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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.

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Beware These 4 Eyebrow Shaping Tactics

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Over the years I’ve learned how to create the perfect shape for a client’s face, but I never do the following things to create the shape:

1. Never go to a salon that uses stencils

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Often salons like Anastasia make eyebrow shaping formulaic in the sense that they offer only small, medium, or large stencils to create a shape for a client. How can you expect every client to fit into one of three stencils? This is not realistic.

What ends up happening is the client walks out with an incorrect shape for their face because the salon did not have a stencil to suit them.

2. Never go to a salon that asks clients to keep their eyes closed.

When you appear in public, your eyes are usually open. Besides that, the skin underneath your eyebrows acts differently when your eyes are closed and open. If your brows are shaped when they are closed, it will not look the same once you open your eyes.

An eyebrow shaping professional needs to be able to shape your brows while your eyes are open so that they know how your brows will looks like when you are meeting people, speaking in public, or taking your kids to the park.

I had a client who came to me after she got her eyebrows done when her eyes were closed. She had a twitch in her left eye that appeared only when her eyes were open. The salon lady shaped her eyebrows well when they were closed but they looked lopsided when the client opened her eyes.

3. Never go to a salon where beauty workers stand behind clients during eyebrow shaping

Similar to the previous sentiment, your coworkers, family, and people on the streets are not going to look at you from behind or upside down. So why should your beauty professional?

If you are going to entrust someone with your beauty, you deserve for them to be facing you.

4. Never go to a salon that solely follows your current shape

Most beauty workers clean eyebrows, not shape them. Many untrained (and cheap) eyebrow waxers only take off the extraneous hairs that the client grows since their last appointment and leave the client’s old shape.

 

 

Just as you would change your clothing size after you lose weight, you need to make sure your eyebrows fit your face if your body is going through changes. Salons that only clean eyebrows and don’t shape them, do not understand this.

I look at my client at each visit to determine what changed in her face or beauty and I make assessments about what shape will fit her beauty best today. Each appointment is a new experience because our bodies age and change every day.

This is not to say that your shape should change at every appointment. It does not always need to change. It is only to say that you should trust that the professional you have chosen to be responsible for your beauty will always keep you looking fabulous no matter what may change with your body.

You wouldn’t want to wear size 12 shorts when you are a size 2.

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Correcting Bad Eyebrow Tattoos

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I was always against eyebrow tattoos because I believe that a great eyebrow shape can be attained naturally through patience, proper grooming, and upkeep. And also because so many permanent makeup (cosmetic tattoo) companies are not experts in achieving the most appropriate eyebrow shape for their clients.

For example…

Companies advertise a permanent solution, but the shape is inappropriate for most people

Companies advertise eyebrow tattoos as a solution for people who have no hair growth in the eyebrow region.

I can sympathize with those clients and see why this offer is attractive…

 

 

Regardless of how long the tattoo lasts, the most important thing is achieving the correct shape for your unique face and enhance your unique beauty.

Most permanent makeup professionals do not know how to achieve the correct shape. Just like you see in the image above, clients do not end up looking so much better in the AFTER than BEFORE.

I have seen over hundreds of clients who come to me to correct their permanent makeup eyebrow shape. I have usually succeeded in doing this with the use of eyebrow pencils that have a similar color to the client’s hair. This often requires a lot of education and explanation and upkeep for the clients.

To help my clients I have studied and got certified as a permanent makeup professional.

I will now use my skills to improve the appearance of my client’s eyebrow tattoos to achieve the best shape possible for them.