I thought I’d write about the massively under appreciated part of our face that is our eyebrows. Now they may just be bits of fur on our brow to you but they actually serve a purpose. One of the reasons I’ve seen floating about on the internet is to protect our eyes. The arch of the eyebrow diverts moisture and sweat to the sides of our face rather than our eyes, preventing irritation and generally improving sight. An even more important function of these strips of fur is to aid with non verbal communication. You would be surprised how much you can read from a person’s expression coupled with their eyebrows. See below:
Okay so you can still tell how the people in the picture are feeling but you have to admit, they look bloody weird without eyebrows.
I went on a school trip to Austria and it wouldn’t be a school trip without something absurd happening. During that particular time, one boy thought it would be a spiffy idea to shave off his eyebrows. They took MONTHS to grow back properly. It was extremely disconcerting having a conversation with him because you simply couldn’t take him seriously. But hey YOLO.
I don’t know if I’m just getting more conscious about it or whether there’s been a crazy boom in eyebrow shaping, tinting (yeah people dye their eyebrows… I don’t understand either….) and all sorts. There was a bizarre trend a while back where eyebrows were turning into Nike ticks or worse… lines. Girls were threading their eyebrows to the max so when ‘thicker’ eyebrows started becoming more popular (Lily Collins, Kate Middleton…), they were like ROAR. Unfortunately this got taken a little too far by the likes of TOWIE and the ‘Scouse brow’ where they looked painted on.
At this rate, the monobrow (crime against eyebrows in my opinion) is soon going to be the next big thing. Heaven forbid!
Last but not least, how can I talk about eyebrows and not mention the wonderful eyebrow dancing antics from the Cadburys commercial! It has got to be one of the most memorable adverts ever!
Over and Out.