by Kerry Andersen
In the roaring 20’s, Marlene Dietrich was adored for her signature super-thin drawn-on brows while Audrey Hepburn personified 50’s glamour with expertly groomed eyebrows befitting a Hollywood legend. In recent years, women have turned to microblading, a form of semi-permanent tattooing that yields a big, bold look to frame the face. Now, more relaxed fashion trends are reflected in our beauty routines with brows that are not as stiff and shiny, but looser and brushed up with a natural feathery look.
To update your brow look, swipe a trick that makeup artists have been using for decades – soap brows. This old school makeup hack is making a resurgence thanks to Tik Tok videos showcasing the beauty trick. Google searches for the term ‘soap brow’ increased more than 300% in one recent month. So, what exactly are soap brows? Backstage at fashion shows, makeup artists have been known to drag a brow brush across the surface of a bar of soap and then comb brows up and out.
The glycerin in the soap separates the strands of hair and cements them in place, taming flyaways. The eye-opening trick is simple, affordable and gives brows extra hold.
Soap brows make your hair look thicker too, but you can’t use just any soap to achieve the look. It’s the glycerin in some soaps that makes this method work without irritating your skin. Traditional bar soap will leave a white residue behind. The iconic brand Pears is the mainstay for soap brows but any clear glycerin soap will work.
Soap Brow How-To Guide
Spray glycerin soap with facial mist or setting spray and let sit for a few minutes.
Run a brow spoolie across the surface of the soap to create a paste and load bristles with product.
Brush spoolie through brow hairs, flicking upwards and out to create a feathered look.
Comb through again, pressing the hair firmly in place (you can also use the wand handle).
Shape top and edges using the tip of the spoolie and use brow powder to fill in sparse areas.
That’s it! Once it dries the soap will lock brows in place!