The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, looked her usual perfectly groomed self as she made an appearance on Thursday’s This Morning show, despite the UK lockdown. With soft waves in her hair and her signature soft smokey eye, she was camera-ready as she dialled in to talk to presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. But Kate had a much stronger brow look than we’re used to seeing on the young royal.
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As a style icon, Kate is always one to follow for fashion trends, causing dresses to sell out whenever it’s revealed where her latest high street find is from.
But viewers of This Morning today might be wanting to copy her look for a different reason – and that’s her thick and fuller-looking brows.
Looking back on photos of Kate when she was younger, her brows were much more tapered at the ends, suggesting she may have been growing them out after over-plucking them as a teen.
However, in recent months she’s been sporting much fuller, thicker brows, which look like they have been filled in more with makeup.
The Duchess is known for doing her own makeup, even taking her look into her own hands on her wedding day following lessons with makeup artist Arabella Preston.
As lockdown continues, it’s likely that Kate is continuing to do her own makeup ahead of on-screen appearances such as Thursday’s This Morning show.
The mother of three is very on trend with her look too, with brow shapes having changed dramatically in recent years to be thicker, fuller and much more defined.
In fact, the latest “power brow” trend is for laminated brows, a treatment which gives a semi-permanent brushed-up effect to make eyebrows look bushier.
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But while salons remain shut in the lockdown, many Brits are having to take their beauty maintenance into their own hands, with brows being one of them.
Makeup artist and Max Factor ambassador Caroline Barnes said this might even be the reason behind Kate’s new look.
“It may be a happy accident that Kate has thicker brows, as I doubt anyone would have been grooming them except herself over the last few weeks, and maybe she is enjoying the fuller look,” said the London-based expert, who has worked with stars including Louise Redknapp and Kylie.
Though professional treatments such as threading and waxing keep brows in perfect shape, it can be harder to groom them yourself – especially if you don’t want to go for that skinny nineties brow.
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So how can royal fans copy Kate’s look at home and create fuller-looking brows?
Caroline said it can all be done with makeup – you don’t even need to wait until your brows have grown out.
“To achieve the thickness of Kate’s fuller eyebrows, use a brow gel,” Caroline commented.
“This comes in a tiny spoolie and contains small fibres which add volume to your brows. Try Max Factor Brow Revival, £9.99 or Benefit Gimme Brow, £22.50. They work a treat on fine brows too.”
The brow gels will not only add a tint to help darken your natural brows and fill in any gaps, but will also help to brush and set them into place.
However, if you’re hoping to leave lockdown with so-called “power brows” and want to grow your own, Leigh Blackwell from The London Brow Company recommends a few simple steps.
Firstly, keep tweezing and plucking to a minimum – it will give you more to work with once lockdown ends. Stick to just removing any obvious strays or any between the brows to avoid the dreaded monobrow.
If your brows are particularly thin or sparse, applying a treatment serum or oil can help. Castor oil is well-known for its ability to help with hair growth – simply brush on each night to help boost your brows. The London Brow Company also has a serum that could help, the Keratin Boost Brow Serum, £14.99.
Lastly, if you really are missing those salon visits and can’t wait to get in the chair, there is a way to copy the lamination look at home.
Leigh recommended using a clean mascara wand as a brow brush before using hairspray or soap to get the look. “Wet your brow brush, rub it in a clear soap bar and brush this into your brows. The perfect way to get the laminated ‘soap brow’ look while in lock down!”
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