The evolution of eyebrows through the years has been pretty dramatic: from extremely thin to highly arched to multi-coloured, and more recently, the Instagram brow (the perfectly angled and precise look that's all over social media). But in spite of the plethora of trends in the past, it seems that bold, feathery, youthful brows are here to stay.
Having well-groomed eyebrows is a key part of your overall facial structure and symmetry. Here is a detailed guide, including some hacks and things to consider when it comes to your brows.
Tweezing or threading is usually the best way to keep stray hairs in check and combat unruly brows. Though waxing is also a great alternative, it doesn't allow for as much precision and therefore, can sometimes leave your brows a little thinner than you would have liked (yikes!). For bushy browed gals, consider booking a standing appointment every two to three weeks at your salon (make sure your aesthetician is experienced and won't over groom your brows). if you're someone who suffers from the repercussions of the ultra thin 90's eyebrow, you may find tweezing stray hairs at home is sufficient. Pro Tip: Fill in your brows before you get them done, especially if you're going for a fuller look!
Generally, your natural eyebrow shape best compliments your facial features. It's best to avoid over-plucking your brows to achieve a pronounced arch as this can make you look angry! If you're in doubt, hold a pencil from the edge of your nose up straight towards your forehead - this indicates where your eyebrow should begin. From the same point on your nose, tilt the pencil so it crosses your pupil diagonally - this is where your arch should be. Finally, align the pencil with the outer corner of your eye - this is where your eyebrow should end.
If you have dark hair, your brow shade should generally be two shades lighter than your hair to soften the face. If you are blonde, your brows should be two shades darker to add some dimension. Even if you have very dark hair, never use a black pencil to fill in your eyebrows; it will look extremely harsh and unnatural!
When it comes to using makeup to enhance your brows, technique is everything! Pro Tip: Before you fill them in or pluck them yourself, use a spoolie to comb them upwards so you can trim the hairs that are too long! Try to do this with a magnifying mirror and always use short strokes to imitate natural hairs. If your brows are naturally thick, you may only need to fill them in slightly at the front where the hairs tend to be sparse. Or, perhaps just use a clear or tinted brow gel to hold them in place. For those who require some more help, experiment with brow powder, pomade, and a pencil to see what you feel most comfortable with and what gives you your desired look.