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A trio of benefit goodies to keep brows in tip top shape
“You must never underestimate the power of an eyebrow.”
~Jack Black, comedian, actor, musician
You might be rolling your eyes at me right now, because really, who thinks about eyebrows? Besides Jack Black and his comically arched brow. To be honest, I personally think about them frequently, but I’m kind of odd like that. Generally, eyebrows are just one of those things that you only think about when they need to get a little maintenance, or maybe you don’t even think about them at all and just let them go au naturel. However, they probably should get a bit more attention, because those odd little horizontal strips of hair above your eyes actually have a huge effect on how others perceive you. Luckily, Benefit Cosmetics has the tools and knowledge to keep those brows in their best shape.
Did you know a bunch of behavioral neuroscientists at MIT actually conducted a study about eyebrows to see how important they are in terms of facial recognition. (Side note: I’m kind of relieved that I’m not the only one who gets all worked up about eyebrows!) The researchers showed participants digitally manipulated pictures of famous faces that were missing either their eyes or were missing their eyebrows. They then asked the participants to identify the face. Remarkably, participants were actually better at guessing the identity of the celebrities with eyebrows but no eyes. Clearly, the eyebrows are a key part of the face when it comes to facial recognition.
Brows also give others information about your age and your emotions. The way that you chose to groom them (or not groom them) can enhance your features, or can detract from them. For example, an overly curved brow can make you look perpetually surprised, or dark drawn-on brows can make you look too severe. So how can an ordinary gal go about getting her brows done right? To start, I’d recommend reading Raising Eyebrows: Your Personal Guide to Fabulous Brows by Cameron Tuttle ($11.77 at Amazon, 128 pages).
This book can help everyone – from the brow novice to the brow artist – get the most from their brows. Cameron is the author of the Bad Girl’s Guides, such as the Bad Girl’s Guide to the Party Life, and the Bad Girl’s Guide to Getting What You Want. Her book can help you decide if tweezing, waxing or threading is the right method for you; how to get the right brow shape for your face; and tells you what tools you’ll need to maintain your brows.
One of those tools is is Benefit’s Instant Brow Pencil ($20). It comes in three shades (light, medium and deep) and has a spoolie on the other end for blending. The pencil has a soft texture and is quite pigmented. My favorite part about it is that it lasts all day without fading or any major smudging.
Another useful tool to have in your makeup bag the Tweezerman for Benefit Slant Tweezer ($25). I’ve tried lots of tweezers, but Tweezermans are definitely the best. They’re made of stainless steel and have a lifetime guarantee. The special edition Benefit version has a cute, retro white and coral pink design that’s just darling.
This trio of Benefit brow products has definitely pleased this brow-obsessed blogger. But if you’d like a little personal help with your brows, the ladies at the Benefit Brow Bar are always ready to help too!
we heartsters – are you brow obsessed as well? What Benefit products keep your brows looking great?
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
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