If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past few years it’s that beauty trends are totally unpredictable (thank you very much TikTok) and that everything that was once old will become new again. Recently, we’ve seen what some of us would consider the unthinkable in eye makeup trends — skinny eyebrows have made a comeback.
Celebrities, supermodels and influencers alike have been seen sporting pencil-thin eyebrows as of late and it’s giving the ‘90s trend a resurgence. Before you run for the hills — towards or away from the throwback trend — it’s important to understand the difference between the skinny brows of then and the modern way to sport the look today.
So we tapped celebrity makeup artist and L’Oréal Paris expert Sir John, to give us the skinny (pun intended) on this reemerging eyebrow trend, including tips on how to do it without permanently damaging those beloved brow hairs.
Why Are Skinny Brows Coming Back?
As we said, thin eyebrows have been seen on A-list singers, actors, models and social media influencers in the past year. Thanks to influential Gen Z creators, the trend is poised to make it to the streets this summer — becoming more and more popular with everyday people.
How to do Skinny Eyebrows the Modern Way
When it comes to mastering the skinny eyebrows trend, everyone can try it but the real win comes in the form of not permanently losing your hair up there. While the look has an upside, according to Sir John, there’s also a huge risk.
“Brows are gorgeous when they’re thin,” he says. “The reason why all the girls tweezed their brows in the ‘90s is because it does open the eyes. It gives the brows so much light, it expands the lid space and makes your eyes look really ethereal and bright — that’s the pro.”
The con, he says, is the fact that if you keep removing the hair there, your eyebrows may never grow back.
“That one bullet there is the only one that matters, and it’s polarizing,” Sir John explains. “All of us made the pilgrimage to tweeze our brows in the ‘90s in the hopes that we’d have this resurgence of hair, but it possibly just may never come back. I love the voluptuous eyebrows that we’ve been seeing for the past few years — I love a feathered brow.”
So in order to avoid falling victim to the tragic drawbacks of this trend, try Sir John’s hacks for doing skinny brows in 2022 — the ultra-modern way.
1. Glue, Don’t Pluck or Shave
“Instead of shaving your brows or over-tweezing like we all regretted, take a glue stick and glue your brows down and draw them on like they [do in drag] and did in the 1930s and 1940s,” he says. “[Back then] Hollywood starlets plastered over their brows and right now, so many people on TikTok are taking their cues from the drag community. So if you’re going to [go skinny] that’s fine, but just block them off instead of shaving them off.”
Once you’ve glued down your brows you can go over the space with as skinny a design as your heart desires. Grab your favorite eyebrow pencil, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil or L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Brow Magnifying Pencil with Vitamin E, and create a skinny brow shape that speaks to you.
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