We Asked the Experts, and These 5 Eyebrow Trends Will Be Huge In 2023

Not too long ago, there was a time when your brows needed to be filled in, perfectly arched, and blocky to prove you were up to date on the latest eyebrow trends. Bold brows were everywhere, with multi-step brow routines inspiring a boom in the creation of brow pomades, gels, pencils, and powders.

However, in recent years, makeup trends have evolved toward a more natural-looking approach. Eyebrow trends have followed suit, with fluffy, brushed-up (verging on unruly) brows dominating both the catwalks and our Instagram feeds. "I’ve definitely been using less in my brows, and I know my clients have too,” says makeup artist and brow specialist Lucy Hart. "Brows are definitely a lot softer compared to previous years, and I think for 2023, fluffy, natural brows are here to stay.” 

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As far as experimentation goes, Hart predicts bleached brows and skinny ‘90s brows will become more mainstream in 2023. "Either way, brows are now all about looking low maintenance, even if they’re not, and not too put together,” she adds. "There’s an anything goes approach these days, which means you can embrace your natural eyebrows and work with what you’ve got or what you know suits you, rather than committing to a cookie cutter trend like the ‘Instagram brow,’”

We love a little foresight from the pros, so if you want to get ahead of the curve or if you’re curious about 2023 eyebrow trends, scroll down to discover our predictions. 

1. Bleached Brows

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While it’s bold in its own way, bleaching your brows is about as much of a backlash to the over-filled, stand-out brow trend of yesteryear as it’s possible to be. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Julia Fox, and Lady Gaga have already embraced the trend, which is a sure sign it’s set to be huge in 2023. 

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"Most people will be surprised by how good bleached brows actually look, but I would recommend experimenting with this look before taking the plunge,” says Hart. "There are already brands releasing products for this look, and I expect we will see more launch throughout the year.”

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2. Skinny '90s Brows

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Skinny brows have made a remarkable comeback, but again, it’s not surprising given that this trend contrasts so much with brow looks now considered ‘out.’ It also makes sense, given we’re seeing the resurgence of many other Y2K trends from the 2000s, like glossy lips and French tip manicures.

"On a personal level, it’s a no from me, but I can see how they are making a comeback,” says Hart. "I would just warn people to be careful as brows make a face, and once you’ve plucked your brows thin, it’s hard to get them back.” That said, we’ve already seen icons like Rihanna, Alexa Demie, and Bella Hadid nail this trend. "The modern way to pull off this look is to follow your natural brow shape rather than making them too arched,” adds Hart.

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3. Laminated Brows

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Laminated brows are here to stay. The innovative technique is basically the eyebrow equivalent of a lash lift or perm. Brow hairs are relaxed and straightened, then brushed up and set into place, resulting in a full and fluffy effect that lasts for about two months. "This is such a low-maintenance treatment because once you’ve had it done, most people don’t even end up using any products between bookings,” says Hart. "People often get scared by a brow lamination, but I assure them they won’t be stuck to their head, and it’s possible to adapt the result to suit each individual.”

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It’s also easy to achieve this look using makeup. Rather than using pencils and powders to fill in brows, look to more malleable formulas like gels and pomades, which allow you to sculpt hairs into the desired shape. The key is to ensure hairs look separated so brows appear fluffy rather than blocky.

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4. Straight Brows

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When it comes to trending brow shapes for 2023, Hart has already noticed an increase in clients asking for straighter brows. "Lily Collins is always the reference with this look,” she says. "She have very strong, straight brows which don’t really angle until the very end.”

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If your brows aren’t naturally straight, it is still possible to create the illusion of straighter brows. First of all, don’t emphasize the arch. Instead, Hart advises using product to fill in the arch from beneath the brow (a fine-tipped pencil or powder works best). Essentially, you want to extend the natural shape of the bottom of your brow in a straight line until it meets where your brow angles downwards.

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5. No-Maintenance Brows

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This is the category I sit in. Ever since the pandemic put a stop to my bi-monthly threading appointments, I’ve taken a much more low-maintenance approach to my brows. I no longer care if they look overly thick. Instead, I’ve learned to embrace their natural shape. I enhance with just a touch of clear brow gel, and I’ve started using brow serums to address the gaps in them that I used to fill in with pencil. "People are focusing more on using brow treatments that they can maintain their brows with rather than layering loads of products on,” says Hart. "I myself have super full brows, so applying a thick product is just not needed,” she adds. 

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If you’re not ready to step away from your brow routine, just take a softer approach. "Try a skinny brow pencil if you’re into more definition but apply it super soft on the skin so you can build it gradually,” says Hart. "I’ll still sometimes use pomade for my clients but the tiniest bit ever on an angled brush to create hair-like strokes, and you can always use a spoolie to remove any access product.”

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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK. Up Next: My Brows Are My Most Complimented Feature—These Are the 12 Products I Credit

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While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.