The Importance of Eyebrows

Gisele Bundchen with her normal brows

Gisele Bundchen with her normal brows

Gisele with bleached brows for The Love Magazine

Gisele with bleached brows for The Love Magazine

Thanks to Lara Stone, Arizona Muse, Cara Delevingne, and Daphne Groenveld, bold brows (whether dark or entirely absent) have become ubiquitous in the industry. 

Women's Health magazine lists eight fun eyebrows facts, and here are our top ones that apply to you:

3. Brows have a lifespan.
The average lifespan of an eyebrow is four months, meaning the time it takes for each hair to fall out and new growth to fill in.

4. They’re crucial for facial recognition.  
A study done by MIT found that people had more trouble correctly identifying the faces of people they knew when they were presented with images of them missing their eyebrows. Thus, researchers concluded that brows may be more important for facial recognition than eyes themselves.

Just check out how different you looked the last time your brows were bleached for a job!

8. Your brows say more about you than you know.
According to the book Amazing Face Reading by Mac Fuller, J.D., the type of eyebrow you have defines who you are. Curved eyebrows indicate someone who is people-oriented and needs real-world examples to understand a problem, while straight eyebrows imply that someone is more direct, factual, and logical, thriving on technical details. Angled eyebrows, Fuller says, show someone who likes to be right and strives to be mentally in-control, no matter the situation.

These are just some of the many reasons why you mustn't alter your brows without your agent's approval.

Me (TBM Editor Jasmine Chorley Foster) with natural, human eyebrows | Photo by Jeffrey Chan

Me (TBM Editor Jasmine Chorley Foster) with natural, human eyebrows | Photo by Jeffrey Chan

Me with my brows bleached for a job. Ogres were apparently fashionable in 2009.

Me with my brows bleached for a job. Ogres were apparently fashionable in 2009.