The bigger the better! From Zendaya to Addison Rae, the most coveted eyebrows in 2022 are defined but natural looking — expert tips on how to get your best brows ever
Eyebrows, as with everything else in fashion, beauty and lifestyle, are subject to trends.
In the 1930’s, thin round brows, à la German-born Hollywood star Marlene Dietrich, were in vogue. Fast forward twenty years and Marilyn Monroe’s dramatic blonde arches came to typify 50s femininity.
While often under-appreciated, ‘the eyebrows have the power to change our entire appearance,’ said sought-after makeup artist Jessica Difilippo.
Zendaya’s makeup artist, Sheika Daley, uses several gel shades to create dimension in the Euphoria star’s inspiring brows
Eyebrows, as with everything else in fashion, beauty and lifestyle, are subject to trends
Frida Kahlo used her dark, ungroomed unibrow to challenge perceptions of femininity in the 70s, while bushy brows were the epitome of beauty in the 1980’s, thanks to Brooke Shields
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has probably the most famous eyebrows of all time.
The feminist painter known for her self-portraits used her dark, ungroomed unibrow to challenge perceptions of femininity in the 70s.
A decade later, bushy brows were the epitome of beauty, thanks to Brooke Shields.
As a child star, the now 57-year-old’s mom was very protective of her natural features and insisted they be left alone. After becoming one of the biggest names of her generation, Brooke’s bold brows became iconic.
According to makeup artist and owner of New York’s Tomy Rivero Beauty Lab, Tomy Rivero, ‘full, defined but natural looking eyebrows are back in.’
The expert names Zendaya, Addison Rae and Austin Butler as today’s eyebrow inspiration.
Marilyn Monroe’s dramatic blonde arches came to typify 50s femininity
It comes as no surprise that some of the strongest brows in Hollywood are on actors and actresses.
‘They frame our eyes and are the most important facial feature when it comes to expressing emotions,’ explains Jessica.
‘They can make you look angry, sad, tired, or surprised depending on how you shape them.’
According to makeup artist and owner of New York’s Tomy Rivero Beauty Lab, Tomy Rivero, ‘full, defined but natural looking eyebrows are back in’
With beautiful, thick eyebrows, Zendaya is the Brooke Shield’s of 2022.
According to Zendaya’s makeup artist, Sheika Daley, the ‘Euphoria’ star has always taken good care of her brows.
She told Refinery 29 that she typically uses Lancome Brow Densify Powder-to-Cream on Z’s brows, and sets them with the beauty brand’s Sourcils Styler.
To create dimension in her brows, the artist mixes and matches the gel shades.
TikTok star Addison Rae’s fluffy eyebrow look is so desired, the social media queen came out with her own dual-ended smudge proof brow pencil that was met with rave reviews.
Penciling in brows to achieve that natural, effortless look can be a disastrous experience. Addison Rae’s brow look is so desired, the TikTok star came out with her own brow pencil
How to get the look:
Penciling in brows to achieve that natural, effortless look can be a disastrous experience.
To make sure your work doesn’t look too heavy-handed, it’s crucial to use the right color product.
‘A fool proof way to get the perfect shade is to always go one shade lighter than your hair color,’ said Tomy.
Using a tone that’s too dark can make drawn-in brows look harsh and obvious instead of natural.
‘For red heads I always recommend a cool toned pencil not a red base.’
According to makeup artist and owner of New York’s Tomy Rivero Beauty Lab, Tomy Rivero, ‘full, defined but natural looking eyebrows are back in.’ The expert names Zendaya, Addison Rae and Austin Butler as today’s eyebrow inspiration
Instead of covering the entire brow with product, concentrate on small patchy areas using horizontal strokes. Less is more when it comes to brows.
‘The key to creating a full brow is layering the color to fill in (powder, pencil or cream -depending on your preference) over a brow control gel for a laminated look,’ shared Tomy.
To make the brow appear bigger without it looking painted on, ‘use a brow control gel to comb and a-fix the shape you want – brush upwards to create the illusion of a much bigger brow,’ said the expert.
What’s the right shape brow for you?
‘Brows that are too small and thin compared to the eye tend to bring more attention to the forehead, so focusing on the right brow shape can help bring balance to the rest of your face,’ said Jessica.
‘For example, if you have a wider nose, I’d recommend bringing your brows slightly closer together; if you have a thin nose, start them a bit farther apart.
Tomy recommends the Wisnewski Beauty brow kit for its patented brush that features a crescent shape and short stabilizing handle for easy application
‘Brow products and tools have come a long way in the last 10 years, we now have so many products to create different textures and styles so anyone at any skill level can achieve their best looking brow,’ said Jessica.
The Las Vegas-based artist is a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pro Palette.
Tomy recommends the Wisnewski Beauty brow kit for its patented brush that features a crescent shape and short stabilizing handle for easy application, and clear control eyebrow gel made in Milan, Italy.
‘The beautiful gel formula creates glossy, fluffy bigger eyebrows with the help of the patented brush that separates and holds your shape and color all day.’
Tomy warns against eyebrow gels that contain too much wax.
‘This tends to crystallize through the day and sometimes creates a white hard flake if you re-apply.’
While upkeep varies by personal needs, as a general rule Tomy recommends a cleanup every three weeks.
‘If you want to maintain your shape – a tweezer is the best option to remove unwanted hairs,’ said the expert.
‘If you’re changing your shape or have been letting it grow to fill-in and correct, threading is a great option for a brow makeover.’
While there are many methods to achieving perfect brows, Tomy reveals the most common mistake is microblading without needing to or exploring other much less invasive alternatives.
Brow lamination is currently a popular non-committal option. The semi-permanent treatment sets brushed-up brows in place and makes them look fuller for weeks. Gigi Hadid and Dua Lupa are fans.