Kate Middleton‘s first official magazine photoshoot was pretty major—the cover of British Vogue’s 100th anniversary issue. You know what else was major? Those eyebrows! Move over Cara Delevingne, the Duchess deserves yet another crown. The new queen of bold brows (no disrespect to HRH Queen Elizabeth) was photographed by London native Josh Olins and the portraits will appear both in the magazine (on stands May 5) and at the National Portrait Gallery in London in an exhibit titled Vogue 100: A Century Of Style.
Shot near her home in the Norfolk countryside, Kate looks refreshingly casual in that posh-in-wellies way that the the Brits do so well. And those brows? Well, they’re #wokeuplikethis beauty inspiration. No natural beauty look will be complete without full, gorgeous brows like these from this moment on.
So how do us commoners get the look? We asked Anna Koniaris, Caryl Baker Visage National Face Expert, who has more than 30 years of experience shaping brows and beautifying faces, for her tips on achieving Royal brow beauty.
Seek Expert Help
Even if you have to let your brows grow back in, Koniaris suggests consulting an expert who can plot out the best shape for your face. “A brow expert will style the perfect brow shape for you—where it should begin, arch and end in relation to your eye shape,” Koniaris says. Plus, while you’re waiting for your brows to grow back, an expert can fake the look for you.
Fake it till you make it
Koniaris says that a brow expert can tint (temporarily dye) and reshape the brow hairs you have, then fill them in with makeup to make them look thicker and fuller. “Caryl Baker Visage Brow Blend is a tri-colour powder that can be applied with an angled makeup brush to fill in gaps, define shape, create fullness and easily blend a combo of the three colours to create the perfect colour match,” Koniaris says. “The finishing touch that I always recommend is Caryl Baker Perfect Brow Finish—a clear gel that sets and holds brows with a natural looking finish.” (The product doesn’t dry to a hard stiff finish and doesn’t flake so that’s always a plus!)
Fix Bald Brows
Can’t grow your brows back in? You don’t have to suffer from thin brows while staring longingly at photos of the Duchess. Koniaris recommends Microblading, “It’s a semi-permanent eyebrow procedure using natural pigments.” A qualified technician uses a specialized hand-held tool to create the look of a natural eyebrow. “Light feathery strokes perfectly mimic your own natural brow hairs. The natural pigments are colour matched to your own hair colour to compliment perfectly,” Koniaris says.
Don’t Follow Trends
While Koniaris advises against any kind of extreme look when it comes to brows, she says “a soft, fuller, naturally arched brow is generally flattering for everyone.” And, she’s a big fan of Kate’s look, saying “bold brows are part of a fresh-faced, natural look which Kate epitomizes. It’s a classic beauty look that lives beyond trends.”