The last two years have produced a wealth of brow trends; from full, straight brows to thin eyebrows reminiscent of the ‘90s. Convenient ‘try before you buy’ TikTok filter trends have been the defining factor for folks bleaching, shaving and laminating their own eyebrows at home.
But as far as the experts are concerned, the best thing you can do for your brows is do away with trends altogether and learn how to shape them correctly.
According to celebrity brow artist Kristie Streicher (AKA the genius responsible for Kaia Gerber, Adele, Sarah Paulson, Busy Philipps, Kathryn Hahn, Kiernan Shipka, and Alana Haim’s impressive arches) everyone looks best with the eyebrows they’re born with.
“Discovering your individual and natural shape as well as where your eyebrows should start, arch, and end is a valuable tool,” she told Mind Body Green.
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“[The parallel lid line] is a line that extends from the beginning or front of the brow and continues across the lid and ends at the tail of the brow,” she explained. “Any hairs that extend past this line should be removed”.
“Start by slowly plucking one or two hairs, then step back for perspective before continuing,” she added.
Streicher explained that the extra hairs at the front of the brow can create a downward shape, which can accentuate dark circles, close out the eye and result in a scowling appearance. To avoid this, she recommends tweezing the stray hairs at the front of the brow to lift the appearance of the face.
“[But] when the tail of the eyebrow is groomed in a downward direction, it can draw the eyes down and give the face a droopy and ageing appearance [too],” Streicher advised.
To style, brush your brow hairs into place using a clean spoolie (“this also gently exfoliates dead skin cells from the area and stimulates growth”), and use a strong hold brow gel to groom and hold the hairs in place.
“I use a brushstroke in an upward direction all the way across the brow, then brush down the hairs with my finger from the arch out,” said Streicher.
Fill in sparse areas by drawing hair-like strokes with a brow pen or you can try to backcomb some tinted brow gel into your arches if they’re very sparse.
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.