In the world of fashion and style, trends come and go. For centuries, trends have been seen that people at the time spent a lot of money on, but nowadays wouldn’t be caught dead in that outfit.
Recently, many style trends have had a focus on eyebrows. Since the beauty industry boom in late 2010, trend setters have focused less on clothing (hence the return to simpler styles over the past few years) and more on makeup – including how men and women style their eyebrows. From eyebrow stretch marks to eyebrow styling, people have started to put more emphasis on eyebrow style.
Here are some of those memorable trends, what they meant or why they were noteworthy, and whether or not it’s possible that these styles will come back into trend.
Eyebrow slits are thin vertical incisions along the hairs of the eyebrows. They can be done by a cosmetologist, local hairdresser or beautician, or even DIY, as long as you have a steady hand and are confident enough to handle the task. They were fashionable in the 1990s, and although the style died in the early 2000s, they gained popularity for a while in recent years when celebrities like Jason Momoa and other beauty bloggers wore brows.
Why do people slit eyebrows?
Eyebrow slits can be permanent or temporary after shaving or using makeup to create a gap. It is usually used as a form of self-expression, but keep in mind that if done incorrectly, it may not give the effect you are looking for.
People choose to show off their eyebrows because it looks trendy and fashion forward. While many people try to cultivate perfect eyebrows, eyebrow slits immediately catch the eye because people are drawn to the missing part of the eyebrow. However, since it’s designed to look good, a slit fits your style.
Here’s a fun fact about eyebrow slits: Jason Momoa, the actor best known for having an eyebrow slit and playing Khal Drogo in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, got his eyebrows not because he thought it looked cool. In 2008, Momoa got into a bar fight and was eyeballed with a beer mug. The glass shattered, which led to his trademark eyebrow gap. He was happy he got it, though, because it changed his career from being a young model to more male roles.
Fair warning, though: if you’re under 18, check with your parents if you don’t mind trimming your eyebrows before getting this done. Although eyebrow slits don’t really have gang-related significance, some conservative people put them next to tattoos and piercings and judge people for having them done. If you regret cutting your eyebrows after having them done, it can take about two months or up to 10 weeks for the hair to fully grow back. If, during the regrowth process, you want to hide the slit or thin eyebrow patch where it was before, you can use eyebrow makeup to spread it out.
How to get eyebrow slits?
Eyebrow slits can be done by a beautician, hairdresser or cosmetologist with hair styling experience. However, if you have a razor or electric shaver and tape or concealer, you can do your own eyebrow slit at home. Follow the directions in the video to learn how to cut your own eyebrow slit.
For a washable brow slit, you’ll need an eyebrow brush with a spoolie or brow comb, brow powder that matches your brow color, a detailing brush, and concealer that matches your skin tone. Complete your brows with brow powder. The bolder and thicker your brows are, the more noticeable the gap will be.
Next, apply concealer around the edges of your brows. Next, use a detailing brush to spread the concealer where you want your brows to be slit. Keep the edges as clean as possible and then let it dry for five minutes. If you have a translucent powder or setting powder, apply some to the fake slit for a natural blend and look. From a distance, you might think you have a crevice in your eyebrows. However, if someone stands close and observes it, you may be able to see the hairs underneath the concealer.
Do eyebrow slits grow back?
The expectation that your eyebrows will grow back and look like full brows every day depends on the method you used to create the slit. Creating an eyebrow slit-like effect through makeup is definitely temporary, as the makeup can disappear after a few hours to a day, depending on the quality of the makeup.
If you have your eyebrow hairs trimmed, clipped and shaved to create a gap, they can grow back after a few weeks or even days, depending on how fast your body grows back. Some people add a few drops of castor oil to their eyebrow gaps (and other areas where they want faster hair growth) to speed up the process, although there is no scientific evidence to fully support this method.
However, note that eyebrow hair follicles are very sensitive. If you constantly wax or pluck a certain area of your eyebrows, you can eventually permanently damage the hair follicle until the hair stops growing back. If this happens, you will be left with a permanent eyebrow cut that cannot grow back. If you have an accident like Jason Momoa that damages the follicle layer on your skin, your hair will not grow back. However, using eyebrow cosmetics is still an option if you want to hide the gap.
Will it come back in style?
It went out of fashion in the 90s, but if you look at videos and blogs about it, you can see it making a comeback in 2018 and 2019. Considering that perfect brows peaked last year and not only people are now looking for natural, clean-looking brows, maybe a few beauty bloggers and influencers will make them trendy again.
Also known as HD eyebrows or faded eyebrows , “Instagram eyebrows” is a trend in which the inner part of the eyebrow is very thin and sparse, but becomes darker and more pronounced as it reaches the outer tips. The trend is named after the Instagram platform where many beauty bloggers show off their work. In addition to fading, eyebrows on Instagram are defined by a perfect angular shape because there is no hair in place.
