Korean Straight-Across Brows: Because Arches Are So Yesterday

Another Korean beauty trend that screams "youth" without, like, bubblegum-flavored lipgloss.
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Another Korean beauty trend that screams "youth" without, like, bubblegum-flavored lipgloss.

First off, let's talk hair. What I'm wearing in this tutorial is day three of Annie's glorious HUGE hair tutorial. This was day one. Kind of amazing, right?

I kid you not: I've never had that many hair compliments ever. Strangers were ooohing and ahhing, babies were smiling with admiration, the heavens parted and a mysterious light shone down upon my insane Asian curls. (Asfro?)

Next topic: Korea. To me, Korea is totally on-point with its beauty game. From cute packaging to BB creams, they know what's up! Naturally, I turn to Korean beauty inspiration regularly, and brows are no exception. Except this one was a bit of an accident.

A while back, I was a bridesmaid at my beautiful friend Kate's wedding. When it was my turn to get my makeup done, the makeup artist asked me if she could "fix" my eyebrows before we started. (This was before she nonchalantly mentioned my face was "two different colours," but that's a different matter). Of course I said yes, then sat in polite, silent terror as she proceeded to use an eyebrow razor to shave off the top and ends of my eyebrows! WHAT ARE YOU DOING, LADY?!

Weird face aside, these eyebrows were totally straight. Hi Jenny and Karen, thanks for letting me use this pic.

Weird face aside, these eyebrows were totally straight. Hi Jenny and Karen, thanks for letting me use this pic.

Anyway, it turns out she was just way advanced. This popular eyebrow shape is meant to be youthful and sweet, giving you that bright-eyed, bushy-tailed look you've always dreamed of.

I buy it, my nine-year-old sister has the same eyebrows. While it's not an exclusively Korean aesthetic--Natalie Portman, I'm looking at you--in Korea, it's a full-on trend.

model Park Sora looking out of control cute in straight brows.

model Park Sora looking out of control cute in straight brows.

Now, I can't quite replicate the exact look from the wedding. I'm not brave enough to shave the ends of my eyebrows again, but I will attempt to show you how to achieve a straight(ish) brow using brow powder, gel and concealer.

Bold brows, strong lip.

Bold brows, strong lip.

This top is cropped and it comes with a matching midi skirt with a slit. It makes me feel like a video game character.
 

This top is cropped and it comes with a matching midi skirt with a slit. It makes me feel like a video game character.  

My arch is pretty high, so it's a bit trickier, but if you have a lower arch, it may work even better.
 

My arch is pretty high, so it's a bit trickier, but if you have a lower arch, it may work even better.  

First, you basically want to cut off the top of the arch with concealer. Take a brush and paint over it. We're not talking highlighting concealer with thin consistency, we're talking more heavy duty. I used Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Corrector in Beiges, but something like Benefit's Erase Paste would be good too. 

First, you basically want to cut off the top of the arch with concealer. Take a brush and paint over it. We're not talking highlighting concealer with thin consistency, we're talking more heavy duty. I used Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Corrector in Beiges, but something like Benefit's Erase Paste would be good too. 

Since my eyebrows are a bit long, I also covered a bit of the ends. If you want to be legit, go ahead and shave(!) this part off.

Using your brow powder and angled brush, you're going to want to draw a line from one end of the brow to the other, to soften the arch of your brow. It's kind of like drawing a weird, deformed parallelogram. Fill it in. I used Anasasia Beauty Express Brow Kit in Brunette, which comes with two shades of brown. 

Using your brow powder and angled brush, you're going to want to draw a line from one end of the brow to the other, to soften the arch of your brow. It's kind of like drawing a weird, deformed parallelogram. Fill it in. I used Anasasia Beauty Express Brow Kit in Brunette, which comes with two shades of brown. 

I like to go over everything using a brow mascara in a lighter colour than my brows. Since they're going to be drawn in quite thick, I find a lighter colour is more flattering (on me) otherwise I quickly step into Bert territory. If colour is not an issue, you can also use a bit of hair gel on a mascara spoolie. 

I like to go over everything using a brow mascara in a lighter colour than my brows. Since they're going to be drawn in quite thick, I find a lighter colour is more flattering (on me) otherwise I quickly step into Bert territory. If colour is not an issue, you can also use a bit of hair gel on a mascara spoolie. 

I kept the rest of the face fairly simple. I tightlined my upper waterline and finished with a couple of coats of mascara.

For lips, I used L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolour in Forever Fuchsia 138. This is a true fuchsia with really great staying-power.

I finished the whole thing off with some matte bronzer below the cheekbones.

From L to R: Anastasia Beauty Express Brow Kit in Brunette(both colours), L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolour in Forever Fuschia 138.

From L to R: Anastasia Beauty Express Brow Kit in Brunette(both colours), L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolour in Forever Fuschia 138.

Here is the finished look:

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What do you guys think of the straight brow? Would you try it? Should I shave the ends of my eyebrows again and do it legit? Let me know!