It’s amazing how much difference a little eyebrow maintenance can make, and with brows the most prominent feature of SS’12 beauty looks there’s never been a better time to pay yours some much needed attention.
Gone are the days of plucked minimalism, instead the S/S12 catwalks were stormed by warrior queens with brows that erred, at times, more towards the Frida Kahlo end of the spectrum. Which isn’t to say you should dash off and start frantically cultivating a mono-brow, but a little less pruning is definitely a good way to update your face for 2012 – you’ll look like a sexier, more grown up version of you and nobody will quite be able to put their finger on why. If you are reading this from behind a sparse sprinkling, try the new and improved Peter Thomas Roth's Lashes To Die For lash growth serum - it works on brows too and if you start now you'll be able to pull off a full 'Brooke Shields' before the daffodils come up this spring.
Look to the new industry darlings Arizona Muse and Bambi Northwood-Blyth (fash-swoon left) for inspiration. Both are the eyebrow icons you need to channel. And far from swamping their unquestionably beautiful foreheads, their bigger brows lend an elegant yet sexy edge to even the most ladylike make-up looks. They’re tomboy-ish, brushed up with clean skin and ponytails; edgy when coupled with lashings of kohl and look archly sophisticated when lovingly groomed (if it was good enough for Elizabeth Taylor...)
If the prospect of growing your brows induces more than a few furrows of doubt, look no further than Anastasia Soare, with her arsenal of products to aid the transition. Much like ridding yourself of a fringe, growing out eyebrows is no mean feat and an awkward interim phase is virtually unavoidable but try to resist the temptation to tweeze. The ‘definitive eye and brow expert’, Anastasia's eyebrow range has everything you need to fake a full set, even if you’re decidedly lacking. Use Brow Wiz to plump up sparse brows (the nib is so fine it can mimic individual hairs) then define and set the shape with award winning Tinted Brow Gel. Or, if you’ve not yet fallen foul of over-zealous eyebrow epilation, be thankful and experiment with what you’ve got. Use Anastasia’s Brow Pen and Brow Powder Duo to enhance their natural shape and draw attention for the right reasons. If you’ve got the confidence to pare down the rest of your make-up, statement brows are not only incredibly fashion forward they add structure to your face, drawing attention to your eye area and balancing out a heavy chin (a great trick too if you wake up with a massive zit!) A small change can make a big difference so don’t panic at the prospect of growing a set of caterpillars. Tw-ease yourself in gradually and you’ll soon be raising more than a few approving eyebrows. verity douglas