Where did Eyebrow Shaping Come From?

The main function of eyebrows is to prevent the sweat, water, and other debris from falling into the eyes. It is also the main device for facial expression. The eyebrow shape changes according to the expression of the face showing expressions such as anger, surprise, happiness, curiosity, etc. Nevertheless, lot of importance has been paid to maintain these twins since age immemorial. It is hard to say, when humans started tending and shaping their brows, but there are a few records which show this practice even in the ancient times.

In Egypt in order to pay homage to the God Horus, Egyptian men and women wore makeup on their eyes and eyebrows. It was also believed that it would help ward off disease and evil spirits. Eyes were kohl lined and eyebrows were either shaved off or tweezed and were applied with a lead-based black powder called galena.

The Romans used tweezers, razors made from flint, creams, and stones to remove hair. Having body hair was considered uncivilized in the Roman times. Roman women favored unibrows and used false brows made out of dyed goat’s hair which were attached to the skin with tree resin.

In the Ancient Greek women paid much more attention to eyebrows. They used powdered minerals or soot to paint the eyebrows black. THe Unibrow was famous among Greek women,too. They also used false lashes to enhance their looks.

The Unibrow was also famous in the ancient times. A mosaic image from 548 A.D. Shows empress Theodora with shaped unibrow eyebrows.

In Japan, during the Heian period, the court ladies shaved their eyebrows off and would redraw eyebrows high on the forehead.

In Europe during the medieval times, thin eyebrows were very famous. They would pluck it to achieve that thin-eyebrow look. Queen Elizabeth I made this look famous.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, thick eyebrows were a rage and women again started using false eyebrows which were made from the furry mouse skin. They would stick it up high on the forehead.

During the 20th century, several cosmetic companies introduced eyebrow fillers.

Eyebrow shaping is an integral part of makeup industry and it has traveled a long way.

Some Make Up Tips by Sumita

Applying perfect makeup is a mixture of art as well as science. It requires a certain amount of knowledge, talent, and trial and error. Not all makeup suits every face. Makeup differs due to the shape of one’s face, eyes, nose, lips, and eyebrows as well as skin complexion. While many think makeup is just splashing on a little foundation and some lipstick and eyeliner, it is way more complicated than that. Here are some suggestions to avoid make up mistakes,

For contouring, always use a matte bronzer in a cool undertone, or else it will look unnatural. Do not apply foundation with a flat brush, it causes streaks and gives an uneven finish. Use a large brush and blend in the foundation in a circular motion to get a neat airbrush finish. Also take care not to mismatch the foundation. The face makeup should match the complexion of the rest of the body. Avoid talc and use powder sparingly. Too much powder makes the face look caked up. Use a puffy and clean brush in applying blush. A light application is the key, start small and build in.

Never use too much eyeliner or smudge it too much, else you end up looking like a raccoon. Always use a clean brush for blending eyeshadows. Always use a windshield wiping motion for blending eyes-shadows. Never apply shadow after concealer. Remember to use at least mascara if you do not want to use eyeliner along with eyeshadow. The eyeshadow always needs to be defined either with eyeliner or mascara to complete the look. When applying mascara, one coat in a single stroke is never enough. Apply two to three coats of mascara from the root to the tip to get that neat curl. Avoid clumpy lashes, it causes an unnatural look.

Lip-liner should look natural and match the natural lip color. Use the liner to shape and contour the lip. Fill in the lips with liner first and then apply lipstick. Even gloss will stay for a longer time this way and it also avoids bleeding of lipstick. Lipstick looks good on lips, not on the teeth. Blot the excess lipstick onto a tissue paper to avoid this.

When it comes to eyebrows, the rule is if you have blonde hair, your eyebrow should be two shades darker than your hair, and if you are a brunette, eyebrows should be two shades lighter. Over-plucked eyebrows are history! While filling your brows do not draw harsh lines and also do not forget to blend the lines well. Use pencil to shape the brows, powder to fill in, and gel to make them all stay together.

Every woman loves the confidence a perfect makeup gives to her!

The Beauty of Make Up

Women have taken refuge in makeup to look good since time immemorial. When we look at history, we see that many powerful women have not only been known for their strength, but also their beauty. A great example was Cleopatra. She was a powerful monarch, but she also known to mesmerize men with her beauty and sexuality. It is known that she used formulas prepared to make her skin glow, her lips blood-red as well the infamous and cat eyes liner look. Earlier Mesopotamian, Greek, and English women were also known to use makeup to look beautiful. What is the necessity to do makeup? It is a domino effect, makeup makes a woman look beautiful and when she knows she looks beautiful it automatically increases her confidence and her beauty and confidence in turn impresses others.

The color of the lipstick a woman chooses sends out different signals to people. Red oozes sexuality and confidence, and catches a person’s attention immediately. Pink and peach makes a girl look gentle, romantic, and feminine. Orange and coral brings out energy and excitement. Purple and burgundy makes the woman look intense and dignified. Brown and nude says that the woman is down to earth and grounded.

