How To Apply The Groomed Brows Beauty Trend – SS12
Illustrating how to nail naturally groomed brows effortlessly, the make-up maestros backstage at Blumarine focussed on defining models’ brows with pigments in the same tone as their tresses.
Combed into place with a brow tamer to shape arches, sparse spots were then filled with an eyebrow powder before being lightly blended for a softer stare. The rest of the face was fuss-free; a peach tone powder lightly warmed cheek apples while a lip balm pressed onto lips tapped into the pale lips beauty trend.
If opting for similarly full brows this summer, follow suit and select a shadow that mimics your hair’s natural tones for polished appeal.
If you’re unsure how to sculpt brows, Dior’s brow shaping kit is a supreme beauty buy that includes six easy-to-use stencils and a handy guide to help you decipher which shape will suit your face.
Erasing the need to fill-in brows freehand, the soft silicone stencils stick to skin leaving your hands free to sketch and shape with the mini eyebrow pencils. Blend the two tones together for a professional finish and dust on loose powder to soften the pigments and set the shape.
Over plucking, the great beauty crime that so many of us are guilty of, has finally met its match with this new hero product. RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum claims up to 108% increase in brow fullness over a sixty day period, which is no mean feat; thin eyebrows, whether due to ageing or too close a relationship with your tweezers, can look ageing and unkempt, so such a result could be very welcome.
A blend of peptides, keratin and apple fruit extract are just some of the nourishing ingredients that stimulate growth, improve condition and add fullness to the brows. It’s well worth the hefty price tag as it could see you throwing your eyebrow pencil away at the end of the first month.
Whether bold, big, natural or full, brows frame the face and were a key focus at the spring summer 2012 runways. The poster girl for the bold brow, Cara Delevigne is never spotted without gorgeously groomed eyebrows and nowhere more so than at Chanel’s Haute Couture show this season.
Threaded to perfection, models’ brows were brushed into place and shaped with soft pencil strokes for a bold, uniform look. Eyes were then outlined with sea tone shades and locks coiffed into punk-style mo-hawks to juxtapose the lustrous silks and brocade textures of the couture collection.
Eliminating the need for sharpening so you can groom on the go, Clinique’s Superfine Liner is available in four natural-looking hues, from the softest blonde to deep sepia shades, making nailing the groomed brows trend a breeze.
Whether you prefer to shape with sharp strokes to create bold brows or favour feathery flicks for natural-looking arches, the ultra fine tip provides a precise line while the soft, finely-milled pigments glide onto skin without smudging for a long-lasting finish.
If you’re struggling to sculpt your brows, Shavata Singh, brow expert and owner of Shavata Brow Studios, suggests having your brows shaped professionally. ‘Even if you just go once in your life to find out your shape, it’ll be worth it. At our studios when matching features to eyebrows, we analyse the whole face, lifestyle and age of the lady before we decide a suitable shape’ Singh recommends.
‘To keep your arches fuzz-free, tend to your brows on a daily basis – it’s a lot easier to tweeze one or two stray hairs every day, and maintain the correct shape, than taming brows once a week,’' she concludes.
Once you’ve deciphered the best brow shape for your face, no woman’s beauty bag should be without an eyebrow pencil. Hard enough to provide a precise line to create bold brows, Shavata’s Double-Ended Pencil consists of two complementary shades. Fill in sparse brows with short, feathery strokes of the two tones in the direction your hair naturally grows and blend together for a flattering finish.
For natural looking brows, bypass pencils in favour of an eyebrow gel this summer. With its smooth, creamy texture, Shu Uemura’s Eyebrow Gel is available in five shades and transforms into powdery pigments when painted onto skin, mimicking individual hairs.
Sketched on with the slanted 60B brush, the gel is packed with oils to wick away sweat and water to ensure it acts as a longer-lasting alternative to powder - the perfect product for your holiday beauty bag.
If you need a helping hand to define your brows, head to a Shu Uemura boutique to experience the brand’s Brow Style Atelier – a unique service which sees a stylist serving up top tips to help you select the best products to nail the groomed brows beauty trend.
Forget the thin, over-plucked brows of seasons past, fashion favours a fuller brow this summer and nowhere were arches made to look more natural than at Carolina Herrera’s spring summer 2012 show.
Juxtaposing the precisely defined pink pouts, brows were brushed into place and strays were sported with pride. Locks were swept up and slicked into centre partings to keep eyes firmly fixed on the groomed brows, while eyelids were treated to a sprinkling of shadow in sun kissed bronze shades and a lick of black eyeliner sketched across upper lids nodded to the cat eye beauty trend.
Chanel’s Perfect Brows starter kit packs away three eyebrow powders and every tool you need to groom your brows into a pocket-friendly palette.
Brush brows into place with the brush before customising your colour by blending the three brow shades together or selecting one shade for a bolder brow. The highly concentrated mineral pigment sticks to skin for long-lasting wear and even comes with a guide showing how to shape your brows and a set of mini-tweezers so you can pluck away strays as soon as you spot them.
Even if you’re tweezer-shy or your pain threshold is too low for waxing, you can still shape your arches and define your brows this season. With its wax-like texture, simply brush brows into place and stroke on MAC’s brow finisher to tame brows.
The glossy texture leaves eye brows looking groomed and conditioned without the crunchy texture of setting gels. Try painting it over a pencil to make the pigment longer-lasting.
You might not need to invest in eyebrow pens, stencils or gels to trial the groomed brows trend. If you’ve been blessed with naturally-full brows, simply whip them into shape with Blink’s handbag-friendly Eyebrow Tamer.
Brush brows in an upward direction before filling in any sparse spots with a few strokes of an eyebrow pencil and add a coat of eyebrow gel for a long-lasting fishing.
However, if you’re suffering from sparse browns and are keen to grow them back Vanita Parti, founder of Blink, has a few top tips. ‘Product will be the most helpful way of concealing brows that are growing out, using an eyebrow pencil, create your original eyebrow shape and fill in any areas necessary‘ she advises.
‘Take a highlighting pencil or cream to use on the brow bone under the arch, this will help bounce back the light concealing any unruly hairs. This can be used on top of the brow directly above the arch also, which will really flatter the contours too,’ Parti confirms.
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