Sep 13, 2018 | By Sarah Owen
Get more with a WGSN membership. Click for a demo.
Oct 03, 2011
Heavily defined brows are making a statement for Spring/Summer 2012. From thick and arched to bushy and exaggerated, one thing’s for certain: the bolder the better. Makeup artists drew inspiration from supermodels and beauties of decades past, as well as rock musicians and photographers. To achieve this look they used dark eyebrow pencils and powders or black eyeshadow and mascara to amp them up. Here’s a few of our faves.
The most dramatic of brows thus far goes to Altuzarra. Lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux with MAC cosmetics went for sharp, dynamic shape that was “like Elizabeth Taylor at the gym.” The fully exaggerated brows were applied using MAC eyeliner in Feline and eyeshadow in Carbon.
Marc Jacob’s collection was inspired by images of Amy Winehouse, Patsy Klein, and Sweet Charity. He passed these images on to Nars Creative Director Francois Nars, who also gained inspiration from photographs featured in the book Cowboy Kate. It was important to make the models appear like dancers so he created a look that was focused around the eyes and brows. “The brow is sharply defined from inner to outer ends. It’s very monochromatic,” Nars stated. He darkened them using the black side of the Nars eyeshadow duo Pandora.
In Milan, the models at Moschino were given strong, boyish brows. Tom Pecheux’s inspiration came from a mixture of images from Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and photographer Helmut Newton. He smudged the color on with mascara, using black for darker complexions and brown for fairer tones.
At Sass and Bide, Terry Barber for MAC cosmetics went for a glam rock, David Bowie inspired look. Using a gel, he filled in the brows to give them an architectural shape with a feminine twist.
– Heather Bickford
Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.