Screw fashion trends, let’s talk brow trends!

Posted by Lipglossiping On February - 22 - 2011

I know it’s LFW but I’ve never been particularly fashionable.  I like clothes, a lot.  I like to buy clothes, a lot.  I just don’t know how to combine them to ‘create’ looks.  I’m truly envious of women who have an unforced style… me?  If it looks good, it tends to look like I’ve ‘tried’ really, really hard to make it look good you know?

So anyway, it’s not that I’m eschewing LFW… not at all, I love to look at the makeup from the shows… but when it comes to trends?  Completey superficial and frivolous posts on eyebrows are more my thing!

With this in mind, brow gods Tweezerman reckon they’ve got their fingers on the Brow Trends that’ll have us going “ooh nice brows” this Summer.  Don’t say that I’m the only one who “oohs” over nice eyebrows in this way… no seriously, don’t.

[stextbox id=”custom” caption=”Tweezerman say…” ccolor=”ffffff” bcolor=”b0c4de” bgcolor=”e6e6fa” cbgcolor=”b0c4de”]Brows – last season it was all about an over sized, wild & bushy brow.  This season, full brows are still on trend but now they are more tailored & groomed, the hairs aren’t as wild and often they are slightly elongated and tapered at the ends creating a touch more drama.

This Spring/Summer’s full brows have a great arch that is both feminine and strong.  Brow colour should be 1-2 shades lighter than hair colour and should be powdered across the whole brow rather than just used to fill in.  A new trend is also to highlight under the brow, which makes it look more substantial and showcases the brow perfectly.[/stextbox]

Strong brows are still in, just a little more ‘tailored’!

If you’re not blessed with a well-defined arch, Tweezerman recommend the use of a little cosmetic trickery to give the impression of a master eyebrow-raiser:

“You can use a touch of a highlight of makeup underneath the brow to create a bit of lift; a light-toned fleshy nude or very pale vanilla colour to illuminate the underneath.  You can also use your brow powder or brow pencil to emphasize the arch.”

Here are some of the most popular products on the market for emphasising a beautiful brow!

1. E.L.F Eyebrow Lifter and Filler (£3.50)
2. Clinique Instant Lift for Brows (£13.00)
3. Pixi Brow Lift (£16.00)
4. Benefit High Brow (£14.00)
5. MAC Shroom Eyeshadow (£11.50)

But what my eyebrows want to know is this… how long are they going to have to wait until curly brows are in huh?

Oh… that long?

Well in that case, I’d better stock up on mega-hold hairspray and hone my use of brow shaping scissors instead.

Do you have brow envy?

34 Responses to “Screw fashion trends, let’s talk brow trends!”

  1. Coco says:

    To be honest, I don’t follow brow trends. 50s style brows – very much like the ‘in’ photo – suit me, and if I play around with it too much I just look a bit odd.
    Eyebrows make such a difference to the whole face that a misstep can undo any amount of beautiful make-up D:
    Really want to try the Clinique Instant Lift!

  2. Debbie says:

    Complete and utter brow obsessive, for me they totally make or break a face. My daughter is forbidden to pluck her own – you cant shape if you cant see, mummy knows best and I do hers in my total control freak style! I have spent a very long time honing my brow drawing skills as my natural brows are pathetic, but it has paid off in recent weeks 4 different people have commented on how nice my brows look so am chuffed with that! Yours have been undergoing some serious work and its quite apparent in your fotd and lip pics, whilst you might have to beat them into submission they do look bloody brilliant. Can I share? I actually have “brow crushes” *hangs head in shame* Sela Ward who plays Hugh Lauries’ in House omg her brows are amazing. And I am tragic. And leaving now.

  3. Gordita says:

    I have curly eyebrows too – well, more specifically, a curly eyebrow! It gives me a wonky face. But I don’t worry too much about it – I remember an old gentleman whose eyebrows were so curly that if you stood to his side, you could see through them, like tunnels for the brow bones (he was an old teacher of mine). Until I get to that stage myself, I am not so worried!

