October 8th, 2013
This season there are no better accessories than the eyebrows.
If eyes are windows to the soul then brows, as frames to the soul, should also be treated with respect. Eyebrows have the potential to be the most striking aspect of the face. With big statement brows gracing the runways at Erdem, Balmain and Paco Rabanne for Spring/Summer 2014, it seems as if thin, fine eyebrows are a thing of the past. Heavy and bushy brows are the must have accessory from winter onwards.
Another clue that big brows are here to stay is Lancôme’s appointment of actress,
Lily Collins, as their new Global Ambassador. Her full eyebrows are a source of fan frenzy and have even inspired their own Twitter page, @iamthebrows.
It is model-of-the-minute Cara Delevingne who can be found responsible for the resurgence of the fuller brow. Her enviable big brows catapulted her into model superstardom and her popularity has resulted in a dramatic fall in tweezer sales.
From bleached to bushy to completely missing, history has seen every type of eyebrow style imaginable. Frida Khalo immortalised the uni-brow by keeping her arches bushy and connected in the middle only for the flapper girls of the 1920s to don ultra thin dropped versions. The Hollywood superstars of the ‘40s and ‘50s, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, opted for a look darker and more defined, while in the ‘80s Brooke Shields rocked bold, lush ones which allowed low maintenance, natural eyebrows to take centre stage. Due to incessant plucking, eyebrows almost vanished in the ‘90s, but thanks to celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox and their perfectly sculptured, glamorous brows, big brows are back on trend.
Brows are now becoming a serious commitment, with bars popping up in the provinces too, offering shaping, threading, bleaching, dying and waxing. The Harley Street Hair Clinic offers eyebrow transplants from £2000 for those whose over-plucked brows refuse to grow. The process, which involves plucking hair from the back to be placed hair by hair into the eyebrow, takes over four hours and is only for the most determined. A slightly cheaper alternative is semi-permanent make-up where, for £600, brows can be redrawn in an hour.
As big brows look here to stay for awhile, now is the time to start growing out your own. Less tweezer time is not just a call for celebration, but also time to invest in a few grooming essentials to look after your arches. For those wary to go full Cara, big does not have to mean bushy. Here are our favourite picks to help create and maintain fuller brows:
For those not blessed with Keira Knightley’s naturally thick brows, palettes offer everything you need to create her look.
Chanel’s Le Sourcil De Chanel is an all in one palette featuring three shades which can be blended together to create the desired shade. The highly concentrated mineral pigment powders provide long-lasting colour while the brush grooms the brows into the desired shape. The Perfect Brows palette (£43) offers personalised eyebrow shaping.
Benefit’s Brow zings, brow shaping kit (£23.50) contains all the tools you need for smooth, perfect brows. The palette includes pigmented wax for shaping, natural-shaded powder for setting, tweezers, two brushes for angling and blending and a mirror for on the go brow maintenance.
The Professional Eye and Brow Palette by HD Brows (£29.95) contains 6 shades of long-lasting, anti-smudge powders to complement any skin type. With 24 hour staying power, the shades can be topped up to create dramatic party looks.
Bobbi Brown’s Brow Kit, (£35) available in light or dark, helps create a polished brow. The kit features two shadows, a two sided mirror plus a mini tweezer and brow brush. The eye shadows make it easy to define and fill in the brows.
The Bare Minerals Brow Brush (£10) has angled bristles for perfect shaping and defining to help create effortless brows. The brush easily sweeps on your desired amount of powder to help complete your look.
The Clinique SuperFine Liner for Brows (£13) is available in four shades: Soft Blonde, Soft Brown, Black Brown and Deep Brown. There is no need to sharpen this automatic pencil which fills even the smallest gaps to create a natural, full eyebrow.
Gels are perhaps the most important addition to manage long, unruly brows. The MAC Brow Set (£13) provides the perfect amount of sheen to make brows look healthy and holds them in place all day without any stiffness.
No matter what your preferred method of maintenance, your new fuller brows will grant you access to an elite club where big and bold are the only brows in fashion.