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Perfect Brows For Perfect Photos


"Top New York City celebrity makeup artist and eyebrow specialist, Elke Von Freudenberg does more than just create the perfect brow for her brides. She also makes sure that on that special day, their brows are the perfect shape in their wedding photos.

"Brows are just as important to creating your perfect bridal look, as your hair and makeup. And uneven or badly shaped brows can create an unwanted look in your wedding photos if you'tre not careful", Elke Von Freudenberg says. According to Elke, the most common brow mishaps that you can see in a photo are:

1. Uneven brows: where one brow is higher than the other

This can make you look like you’re raising your eyebrow, or that the bone structure and facial shape are uneven. Let a brow pro reshape and even out the brows so that they are perfectly aligned. Brows are supposed to be exactly the same, not slightly different. A professional knows how to fix and correct the shape.

2. Too Thick/Thin brows: where the brows are very thick from beginning to arch and very thin from arch to ends

This can create an angry, hard look to the face, especially in photos because the focus of the brow is on the front of the brow, near the nose. To soften, thin out the brows slightly from beginning to arch, and pencil in the brows from arch to ends to create a better balance and a softer look. Avoid the severe trends in brow looks and focus on the best brow shape for you. "Too thin, light or super thick brows can date your look when you’re looking back on your wedding photos years from now."

3. Too Dark Brows: Where the brows look too extreme

Too dark brows can make the face look heavy and pulls the attention away from the eyes. "For your big day, you want the focus to be on your hair, makeup and eyes." To keep a more natural looking brow, choose brow pencil or shadow that’s two-thirds of a shade lighter than your brow color. "We use our Blonde Day Brow Shadow a lot in dark brunette or brown brows. It fills in the brow without making the brow darker."

4. Too Light Brows: Where the brows disappear

Use brow shadows and pencils to softly create a brow shape. A photo with a missing or too pale brow takes away the expression of your face and creates a lifeless image. If your hair is very light, you can keep it light, but make sure the dimension is there so that you see the brow framing the eye.

5. Too Bright Shimmery Highlight

Avoid a very frosted or glittery brow highlight for those wedding photos because flash photography can create a glare effect. Apply a brow highlight that has more of a soft shimmer, than a strong frost to complement and bring out the brow shape. "

by Marissa Hicken, Editorial Assistant - NEWBEAUTY® magazine  May 2011