industry. Her wealth of knowledge and strong passion for the industry is evident in the quality of her work, her caring nature and professional services she provides for her clients. As a certified cosmetic tattooist and member of the Association of Cosmetic Tattoo, Stacey specializes in this field and loves giving women the confidence boost from this treatment. Stacey will personally respond to any enquiries regarding treatments and products on offer at Defining Features. Email her at [email protected][/author_info] [/author]

(12) Readers Comments

  1. Amanda
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    February 21, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Hi There, I am an avid eyebrow enthuist, and i love my brows, but am wondering If i need a shape change… Are we able to submit a picture to you to tell us what you think and how we should change them if at all needed?
    Thanks, Amanda

  2. older mother
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    February 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I enjoyed this article. I just went and looked in the mirror to see the Tadpole staring back at me. There has been one time where I had someone give me beautiful eyebrows with a mix of threading, waxing and tinting. It made a wonderful difference but I’ve only been lucky enough to score the perfect brows that one time. Maybe it is time to have another try with Defining Features’ special offer!..

  3. Stacey
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    February 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Hi Amanda,

    I would be happy to look at your eyebrows and discuss the shape. HerCanberra readers are receiving 50% off all treatments for 1 month so it’s the perfect time to make an appointment.


  4. Bindii
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    February 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    It is Hell when you book in for a pampering – facial, brow shape, wax etc and you don’t get your regular beautician, instead I got her boss. I walked in with slightly furry ‘glamorous 50s brows’ (which I love) and walked out with thin Maccas aches! It took over six months to grow back. And no, I haven’t been back.

  5. ophobo
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    February 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Does anyone know where I can get eyebrow threading done in Canberra? There was a piece on here about threading a little while back but the place mentioned in that article is pretty pricey… In Melbourne and Sydney it’s easy to find places that will do it for $5-$10. Any recommendations? I love threading!

    • Amanda Whitley
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      February 26, 2012 at 7:51 am

      There are only a few places I know of who do threading other than Kundalini – Endota in the city, Beautiful Soul in Dickson and Absolute Shape in Tuggers…but I think they’re all pretty much the same price! Sorry!

    • Abir
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      July 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Hi I’m abir I’m in Canberra and I do eyebrow threading and shaping also makeup
      My number is 0423097199 I do casual work at hair on briley in Weston and from home

      • Aurora
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        August 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

        I’m so excited I’ve found your number on here Abir!
        I used to get my brows and lip threaded by you and they always looked amazing!
        I’ve tried so many others but no one does brows like you can in Canberra! And affordable too.
        Thanks so much – I’ll come and see you soon! :)

  6. Brenda Day
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    March 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

    WOW! At last I have eyebrows – great shape and I’m totally sold on cosmetic tatooing Stacey. You are so talented – love my new look. Thank you.

    • Stacey
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      March 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      That’s great Brenda. I’m glad your happy!
      Thank you.

  7. Carolyn Williams
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    May 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Stacey.

    I was just talking to you on the phone this morning and made an appointment with you for this Friday. I was reading your website and noticed there was a 50% price reduction and was wondering if this would apply to myself.


  8. Carolyn Williams
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    May 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Sorry Stacey I read the date wrong. Please ignore my last email. I am just confirming I will see you on Friday for the appointment. It appears from your site you have a lot of knowledge in this area.

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