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ELLE’S beauty direc­tor an­swers your ques­tions. This month: eye­brows

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Q

I’m con­fused about what I should be do­ing with my eye­brows. This year, I’ve heard talk of feath­er­ing, bleach­ing and barbed brows, and I’m get­ting mixed mes­sages about trends. I don’t want to com­mit to one I’m go­ing to re­gret. Christina, London

A

Well now, this is a se­ri­ous is­sue. Par­tic­u­larly for Leonardo DiCaprio, who flew his ‘eye­brow artist’ 7,500 miles across the world to cul­ti­vate his for the Os­cars. That ended up be­ing fake news, but the job does ex­ist, and Leo’s is called Sharon-Lee Hamil­ton. In th­ese times of self-as­sur­ance, be your own artist, but know this: it takes prac­tice. I only re­alised

I’d been do­ing mine all wrong when I bumped into a model I’d pre­vi­ously worked with. ‘So­phie!’ she said. ‘We did that beau­ti­ful shoot. You look so dif­fer­ent with­out those crazy, red brows – they were cool!’ Crazy cool.

I’d been us­ing a chest­nut-coloured pen­cil when it should have been mocha. I’m here to tell you to tread care­fully when con­sid­er­ing brows and trends in the same sen­tence. If the in­ter­net is to be be­lieved, right now you should be cre­at­ing a cen­tre part­ing (hor­i­zon­tally) through your brows and brush­ing them above and be­low. It looks good on pre­cisely no­body. You could dip a toe into the barbed-wire brows trend (al­ter­nat­ing up and down ‘barbs’ of hair) – or take my ad­vice and don’t. Feathered brows, bleached brows, low brow. Start here: is your face cry­ing out for more def­i­ni­tion? When you look in the mir­ror, do you feel as if you need to pile on eye make-up to give your face struc­ture? Ac­tu­ally, you prob­a­bly need to de­fine your brows. There’s no deny­ing there is a trend for brows in cap­i­tal let­ters (Cara Delev­ingne, and so on), but it’s still go­ing be­cause bold brows look beau­ti­ful. Mine aren’t nat­u­rally fat, but I get them waxed and tinted (the big­gest dif­fer­ence you can make to your brows, ac­cord­ing to res­i­dent best ELLE brows owner Joely Walker) into a clas­sic arch (chunky base, ta­per­ing to a fine tail), then I up the ante with a pen­cil, to mimic nat­u­ral hairs, con­cen­trat­ing the colour at the arch, then brush­ing to dis­perse and blend the prod­uct to make the brows look fluffier. Voilà, the only trend you need to worry about – the defin­ing one, if you will. I got a com­pli­ment on a to­tally un­re­lated In­sta Story: ‘I love your eye­brow shape.’ I’ve made it! Brow grad­u­ate with hon­ours. Until we’re meant to do the Nineties thin thing again.

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