Let’s reminisce and walk through the brow trends before I reveal how to create the perfect eyebrows. Let me take you to the eighties where there was Madonna and Brooke Shields and Jennifer Connelly with their bushy eyebrows. Well, back then, thick and bushy was in. Infact, closer home in India, many people considered a unibrow, thick untamed bushy brows to be a sign of good luck.
When we got into the 90s, eyebrows started getting thinner and thinner while arches started getting higher and higher. Arches started off with a round circular arch and moved to more angular defined ones by the late 90s. Eyebrows were still thin that decade but the inner corners started getting reasonable leaving the rest finely tapering towards the end. All the trendy women of that time started believing that women in the 80s and before that probably never groomed their eyebrows ever and it wasn’t part of anyone’s beauty regime until the 90s… not realizing that it was just a trend of the 90s. Eyebrow grooming has been existent since the dawn of time or the discovery of scissors and blades. It’s not a new department. But yeah, in the 90s, it seemed like a novelty. It was all about overdoing the eyebrow and it just kept getting worse and worse. But everybody loved it. It was the ‘in’ thing….muted brows that were almost disappearing and balding. Take a look at Cameron Diaz, Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Angelina Jolie and all the female actors in the most popular sitcom of the 90s – Friends.
While all this first stayed up until mid 2000 when we suddenly got bored of non-existent noodle brows and moved on to really thick unkempt scruffy ones like Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins, Sarah Hyland, Chloe Grace Moretz and Mila Kunis.
And then again we fell to an all-time low of ‘the Instagram brow’ with a lot of youtubers and Instagram influencers putting up beauty and makeup tutorials that undoubtedly look gorgeous on screen and in photos, but in person they look like two caterpillars latched on to your forehead. For some strange reason, this trend refuses to go away and people actually like it….just like we loved rice vermicelli/fine noodle brows in the 90s.
You see, trends come and go. They’ll probably last a decade or so. But if you keep on over trimming or even subjecting those brows to all kinds of weird trends, your eyebrows will follow the growth pattern you steer it in or even… God forbid, cease growth in that particular area and then you will be restricted in the kind of brow shape or trend you will be able to follow. So, it’s a good idea to just stick with your natural brows and probably just get rid of some stray hair, tame them a bit but following a trend… you might probably regret it ten years later. That’s as long as a trend may last. And they just go in circles, keep coming and they keep going and they keep repeating themselves. There is only so much you can do with eyebrows …or any other body part, for that matter. Fashion and trends keep repeating themselves; it’s better to look your best version of beautiful than to follow a trend and stress above and beyond with threading and tweezing and waxing and painting and tattooing and microblading and all kinds of things which you might just regret later.
I say this from experience. I have lived through the 90s and followed the 90s trend too. In the beginning, I started out with no forehead and only an eyebrow …like that entire portion up top was an eyebrow; there was no forehead…think neanderthal or homo sapien. I didn’t have a forehead; I just had a single eyebrow up there.😉 I would tweeze my own brows and was pretty good at it. I maintained a thick and curvy inner corner and a really thin tapered end with a really high angular arch. After all that tweezing and tweezing and tweezing, today I finally have a forehead and two distinct eyebrows. I still have some of them but I couldn’t follow the bushy trend that was in a few years ago so today I don’t try to maintain a trendy eyebrow look. I just follow the natural frame by getting rid of some of the stray ends. I intentionally leave the scruffy jagged edges. They don’t bother me anymore. Sometimes, friends point it out but I just smile or laugh. I’m happy with my brows – unkempt and all. I’m done following brow trends. Phew, such a relief!
You know many women worry about eyebrow symmetry. One could be higher; one could be lower. One could be thinner; one could be thicker. They’re not identical twins. It’s okay if they are not in perfect symmetry …mine aren’t and it doesn’t bother me. You don’t have to go overboard to try and match them completely. Just learn to accept. I know it can be difficult in this cruel world. But, you’ll thank yourself for it someday.
Be Your Own Version of Beautiful! -RUELHA www.ruelha.com