The look was a hit with ’90s supers like Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, as well as celebs like Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore, but it got binned back in the noughties and 2010s thanks to the slow (or non-existent) regrowth.
In it’s place, bushy brows have firmly headlined the past decade or so, up until now, perhaps?
Trends are cyclical, but if there were one beauty look our mums have warned us off since day one, it would be thin, plucked brows.
Thing is, they’re back. And, we can’t decide if we’re mad or not.
One woman who’s openly bringing back the skinny brow trend is model, Bella Hadid. In fairness, she’s one of few millennial celebs who never really hopped onto the bushy brow train in the first place, but lately, her brow journey has seen her swap fairly slender brows…
…for even dinkier arches.
And this year’s appearance on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, pushed Bella to try an even more daring makeup look, with straight, sharp, super-slim, skyward brows that further emphasise her chiseled bone structure.
The internet’s divided. Gen X and the boomers that went before them still seem scarred from the experience. One makeup artist, @askellenbeauty, took to TikTok to tell followers “no no! Put the tweezers down. Ten years of brow rehab here,” she says pointing to her cherished pair of full-looking arches.
She followed up with a comparison vid showing famous women like Priyanka Chopra, Margot Robbie, the Duchess of Cambridge and Audrey Hepburn with full vs skinny brows writing “I will never agree to this.”
Others are 100% team skinny brow, such as user @happistarr1, who wrote “I’m living for skinny brows,” while showcasing some fierce arches. “I’m going to start a petition to bring back skinny eyebrows. I think they’re the reason why the girlies were so fine in the 2000s,” she explains.
If you’re interested to know how you’d look with micro brows, TikTokers have been using the Time Warp Scan filter to test the look out.
And, if you’re still on the fence, others have found a way to rock the style without shaving or plucking their brow hairs by covering their brows with concealer, then drawing a thinner shape over the top.
So, if you’re intrigued but don’t want the commitment, that may be the way to go. Either way, expect to see more dinky brows dominating your feed.