A new eyebrow trend is taking over TikTok, and it’s sparked a bit of a battle between the generations. According to Gen Z, super-thin and straight eyebrows are in. But according to millennials — who are still recovering from their own super-thin eyebrow phase that spanned the ’90s and early ’00s — this all feels like bad déjà vu.
The trend has been called various things, from straight brows to lifted brows to Bella Hadid eyebrows, since the model has more or less become known for the extreme look.
And while it’s certainly not for everyone, countless TikTokers have been experimenting with the new trend for months now to see how it might give their face a “lifted” look — with varying degrees of success.
“I never realized how much eyebrows drag a face down,” wrote Elizabeth Monahan (@elizabeth.marie) in her TikTok caption.
Her post, which later went viral, drew a ton of comments from people who either loved the look or absolutely hated it.
“I NEEDED TO SEE THISSSSS!!!!” wrote one TikToker. “Changing your eyebrows to fit your face shape really does make a difference<3<3”
“GIRLLLLL I NEED A TUTORIAL,” another person demanded.
Someone else said they’re currently “obsessed” with straight brows but have been too afraid to try them out.
“You look amazing!!!” they added.
However, the vast majority of commenters — presumably millennials — shot the look down immediately.
“You look shocked now,” another told her.
“Is the same person?” someone else asked.
Like it or not, Monahan’s viral TikTok went on to inspire a lot of other TikTokers to do the same, and they’ve been posting their own results for the world to see.
“I’ve been influenced,” wrote @jacindanaomi, who admitted she’s still unsure of how she feels about them.
Others have been pleasantly surprised by the results.
Other TikTokers have tried using Photoshop or similar editing tools to see how they’d look with the new brow trend before taking the plunge.
Some have also tried to create the illusion of a straight brow by using makeup and eyebrow pens.
However, based on some of the comments, it’s become clear that while Gen Z seems to think this is a totally “new” trend, we’ve actually been here before.
Long before Bella Hadid or Cara Delevingne became known for their straight eyebrows, Audrey Hepburn pioneered the look in the 1950s and ’60s.
Fast-forward to the ’90s and millennials had adopted a similar look, though this one was much, much skinnier.
In time, the look turned out to be a major regret for an entire generation who learned the hard way just how long it takes for eyebrow hair to grow back.
Now, those same millennials are weighing in on the straight brow trend and begging Gen Z to leave their eyebrows alone.
“Is this going to be the gen z versions of when millennials over plucked,” one person commented on a straight brow tutorial from @heyitsnichole_.
“Watching Gen Z mess up their eyebrows just like all the gens before them,” added another person.
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