How to Get Straight-Across Brows

Alexandra Owens, Allure magazine

The field of science is catching on to what the fashion world has known for quite some time now: The ideal brow has gone from thin and arched (circa 1990) to straight and full (circa practically every runway show at recent Fashion Weeks).

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But hey, it's nice to have some empirical evidence, courtesy of a new study published in Clinical Plastic Surgery. "I blame Pamela Anderson for the thin brow everyone had in the '90s," says Kristie Streicher, a brow groomer at Streicher Beauty Bar at Warren Tricomi in Los Angeles and New York City. Yes, they were striking in their own right. But full brows without an arch make a stronger, and arguably cooler, kind of androgynous statement. "You need a naturally full, long brow to pull off the look," says Streicher, adding that straight-across brows are especially flattering to almond-shaped eyes. (They won't work as well on round or deep-set eyes.)

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If you meet the prerequisites, heavy brows are fairly easy to shape on your own. First, and this is a given, you need to let your brows grow in. (If that sounds painful, long, brow-obscuring bangs are also on trend. We're just saying....) When your brows are good and full, flatten out your arch in two steps, says Streicher. Comb the hair from the inner corner to your arch straight up, and use brow scissors to trim just the hairs that extend past the top of your brow. Next, tweeze right above your natural arch, removing just a row or two of hair. Leave the rest of your brow alone, but clean up any strays.

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