Straight Eyebrows – The Biggest Brow Trend of the Moment

By Emily M.| Last updated on March 8, 2023
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⏱️ 6 min read

Straight eyebrows are a beauty trend that has taken the world by storm in the last couple of years.

With their bold, structured shape and minimalist appearance, straight eyebrows have become a popular choice for those seeking a unique and versatile beauty style.

So let’s get into the straight brow trend – how it came to be, if it’s the right style for you, and how you can achieve the straight eyebrow shape.

What Is the Straight Brows Trend?

Straight brows are essentially minimally shaped brows that originated in Korea. One of the main reasons they went viral is because they help achieve a lifting effect and add more structure to your face – which is a popular choice for many modern and edgy looks.

But the popularity of straight eyebrows can be attributed to several other factors as well.

Firstly, straight eyebrows can help create a more youthful and fresh appearance by opening up the eyes. Supposedly, the tail of the brow can drag the eyes down.

Secondly, the arches inspired by Korean straight eyebrows are a departure from the very arched and angled eyebrows that have been popular in the past.

Straight eyebrows create a more minimalistic, streamlined look – very modern, futuristic even. Plus, given their versatility, they’re great for high-fashion, as well as editorial makeup and style.

So, whether you prefer a natural, understated look or a bold, dramatic one, straight eyebrows can be shaped and filled in to create the desired effect. You can experiment with them and adapt the length to suit your face shape.

straight eyebrows trend Selena Gomez
Image source: Instagram @selenagomez

How to Achieve Straight Eyebrows?

The straight brow look is often achieved through a combination of grooming and makeup techniques. But before you commit to transitioning from arched to straight eyebrows, you can test out this trend with makeup first!

How to Fake the Straight Eyebrow Shape

You can fake straight eyebrows by using a concealer to hide the tail of your eyebrow and then draw on a new one with a brow pencil or pomade. Or you can take it a step further and make a part of your brow completely disappear by gluing it down and powdering it before you conceal it.

This will help you visualize how straight brows will actually appear on your specific face shape.

How to Transition From Arched to Straight Eyebrows

If you are sure this eyebrow shape is for you, here’s a step-by-step guide to achieving straight eyebrows:

1. Let Your Brow Hair Grow Out

It’s important to note that transitioning from arched to straight eyebrows is a gradual process. It may take some time, so stop tweezing or waxing your eyebrows for a few weeks.

2. Now Onto the Shaping

Start by brushing your eyebrows with a spoolie brush to make sure all the hairs are going in the same direction.

3. Determine Your Brow Length

Get a clear picture of where you want your eyebrows to start and end. A straight eyebrow look typically has a horizontal line, so make sure both eyebrows are even in length.

4. Perfect Your Eyebrow Shape

Next, outline your desired brow shape and remove any stray hairs outside of the outline. You can also do this by plucking or waxing, but we recommend threading as it carries the least risk of damaging the hair follicle.

5. Upgrade the Look with Makeup

After you’ve removed excess hair and created a precise brow shape, you can enhance the straight brow style further, with the help of makeup.

Fill in any sparse areas or create a bolder, more defined look. For a more natural look, diffuse the edges and blend it all in using a clean spoolie brush. And at the end, set the shape and hold the hairs in place with a clear brow gel or wax.

Alternatively, to save yourself time on your daily brow routine, you can use brow tint on the space right under your arch to make it appear straighter.

Choosing the Right Style of Straight Eyebrow Shape

One of the advantages of straight brows is that they can suit a wide range of face shapes and features.

For those with rounder faces, straight brows can create the illusion of an elongated face shape. Similarly, those with smaller eyes can use straight brows to create the illusion of larger eyes and a more open gaze. Usually, the diamond face shape pulls off this style the best.

However, the straight brow style may not suit everyone’s face shape, so make sure that the size of your brows is proportional to the size of your face.

Luckily, when it comes to straight eyebrows, there are a few variations that differ in terms of length and placement on the face.

Straight Bushy Eyebrows

Straight bushy eyebrows add dimension and texture to your face, giving it a natural and effortless look.

Since they tend to blend in with the rest of your face, straight bushy brows work particularly well on those with a more oval or heart-shaped face, as it’ll help balance out more prominent facial features.


Image source: Instagram @zendaya

Long Straight Eyebrows

Long straight eyebrows are characterized by their elongated shape, which extends past the outer corner of the eye. This style is often associated with a bold and dramatic look, as it can help create a more angular and defined appearance.

This can help balance out prominent facial features, such as a wide forehead or high cheekbones.

It also creates the illusion of a longer and more streamlined face shape, so long straight eyebrows may not be for people with smaller or more delicate facial features.

Zoe Isabella Kravitz long straight eyebrows
Image source: Instagram @zoeisabellakravitz

Short Straight Eyebrows

Short straight eyebrows, on the other hand, are characterized by their shorter length and placement closer to the inner corner of the eye.

This style is often associated with a more natural and effortless look, as it can help to create a subtle and understated appearance.

Since short straight eyebrows help to soften prominent facial features, such as a sharp jawline or high forehead, they aren’t the best option for people with more prominent or angular facial features.

Thin Straight Eyebrows

Thin straight eyebrows are often associated with a more polished and refined look, as they tend to create a more structured and defined appearance. They work well for those with smaller facial features or those who prefer a more understated makeup look.

thin straight eyebrows Snitchery
Image source: Instagram @snitchery

Thick Straight Eyebrows

In contrast to that, thick straight eyebrows are a popular choice for those who want to create a more natural and effortless look. They work well for those with larger facial features or those who prefer a more dramatic and bold look.

Straight Arched Eyebrows

Straight arched eyebrows may sound a bit confusing as they have two opposing styles in the name. But this mix reconciles the natural shape with a trendy one.

This type of straight eyebrow shape helps soften the harsh facial features, making it perfect for a square face shape and those with small eyes as the lack of an arch can also make the eyes appear even smaller.

Straight Goth Eyebrows

This style is characterized by straight, sharply defined eyebrows that are typically drawn in with a dark-colored pencil or powder.

To achieve this look, some people opt to shave off their natural brows completely and draw in a new, straighter shape with makeup. This style can be quite dramatic, so straight goth eyebrows are a popular choice among those who want to achieve a bold look that complements their dark and edgy style.

Lou Von Bright goth straight eyebrows
Image source: Instagram @lou.von.bright

Upturned Straight Brow

The upturned straight brow trend is a slight variation of the straight brow trend. This brow shape features a straight or horizontal line at the beginning of the eyebrow, followed by an upward angle towards the outer corner.

The upward angle gives the brow a lifted look so it can help open up the eyes.


Image source: Instagram @shaymitchell

To Sum Up

One of the biggest trends, in general, is the use of individuality and self-expression to create a personalized and unique look. And Gen Z beauty trends are all about that. 

This is exactly what made the straight eyebrow shape so popular – they’re one of the leading brow trends at the moment

It allows experimenting with different shapes, angles, and textures to create a look that reflects people’s individual styles and personalities. 

At the same time, it is modern, edgy, and quite androgynous – and it shows no signs of slowing down in popularity anytime soon!

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