Beauty Watch: The brows have it

New York Fashion Week feels like a distant memory now — that’s the dream-like nature of fashion weeks — but there was one glaringly obvious trend that marched up and down those catwalks with relentless consistency.

Brows — bold and sweeping, fat and black or romantic and whimsical. Whichever way you look at it, brows are back.

The bold brow was tempered with a natural look of perfectly prepped and primed skin, invisible eyelashes and the barest suggestion of a flush on cheeks. It’s not just on the catwalks we’re seeing this look either. In her new film, Anna Karenina, Keira Knightley’s look is almost barefaced, apart from the brows. She’s kept the look, pictured here at the London premiere of the film.

Chanel makeup artist Lisa Eldridge achieved this by keeping the complexion and lips natural with Perfection Lumière Foundation in 10 Beige and a little Joues Contraste powder blush in Rose Initiale. On the lips was Le Crayon Lèvres in Natural and Rouge Allure Lipstick in Evanescente. This allows for a scintillating focus on the eyes and strong, groomed but natural-looking brows.

Brows are one of nature’s youthifiers that we all have access to. A properly shaped brow can take years off you so start by getting them professionally plucked, threaded or waxed into a decent shape (not too thin!) and then maintain that yourself with tweezers.

Blackrock, Co Dublin’s Carter Beauty does a treatment called HD Brows (€50), which involves tinting, waxing and threading to give you perfectly shaped, groomed and full brows. When choosing a shade to use on brows, always go lighter than you imagine you will need.

For Rag and Bone’s Spring Summer 2013 collection, Revlon global artistic director Gucci Westman used Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad (€11.25) in Addictive to get her brow look. “I wanted to create a look that was bold, but still looked soft and natural,” says Westman.

“I was inspired by the iconic supermodels of the ’90s and the great structure of their brows.”

The best brow shapers that I’ve used are Tom Ford’s new Brow Sculpter (€40 and now available in Brown Thomas, Cork), an amazing little pen with a ‘calligraphy’ tip that allows you to create very fine lines graduating to thick, bold lines.

Mac’s Eye Brows (€17) is a perfect little pencil for defining, shaping and adding density. This was used at Jason Wu’s recent Fashion Week shows. It is self-sharpening so perfect for your handbag.

If you end up looking a bit Ming The Merciless when drawing on eyebrows, try Shavata’s range of eyebrow stencils (approx. €15) from Shavata Brow Studio in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.

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