Bare Brows Experiment

miley cyrus W mag
Miley Cyrus bleached brows on W magazine cover


Eyebrows have attracted a lot of attention over the past few years.

I’m not sure where it started, but I have my suspicions the roots lie with the Kardashians’, as do most mainstream trends these days.

Females of all ages have been coveting the thick, dark and at times way over-drawn shape which comes natural to only a select few, a la Cara Delevingne.

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne
Aline Weber WWD
Aline Weber WWD

I guess it’s really nothing new.

Images of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe with their artistically elongated brows frequented in the 1950s and 60s. Yet somehow, they still manage to look both classy and groomed.

Audrey Hepburn Google Images


Marilyn Monroe Google Images

They may have still over-accentuated the natural shape, but you wouldn’t suggest they have reached overkill like today’s versions.

So what is my point with all this babble?

Well, I think like most trends there comes a time when things get worse before they get better. And it seems like that point may have finally been reached.

At the recent collections, Givenchy bleached the brows of models including Delevingne and Kendall Jenner.

The brows that start so close (drawn on) they’re pretty much approaching mono-brow territory, then finishing past the temples are getting out of hand!

WAY out of hand!

Sometimes I find myself staring at nothing but a girl’s brows after they’ve spent all morning channelling their inner Nefertiti.

And before you all cry “hypocrite,” I’ll admit I’ve always kept an eyebrow pencil in my beauty kit.  My brows are sparse, therefore, particularly when my hair is darker, I feel they need to be slightly filled in.

I remember a make-up artist bleaching my brows at shoot once.

After getting over the initial horror, I remember I kinda liked it!

My hair is now a similar colour to then (light brown with foils), and while I am not exactly contemplating revisiting the bleached brows right now, I have decided to ditch the pencil.

My mother is thrilled with my revelation, no need to mention she prefers the au naturel look.

Yep, no more coloured brows for moi! At least, for a dabble.

So my tips for going bare are:

  • bare brows doesn’t necessarily mean unruly. Keep them to a nice shape that frames your face without being too thin! I’m a tweezers girl myself
  • Buy a eyebrow comb/brush and brush them upwards
  • hair spray, papaw balm, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream, vaseline etc finish the look off and stick them in place nicely with a bit of gloss
  • If you do insist on using pencil or powder, lightly does it! My favourites are Zubias brow powder in light brown (from the Zubias Threading salon) and Kevyn Aucoin the precision brow pencil


Have a go and let me know how you feel –  especially you powder devotees! I’ll be sure to post a bare brows pic on my Instagram soon!

Mel xo



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