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The 90s called and they want skinny eyebrows back – but we all know Dietrich started the trend

Thick, fluffy brows may have been THE look of the noughties, but thin brows are pushing them aside, and it’s all down to supermodel and all-round girl crush Bella Hadid, who sported them on the red carpet in Cannes.

Jumping on the trend at The Met Gala were Keke Palmer and Barbie Ferreira who both wore slimmer brow shapes.

But for anyone over 30, the name Marlene Dietrich conjures up the image of the ultimate skinny brow. One of the most glamorous leading ladies of the 1930s and 1940s, Marlene is remembered for her smouldering sex appeal, distinctive voice, and unusual personal style. Just look at the disdain in those there brows!

Left to right: Bella Hadid, Barbie Ferreira and Keke Palmer


So how do you get the skinny brow look without channeling Elizabeth I? Fides Baldesberger, CEO and owner of Rubis, says: “To get thin brows, start by brushing your brows so the hairs go upwards (toothbrushes work well), so you can see where to pluck, and make sure you are in a well-lit room.

“Brows should start straight up from the inner corner of each eye, the arch placement comes from a line from the nostril through centered pupil to brow, and then the outer edge is from your nostril to the outer corner of the eye.

“Pluck one hair at a time and step back from the mirror at intervals to check the overall look. If in doubt; don’t pluck it out.”

The Tools

The Rubis Duck Scissors (Amazon £20.99) have a rounded tip that make them perfect for precise eyebrow snipping and getting right into eyebrow arches and tails. To pluck away any stray hairs use the Rubis Classic Slant Tweezers (Cult Beauty £21.50). Labelled “the Ferrari of tweezers” by Bobbi Brown, the classic slant grip plucks even the thinnest, shortest eyebrow hairs with ease.

Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke is a three times award-winning journalist who has worked for UK national/regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

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