This Controversial Eyebrow Trend Is Making A Comeback

If you thought the return of Y2K only meant low-rise jeans and baby tees, I’ve got bad news for you. Gen Z is reincarnating another cringey trend–the thin brow. 

Didn’t we JustDo you want to get rid of your over-plucked eyebrows that you grew out in 2000? I learned how to do a Cara Delevingne brow last week, and it’s not even in style anymore?! 

Fashion whiplash is real. There are solutions. IsAll of this has a thin, arched, silver lining. Gen Z might be bringing back the thin brows, but they’ve at least learned from our mistakes this time.

The Dream Of The ‘90s Is Alive In Gen Z

Joey Healy, celebrity eyebrow expert, said InStyle that he believes Gen Z’s love of all-things-90s started on TikTok. “We’re seeing it with clothing and makeup with a general Y2K aesthetic. And I think that this obsession is leading the way with brows.”

Gen Zers have already brought low-rise jeans and skorts back from the grave. They even transformed whale tails into similarly confusing pelvic cutouts.

Even crimping is back in style. Celebs like Kendall Jenner and Addison Rae have all sported the tight, wavy ‘do. So, it’s only logical for makeup to be the next step. 

Bella Hadid is a model and fashion influencer. The 25-year old has been sporting a shaved-thin look that would make Gwen Stefani proud. (Of course, that’s No Doubt-era Stefani, circa 1996—Hadid’s birth year.) 

This is three years ago, when Rihanna wore straight out of 1920 brows on the cover of British Vogue. But since there’s nothing that Rihanna can’tPull off, but the question remains: What makes the thin-brow trend worth following?

Sculpted and Laminated

Rene de la Garza, another brow expert, assured InStyle that “this won’t be a complete repeat of the ‘90s brow we all cringe about. This time, it’s sculpted, sleek, and incorporates row lamination.”

“You can still expect to see a bit of density throughout,” Jared Bailey of Benefit Cosmetics adds while speaking to InStyle. “Gone are the days of thinning the brows and leaving them sparse and almost invisible.” 

Of course, the trend isn’t controversial because of personal taste alone. Many people remember the negative side effects of Y2K fashion trends. 

It was prioritizing skinny people with low-rise jeans. With thin brows, it’s damaging our eyebrows beyond repair. Furthermore, eyebrows don’t grow back as fast as they used to. This trend requires a commitment of time. 

Experts recommend concealer as a temporary blank canvas for trying out thin brows. You can also trim your brows to achieve a more relaxed look without damaging your hair follicles. 

Finally, a good highlighter under the brow’s arch can lift the brows without removing hair. And when in doubt, it’s best to go to a professional. 

What about me? I’m going to stick with my high-waisted jeans and feathered brows just a little bit longer, thanks.