Trend On Trial

Trend On Trial: wild brows

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Stylist Team

Warlocks, werewolves and she-devils have no place in the beauty world. Or so you’d think...

Taking a sojourn into a fantasy dream-world, autumn’s new full-bodied brow – with its brushed-up, wild feel – calls to mind a prowling woodland creature, piquing my interest. I’ll make no bones about it, I’m fanatical about eyebrows: I could stare at the architectural perfection of Keira Knightley’s for hours. Sad, yes, but in their own way, brows are an art form. Brow fetishists at the a/w 2011 shows include Alexander Wang – his solid, squared-off shapes lent a strong, handsome feel to the grungy collection. At the Proenza Schouler show, brows were brushed up and enhanced with occasional pencil strokes, resulting in a woodland feel fused with Ninties androgyny.

To create the new brow I used my old faithful, Mac Brow Set, £11.50 (I get panicky near the end of the tube) to stamp on colour and define shape. Then I randomly placed a few pencil flicks extending from the top line. It took me four tries to get them to look like a pair. And, away from the context of the catwalk, it looked feral – I was convinced I’d be barking at the moon come midnight. Don’t let that put you off, though. The trick is to take your brow up two or three notches in definition and strength, nodding to the trend while keeping inside your comfort zone. And, to avoid overkill, leave off mascara.