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Go Big or Go Home with Your Eyebrows!

Jennifer Connelly

Camilla Belle

Audrey Hepburn

We here at theSkinnyStiletto are big fans of big brows.  Eyebrows are Mother Nature’s gift to each and every one of us, and should be treated as such.  If eyes are the windows to your soul, then eyebrows are the shutters.  Back in 2008, magazines and websites were going crazy about “big brows being back,” but they were never “out.”  Thin eyebrows were all the rage in the 1930s, but for all her daring looks, Jean Harlow doesn’t remain one of our beauty icons.  Brooke Shields broke onto the scene in the 1980s at the tender age of twelve, and her bountiful brows inspired girls to surrender their tweezers in order to emulate the teen queen.

Brooke Shields in the 1980s

Not that we all can’t use a light tweezing session every now and again, but plenty of us know all about over-plucking and the agonizing months (which can turn into years…) it takes for brows to grow back properly.  This is one piece of free beauty advice many of us do not heed when we’re in our early teens, terrified of having “bushy brows.”  Eyebrows naturally complement your face, which is why everyone was born with their own individualized pair.  Our parents always told us “thicker brows are more attractive – just look at your favorite fashion icon.” Of course, they were referring to Audrey Hepburn.  Today, look at the models on the runway – they don’t have over-plucked pencil scribbles on their beautiful faces.  Which are our current favs?  Camilla Belle, Jordana Brewster, Jennifer Connelly, and Keira Knightley.  So ladies, put the tweezers down, cancel those weekly wax appointments, and indulge in the only good form of facial hair!

Tips for Faking Full Brows:

  • Use an eyebrow brush or small comb to brush brows straight up, and trim off excess hairs (but don’t cut too short!).  Fill in with pencil or powder to match your hair color.  Use pencil first to fill in gaps and then proceed with powder for a full finish.
  • Brush your eyebrows up and out to your temples to soften the look.  A dot of hairspray or gel can keep unruly brows tamed throughout the day.
  • Blondes should use a very pale, ashy brown pencil, while brunettes should look for medium-toned browns.  If you use dark brown pencils or powders, your brows may end up looking very black or overly thick, and therefore, fake.

    Jordana Brewster

    Keira Knightley