Eyebrows have been a staple trend in the fashion industry since Cara Delevingne and her statement brows catwalked onto the scene – a whole 8 years ago. They remain a permanent fixture today, though some people need help achieving the signature look. While they’ve always been a prominent beauty feature, eyebrow styles have come and gone over the years. There was the thin, mid-00s brow that you probably wore in high school, made famous by Xtina, Gwen Stefani and Kate Moss. Then came the ‘HD’ brow, and now we have the even wackier trends showcased by makeup artists and models on Instagram: like feathered, dyed, and glitter brows. But the style that’s stood the test of time? Keeping your regular, bushy brows, filling them in with powder or liner, and fixing with serum. Simple, right? Wrong. You’ll know that if you tried out the 00s thin brow, your original eyebrow shape doesn’t always come back, and that leaves you excluded from the natural brow look. Over-plucking can leave your brows bald, patchy and lifeless. Thankfully, there are plenty of beauty brands who know your pain, and in the past few years have developed products aimed especially at getting your brows back to their former glory. In this style guide, we’ll let you in on a few tips and tricks to get any brows looking thick enough to rival the supermodels.
If you’ve managed to hold onto your natural brows, without subjecting them to years of plucking – you’re onto a winner! Anyone with already thick, natural brows needs only a few makeup tips to get them looking Instagram-ready.
All you will need is a fine-bristled eyebrow brush for making hairline strokes, and a color to fill and shape your natural brows with. Choose a powder or pomade (a wax-like substance for shinier brows) and first underline your brows, then fill in any thin patches.
Choose a color the same or slightly lighter than your natural eyebrow hairs – you don’t want to go TOO dark, as this will look too harsh.
Fix your finished look by brushing up and outwards with eyebrow gel or clear mascara. You can even use Vaseline or hairspray for a cheaper alternative.
If your eyebrows are a slightly sparse or patchy, but you still have some fullness, you might just need a little help from a growth serum.
Clever products like RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum contain proteins and nutrients which encourage hair growth, and restores and repairs brows that need a little TLC.
These treatments can be costly and take some time to get working before you see results, but regaining your natural brows will be worth it. Growing back hairs takes a couple of months, so stick with it and be patient.
Use a serum like this twice a day for at least two months and you could soon see a miraculous difference! In no time, you’ll have natural bushy brows à la Keira Knightley.
This is a fairly new eyebrow treatment trend that gets serious results. It’s a form of semi-permanent tattooing that can last up to three years – so is not a decision to be taken lightly, but is a godsend for people who have over-plucked their brows, never to be seen again.
Microblading gives the appearance of natural brows by use of a handheld tool which inserts pigment under the skin, in thin lines to mimic hairs. The pigment doesn’t go as deep into your skin as a regular tattoo, but still so that the effect can last for years.
ALWAYS go to a qualified clinician to get this procedure – you must remember this is a tattoo on your face that you can’t easily remove, so the person performing your microblading needs to be trained to the highest standard.
Research microblading clinicians to find someone who performs the look you want. Looking at their work online is useful for this – many beauticians have an Instagram profile that they use as their portfolio.
Microblading can offer dark, statement brows, or much more natural-looking ones, depending on the color of the pigment and the thinness of the hair strokes – make sure you specify exactly how you want yours to look!
As this is only a semi-permanent treatment, the pigment does fade, so those who like darker brows should visit their salon for top-ups every six months.