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Eyebrow Trends Around the World

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When we think of eyebrows, we think of beautifully shaped and thick arches. While some have been born with perfect furry caterpillars, some are unfortunately still praying to the eyebrow gods for theirs to grow in. In the meantime, we are left with certain methods such as 3D microblading and brow penciling. Take a look below at some of the eyebrow shapes trending around the world. Maybe you can adopt one of these styles that works best for your unique features and complete the look you’ve always wanted.

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Shaggy eyebrow look

Number 1: Western Europe

The feathered look is found mostly in Western Europe. It gives off an effortlessly chic vibe. These feathered brows are simply combed up and out with a few short strokes of brow powder and topped off with brow gel.

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Middle Eastern well-defined eyebrows focus all the attention to the eyes

Number 2: Middle East and Eastern Europe

Traveling East, we will find more of the bold and angular type brow. In the Middle East, the eyes play an important role as the focal point of the face, and therefore, the eyebrows must stand out. This look is also very popular on Instagram among makeup artists.

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Korean eyebrow shaping with a straighter look

Number 3: Korea

In Korea, you will see that majority of the population is obsessed with straight brows. This trend has been going on for over five years and is still an ongoing style today. The straight brow look simulates that youthful look we’re all yearning to keep forever.

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Beach eyebrows from down under

Number 4: Australia

A trend that most likely started in Australia and is making its way to Europe, the “beach” eyebrow consists of lightening the shade of your eyebrows without bleaching them. The key to achieving this look is to comb your brows with eye primer to coat the hairs and then fill in with a brow pencil that’s a shade lighter than your hair.

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Beware These 5 Eyebrow Mistakes

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Eyebrows have evolved over the years, from pencil-thin arches of the 1920s to fuller brows of today. With eyebrow inspiration being seen at every corner of the internet and television, we have developed an obsession for the perfect eyebrow shape. While social media influencers and A-list celebrities have a stylist under their wing, we are left to our own devices, and therefore, have been making quite a few mistakes that we do not know about. Here are a few common blunders you or your friend may have been making:

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Number One: Ignoring your natural arch.

Everybody has a natural arch; there is no reason to fight it. Work with your natural shape and tweeze with it in mind. The ideal way to find your natural arch is to use a highlighting pencil and trace the upper and lower lines of your brows. The point where both lines rise upwards is where your arch is.

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Number Two: Over-plucking from above your brow.

You should avoid slimming your brows down by tweezing from the top. All shaping should be done from below for a more natural look. You want to proceed with caution or visit a specialist if you have even the slightest doubt about doing it yourself.

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Number Three: Piling on layers of eyebrow makeup.

The quote, “Patience is a virtue,” could be very useful in this particular situation. Filling in your brows is very much different than putting on lipstick. If you want realistic, natural-looking brows, you must take your time. Try using lighter, short strokes instead of pressing down and dragging lines across. If you’re heavy-handed, take the time to practice, and soon enough, you’ll get the hang of it.

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Number Four: Matching your brow color to your hair.

Eyebrow and hair shades do not have to be an exact match to look good. While there are some people who bleach both parts, it’s not a very ideal solution. A quick fix would be to pick a shade of brown with a slight tint that compliments your hair color. If you have blonde hair, you can even go several shades darker, since that is how most natural light blondes look.

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Number Five: Aiming for symmetry.

The human body is nowhere near perfect when it comes to symmetry. Your eyebrows aren’t naturally symmetrical either. Aiming for perfection in the comfort of your own home can result in over-plucked, thin eyebrows. If you’re searching for close-to-perfection, a brow expert with many years of experience under his/her belt is the only way to go.

Threading vs. Waxing Eyebrows for Best Look

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There has been an unofficial debate about what is “better,” eyebrow shaping through waxing or through threading. The answer is not that simple because the arguments for each side are numerous. Ultimately, there are drawbacks and benefits to each, however, waxing eyebrows proves to be a more sustainable and safe solution in the long run.

Many eyebrow threaders are unlicensed. First, it is difficult to find a location that incorporates threading into the cosmetology license tests because threading is an emerging beauty solution. Second, cosmetology licenses can run from as much as $5,000 to $12,000, making a large dent in the bank account of the person looking to get certified. For these reasons, MANY threaders practice sans license.

