The feather brow; this picture has been kindly provided by the very talented Tinklou86. She was inspired to re-create the feather brow look that’s been dividing opinion on social media. You can find her on Instagram here Tinklou86
Like eyeliner, brows are very much a personal thing; whether you have ones you draw on everyday, thin brow lines or you have a full grown brow; as fashion and trends change, so do brows. I remember when everybody was shaving and plucking their brows to within an inch of their lives in the 1990’s and early 2000. I was one of those girls; I had plucked them for years and at one point you could not really see the tail end of them as my brows are quite sparse; I didn’t use brow products and never filled them in, people rarely did this unless they had shaved them off, drawing a thin line usually with a brow pen from Rimmel or Collection 2000 (as it was known in the 90’s). This was a far cry from my idol at the time; Audrey Hepburn (she still is), whose large, more natural eyebrows framed her beauty perfectly.
Flash forward 15 years and larger brows have been very much on trend this past couple of years due to women like Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins, Emma Watson and Keira Knightley. More natural, thicker brows are now seen as the new ‘normal’ (I always argue that ‘normal’ doesn’t exist but you get the general meaning). So, after years of plucking I bit the bullet and put down the tweezers and painfully grew them larger. Now due to my fine hair, I will never be able to get them as thick and plentiful as Audrey’s, but, through months of resisting the tweezers and using Ardell’s brow and Lash growth treatment, I managed to get them to a more thicker style. I have lovingly nicknamed my brows Bert and Ernie in that they hate a love/hate relationship, I love them… My hubby hates them (hate is a strong word but for dramatic purposes I use it). He has never been a fan of the bolder eyebrow, but as a man who spent his teens admiring women with very thin brows I don’t really blame him and he wouldn’t expect me to change what I like just for his sake (as they say in Friends ‘He’s my lobster’).
But now a new brow trend is upon us; first introduced by Stella Sironen, a Finnish makeup artist, on her Instagram as a light hearted joke; the feather brow has divided opinion and set social media alight with makeup artists and enthusiasts having a go at the look. They are spreading their wings as well as their brows and flying all over social media; Facebook groups have been set ablaze with debate on this new ‘trend’, some liking the creativity and editorial look of them while some people are hating it as much as being stuck in traffic for 2 hours on the motorway. But whatever your opinion, the feather brow shows one thing; the huge, immense power of social media to influence the world of makeup and beauty. Instagram and Facebook have aided the rise of certain makeup trends; contouring, highlighting, gradient brows, draping) and will continue to for a very long time. One thing is for certain I shall not be going back to the days of 90’s eyebrows; I am much happier with Bert and Ernie.
What is your opinion of the feather brow? Ciao for now makeup fans xx