26 November 2009

Beauty news flash: high brow

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You may well be surprised to discover that here in the Grazia beauty department we find ourselves talking about eyebrows on an extremely regular basis... Yes, ladies, do not underestimate the power of the humble brow, because this most unassuming of facial features has the power to totally change the appearance of your face.

jonathan saundersGivenchyAlexander McQueen

Brow trends come and go faster than you can say, well, brow, and between us we have probably tried them all with varying degrees of success. In fact, backstage at spring/summer 2010 shows we just couldn’t keep up with the variations in brow colour and shape as we kept on bumping into the same models sporting different brows as make-up artists bleached out brows for some shows (Jonathan Saunders, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy) and dyed them back for others (Hussein Chalayan and D&G.) Rumour has it that at the end of Paris Fashion Week, one designer had to fly in a brow doctor to sort out the girls' brows because they were in such bad condition after the repeated changes…

hussein chalayand&g

Recently, however, we have come to the general consensus that catwalk brow trends are best kept to the catwalk and that 'civilians' like us should probably stick to a more classic, full brow. Hollywood plucker Anastasia Soare, who has helped everyone from Madonna to Victoria Beckham master the perfect brow, agrees, and has recently spoken out to say that the number one mistake that women make is over-tweezing. (And, let’s face it, who hasn’t made this mistake? Even celebrities do it all the time.) Anastasia tells us that over-enthusiastic plucking can reveal too much brow bone, making features appear out of proportion. Her advice it to ignore trends and follow your own natural brow shape to create a fuller, classic brow that will never go out of style.

We reckon this is great news all round; less plucking and, once we’ve perfected the ideal brow, it’s all in the maintenance. Hurrah!

A few of our favourite products for keeping brows in check…

- Tweezerman Slanted Tweezers, £16; disposable brow wands, £4.75 at www.thepromakeupshop.com

- Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Gel, £12.50 from www.bobbibrown.co.uk

- Estée Lauder Brow Shaping Pencil, £12.20 from www.esteelauder.co.uk

Anja Rubik

Oh and just so you know, model Anja Rubik keeps a mini Elnett in her bag to tidy unruly brows when disaster strikes…

- Rose Beer, Beauty Assistant


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