Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest beauty trends, especially when it comes to eyebrows, can be daunting. When I was growing up, thin eyebrows were in, which led me to wax off what little hair I had, which became a problem because as I got older, thicker was better. A few years later, it was all about sharp lines, and shortly after that, it was all about the fluffiness. The latest trend, however, is straight eyebrows, and it has been all over social media these last few months for an interesting reason.
The look features eyebrows that don't have an arch or a curve, and instead are straight across the face. The hashtag #straighteyebrows has over 58.1 million views and counting on TikTok, and many users on the platform can be seen attempting to achieve the look at home by shaving off the tail end of their brows.
Ahead, we break down why straight eyebrows are trending, how to fake the straight eyebrows trend, and how to get the look semi-permanently (if you dare).
Why Are Straight Eyebrows Trending?
The trend started gaining popularity on the app after a filter inspired by model Bella Hadid went viral. Not only did it give you a contoured nose and sun-kissed skin, but it also lifted the eye area for a straightened brow look. When users began noticing that the latter made their face look lifted, they wanted to re-create the look permanently. "The current trend of straight brows is popular because it can provide a lifted appearance, similar to that of a PDO threaded brow, but with a shorter duration of effect," Gigi Adon, licensed aesthetician and brow artist tells POPSUGAR.
While many people posted videos after trying the trend, reviews have been mixed. Some have said the look changed their face for the better; others have experienced quite a few mishaps, with people shaving too much hair off and being left with barely-there brows.
As for whether or not you should try the trend, Adon cautions against using a razor to achieve the look. "While the results of straight brows may be stunning, I would caution against attempting it. The effects can potentially be permanent, and it may take several months or even years for your brows to grow back to their natural shape. If you know your hair grows back quickly, then you may be a suitable candidate, but if not, it's best to avoid this trend." Still, if you're still interested in trying it out, we have a few recommendations.
How to Fake the Straight Eyebrows Trend
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If you want to try the straight eyebrows trend but you don't want to commit — don't worry, there's a way to fake it. Just follow the steps below.
Step One: Start out by brushing the tail end of your eyebrows up, and set them in place using a heavy-duty brow gel or wax like the Benefit Fluff Up Brow Wax (£24).
Step Two: Take a concealer in a shade closest to your overall skin tone and apply it on top of the hairs on the tail end of your brows.
Step Three: Once the tail end of your brows are completely covered, extend the front of your brow outward in a straight line using an angled brush and an eyebrow pomade like the Benefit Powmade (£21).
How to Commit to Straight Eyebrows
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If you've already tested out a temporary version of the straight eyebrows trend and you're ready to try out the real thing, achieving the look is simple. While we'd first recommend visiting a licensed brow technician, if you're more of the DIY type, the process really only requires a razor. Our first choice would be a razor intended for facial hair specifically, like the Kitsch Pro Dermaplaner Set (£7 for a pack of 12). You can either go straight in and shave off the tail end of your brow, or if you'd like to be more precise, use the TikTok Eyebrow Filter and shave the area marked "end." Just note: buyer beware.