If you have been paying attention, you will probably know that intense, heavy makeup is sort of on its way out. And, as that style goes away, another one has begun to take its place–“natural”-looking makeup, like Glossier and other Instagram-friendly makeup brands. This is evident in foundation (you’re supposed to look like you aren’t wearing any), eyeliner (ditto), contour (do NOT contour, what are you THINKING), and, of course, eyebrows, where a more minimal look has replaced the hyper-constructed Instagram Eyebrow look of yore. There is a lot that could be said, of course, about the “cool girl” makeup revolution, (namely that it seems to have been designed for people who already fulfill the standards of conventional beauty and leave little room for anyone else.
But, as far as the eyebrow thing is concerned? I’m into it, simply because it’s a lot less work. Obviously, you aren’t obligated to do your makeup any particular kind of way simply because it’s “in.” You should keep doing your brows the way you want them to be done, whether that means super defined, bold brows or no eyebrow maintenance at all. But, if you’re looking for a way to do your eyebrows without making them look too, you know, done, check out these cool, minimal ways to do your eyebrows without making them look overdone:
1. Get your eyebrows threaded:
Threading allows a lot more flexibility than waxing, which can make your brows look like they’ve been shaped via a one-size-fits-all stencil. (And, based on my own anecdotal experience, can make anyone with sensitive skin break out, like, a lot.)
2. Or plucked:
Getting your eyebrows plucked is also a good option if you want a more defined arch or shape. Just try not to do it your self (too often), because it’s easy to over-pluck if you’re doing your own brows.
3. Or just leave them:
Truthfully, there’s a lot that you can do with your eyebrows, even if they’re technically a little unkempt. So, if you don’t want to deal with constantly maintaining your brows, just leave them the way they are.
4. Have sparse brows? You don’t have to do anything with them, obviously, but you can fill them in with powder to make them look like they have a bit more body:
Top ’em off with clear gel to make it stick.
5. You can also do it with a pencil if you get one that matches your eyebrow shade well:
A mascara spoolie helps, too.
6. Use a brow gel to make your brows look fuller but not too structured:
I love brow gel because it’s so simple–literally all you have to do is swipe it over your brows. Boy Brow is a great option, but pretty much any brow gel–or clear mascara–will work, too.
7. Make sure you blend whatever’s going on your brows:
No matter what you’re using–powder, pencil, gel–it needs to be evenly distributed so you don’t get a blocky, Groucho Marx look on your forehad. (unless, of course, that is what you are going for.
8. Know about eyebrows shapes:
If you want to fill in your brows (or get them filled in), it’s good to know the different shapes.
9. Know how to pluck your own brows:
If you must pluck, it’s good to know how to do it well. Less is more.
10. Don’t try to make your eyebrows look identical:
You’ve probably heard this before, but your eyebrows should be sisters, not twins. What this means is that you shouldn’t go crazy with the tweezers and eyebrow pencil trying to make them look symmetrical–instead, follow each brow’s natural shape.
How do you do your eyebrows? Do you have any tips for making them look natural? Let us know in the comments!