How To Embrace The Skinny Eyebrow Trend Without Ruining Your Brows

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When most of us hear the phrase “skinny eyebrows”, our minds immediately jump back to the trauma of the ’90s and early noughties when overplucking and redrawing our brows so they were toothpick-thin was the thing to do — and boy, do we regret it.

And now #SkinnyBrows has become TikTok’s most dividing beauty trend of the year so far, with Gen Z’s bringing back the ’90s staple, much to the dismay of millennials and Gen X-ers everywhere. There’s even a thin eyebrow filter doing the rounds for those who want to test out the trend (or give themselves a rude shock) before opting in for good.

But the skinny brows of today aren’t as bad as they sound. In fact, the trend is more about embracing your natural brow shape, colour, and texture rather than plucking half your hair out.

“We’re welcoming it back, and we have been for a while!” Fay Rezaei, senior brow artist at Royals Clinic Australia, says. “It’s minimal, playful and fun. We aren’t restricted to just one style of brows… It’s all about having your “thick” or “skinny” brows shaped correctly and having them nice and full.”

Unlike the skinny brows of decades past, the modern skinny brow doesn’t involve any thinning out. Beauty lovers, brow technicians and makeup artists alike are simply using better shaping techniques and brow products to offer a more streamlined brow line.

As Samantha Tonkin, Benefit’s National Brow Artist and Beauty Expert notes, our understanding of brow technology and shaping for the face has come a long way since the 1990s.

And for this, we can thank the art of brow mapping, a facial mapping technique that helps create the right brow shape for your face.

“Brow mapping is the most important step in any brow treatment, it creates harmony to the face,” Rezaei says. “Having them measured correctly to your facial features can make a big difference in a positive way. Having them measured incorrectly can also make a huge impact but in a negative way.”


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As Tonkin notes, this technique has become an essential step for every brow treatment, showing technicians exactly where the brow should start, where the arches should sit and how long they should be. The end result is a beautifully-lifted brow that sculpts the face and frames the eyes.

To channel the skinny brow trend without thinning your brows, Rezaei recommends brow lightening or Royals Clinic Australia’s brow layout treatment.

But you can also achieve the look at home with a few essential products. Start with a strong hold brow gel, fluffing the front part of your brow (closest to your nose) upwards and sleeking the ends of the brow down and out.

For an extra-slim look, draw a thin line on the inside of the brow and then go in with the gel to create an illusion of skinny brows.

Here, our go-to products to create the perfect #SkinnyBrow.

Benefit 24 Hour Brow Setter, $45 at Adore Beauty

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze Styling Wax, $39 at Sephora

NYX Professional Micro Brow Pencil, $17.99 at NYX Cosmetics

Kosas Air Brow Clear Lifting Treatment Gel, $33 at MECCA

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, $45 at Sephora

Main image credit: Getty, @kendalljenner, @parishilton

What are your thoughts on the trend? Will you be putting skinny brows to the test?

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    • Same here Divine Diva. I’m finding that now I’m getting a bit of growth Benefit’s Gimme Brow works well. It’s like a mascara for eyebrows and picks up all the little fine hairs you can’t normally see.

  1. Not a skinny eyebrow fan but understand that the current trend is not as skinny as it was back in the 90’s. I think just go with your natural look and just tidy it up. Some interesting products for eyebrows. Thanks for the article.

  2. In fact, the trend is more about embracing your natural brow shape, colour, and texture rather than plucking half your hair out.

    That sounds a lot more sensible than where I assumed this article was going.

  3. Haha, don’t try it at home, kids! lol. Keep them natural and you’ll be fine. I can honestly say that I don’t like the trend that has just died either, as I always felt it too contrived and ‘perfect’. Yuk for me. Keep them just as they are, and if they’re patchy, just fill them in a little. PS, I’m a Gen X. I’ve seen it all.

  4. So…sensible brows following the natural shape but not overplucking – not the 90’s trend. Finally and thank goodness! It’s what I’ve always done after following my Grandmother’s advice and I’ve never had to even consider drawing my brows in.

  5. So many wonderful products for Skinny Eyebrows, my eyebrows are very sparse towards the end of my eyebrows, one product that I have started using is L’Oreal Paris Unbelievable Brow! It really is a game changer comes with a eyebrow brush and mascara brush.

  6. My thin eyebrows are hidden under my fringe for good reason,I think mine make me look harsh as they never grew back after the damn good plucking I gave them back in the day.

  7. I have two rogue brow hairs on my left side no matter what I try I can’t get them to lay in the right direction so that stick up! I don’t want to pluck them in case I end up with a bald spot lol.
    Any beauties got a tip for me?

  8. Eyebrow shape trends don’t last very long do they? Definitely prefer the thicker/regular trend as plucking your eyebrows thins them forever (as we all know from growing up in previous decades)

  9. I wasn’t into the thick brows trend as I have naturally skinnier brows, but I’m also not into the 90’s/00’s pencil thin brow either. I think just stick to your natural brow thickness instead of trying to chase some fad trend that might be in for a while before going out of fashion again.

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