The Many Weird Eyebrow Trends on Instagram
Makeup artists keep raising the bar on the social media platform.
Has any area of the face been subjected to quite as much experimentation as the humble eyebrow? Simply filling ‘em in and walking out the door doesn’t cut it any more, thanks to a whole community of makeup artists out there who are sharing their spunky looks on Instagram.
Have they pushed the eyebrow phenomenon as far as it can go? Or is there more to come in 2019? Either way, we couldn’t resist taking a look back at some of our favorite strange eyebrow trends.
Christmas Tree Brows
Who said eyebrows can’t be festive?
This bedazzled brow trend cropped up right in time for the holidays at the end of 2017, — which is arguably when the whole eyebrow fever peaked.
Created by vlogger Taylor R, who unveiled the look in a YouTube tutorial, these brows pack a whole lot of pizzazz and aren’t that hard to recreate. Simply comb your brows, part them down the middle, and then section them off into curved tentacles using brow gel, Vaseline, wax, or the like. The more finely you arrange the individual hairs, the more bosky the look. Once you’ve got the “tree” down, add some ornaments and decorations — or in this case, rhinestones and small jewels. Don’t forget to top your trees with a star!
The bizarre eyebrow trend that started it all
At the beginning of all this brow-play was the feathered brow, which involves parting the eyebrow horizontally and combing the hairs apart to give the look of, you guessed it, a feather.
What’s cool about this is that it requires minimal effort for a maximum impact look. All you need is a little brow gel, Vaseline, or — if you’re desperate — a glue stick, a spoolie, and determination.
The perma look that never goes away
Supermodel Karen Elson entered the big league when she shaved off her eyebrows for the cover of Vogue Italia in 1997 — and we’re thrilled to see that the look is back. MySpace-phenomenon-turned-makeup-mogul Jeffree Starr has made the no-eyebrow look his signature — all the better to draw them on again to his satisfaction.
Whether you achieve it through actual hair removal, or mimic it through clever use of glue sticks and liquid latex, this brow trend looks both odd and stunning, in a sexy-alien kind of way.
Barbed Wire Brows
For brows that say “Don’t fuck with me”
Similar to the feathered brow, this look is all about re-shaping the brows into a very unnatural shape. Here they’re spiked up like a triceratops, giving them a dangerous feel.
To create this weird eyebrow trend, backcomb the top of the brows into sections, then twist the hairs with your fingers into clumps, and finish with a final, sculpting comb-through. Again, all that’s needed is some sort of hold-in-place product and a few tools.
Look like a ‘90s Nickelodeon cartoon
If you frequently use the confused emoji face, this is the look for you. It’s not even that complex, involving only reshaping the brows and some extra filling-in.
First, the hairs are pushed into shape and held with brow gel. Then you color them in with a brow pencil, powder, or gel. Lastly, carve them out with concealer to define their new edges.
Too good to be true?
Taking things up yet another notch is the eyebrow braid. After trying unsuccessfully to braid his eyebrows for real, makeup artist Eros Gomez posted an edited image to Instagram in 2017 — and the internet duly went nuts for them. Let’s hear it for Photoshop.
An opportunity to flex your artistic skills
Why have two eyebrows when you can have four? This trend is essentially drawing an identical miniature eyebrow under your own. Much like underlining text, this makes a statement that can’t be ignored.
It’s like a party on your face
This is one of the more wearable Insta eyebrow trends – although perhaps not for a first date or job interview. Use metallic pigment and mixing medium, then fill in the brow for a futuristic effect with heavy Ziggy Stardust vibes.