If you have been scouring the beauty accounts of Instagram, you will no doubt have come across some very dubious eyebrow trends over the last few months. From squiggle eyebrows, which literally look like a caterpillar wiggling across the forehead, to the new ‘halo’ brows, a trend which uses a pencil to cojoin the brows over the forehead, trends are getting stranger and stranger.
There isn’t much call for halos and wiggles in every day offices and workplaces the world over, so what mainstream things should we be doing with your eyebrows this season?
The good news? There is no hard and fast rule!
Once upon a time, eyebrows used to be just a strip of hair that grew above the eyes, and nobody really understood what it was doing there. To keep it tidy, we plucked or waxed, and forgot about it until it started getting unruly again. These days, we are much more aware of the power of a well manicured and shaped set of eyebrows.
When eyebrows are correct for the face shape, they really enhance someone’s appearance. When they are the incorrect shape for a face, they have the power to make the face look too long, too short, and to make the eyes look squat or too large. Finding our your face shape, and then doing some research into the right shape for you is therefore vital. This might take a little trial and error, but it is worth doing.
Of course, there are some rules regarding eyebrows that will never change, regardless of season or fashion. Never pluck from the top of the eybrow, as this is the natural arch or shape, and will leave you looking comletely different – not always in a good way. Instead, you should pluck between the brows, towards the outside for any stray hairs, and underneath the arch. If you want to enhance the curve or the natural arch towards the outer brow bone, you can remove a few extra hairs, taking care not to leave gaps.
A good quality eyebrow pencil and a gel product are musts when it comes to dressing up your brows. If you don’t like using a pencil, you can also go for an eyeshadow that is similar to your eyebrow colour, and gently dust it over. This can also be used to darken eyebrows which need a bit more definition. Do be careful not to go over the top however, as if it rains you may notice a little slippage! An eyebrow gel will lock the powder or pencil into place, when applied sparingly and carefully.