    Gordita x

  4. deborah says:

    I have complete brow envy!
    I like the shape of my brows but the hairs are just so long and unruly. And brow gel works for a while but throughout the day i notice them begin to curl again. Hello hairspray!xx

  5. Marlique says:

    Oh I defenitely have brow envy. At the point where brows are supposed to arch, mine just stop. And I love big bold arched brows, thus I draw them on every day ever since I was 13/14 years old. I think my brows look fine and people compliment me on them, but I just wish I had the eyebrows I pretent to have, hehe.

  6. liloo says:

    hooray for strong brows! :) yes i love them.
    they are not bushy like denise richards and brooke shields but yet very full and thick, shiny, healthy and looking lovely. x

  7. Jen says:

    Could not care less about brows. Except I don’t like heavy ones. Those ladies above look very masculine. Kinda freaks me out. Barely-there is best.

  8. Vijaya says:

    Haha, I have curly brows too. Oh well. I wear my brows 100% natural, so I own zero brow products.

  9. Claire L says:

    Oh, I have total brow envy! Mine naturally grow in different shapes — one is kind of straight and the other arched — and they’re shorter than they should be!

  10. rhamnousia says:

    I’ve never followed brow fashion, it’s a bit hard to not look an idiot if you’re Indian. Can you see me prancing around with bleached blonde brows? I’d scare more than I’d impress. I also didn’t follow the razor thin brow look, I’d look like an orange with eyebrows. However, my various eyebrows ladies over the years have messed my brows up so I’ve gone from super thick to super thin but now I’ve found a shape I like. However, I went to a new lady the other week (Was in a bind) and she messed them right up, I refused to pay and was left having to pencil the thinner one in and have to let them fully grow back..they’re taking their time this time as usually they grow super fast.

  11. I find that using my MUFE Full Cover concealer on the brow bone is a quick and easy way to highlight the area, and it doesn’t move or look oily during the day like some other products do.

  12. Lily says:

    Eeee. I hate eyebrows like the ‘Out!’ picture – they’re not strong, just tragic. I’m eyebrow OBSESSED. Have been since year six when my teacher’s dodgy eyebrows annoyed me and I kept picturing filling the gaps in ahaha. I think well groomed brows will always be in fashion!

  13. Only clean brows for me! I’m scared of overly bushy brows and I don’t like brows that are too thin. I love MAC Lingering Pencil to fill the brows and MAC Pearl Cream Colour base or Shroom eyeshadow to highlight the browbone! :)

  14. Taryn says:

    I’m a little brow-obsessed too, and my brow lady usually does a nice job of giving my straight Bert from Sesame Street brows a shape, but this time they were still straggly afterward.

    My biggest lament is their color, which is about as dark as Camilla Belle’s, only thinner. It doesn’t jibe with my fair skin and I’ve wanted to lighten them so badly, but nobody will do it around here. My brow person tells me dark brows are the envy of other women, but I disagree. They look manly and harsh on me.

  15. DaenaCat says:

    Honestly, I have massive brow envy. Mine are naturally rather wimpy — sparse, blonde and uninteresting. But naturally, each individual hair is LONG and if unattended I could possibly look like a cave-dwelling creature from a sci-fi film and use my brows as antennae. So, I have no need to tweeze and just try to trim them into submission. Still, I’m so envious of those with full, thick brows.

    I really wish I could get a brow makeover by someone in the know. They need help, desperately.

  16. Meeta says:

    I like seeing the different types of brows on others but I don’t follow trends. Personally I love full brows (Camilla Belle has gorgeous brows). I have naturally thick brows and try to keep my natural shape but last year the ends got a bit thinner from having them over-threaded so I am trying to grow back the ends.

  17. Cassie says:

    ARGH I HATE brow trends! It’s one of the few bandwagons I simply cannot jump on.

    When you’re not naturally blessed with Keira K’s thick dark brows and start filling them in on your own, it starts to look very unnatural. You can’t go from light to dark in 0 to 60! I shall simply have to look enviously on the fashion models and actresses who are able to rock this trend.