Over the past two years, the state-run boards of cosmetology in Texas and Arizona have been issuing cease and desist letters to eyebrow threaders who practice without a cosmetology license. “People practicing threading should be required to have a cosmetology license for the safety of the public,” notes Susan Stanford, public information officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, who says that poor sanitation, such as reusing threads on multiple customers, can spread staph infections and other contagious skin conditions. In Arizona, inspectors claim to have observed facial bleeding as a result of people’s skin getting pinched by the threads.

Don’t let this scare you because each beauty location is different, and most threading places pull out a brand new thread in front of costumers to assure them that it’s clean. But its not only threading that gets a bad rap, but eyebrow waxing as well because people worry about double dipping and the hot wax burning the skin. Like threading, you have to read reviews of waxing professionals who know what wax to use and how to work with clients who have sensitive skin.

People think of threading as a less painful alternative to eyebrow waxing – and that myth has to be confronted as well. This woman claims that she had irritation from threading, even an hour after her threading appointment. Click here to read about her experience. She writes:

The thread also broke several times, something that I’ve never witnessed before, which is fair enough, but when it broke the second time she accidentally slapped me in the face.

The bottom line is, you have to know who is doing your eyebrows, whether they are being threaded or waxed. Your eyebrows are not a joke. They directly control the structure of your face and can make or break your beautiful face. Waxing is the safer alternative because, according to statistics, there are more people with cosmetology licenses that wax eyebrows than people who thread. Even if you do not know a person, it is a safer bet to take a chance on someone with a license rather than someone who doesn’t have one. Did your threader learn from a professional or from a youtube tutorial? But remember to check online for reviews about your waxer or threader before going to your first appointment. Good luck!

 

Sources:

http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/02/does-eyebrow-threading-carry-health-risks/

http://glitterandgloss.blogspot.com/2011/03/dont-ever-get-your-eyebrows-threaded-at.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/eyebrow-threading-health-risks_n_917239.html

 

 

 

 

Celebrity Eyebrow Report Card by VarvaraBrows™

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BEST CELEBRITY EYEBROW SHAPES:

Amber Heard
Camilla Belle
Kim Kardashian
Elizabeth Taylor
Natalie Portman
Ed Westwick

(1) This celebrity hottie is best known as a blonde, but this daring move to the dark side (or dark hair shade) give her eyebrows a more definitive look. They are clean, angled at the right place, and sophisticated.

 

 

 

(2) If you were to draw a cartoon picture of Camilla Belle, one of her best features that you would emphasize would be her appropriately thick, dark eyebrows. There’s a reason her last name is “Belle.”

 

 

(3) Although Kim Kardashian is best known for her large behind, it is her fantastic eyebrow shape that catches our attention. Flawless, dark brows shape her face, making her look extremely attractive.

 

 

 

(4) When you think of beauty,  you think of Elizabeth Taylor. This classic superstar is responsible for beauty movements beginning in the 1950s. If only these days girls who choose to pluck their brows to a thin strip would take some advice from Miss Taylor – that, in some cases, thicker and darker is better.

 

 

 

(5) Let’s face it, Natalie Portman is as close to a Goddess as most celebrities get. This Harvard grad knows that the route to a classy eyebrow shape is doing what is best for your particular face structure. Notice that she doesn’t have dramatic arches and that suits her just fine.

 

 

 

 

(6) Ed Westwick. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORST CELEBRITY SHAPE:


Pamela Anderson

 

(1) Pam’s eyebrows are everything that’s wrong with people thinking that eyebrows should be straight lines. They are shapeless and extremely thin – in other words, her eyebrows are anorexic.

 

 

 

 

 

Ciara

 

(2) Not only are Ciara’s eyebrows too thin for her face in this picture but the arch of her left eyebrow is much higher than the one on her right. Someone needs help with balance.

 

 

 

 

 

Carrot Top

 

(3) Besides the fact that Carrot Top looks like he has had a dangerous face lift, he also looks like he is about to eat a baby. He needs some serious eyebrow shaping help.

 

 

 

 

Kristen Stewart

(4) Kristen’s flat, uneven brows do nothing for her pretty, oval face. She needs to grow them out and come to Varvara for an eyebrow shaping appointment.

 

 

 

 

Christina Aguilera

 

(5) Christina has Pamela Anderson eyebrow syndrom. Maybe the two of them go to the same inexperienced eyebrow shaper – or better yet, they probably shape each other’s brows whenever they hang out. Please stop.

 

 

 

 

 

Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo

 

(6) Frida is a victim of the unibrow. There’s a beautiful eyebrow shape that lies underneath the bush of hair, but at least she has something Varvara could work with.