The big news in brows is that bushy brows are back! Think Brook Shields in the 80′s – well maybe not that untamed, but rather shapely bold brows. So the quicker you can get your brows growing in, the better! Here is where I come to a grinding halt! Growing back? About 4 years ago I wrote a series of articles about my brow growing journey from thin over-plucked 90′s brows back to their natural thicker form. The series of articles spanned 18 months in which time you would imagine that I had cultivated a full set of bushy brows. The bad news is that it just didn’t happen…at all. Over 18 the month regrowth period I think about 4 brow hairs regrew and all in the wrong places. So I literally haven’t plucked my brows in 4 years and despite the current popularity of bold brows, I won’t be following this trend.
However, I don’t have to lie down and live with the dissatisfaction of over-plucked brows. Nor do I have to slavishly follow brow fashion. This latest trend for bold brows has tipped too far cultivating an offshoot known as the Scouse Brow. Obviously fake, Scouse Brows are heavily filled in a much darker shade than your hair colour and very straight with little natural curve. This look has quite a dramatic (OTT) effect and makes the brow the central feature of your face. My personal opinion is that this look is not for everyday wear and preferably not at all!
As you can tell from my personal tale of brow woe, finding a brow style that is fashion-proof and suits your face is not always easy. Drawing from professional brow groomers (!) the ultimate aim is to create a brow that is fuller with a natural look either by using subtle makeup techniques or if you tend to thicker brows anyway by maintaining a regular waxing or plucking schedule.
If you want to fill in your brow but are unsure how to, this youtube video shows a basic fail-safe technique using an angled brush and eyeshadow. A good neutral choice for brow colour is Minerelle Serene. As well as being a mid brown shade with no red tones, it is also matte (glitter brows are a look for parties but not everyday). Alternatively you can use a specific eyebrow pencil. Brow pencils are harder than eye pencils to ensure you don’t apply colour too heavily. The pencil I use is the Lavera Brow Pencil which has a brow brush on the other end for grooming once you have completed filling in colour.
If you have naturally gorgeous brows, then you may just want to keep them in shape. A brow gel can help stop wayward brows from point in all directions. If you think you need a little help with your brows, go to a professional, even if only once, to have your brows properly shaped to your face. You can then maintain the look with plucking or regular waxing if needed.
Brow shapes come in and go out of fashion and even the famous among us can get it wrong every so often. Micheline Pitt from Pinup Girl took a look at some of the more famous brows in their time and how they might have looked with the benefit of a brow “artiste”Twitter It!
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