By Julia Stone
Bold, bleached or bushy, eyebrows go through trends just as much as any other facet of beauty. As a model, it's important to tip toe the line between staying on trend and not fussing around too much.
Any model that worked in the 90s remembers when thin arches were an essential part of their look. Some have grown back and, devastatingly, some haven’t. Brows take up some pretty prime real estate on your face and as a result can be a complete selling feature for a models look. Would Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Cara Delevingne be who they are today if they had basic brows? This beauty expert doesn’t think so.
Most agencies will tell their models to leave their brows alone - which is good advice considering how wrong a simple at-home plucking session can go. Fuller brows are usually a flattering shape for the face, and leave a make-up artist with a lot of freedom.
The one eyebrow look that will 99% never be in style is the unibrow. If you have any little strays in the middle of your face, separate those twins! Don’t pluck too far in, just the small area right in the middle. This is especially important for men who generally have bushier, more unruly brows.
As for those of us with sparse brows, some delicate pencilling in is a great way to go. Don’t attempt any reshaping, just fill in any blank or sparse areas with small, swift strokes of a colour that best matches your natural brow colour. I love Laura Mercier’s Eye Brow Pencil ($22 at Sephora.com), which has great blonde shades and brushes out beautifully.
To show off your brow shape, you can swipe a natural highlighter underneath which will accentuate it nicely. Keep away from white frosty highlighters which impart way too much drama on an otherwise natural look.
Brows are having a big moment and I have no doubt that yours will go through some crazy transformations on set. Just remember that in this case, more is more: If you’re known for going buck-wild in front of a magnifying mirror, keep the tweezers in the custody of a loved one who knows to limit your access - just in case of emergency.
Julia Stone is The Business Model's Beauty Editor. After years of modelling in Canada, South Africa, and China, Julia Stone has parlayed her industry experience into a career as a make-up artist. She is represented as model and make-up artist by Plutino Group. Follow her on Instagram @juliamks.