(New York Post) When Nicola Peltz Beckham attended the Academy Museum Gala in Los Angeles earlier this month, it wasn’t her black form-fitting Givenchy gown or sleek arm-length gloves that fashionistas were quick to weigh in on. Rather, it was the 27-year-old newlywed’s pencil-thin, barely there eyebrows that set tongues wagging.
“Just in case life wasn’t terrifying enough — the threat of thin eyebrows rears its head again,” a Twitter user wrote in response to a picture of the model’s new look. “[We’re] stuck in an endless nostalgia loop,” lamented another commenter.
In recent years, Gen X has had to witness the reincarnation of a number of questionable fashion trends from the ’90s and early aughts — from Uggs to bootcut jeans — but the return of the skinny, sperm-like brows from the end of the 20th century is crossing a line. Gen Zers and young millennials such as Bella Hadid, 26, and Dove Cameron, 26, are looking increasingly tweezer happy or worse — Doja Cat, 27, and Julia Fox, 32, have both erased their brows entirely in recent months. The hashtag #ThinEyebrows currently has 236.5 million views on TikTok, but elder millennials and Gen Xers are warning the younger set that they will regret the heavy plucking.
Nicola Peltz Beckham appeared with sharp looking brows at the 2022 Annual Academy Museum Gala on Oct. 15.Getty Images
Bella Hadid’s brows have been narrowing over the last couple of years as she embraces the ’90s trend.AFP via Getty Images
“All the people who lived through the thin brow trend in the ’90s now have to draw their brows on everyday for the rest of their lives,” a Twitter user cautioned.
But the younger generations seem intent on repeating past mistakes. Last month, the #ThinEyebrowChallenge took over TikTok, with a filter giving people a thin eyebrow makeover and some liking it so much they got the tweezers out to try it for real.
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“Overplucking is a way of life,” one TikToker declared, showing off a series of pictures with narrow arches and declaring she’ll “never go back.”
“Thin eyebrows are just superior,” another young TikToker said.
According to Chanel brow artist Jimena Garcia, once you embrace the thin brow trend, it may be forever. There’s always a chance that brow hairs don’t grow back, she said.
“Talk to almost anyone who tried the trend in the ’90s and they’ll likely tell you that regrowing in the aughts was a nightmare,” Garcia, 46, told The Post. “That said, growing out your brows is not impossible, but genetics play a big factor in whether or not the hairs will actually regrow.”