    What’s the likelihood of there being a brow transplant in the future? I mean, Gorden R and the rest have already gone for hair transplants to hide thier receding hairlines…

    Cassie x

  18. Michelle says:

    I so wish I could jump on this bandwagon, but my brows just aren’t thick enough do anything with them… They’re dark and wiry, and were naturally quite thick, but they’ve never grown back properly ever since a college incident incolving passing out and being attacked with a razor…!

    There’s some left to work with but they’re just not big enough to change the shape, if you know what I mean – so getting them professionally done just seems like a waste – I don’t know what else they could do but make them thinner, which I don’t want!

    *Sigh*. Anyone esle with this issue?

  19. Rachel Neill says:

    I hate my eyebrows. They are long and curly and if I let them I would have monobrow! Have to chop and thread to get any semblence of normality. Now with old age they are going blond (I’m a red head but that is fading too). So I now have to add dye into the mix. I can’t get an arch for love nor money. Fiona Bruce I will never be :(

  20. Phyrra says:

    I tend to just get my brows waxed as I love my natural shape and they just need some clean up. However, I use a soft black brow pencil to define them, then use a brush to make sure the color looks even and natural. I like defined brows and I really love how they can frame your eyes/face.

  21. Sarah says:

    Sigh, i just wish i had some to start with. I’ve been trying everytrick in the book. So far letting them grow unruly is the way to go. sad face xxxx

  22. Jean says:

    I second Sarah, I need something to start with, lol! I just don’t have that much eyebrow hair /0_0/ It’s very sparse and thin compared to my head hair, which is not that unusual among Asians (although my mum has really dark and full eyebrows… aaannnd she’s also got beautiful, perfect glowing skin that looks better than mine at 54… No fair!)

    So I can’t follow brow trends at all, nor do I want to. I just want more brows so that they’ll show up in photographs when I don’t have makeup on. There are quite a few Mona Lisa style photos of me out there.

  23. stacie says:

    I don’t know if its her hair or her brows in the ‘in’ picture but they look heavy. Like her brows are pushing her face down. Not like.
    Stacie xoxox

  24. Sarah says:

    I have curly eyebrows too!! :(

  25. Taryn says:

    Michelle, I thought the same thing too – my brows are dark and wiry and were left much more sparse after too much plucking in my early 20s, but when I found the girl who does my brows, she was actually able to shape them. I thought it was impossible, but it proves you just need to find the right person.

    Also, RapidLash really helped grow the ends of my brows in. It didn’t give me Camilla Belle’s, but there was a definite improvement because the ends used to be pretty bad. It’s expensive, but I’ve found it lasts a long time.

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks Taryn – perhaps it’s worth a try finding someone then – perhals there is hope for my brows yet!

      I’m sure there’s a brow bar in Selfridge, I might ask in there – I assume they must know what they’re doing! :)

  26. Geek Faerie says:

    I don’t follow too many trends in general but after reading this I had to laugh a little bit. It seems my every day brow ritual has become the latest trend. Of late I’ve been using Benefit’s Brow Zings to shape and fill and Benefit’s High Brow to highlight the arch. Both are very easy to use, quick, and idiot proof. 😀

  27. Jules says:

    I don’t have enough brows to justify plucking. :(
    Seriously — I’ve tried and had estheticians turn me away! Without colouring them in you can hardly tell I have eyebrows at all, so trying to shape what’s there seems like an exercise in futility.

  28. redtiger21 says:

    I have to draw my brows in EEEEVVVERY day. I aim for ones like the “in” pic but it takes too long!!

  29. Jade Freedom says:

    “eyebrows should be 2 shades lighter than hair colour”
    I’d have to dye my eyebrows to see-through to get that!

    I don’t follow brow trends; I find my eyebrows to be rather wonderful the way they are. I was born a golden blonde (now a peroxide blonde) with really dark eyebrows, and I find they add character to my face. I do appreciate nice eyebrows, but trying to imagine myself or anyone I know with these eyebrows really doesn’t work for me!

  30. fuzzy says:

    I have a beast of a mono brow that I could probably trim daily. This trimming malarkey is a real pain.

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