The nineties was a dark period in eyebrow history.
Inspired by the likes of Drew Barrymore, Gwen Stefani and Pamela Anderson, women furiously pruned their brows to within an inch (actually, that’s far too generous; it was more like a millimetre) of their lives. Some embraced a ‘tadpole’ shape; others were evenly spidery from tip to tail. Almost all of them were crimes against style, facial structure, and plain ol’ common sense – and for many women, irreversible damage was done.
Thankfully, the eyebrow pendulum has swung back in the other direction, leaving the tweezer-happy days of 1995 in the dust. For the last few years the beauty industry has been waxing lyrical about thick, full, attention-grabbing brows. Follicularly-endowed ladies like Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins and Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke have only added momentum to the trend.
Now, not everyone has the thread count (or confidence) to go the full Cara – but that shouldn’t stop you from putting your best brows forward.
Gabriella Menagon, Head Beauty Therapist at Miss Frou Frou Beauty and Nail, has over 25 years of brow-perfecting experience and a client list that includes Jennifer Hawkins and Cate Blanchett. Gabriella says getting your eyebrows right is “extremely important”, as they can change and define your face and show off your best features.
There are several things to consider when deciding on an eyebrow shape and style, most of them coming back to your genetic makeup.
“Before I do an eyebrow shape I do a little consultation. While I’m talking to the client, I’m looking at her face structure, I’m looking at her personality, and I ask what she wants to do with her face,” Gabriella says. “Eye shape, cheekbones, the shape and size of the face, their hair – I take all these things into consideration before I wax.”
Although certain face shapes tend to suit certain eyebrow styles – for instance, flat brows look great on a longer face – there’s only so much a beauty therapist can do with your natural shape and thickness. “You can change the shape but there’s always a limitation according to what you have to work on,” Gabriella says. “You can’t create something that is not there.” So if your brows are a little on the sparse, fair side, you probably won’t be able to achieve Lily Collins-level brow thickness – but chances are that style wouldn’t complement your features.