In the ’80s, no one much paid attention to eyebrow styles. Yeah, maybe for those truly unruly or super-straying hairs, we picked up a pair of tweezers. But we didn’t go beyond that. Big, bold brows were the rig du jour because, much like a head of hair, full was in. Ladies like Brooke Shields and Cindy Crawford set the tone with natural shapes and a welcome bushiness.
Eyebrow Styles: Thick to Thin
In the ’90s-00s, much like the runway’s wayfish models, eyebrow shapes took a turn for the thinner side. In truth, those thin, heavily managed brows hung around for a long time. We plucked and trimmed our eyebrows down to tiny lines, and some women even went hair-free above the eyes only to draw in the brows with a pencil. The trend of over-plucking definitely took its toll.
And Somewhere in Between
Like all trends, we’re now seeing things go the other way. Sales of serums are tell the story: big eyebrows are top of mind. Women are searching for growth remedies to repair a decade or so of stick-thin brow mistakes. And with that search comes a more thoughtful middle ground. We don’t want bushy, but we need some substance above the eyes.
We’re still looking to celebs for guidance — Cara Delevingne, the Olsens or a Kardashian come to top of mind — but you’ll find that the on-trend brow style is soft, feathery and not over-arched.
What Stylists Say about Eyebrows
Throw away those magnified mirrors and tweezers! Your eyebrow should look soft, feathery and not over-arched. Grow in the arch and gently groom the tails (ends) of brow for a pulled together look. Eyebrows are easier and have much less product applied in this way. A brow gel similar to the color of your hair will give your brows dimension without looking overly structured and painted.
We know that brows can help to frame the face, emphasize assets and highlight your bone structure, so much like a hairstyle, why can’t they add to an overall look? Here are two celeb eyebrow trends that set the tone for glamorous and casual beauty aesthetics alike.
Threaded and angled a la Kim
Threaded and angled ala Kim, Kylie and endless YouTube beauty gurus reads perfectly polished. The front is cut and combed to provide a soft, but squared off appearance and a subtle arch provides plenty of lid and brow bone space for shadows.
Natural and lightly tweezed a la Cara
Fluffy trends favor a more organic pattern, and while lightly tweezed, purposely avoid carving a definitive shape. A little brow filler can help to eliminate the appearance of your current arch, or add in the appearance of extra hairs for a thicker line.
Either option is a fresh take on full brows, perfect for starting a new year off in well-groomed fashion.
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