I was born with thick, dark eyebrows. In the early 2000s, this was not considered a good look. As a result, I got ample judgment for looking unkempt and received unsolicited advice on how to tame them. So a few years back, when bold eyebrows became trendy, it felt like a slap in the face of these haters. I felt like walking up to them and laughing at them. Sweet, sweet revenge.
But soon, I noticed that people began to ruin the natural eyebrows look.
As humans do, this too turned into conformity, a brow competition where everyone wanted to be bigger. An expensive procedure called microblading became popular. While it is undoubtedly great for people with sparse or no eyebrows, most people abuse (read: overdo) it to get “perfect brows”. Heavily filling in brows has become “compulsory” for those who can’t afford microblading.
This trend does not seem to be slowing down.
More and more celebrities are embracing this ‘more is more’ brow mentality. Lucy Hale, Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato, and Megan Barton-Hanson (pictured above) are just some names that come to mind.
This isn’t just a matter of personal choice. The problem now is that those who don’t have full eyebrows are being pressured and shamed. The same goes for people with thin lips.
It’s great that we don’t have to regularly overpluck our eyebrows (ouch!) anymore to fit in. Natural-looking brows are great because they are so low maintenance and time-saving. But eyebrows trends like Instagram brows take away these benefits — and will burn a hole in your pocket.
Thick bushy eyebrows don’t suit everyone.
Your features have to fit your face which is why not everyone “has to have” bold brows. The same goes for big lips. Just like everything in life, one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to eyebrows and beauty in general.
Don’t believe me? Look at Charlize Theron. Would she look half as good with bushy brows and full, pouty lips?
Plus, everyone sporting the same look is boring. It’s like seeing clone after clone after clone.
To reiterate, thick bushy eyebrows look horrible on many of us. No matter how many apps and people endorse it, we the people need to do our own thing instead of blindly following trends.