Celeb Look to Steal: Bold Brows
Bold brows are back, baby! (as is alliteration!) Big brows from left to right: Keira Knightley, Cara Delevingne, and Ashley Olsen
Model Cara Delevingne (above, center) and her lush, corpulent eyebrows have taken London Fashion week by storm, walking the runways for Burberry, Chanel and Stella McCartney and ushering in a whole new era in bold brow-dom for 2013. The Daily Mail says:
Forget the clothes – the biggest trend at London Fashion Week is bushy eyebrows.
Blame wild-browed supermodel Cara Delevingne, who “owes her meteoric rise to her dark, perfectly shaped brows,” [says] make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon.
“Power brows lift the structure of your face, open your eyes and frame your features.”
To get your own “power brows” like Cara’s and Keira’s, put down the tweezers and pick up a brow pencil. The highest point of your arch should be directly above your pupil; to find where your brow should end, hold the pencil at a 45 degrees from the corner of your nose. Use short, stiff pencil strokes (Lancome’s Le Crayon Poudre in Taupe works great for blondes) or slanted brow brush dipped in brow wax (Benefit’s Brow Zings, $30) to follow along your natural arch, filling in sparse areas as you go. When using wax, always work from the outer edge in towards the center of your face, making sure the wax sits on the skin and not the hairs themselves.
If you already have full brows, keep them neat and polished with a clear brow gel, or for a little more definition, try a tinted brow gel (Benefit’s Speed Brow, $16), because brows look best when they’re a shade darker than your hair color. Brow powder is another way to beef up bare brows — Laura Mercier makes a great one that’s actually a gel/wax/powder blend — but they can be trickier to apply if you’re not steady handed. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, your “power brows” should never touch, nor should you ever refer to them as your “power brows” in public. Also, Sharpie is never a substitute for a brow pencil, no matter what the chola gang in Cell Block C tries to tell you.
Check out all the celebrity big-bodied brows + the best products for DIY brows in the gallery above.