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What You May Not Know About Brows & Lashes

Friends! We’ve been blogging a lot lately about microblading and lash lifts and tints, but what about your actual brows and lashes? Want to know some cool stuff about them?

Yeah, we thought that sounded cool, too. Here you go:

Lashes, Lashes, Lashes

These Bad Boys Protect Your Eyes

Those tiny hairs on our eyelids keep dirt, sweat, water, and other unwanted debris out of the way. Having one of them fall into your eye periodically is a small price to pay for the usual protection they offer!

They Bail on the Daily

Actually, one to five lashes will drop out each and every day. A lash’s growth cycle is only three months, which is much shorter than the hair on your head.

This is why they don’t grow very long!

Lashes Grow in 3 Phases

There’s the anagen phase (active growth period), the catagen phase (transitional period), and the telogen phase (resting period).

At any given time, 90% of your lashes are in the active growth stage where they grow about .16 millimeters a day. So, if you cut your lashes they will grow back—but it will take about five months.

Your Upper and Lower Lashes are Not the Same

The hairs on your top lid are much fuller than the ones on your lower lashline. In fact, they’re almost twice as full, with between 200 and 300 lashes.

Your lower lid has about half that amount.

They’re Different Lengths

The middle lashes are generally much longer than the sides, which is nice, because if the side lashes were longer, they would pull your lids down and create a totally different look.

The Longest Eyelash on Record? Almost 3 Inches.

To be exact, it was 6.99 centimeters. And—this shouldn’t be a shocker—a guy holds this record. (Of course, right?!)

In comparison, the average lash length is about 10 millimeters.

We’ve Been Obsessed with Them for about 6000 Years

Early lash tools have been found in Ancient Egypt, but the modern mascara as we know it was created in 1913 in France by Rimmel. However, mascara didn’t become popular in America until Maybelline debuted their first formula, which was a mixture of coal and Vaseline.

Yes, really.

Brows, Brows, Brows

They Protect our Eyes, Too

Throughout human history, much of our body hair has disappeared, except for one notable feature — our brows.

And there’s a good reason.

Like our lashes, our brows wick away sweat and dirt so they don’t cloud our vision. They also deflect rain, and force drops to run down the side of our face instead of straight into our eyes.

Yay, eyebrows!

They’re Important for Facial Recognition

Researchers at MIT found that faces without eyebrows are like land without landmarks: it’s almost impossible to recognize them.

In their study, participants were asked to identify photos of celebrities with one catch: their eyebrows were removed. Interestingly, participants only recognized about 46% of the faces. (And they even had trouble with really famous ones.)

They Play a Huge Role in Nonverbal Communication

Along with the lips, brows are the most expressive part of our faces.

Think about it: you can tell exactly how someone is feeling based on their facial movements. If they have furrowed brows, then they’re probably angry. If one is raised, it could mean they are feeling inquisitive or confused. If they’re feeling shocked, both might be raised.

This is why people who get Botox injections might be a little confusing to read!

The Average Person Has about 250 Hairs Per Brow

They vary in length, thickness, and direction.

You might have noticed that the hair closest to our noses point upward while they start to point outward once they reach the arch. That’s by design!

They Fall Out (like all the time)

Brow hairs have a lifespan of about four months, meaning that the eyebrows you were last summer aren’t the ones you have on your face now. Weird, right?

(For comparison purposes, the hairs on your head have a much longer cycle of three to seven years.)

The Shape of Your Brows May Predict Your Personality

According to Amazing Face Reading by Marc Fuller, if you have straight eyebrows you might be more fact-oriented and direct. If they are slightly curved, you’re likely to be more people-oriented.

We don’t know about this, though…hmmm…

They Go Gray. Ugh.


But thankfully, it takes years after your head goes gray for them to follow suit. (Yay!)

If the above info makes you interested in getting fuller, darker brows or darker, longer lashes, contact us! We can help create amazing lashes and brows that you can boast for a long time.


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Facial Symmetry + Beauty

face symmetry

Did you know that the more symmetrical your face, the more others perceive your attractiveness? Truth! Facial symmetry is deemed inherently beautiful–and there are several studies that prove it!

Discover Magazine says “studies have shown that people prefer symmetrical facial features in the opposite sex, which many scientists think evolved to help people choose the healthiest mate.”[1] But here’s the kicker: facial symmetry does not actually indicate health—it just makes us think it does!

In a symmetrical face, the left and right sides look exactly like each other. They’re not perfect mirror images, but our eyes read faces with similar proportions on both sides as symmetrical.

Anthony Little, a psychologist at the University of Stirling in Scotland, says this:

“People’s faces usually only differ subtly in symmetry…everyone’s face is slightly asymmetrical, but in different ways.”[2] 

In the end, many faces seem symmetrical, so symmetry looks normal to us, and we then like it.

In a December 2016 article published in Science News for Students, the publication quotes Little as explaining that the “averageness” refers to how similar a face looks to everyone else’s face. Average, here, does not mean blah and boring. Rather, average faces are a mathematical average of most people’s features.[3]

“Averageness includes all kinds of factors,” says Little. “Such as the size of the features of your face and their arrangement.”[4]

For example, on an unconscious level, the distance between the centers of a woman’s eyes affects whether or not she’s generally considered attractive. People will find her most beautiful when the distance measures just under half of the width of her face.

Researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada and the University of California in San Diego discovered that ratio. Equally as important, is the distance between a woman’s eyes and mouth, which should be just over one-third the height of her face. Both those distances match the population average, or are extremely close to it.[5]

Interesting, right?!

So what does the science of facial symmetry mean for YOU? We know you’re thinking it…let Browtique help you get those perfectly symmetrical brows! Since most people would agree that eyebrows frame the face, you can leave our studio knowing that symmetrical brows will make you instantly more attractive.

To book an appointment, visit www.browtique.ca.



[1] http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/08/12/facial-symmetry-attractive-not-because-indicates-health/#.WeUsV2hSw2w

[2] https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/what-makes-pretty-face

[3] https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/what-makes-pretty-face

[4] https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/what-makes-pretty-face

[5] https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/what-makes-pretty-face