Look at this handsome mug:
This is Zachary Quinto's Spock, as we saw him in the movie. But this was not the first 'version' of Spock that people saw before the movie came out.
This one was:
This was the image of Spock that was released prior to the movie- and is still the default image in many places. Folks like me who were familiar with the way Spock was supposed to look like, and who saw this image were horrified.
They'd gotten him wrong- and worse, they'd turned him into a porcelain ghost of himself. Those who were familiar with Quinto's facial landmarks even noted that the small scar from an eyebrow piercing was absent. But his face, while beautiful, was a mask. We started wondering what other things this new team had gotten wrong about the movie. Until the trailers were released a couple of months later, the storm of negative speculation was audible. Those trailers showed a more realistic and normal looking Spock, which was a great relief.
But something had puzzled a lot of us- it was clear that those eyebrows on 'porcelain Spock' were not his- they were clearly 'applied', and judging by the masklike appearance of his forehead, his own eyebrows were probably glued- literally covered by a layer of glue and makeup to make them disappear. (There are tutorials on YouTube on how to do this- it's very common in drag-shows.) Now, Zach has massive eyebrows, so this was not going to be an easy feat to accomplish.
Finally, the answer turned up in the wash of Internet ephemera- the 'proof' of both the gluing and the airbrushing:
You can clearly see that this is an un-retouched image. The glue hiding Zach's own eyebrows is clearly visible- you can see some ridging on his inner left eyelid. The application of the Vulcan eyebrows is uneven and wrongly curved, the facial makeup heavy, and the light harsh, and it's clear he's wearing a wig. Quite a contrast between this, and the final product.
We all know that they got Spock 'right' in the movie. But the journey to that end character was obviously an interesting one. I would love to hear the story behind this "Empire Magazine" photo-shoot. Was this a very early version of Spock? Or one done after the movie, where Quinto refused to sacrifice his eyebrows again? It's clear that the shaving is a must- gluing down his own brows would not permit him the facial motion that the character needs. That was why his face looked so mask-like- he could not move his eyebrows without cracking the glue.
All in all, a fascinating journey for a fascinating character.