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Beauty Report: Strong eyebrows on spring 2012 runways

September 13, 2011 |  7:00 am

NARS_Thakoon_SS12_Model 1 The soft side of the spring 2012 collections is getting an interesting juxtaposition seen in the hard-edged and heavily defined eyebrows created on model's faces at shows like Derek Lam and Victoria Beckham.

The most extreme case (thus far) was at Altuzarra, where designer Joseph Altuzarra referenced  Elizabeth Taylor’s signature strong brows and makeup artist Tom Pecheux translated them to look almost vinyl, they were so extreme. 
Models at Thakoon sported cotton candy-looking hair and glow-y skin. Makeup artist Diane Kendal said that she focused on a strong, classic brow because the collection was so colorful. She kept the face natural, with a little pink on the cheek for healthy color.

At Victoria Beckham, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury used Le Crayon Poudre brow pencil to create the arched and full effect. She stated that she wanted models to look “sporty” and “handsome.”

Fluffier, caterpillar style brows abounded at Derek Lam, where Tom Pecheux darkened brows using pencil from Estee Lauder. The severe brows struck a nice contrast to the lemon yellow eye shadow that was swept across models' lids. Dereklamvictoriabeckham222012

But regardless of whether strong eyebrows were part of the beauty concept or not, it’s clear that full and almost angular brows are what are big in fashion. Even with just a little combing and light pencil,  brows are basically looking bigger, meaning you can give the tweezers a rest and channel your inner Brooke Shields.

But for those of us who plucked them all out during our "grunge phase" that might be much easier said than done.

--Melissa Magsaysay


Runway Rundown: Tommy Hilfiger spring 2012 menswear

New York Fashion Week: Derek Lam

New York Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham

Photos: Top left, Thakoon spring/summer 2012. Photo credit: Nars

Bottom left, Derek Lam spring/summer 2012; photo credit: Estee Lauder. Bottom right, Victoria Beckham spring/summer 2012; photo credit: Lancome