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Beauty’s eyebrow obsession isn’t going away, but best shape to suit yourself.
The importance of brows as a face framer is universally acknowledged. Sales of brow products are on the rise as are bookings to get your brows “done”. Thank the likes of Cara Delevingne and Kim Kardashian for creating brow envy and internet frenzy. Kim’s Instagramming of her “on fleek” brows has helped promote a non-word into the lexicon.
But what exactly is on fleek in these days of more personalised beauty looks? The national brow artist for Benefit, an American company which has specialised in brows since the 1970s, admits she feels naked leaving the house if she isn’t wearing a “show” brow. Sarah Taiapa-Bell favours a bold and angular defined shape. But she says since Benefit introduced a brow menu, the “natural” look is most popular, followed by her more dramatic approach.
At Dior’s winter show, the model look explored a more feathered style, kept in place by its brow mascara. Even such relatively unshaped brows are now groomed into place.
“It’s here to stay,” says Sarah of brow styling, because it adds polish, even if makeup is not being worn. Men too are cottoning onto the benefits of a tidy brow.
“The ability to change your brows can also take years off the look of your face in an instant,” she says. Women with faded or sparse brows can fill them in and clever use of product can create the impression of a mini eye lift.
So, it’s no wonder that tinting, waxing, shaping and more permanent methods of defining brows such as tattooing (also called microblading) are gaining in popularity. Brow powders, pencils and gels allow for everyday DIY. Some women want a single simple-to-use product, the beauty junkie type mixes them to achieve effects such as multi-dimensional brows with graduated colour.
But the biggest trend is away from a single stencilled shape. It’s all about finding your best brow, or having some fun with varied looks.
Full-on feminine makeup is making a dramatic return to the runway.
“I’m really excited about colour,” says Kiekie Stanners, the makeup artist responsible for the beauty looks at some of New Zealand Fashion Week’s biggest shows. Throw in metallics for good measure and we’re bound to be dazzled by some high-voltage beauty looks.
“We’ve seen so many seasons of “no makeup” makeup, perfected grooming, or delicate touches,” says Kiekie, M.A.C’s senior national artist. But the less minimalist, more ornamental direction in everything from fashion, fabrics and accessories to home decor is emerging in makeup also.
This season expect a more constructed approach, with makeup visibly applied across the features. The old adage of “lips or eyes” is being swept aside as artists adorn both and add in colour flushes or defined sheen on cheeks too.
“More elements of the face are done in the same perfectly structured makeup,” is how Kiekie, explains it. “You don’t see the makeup before the woman.” That’s because colour choices, while bold, are most often complementary or monochromatic. Makeup is not plopped on with contrasting red and blue 1980s-style abandon, but is calibrated to suit individual complexions. “The makeup sits beautifully on the face,” she says.
That nod to the individualisation of beauty was beautifully illustrated at the Brandon Maxwell show at New York Fashion Week this year, where Tom Pecheux asked the models which of a number of metallic eye shades they felt most comfortable wearing. Deep blue was a standout.
Locally, where designers and makeup directors have spent the last few weeks planning their own approaches, Kiekie says: “I celebrate that they do have very strong ideas themselves”.
This means our winter show season looking towards 2018 — and coming seven months before Europe’s equivalent round of shows — sees us in a chicken and egg situation.
Kiekie believes New Zealand Fashion Week beauty looks can and do surprise, by not following, but by being fashion-forward and independent.
Models wore metallic eye shades at the Brandon Maxwell show at New York Fashion Week this year.
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