5 Ways to Style Your Brows
Are you in a fluffy, bold or manicured mood? There are so many gorgeous ways to style your brows this season.
Gone are the days when pencil thin brows were the unanimous option among beauty gurus. The industry has finally embraced brow individuality, and we’re here for it. Whether you’re into Cara Delevingne’s thick statement look or the 1994 Monica Geller pencil thin brow, your brows have never been more empowered to run wild and free.
If you’re in the market for a new brow game, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to share with you.
Here are our 5 favourite ways to style your brows this Summer.
Bare Brows: The Basics
Firstly, if you want to wear absolutely nothing on your eyebrows, you go for it. We’re over being married to laborious beauty routines that don’t serve us. When the bold brow trend took off, circa 2015, the idea of going ‘browless’ with a full face of makeup was sinful. These days, the eyebrow fanfare has calmed down a little and we have a much more laissez-faire attitude to makeup and brow routines.
If you want to make your eyebrows look presentable without applying any product, here are a few tools that will be your best friends:
- Tweezers: Ideal for touching up any stray hairs here and there. Tweezerman are renowned for getting the job done without dancing around your stray hairs before you can actually pull them out.
- A spoolie: Spoolies are little brow-friendly brushes that are great for brushing your brows up or to the side, should you wish. We’ll mention the spoolie more in other styling methods.
- Eyebrow scissors: You may occasionally wish to trim your eyebrows. An eyebrow scissors is great for this, as it is designed to dust off the tips of your brow hairs without hacking into them.
Soap Brows: Fluffy and Fabulous
The soap brow has been around for several years now and is highly popular in the beauty blogger and MUA community. For those of you who don’t know, the soap brow is a fluffy, full brow look achieved by brushing bar soap through your brows with a spoolie. The soap hardens into a waxy texture to keep your brows in shape all day.
Nicola Chapman was one of the first people we came across who publicly talked about applying bar soap to her brows. You can find her soap brow tutorial here.
Over time, the soap brow has inspired a range of beauty products designed to create a similar effect. This includes our very own brow soap - available here!
Brushable Brow Products: Sleek but Understated
These products basically do what a spoolie does, but add colour, too. If you like the idea of a one-product brow routine, and don’t really want to do more than add a bit of colour, brushable brow gel or pomade could be the way to go.
Brow gels that come with spoolie applicators allow you to brush colour directly onto the brows. Glossier’s Boy Brow has had a lot of hype in the makeup community, and comes in a range of colours.
Laminated Brows: High Fashion or Just a Fad?
Brow lamination has been taking the beauty industry by storm. Lamination creates a dramatic look that usually sees the brow hairs brushed upwards and separated, as if freshly combed. It’s very high fashion right now but is a bit of a marmite look.
Essentially, brow lamination is a process of perming the brows to make them appear fuller and more even. Many salons provide this treatment, which involves:
- Applying a lifting cream
- Brushing brow hairs into place
- Applying a neutraliser that seals the shape
- Applying a nourishing cream to reduce any irritation
You can buy at-home lamination kits, but it’s important to remember that this process uses chemicals that should be treated with caution.
Pencils and Pomades: Pristine Finish
Pencils and pomades are usually used to outline or fill-in the brows. These products focus less on defining individual hairs, and more on creating a uniform shape without gaps in the brow. Anastasia Beverly Hills is known for its industry-leading Dipbrow Pomade, which is a gel-wax consistency. Pomade is best applied with an angled brow brush.
However you choose to style your brows, remember that there really aren’t too many faux pas when it comes to brows these days. All makeup and brow routines should serve you, so you call the shots. And remember that old adage - your eyebrows are sisters, not twins, so there’s no need to spend all morning trying to make them look symmetrical.