It's no secret that a focus on brows has been on-trend in the beauty world for quite some time now. And after years of big, bushy brows popping up on runways, red carpets, and our favourite celebrities, brows now have a life of their own, coming in the form of metallic, glitter, bleached, and drawn-on brows.
While Lily Aldridge rocked metallic gold glitter brows on the Met Gala 2016 red carpet, designers by the likes of Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and Giambattista Valli played around with bare brows, futuristic brows, and muted brows that gave us some serious beauty inspiration for spring-summer 2016.
Without further ado, Get The Look gives you 7 hacks for achieving beautiful brows this season.
APPLY PENCIL IN THE CENTRE OF THE BROW
When using an eyebrow pencil, always start in the centre, where the brow is going to be more full. Work out towards the tail of the brow, and then go back to the anchor (the part closest to the eye). Avoid creating brows that are solid all the way across, as a natural eyebrow will be thinner at the beginning and end, and thicker in the middle.
WORK THE PENCIL IN THE DIRECTION OF HAIR GROWTH
Avoid going back and forth with your brow pencil, and work the product in the direction of hair growth for a more natural look. While back and forth movements will give off the appearance of drawn-on brows, little flicks of the pencil will mimic the look of hair, giving your brows a full and natural look.
WORK GEL IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE FINE HAIR
When it comes to using gel formulas to fill in your brows, start at the end of the brow and work backwards in order to give your brows a fuller appearance.
IF YOU HAVE A SQUARE JAWLINE, TRY A STRAIGHT BROW
While most people think that a perfectly sculpted brow is necessary, this isn't always the case. If your face is squared at the jaw line, emphasize the tail of your brow, even extending it out a bit to balance the shape of your face and compliment your overall appearance.
APPLY PRODUCT ON TOP THE BROW
When filling in your brows with a pencil or gel formula, apply product on top of the brow rather than below it in order to lift the eyebrow up and make your cheekbones pop. This is especially key for those who have straight brows. By working on the lower part of your brow, the product will end up rounding out your brow, making you look older and accentuating thinness.
CHOOSE COLOUR WISELY
If you have really dark hair and very light eyes, you want to match the brow to your hair colour. If you had very dark eyes – like L'Oreal Paris ambassador, Jennifer Lopez – make the brows a bit lighter in order to highlight the colour of your hair and make your eyes pop!
If you have blonde hair, fair skin, and light eyes, opt for slightly darker brows to define your eye area. If you're a brunette with darker eyes who has lightened their hair, you can go lighter on the brows.
Finally, if you're a redhead, stick within the ashy (cool tone) colour palette so product doesn't make your eyebrows look orange.
FAKE BLEACHED BROWS
Bleached brows have become huge on the catwalks and red carpets of late (see: Kim Kardashian's Met Gala 2016 look), creating dramatic, show-stopping looks. Want to try out this daring trend? To lighten up your brows for a night – a look that pairs really well with a smoky eye or strong lip – use a blonde pencil or gel. Follow the natural shape of your brow with the product, and follow with a sculpting wax also in blonde.
For a more dramatic look, use a white or nude eye pencil. Pencil in the shape first to make sure you have the structure you want, and then use a clear or white mascara to gently brush it through.