Hold onto your hats–the brow is back.
Much to my chagrin, my mother received her beauty training in an era
during which Elizabeth Taylor’s prominent thick black brow was en
vogue. My mom then raised daughters overlapping the years that Brooke
Shields was peddling Calvins, in all her baby faced bushy brow
splendor. As a result, my mom would not allow us to pluck our brows.
She did, on occasion hand us a brow brush and tell us to brush all we wanted. Gee, thanks, mom. And you wonder why I didn’t have a date to prom.
For my sisters, this was not a big deal; they were blond and had
light brows that were naturally shaped and manageable. I, on the other
hand, must come from a lineage that is part Greek, part chimpanzee and
part Unibrowzonian. Yes, I had a unibrow and I wore it, not so well.
In fact, I had the monster monobrow until, at the tender and
sensitive age of seventeen, a very snooty lady, behind the Chanel
counter at my local department store, did
what only could be referred to as a “unibrow intervention”, by refusing
to give me the free makeover until I returned with plucked brows.
Taking matters into my own inexperienced hands, the result was
disastrous. Alas, I did return to receive my free makeover from
Chanel, where the same snooty makeup lady sighed loudly at my butchered
brow and handed me the card of a reputable salon that offered waxing
services. I’ve had my brows professionally shaped every month of my
So perhaps you can imagine my surprise when I noticed recently that
thick, unruly eyebrows are back in style. They are showing up on
runways, print ads, movies and television. Who do you suppose are the
modern day icons that we have to thank for the new swing back to the
heavy brow? My money is on the Kardashians of reality TV fame. Those
gorgeous girls aren’t just known for their ample derrieres. Their
lush, dark brows kind of balance out the junk in the–er, the brow
balances the back, wouldn’t you say?
What’s my opinion on this trend back to thicker brows? Well, thank
you for asking. I say, like almost anything in beauty or style, you
should choose an eyebrow look that works for you and your
face regardless of the current trend. Just because an eyebrow trend
looks good on a fifteen year old bushy browed, six foot tall, newbie
Calvin Klein model strutting the runway at Fashion Week in New York or
on a Lycra clad Kardashian, doesn’t mean it will look great on
everyone. The best rule of thumb is to choose a look that is flattering
for you–one that is timeless rather than trendy.
The moral of the story for me: my brow lady’s phone number stays
safely in speed dial. For fun, here’s an interesting historical
retrospective of the eyebrow trends.
Photo Courtesy of The New York Times
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