Itâ€™s no secret that bold brows are having a moment. If youâ€™ve got â€˜em, you flaunt â€˜em. If you donâ€™t, then youâ€™re likely trying and buying whatever it takes to fake a naturally lush pair. But are these recent trends taking it too far? Weâ€™ll let you decide.
The trend: Bleached brows
The gist: A throwback to the â€™90s grunge days, bleached brows have recently been spotted everywhere from the runway to the Red Carpet to the street. Celebs such as Cara Delevigne, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian have been photographed with bleached-out arches. One thing these ladies all have in common (besides the need for attention): They sport the look for a short time to make a statement, then back to dark they go.
Why? The reason is simpleâ€”itâ€™s not flattering.Stripping your brows of colour takes away definition around the eyes and weakens the appearance of bone structure. Not to mention, the regrowth period is awkward.
Skip if: Youâ€™re 99.9% of the population. Itâ€™s a trend that flatters very few women. Bottom line: this is a time for the bold and it has never been easier to embrace the dark side.
The trend: Brow extensions
The gist: Thatâ€™s right, faux arches are a thing. How do they work? Similar to lash extensions, single synthetic fibres are glued on to natural brow hairs to temporarily add bulk. The fibres are so fine they provide a natural-looking effect, and they can be customized to meet your individual needs, from adding volume to simply filling in sparse spots.
Some maintenance is required: Softly blend a tinted powder through brows to camouflage glue and be careful when washing your face as the fibres can dislodge. Extensions last about two weeks and will cost anywhere from RM200 to RM450 a treatment.
Skip if: Youâ€™ve got barely-there brows; extensions require natural hairs to stay put. Also skip if you work out regularly or have oily skin. The fibres will loosen up if constantly saturated with sweat and oil.
The trend: Brow transplants
The gist: Eyebrow restoration is a permanent solution to severe hair loss or thinning in the brow area, resulting from over-plucking, genetics, and ageing. The process, performed by a doctor, usually involves 300-500 hairs being individually relocated from the scalp (typically the nape of the neck or above the ear) to your arches.The outcome in most cases is a naturally fuller appearance, and full results are visible six to nine months post-surgery.
Skip if: You donâ€™t want to spend big bucks on your brows (transplants can run anywhere from RM15,000) and can work with what youâ€™ve got. This is a last-ditch effort, but the results are realistic.
The trend: Brow tattoos
The gist: Does the thought send shivers down your spine? Eyebrow tattooing is the basic concept of permanent makeupâ€”inserting dyes or pigments into the first layer of skin. And while a stencil-filled look is an option, there are much more subtle techniques. Some beauty technicians practice realistic hair simulation, very light and strategically placed strokes of pigment (not ink) that imitate real hairs.
When applied in harmony with the natural shape and direction of each individual brow, this option offers an instantly fuller appearance without the risk of harsh lines of demarcation if your brows change shape. Proceed with caution: Results are opaque and for the most part, permanent.
Skip if: If you have very little brows to start with, as the tattoos will sit there like stickers. Also skip if you have a commitment problem or needle-phobia.MYNEWSHUB