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Spring 2012 Beauty Trend: Thick Brows

On the Spring Runways, Brows Are Making a Comeback

We're excited to present this story from Allure:

In recent seasons, brows have been bleached into oblivion, but they're finally back — in a big way. On New York's Spring 2012 runways, eyebrows have been groomed, thickened, and penciled in until they're a focal point of the face. To see the best brow looks so far, just keep reading.

1980s Supermodel Arches: The brows on Donna Karan's runway (above) were thick without looking too masculine, thanks to a well-defined shape. "They've got a gorgeous, lifted arch," explained makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, who was inspired by Yasmin LeBon's brows. But she didn't hold back with it came to darkening them, layering on both pencil and powder using short, quick strokes to mimic the shape of the hair.

Imperfect and Bushy: For The Row's runway, makeup artist Tom Pecheux created the appearance of "virgin brows that haven't been touched." He skipped traditional brow pencils and instead brushed on Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Bold Volume Mascara in brown and black shades for an unruly and naive effect.


Exaggerated Elizabeth Taylor Brows: At Altuzarra (below), Pecheux created "strong yet feminine brows" that he said were an homage to La Liz. He used MAC eye shadow in Carbon, a jet-black shade that he painted on brunettes and blondes alike, using a damp brow brush.

Photo courtesy of Greg Kessler

Androgynous: At Victoria Beckham, Tilbury thickened the models' brows with Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre and followed their brows' natural shape. Set against minimal makeup, these darkened arches made for an androgynous look.

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Join The Conversation
SpencerFran SpencerFran 6 years
I like this look. I think it's really fun, and you can play with shape and thickness. I may test it out this weekend...
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Jennifer from BTTF!! Love it, bryseana. That movie is still one of my favorites.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I've always liked the 80's brows like Brooke Shields, and "Jennifer" from Back to the Future.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
:jawdrop: No. No, no, no, no.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
is poorly blended foundation that doesn't match your skintone making a comeback? This is an all around super attractive look.
Marian55 Marian55 6 years
Anyone see a resemblence to Groucho Marx? lol
Treeflection Treeflection 6 years
I'm not seeing androgynous, I'm seeing cartoonish.
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