There’s a reason so much emphasis is placed on eyebrows in the world of beauty: they frame your face, and can make or break any look.
While it’s possible to manipulate your brows with make-up, arguably the most important aspect is how you shape them via tweezers, threading, or waxing – which takes time and effort.
Brows have of course been prey to different trends over the years – but luckily we’re past the Nineties/Noughties dark ages when over-plucked brows were all the rage. And some famous faces have managed to rise above trends – or even set them – to become true eyebrow icons. Here are just a few of them.
Bond girl and current star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills franchise, Denise Richards’ look has been defined by her eyebrows. Like so many people with thick, dark brows, Richards’ advice is to leave them alone, and has often been quoted as saying she leaves them as completely natural as possible.
Zendaya basically has the holy grail of eyebrows: with an elegant shape, they are perfectly groomed but not overdone. If you really want to make your brows pop, take a leaf out of Zendaya’s book and liberally apply highlighter beneath the arch.
When model Delevingne shot to fame in the early 2010s, she practically launched our modern obsession with brows. She heralded the end of the Nineties and Noughties’ pencil-thin brows, and — all of a sudden — we coveted bushy, dark eyebrows just like hers.
Delevingne was reportedly “ashamed” of her eyebrows as a child, but grew to love the fact that they inspired a new generation of young women to be comfortable with their own.
Few eyebrows are as gloriously bushy as Brooke Shields’. They’ve been her defining feature since coming into the public eye as a child actor in the 1970s, and she hasn’t succumbed to trends by over-plucking them. Make no mistake: Shields is fiercely protective of her eyebrows, and last year even when so far as to sue the beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury for selling an eyebrow pencil named ‘Brooke S’.
The Internet is full of guides, tips, and tricks on how to get Indian actor Deepika Padukone’s eyebrows. You can see why: they have a gentle arch and are dark without being too overbearing, framing her face perfectly.
Like her mother Lisa Bonet, actor Zoë Kravitz has seriously enviable brows — and they definitely stand out, particularly when Kravitz has her hair in a pixie crop.
Most of us fell foul of over-tweezing our brows in the Nineties and Noughties, and growing them back has been a truly uphill battle. That’s what makes Eva Longoria such an inspiration: she had dutifully thin brows in 2004, but managed to come back with bushy, well-shaped brows in the 2010s. There really is hope for us all.