Eye makeup has similar effect on people. Beautiful smokey eyes create a curiosity in onlookers. It is intriguing and very sensual. Beautiful long lashes makes men get lost in those beautiful eyes. The feline eyeliner gives a wild but sophisticated look to the eyes. Using interesting colors like green, blue, golden, or metallic can make men go crazy.

Neatly shaped, thick or thin eyebrows also make women look confident and intelligent. Very thin eyebrows are outdated and make a woman look plastic.

Makeup manipulates age and makes a woman look much younger than her age. Make up hides the flaws in the skin and makes the skin look perfect. Everybody appreciates a woman who takes good care of herself and is well groomed. Many poems have been written on woman’s beauty describing her eyes, lips, hair, etc. To all the women, there is no age limit to look good, just take care of your health, stay fit, and make yourself look even more attractive with a touch of makeup!

Bridal MakeUp Tips

Wedding season is here! Weddings are a very important occasion in most girl’s lives since they could be dreaming and imagining about their wedding since childhood. Most women will leave no stone unturned to make this occasion memorable, especially the looking good part! Well for all the brides to be this year, here are some bridal makeup tips.

First of all, the skin has to have a fresh look and a soft glow in order to make your makeup shine.  A good professional makeup person can get you the perfect glow for your big day.

When it comes to eye make up, cat eyes are the rage and many brides also request for a smokey-eyed look. If you want to have that classy retro look, you can go for the feline look.  If you want to have a sexy bride look, you can go for the smokey-eyed look.

For the lips, brides are either opting for bold red lips or a nude glossy. A Retro feline eye look makes you look much more classier with a bold red lip color and a smokey-eyed look goes great with nude or sugar pink glossy lips. It is always better to keep the lips in a lighter shade if you are going for a bolder look for the eyes.

A sweeping of an appropriate blusher to the cheeks gives the bride a beautiful angelic look.

The latest trend in eyebrows are thick dark eyebrows, so let your brows grow till your big day and then get it threaded for a better result as threading gives a more precise and clean look than waxing.

Finally, the hair do! The fashion gurus are suggesting that big hair is back in fashion. A natural bouncy look is the in thing with big curly hair making a huge style statement.

For Indian weddings, however, the makeup trend still remains brighter shades for eyes as well as lips, although many are preferring the international look these days. Mehndi however is following a new trend. Other than hands brides are using mehndi on their neck and backs to give it a new fashion look with deep-plunging necklines.

So do not fret as your D-day is nearing. Relax, stay calm, eat healthy, exercise to maintain that gorgeous figure, and leave the rest to the professionals to make you look good on your big day!

Celeb Review: Best Brows by Face Type

Brows are my world. Eyebrows define the eyes, they express your mind, they beautify the face, but did you know that a wrong eyebrow shape can mess up the whole look of the face? That is because each face shape is different. The secret of good eyebrows is knowing the face shape. These face shapes are categorized into 6 basic shapes which are Round, Oval, Square, Heart, Long, and Diamond shapes. The eyebrow shapes differ according to the face shape, a wrong eyebrow shape for a wrong face shape is jarring and can end up making the face look bad. It is the job of a professional to check for the face shape before shaping the eyebrows. I always recommend that one take a look at Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities.

Megan Fox has the most fabulous set of brows in Hollywood. She has an oval face which is considered to be the ideal face shape and actually any eyebrow shape suits this face. But Megan’s soft, round angled eyebrows make her face look so delicate and glamorous!

Aishwarya Rai is a great example for a round face shape. When you have a round face shape. it is ideal to have a high arched brow because this makes the face appear longer. This ravishing seductress can make anyone fall at her feet just by arching her eyebrows!

Sarah Jessica Parker is an enticing beauty with a long face. To compensate for her long face she has flat shaped eyebrows which adds a little bit of width to her face. This pretty lady is classy and luminous!

Angelina Jolie, a seductive temptress with looks to kill, is blessed with an angular square face which defines her beautiful jawline. She is usually seen with an angled brow with sharp peaks to soften her jawline.

Reese Witherspoon is a beauty with a hypnotic smile and a heart-shaped face. This face shape is curvy but it is pointed at the chin and rounded at the forehead. The eyebrow shape of choice for this face shape is rounded eyebrow with soft arches. Arch may vary in being high or low depending on whether it is a short heart-shaped face or a long heart-shaped face.

Rihanna; a sultry and sublime star has a stunning diamond-shaped face. Her curved eyebrow softens the look and the arches elongate the face and balances the face.

Identifying the face shape is very important while shaping the eyebrows. If you want to look as stunning as these stars, go to a professional and know what your face shape is and get eyebrows accordingly.

