Beauty trends move fast. And thanks to social media networks like Instagram and Pinterest, they’ve never moved faster than right now. For 2019, brows are set to continue to be the defining facial feature. Skin, lips and eyes are all important, of course, but brows remain the focus.
Brows are so important for your overall look; how you choose to wear your brows can have a huge impact on the rest of your face. Cleverly groomed brows can help highlight beautiful eyes, lift your face, and even help counteract signs of aging.
Did you know that 70% of your facial expressions depend on your brows, too? For these reasons, it’s really worth spending time on perfecting your brows.
What Are the Brow Trends for 2019?
Brow styles do change drastically over time — there’s no denying it. Nearly 100 years ago, in the 1920s, super-skinny brows were the fashionable look. This was when the world got its first taste of Hollywood and replicating its glamor was in its infancy. Ever since then, we’ve all been fascinated by celebrity brows and the latest look to recreate.
By the 1960s, full brows were back and eyebrow trends have gone full circle several times since. Now, styles have never changed faster.
It seems like moments since everybody was looking for the ultra-stylised, super-defined and very “done” Insta-brow. However, many brow fanatics and top stylists now feel that the original Insta-brow look is a bit too uniform and product-heavy, and that it’s had its moment.
So, what look is taking its place in 2019?
Like you’d expect after such a high-maintenance look, there’s a move towards slightly more down-to-earth brows for 2019, while still keeping the full shape. Think brows that stand out for their natural beauty.
It’s certainly time to embrace your natural brows a little more. For inspiration, check out Beyonce, Amandla Stenberg, and those famous brows belonging to Zendaya. All are wearing beautiful, full and natural-looking brows that work in harmony with the rest of their face.
How to Get the Look
This move away from a super-groomed style doesn’t mean that unruly brows can be left to their own devices in 2019.
Very few of us have been blessed with the ideal brow shape, fullness, and color to perfectly enhance all of our other beautiful features without any help at all. Instead, we’ll be carefully sculpting, shaping, tinting and grooming brows just as much as we were before. This time, though, the aim is to look full and natural, as if they have barely been touched at all.
How do you achieve this? Professional treatments are the answer. With the help of a beauty therapist, you can subtly alter the shape, fullness and color of your brows and still keep them looking completely natural. Note that this is almost impossible to do with just the help of tweezers and brow make-up at home.
Here are five professional treatments that can work magic on your brows:
Microblading revolutionized the brow world a few years ago. It’s still incredibly popular, and for good reason. It’s an incredibly versatile treatment that can add much greater fullness, definition and tone to even the sparsest of brows.
The treatment involves using tiny needles to add tiny hair-like lines onto your brow area, much like a tattoo. Unlike tattooing, however, the results are only semi-permanent and most agree that the experience is surprisingly comfortable, even for those with a low pain threshold.
Microblading can be used to create a larger and bolder shape, add definition, fill in patchy areas, and add darker tones. It’s perfect for those who may have overplucked in the past, those suffering from hair-loss conditions like alopecia, or those who are just looking for bigger, better, ultimate brows.
A good technician can use microblading, alongside other brow treatments, to create the perfect brows for your face shape. Think of a technician as a designer or artist. They’ll sculpt the right shape, arch and add fullness in all the right places to create the perfect “natural” brows for 2019.
Tinting your brows isn’t about changing their color entirely, but enhancing what’s already there. Semi-permanent dye, in a tone very close to your natural color, is added to existing hairs.
The results are much fuller-looking brows. By adding a long-lasting eyebrow tint, you’ll see added definition and structure, with results that last.
Treatment times are short, so it’s a great way to quickly cut time from your makeup routine and the products you use if you’re always rushing in the morning.
As a technique, threading has been on the scene for a long time. It’s a tried and tested hair removal method that uses thin threads, twisted to form a sort of lasso, to gently pull hair from the roots. It’s quick, efficient, and has long-lasting results (although, like most hair removal methods, the results are not permanent). As you’d expect from any professional treatment, it’s also really precise.
If you have particularly full brows and hair growing where you wish it didn’t, visiting a beauty salon for a threading session is a great solution.
Micro-waxing is another hair-removal method and a possible alternative to threading for super-bushy brows. It works by carefully applying warm wax and then paper strips to your skin. This wax adheres to unwanted hairs and takes them with it when the wax and paper are quickly pulled away.
Discomfort is momentary (although people with sensitive skin may experience some redness for a short time afterward). In fact, it is generally considered to be less painful than threading, although not always quite as accurate.
For truly perfect brows, some product use is a must. Makeup will help you enhance and maintain your brows between beauty treatments.
Brow makeup comes in the form of gels, pencils, palettes and much more. A reputable beauty therapist can help you choose the right makeup and tools for your brows and then guide you through the steps to getting the best results from them.
Which Treatment Is Right for Me?
The year 2019 is all about embracing your natural brows and enhancing them. You need to choose a trusted therapist that can create really natural but incredible looking brows.
If you’re not sure exactly which treatments you need to get the results you want, it would be wise to book a full brow service in a reputable beauty salon. The professionals can help you from start to finish, from removing unwanted hair, to enhancing or creating an incredible new look, to providing a comprehensive makeup lesson, where you can learn to make the best of your new, beautiful brows.
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.