Why do people slit eyebrows on Instagram?
The eyebrow trend session goes back to when actress-model Cara Delvigne was in the spotlight around the time of the beauty industry boom in 2014. Although Delvigne hated her eyebrows, people were obsessed with making her eyebrows as thick and evenly bold as hers. Eventually, the obsession with eyebrow makeup led many bloggers on Instagram to create what is now called eyebrows on Instagram.
Perfect eyebrows on Instagram are a sign of makeup skill. Cara Delvigne had naturally eye-catching brows, but celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner had a team of stylists to make them look perfect. By having eyebrows on Instagram, you were someone with specialized skills in makeup – and with makeup trends and beauty vloggers making thousands of dollars a month, you could rake in the money simply by proving to people that you were worth watching for makeup tips.
Eyebrows on Instagram are aesthetically pleasing. Some vloggers take a lot of time to sculpt their eyebrows to get the perfect pair of eyebrows on Instagram. Complemented with full face makeup, it becomes an artistic effect that is hard to take your eyes off of. Unfortunately, due to the time and precision required to achieve perfect brows, they eventually died out and paved the way for new trends.
How to get eyebrows on Instagram?
Some makeup artists have perfected their eyebrow creation technique on Instagram. However, since most talented artists charge prices from $75 for hair and makeup, it’s impractical to do eyebrows every day just for normal purposes. And unlike an eyebrow cut where you just need a strong hand and a few everyday items, getting eyebrows on Instagram the first time is almost impossible.
Above is a video to help you understand what it takes to draw on this type of eyebrow. Note that the vlogger takes 15 minutes to draw her eyebrows and another 45 minutes to do the rest of her face. If you want to achieve the same effect and you are not a professional makeup artist, it may take longer.
Will it come back in style?
This is a situation where many people are divided . The decline of the full face makeup trend can probably be attributed to Kylie Jenner, whose introduction of the Kylie Cosmetics line in 2015 contributed to the makeup boom. At the time, Kylie was often seen with full face makeup – including eyebrows on Instagram. Prior to February 2018, Kylie hid from the spotlight to deal with her pregnancy away from the public eye. After that, she was seen with less makeup and sometimes even no makeup. Since then, many bloggers have moved away from the full face trend and more of an everyday makeup look.
Part of this trend shift also involves mocking eyebrows on Instagram. While it looks good when done right, some beauty critics and vloggers say that some people do it wrong to the point where it looks awkward and thicker than normal. However, if you do it right, eyebrows on Instagram can look good even with everyday light makeup.
Nowadays, more celebrities are focusing on bringing out the shape of their eyebrows instead of using eyebrows on Instagram to completely change their natural eyebrow look to their liking. While some men and women may still find eyebrows on Instagram attractive and may continue to use it, it is unlikely to be fashionable again now that simpler makeup looks are emerging.
After eyebrows on Instagram, glitter eyebrows have become another trend on the social media platform. Instead of natural eyebrow colors like dark brown, blonde, and chestnut, your eyebrows are glittered and temporarily dyed in unnatural colors with glitter and other small sparkly gems to enhance your style.
Why do people wear glitter eyebrows?
Although not the most practical or professional-looking eyebrows to wear in the office, glitter eyebrows are aesthetically pleasing and when done well, they are a work of art. It is not enough to simply paint your eyebrows in a strange color; there is also an art to mixing glitter and other accessories to make it look visually pleasing.
Aside from proving their makeup skills on Instagram, people are wearing glitter eyebrows to informal events such as costume parties, nights out, and other events where men and women have the opportunity to get off their makeup. The best glitter eyebrows are those that blend so naturally with your brows and skin that many people may think they were Photoshopped.
How to get eyebrows with glitter?
Similar to the eyebrows on Instagram, you can hire a makeup artist to do your eyebrows. However, you can also do it yourself. It will take practice, but brows are a little harder to learn than eyebrows, but they don’t require the same precision as brows on Instagram.
To get the look, some beauty bloggers at Allure say soap leaks through the brows on a spoolie to help keep the hairs in place. You can use body glitter or glitter gel, which can be found at craft stores, but they’re a bit bulky and difficult to blend, just like makeup. Your best option is to find long-lasting liquid glitter lipsticks, such as Lip Toppers Lime Crime, because they are glittery, also buy more on the liquid side, making them easier to spread on your skin.
Is it coming back in style?
Unfortunately, while glitter eyebrows can still be seen on Instagram or on costumes and other outfits for very creative events, it’s unlikely that people will start wearing eyebrows on the street on a daily basis. As with eyebrows on Instagram, it’s just too much work for the common man. And like all things glittery, many things don’t always go well with glitter products.
Trends come and go, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still used. And while they aren’t as popular as they once were, they are still a trendy eyebrow trend that people use as a form of body art or self-expression.