Bold Brows are in and Why Pencils are the Reason

I recently perused several beauty magazines and blogs and noticed a pattern. The latest trend in makeup are thick, dark eyebrows. Bold is in. Every woman wants to have eyebrows like Cara Delevingne or Lily Collins and why not, the thick eyebrows do make the person look a few years younger. However, this trend is a big draw back for those who have thin eyebrows due to over plucking or who naturally have thin and faint-colored brow hair. Many fashion gurus have come up with so many solutions for women with thin eyebrows that one can get overwhelmed.

Many prefer using either pencil or powder as they are easy for application. Both have their own pros and cons. Pencils tend have a waxy texture to it (for ones that last, try Sumita Products).  Care should be taken to apply pencil in short and soft strokes else you might end up getting a severe and unnatural look to your brows.  Pencil is also preferred by those with dry skin as well as those with overly plucked eyebrows. Pencils allow for a more defined look and makes the brow hair stay in its place for a much longer time. Also once applied, one need not bother much about a touch up. It is also easier to carry and cheaper compared to eyebrow powder.

I strongly recommend that you utilize a pencil due to the ease, cost and creativity one can experiment with. Happy Brow Pencil shopping!

Happy Birthday Mom :)

My mom has been one of the biggest influences in my life. Whenever I wish to embark on a new venture or have an idea, I like to discuss it with her. While she always listens, she also manages to give me some insight that I had not considered . It’s funny how patient she has been with my energy. So much so, that I often wonder if that is how she was when she was my age.  Her home is the only place where I can go argue with her passionately and then a few hours later, break bread with her laughing and enjoy our time together.

When I think about it, my mom was far ahead of her time in terms of being an entrepreneur. 25 years ago, she began Ziba Beauty’s journey with her last paycheck. She had just been laid off. Instead of panicking, she took a leap of faith and began a small 900 square foot salon doing something that she had been passionate about since she was a young girl.

What amazes me is that my sister and I joined her unquestioningly because mom seemed to know that we had a great idea.  At the time, not many had heard about the Art of Threading. What made us even more unique was my mom’s refusal to just be an owner. Instead, she was the receptionist, henna artist, threader as well as the office manager.

Watching her do all these roles inspired me to do always do more than one role, and not be content being successful only at one area.  It is to my mom that I credit my passion and love for all things beauty.  So today on her birthday, I just wish to say to her “I love you and also thank you.”

Celebrating Independence

Our independence day has come and gone, yet I still have the glow of gratitude for what an amazing holiday it was. I love how we celebrate the 4th of July. It is a time of fireworks, family gatherings, appreciation of those who have or are serving. I also hope that many take a moment to reflect on the fact that we live in a country that celebrates independence fearlessly. I still hear the random pops of fireworks, and I smile at the excitement they create inside me.

As someone who experienced Independence Day in a different country when young, I am struck with some of our similarities. India is the largest democracy in the world and hosts a great mix of ethnicities, religions and beliefs inside its borders. The main difference to me is the focus put on freedom. It is not just about freedom to do what we please, but the right not to as well. We focus not on just the majority’s view but alone the minority to  have the right not to follow that view.

Too often, I catch myself getting involved in just the fireworks of daily life, but then come certain days like the 4th of July which remind that there are those who have fought for me right to just enjoy freedom. And that is the most freeing thought ever.

Friendships Don’t Die

Last week, I ran into an old friend who was getting her eyebrows threaded at Ziba Beauty. When I say old friend, I mean from twenty years ago, and surprisingly she looked exactly as I remembered her. When I asked her why she didn’t call me, she said she just assumed I was out town (which has been the case lately). She thought  Just seeing her instantly brought back warm memories of the younger me when I was not married, and just a brash woman who was out to prove the world wrong.

My friend and I took different paths, but those few hours over a cup of tea and then later on dinner reminded me all over again why we had been such good friends. Sure,the distance had the communication difficult but a chance encounter reignited our friendship. I truly believe that are no chance encounters. Those moments always have something to either teach you or remind you of what life can be. Seeing my friend allowed me to experience our rich history, and how much we missed each other. We both saw our outer older selves, but inside we were still the girls when we first met.

That’s something I will always cherish.


A Moment

Today. I woke up to a glorious morning. The sun was peeking into my window with slices of light that looked like lazers. I sat in bed, just feeling grateful for that moment. It is so easy to get caught up with our to do lists and putting out fires that we  lose sight of the precious moments life provides us.

One of the first lessons I learned from my mother is appreciation of all that we had.   Growing up, I never felt like I was missing out on material goods.  In fact, the love from our extended family made my life feel full and everything within reach. Those are the same values I hope to instill in my children. I hope that they know that the strength they see in me came from a foundation of deep love and respect for each other. We took care of our own whether it be a co-worker, cousin, family friend or a sibling.

I am thankful for the journey that I embarked on 25 years ago with Ziba, and each time I step into the office. the sense of pride I feel working with my loved ones is a feeling I hope to cherish for the rest of my  life.

The sun slowly rose, blanketing the room with light just like it had been doing for eons, but I felt blessed to have shared that moment with it, and with you..

Wishing you a blissful week,