It’s so secret that the look of a fuller brow is one trend that has had some serious staying power. But, is a new fad out of Korea—coined the “straight brow”—destined to give it a run for its money?
“A straight brow is considered a younger-looking brow in Korea because the fuller, straighter brow is associated with the look of a younger person, even a teenager,” explains celebrity eyebrow specialist, Elke Von Freudenberg, who adds that she’s currently getting four to five clients per week coming in and asking for this specific look. “It can either be straight from the beginning to the ends, or straight from the beginning to the arch, and then a soft curve from the arch down.”
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So who does it work for? “I find this look looks great on an [already-existing] fuller brow and faces that are softer, rounder and have a younger look. Because this look is very sharp and extreme, it can look too harsh on a strong angular bone structure with a strong forehead, cheekbones and jawline. It can also give you a harder expression,” she says. “With a softer face, it creates a better balance; a younger face looks better in this, too. It can be too severe on a mature face because, as we get older, we want to soften and lighten features.”
To straighten the brow, Von Freudenberg recommends that you take a few hairs off the top of the arch of your brow to take off the high point. “I would do a few hairs at a time, as to not go overboard. Then, underneath the arch, have that area grow in, or apply pencil in brow-like strokes to fill in and create a straighter line underneath. For a straight brow straight through, take a few hairs off the ends of your brow to bring it up—or, if you don’t want to take off, you can trim the ends so they look shorter.”
Not ready to totally commit via tweezing? “You can easily try it out by concealing out the area you’re wanting to tweeze with a concealer pencil or cream foundation. Look a few steps back into a mirror or take a photo of yourself to see how it registers.”
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