Trend On Trial: Will Christopher Kane’s feathered arches take off?

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In this week’s Trend on Trial, we put bushy brows to the test with an army of eyebrow pencils and a LOT of gel. Was it a hit or a miss? 

Full and feathery brows have taken over the thin pencilled-on lines of the Noughties as the default trend (and the most flattering). Christopher Kane’s SS18 show took it a step further by brushing models’ brows upwards for a messy, fluffy feel which turned out to be pretty hard to replicate. See how the Stylist team managed it…

Anita felt her eyebrows weren’t quite up to it

Anita Bhagwandas, Stylist’s beauty director says:

There’s one important caveat when it comes to feathered brows: you need bushy full brows in the first place to achieve the look. Sadly, that’s not something that I possess – mine need a fair amount of filling in because, like so many others, I plucked them into oblivion as a teen. So while I gave this a shot, it’s simply not my vibe. But I wholeheartedly envy and applaud anyone who can rock this look – it is undeniably chic.  

Lucy’s freshly threaded brows defied feathering

Lucy Partington, Stylist’s beauty editor says: 

In theory this should have worked perfectly for me as my brows can be quite full and bushy. However, I’d just had them threaded – great timing, I know – so there wasn’t much to play with when it came to feathering them. No matter how much eyebrow gel I used I simply could not get them to misbehave. And because there’s not really any other make-up involved (and my hair is a bit of a mess), I just ended up looking bedraggled. So, for that reason, I’m out. 

Brushed-up brows left Ava’s face feeling naked

Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s junior beauty writer says:

I’m not naturally blessed in the eyebrow department, so making them look fluffy is challenging. Usually I’d be more heavy-handed with the pencil, but feathered brows call for painstakingly drawing on barely there hairs and a lot of eyebrow gel. I coated every single hair to create volume, then brushed a few hairs back into place. The result? I was left with my everyday eyebrows, just a couple of shades lighter and a lot messier – and as much as I like the softer look, my face felt a bit naked. 


Feathered arches need naturally bushy brows to start with. Faking it with gels and pencils takes too much time and energy. Brushing the hairs skywards makes us look unkempt, and not in an effortless off-duty model way. We might stick to our normal routines then fluff the innermost hairs up as a nod to the feathered brow, but we’ve got a bit of growing to do before we commit. 

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