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Thin's not in yet, so here's how to take control of your eyebrows

The i logo The i 10/08/2018 Ella Risbridger

a person standing posing for the camera © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd We stand, poised, on the cusp of a momentous shift. Or we might. Nobody is entirely sure where we go from here, or what any of this means. No, I’m not talking about Brexit. I’m talking about eyebrows.
Now look, I’m willing to assume that if you’re reading a beauty column, you’re probably reasonably well up on beauty generally. There are exceptions, obviously, (most notably my grandfather, my most faithful reader: “Hi, grandfather.”) but, broadly speaking, you know your eyebrows.

Natural brows have been in for years, but for how much longer?

You know what we’re talking about. You’ve seen the pictures of Cara Delevingne, her eyebrows thicker and darker than her hair. You’ve heard that startling expression “brows on fleek” for the particularly pristine. Perhaps you even know about tinting and tattooing and micro-blading. Thick, so-called “natural” eyebrows have been in for years but maybe, just maybe, things are about to change.

The cover of September’s British Vogue (the biggest issue of the year for any fashion magazine as this is when the autumn collections hove into view) features Rihanna. She’s crowned in drooping fuchsia and clad in orange gloves and violet netting. She looks outstanding – but here’s the thing: essentially, she has no eyebrows.

The front cover of British Vogue's September issue featuring Rihanna and her minimal eyebrows (Conde Nast/PA Wire)

© Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Think Marlene Dietrich. Think Pamela Anderson

At the explicit request – according to the “editor’s letter” inside – of the magazine’s Edward Enninful, Rihanna’s eyebrows are really just a drawn-on thin, kohl-ish curve. Think Marlene Dietrich. Think Pamela Anderson. Think all the over-plucked eyebrows you’ve ever seen. And it looks great. Really. It looks great.

Now, part of this is that Rihanna is Rihanna. There isn’t anything she can’t wear or do. But what starts on the pop star – and particularly a Vogue cover – will eventually trickle down to the rest of us. I’m not going to tell you to rush out and wax off your eyebrows. Please don’t do that. But the tide is turning on thick eyebrows, and it’s surely now just a matter of time.

So, how to pass the time while we wait for the trend to hit? I have a few tips that, no matter the width or breadth of your brows, you too can be sufficiently on fleek for the rest of the summer.

Related: The Surprising History Behind Rihanna's Skinny '90s Eyebrows (Provided by Popsugar)

Eyebrow tips for right now

 Eyebrows, as my little sister would say (quoting YouTube star Zoella, apparently), should be “sisters not twins”: they should complement each other without being absolutely identical. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (£23) really is as good as everyone says.  You’re supposed to use a small, angled brush (I like a MAC angled brush £16.50) to shape your eyebrows with a darker eyeshadow or a specific brow product, such as Benefit’s Foolproof Eyebrow Powder (£20.50).

Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder

If you have got shaky hands, like I do, a pencil such as the NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil (£10) makes it easier to give shape and definition to the eyebrows. If you’re going to pluck, start from underneath the brow; they don’t grow back properly if you pluck from the top, and it’s harder to correct mistakes. Similarly, you can always pluck one you missed but it’s tricky to stick them back on. If you do overpluck, console yourself with this: what Queen Rihanna does now, the rest of us must surely do in two years’ time. You’ll just be getting a head start on a new fashion by starting now.

Related: How to get the perfect brows (Provided by Mamamia)

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