Extreme Eyebrows: Pushing the Limits On the Bold Brow Trend

Rachel Adler
Extreme Eyebrows: Pushing the Limits On the Bold Brow Trend
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Bold brows have been on everyone’s minds for a few years now – the Brooke Shields brow is in, and we all want to achieve it. No longer are we over-tweezing or over-preening, instead we spend our days trying to figure out how to get more hair to grow above our lids. But, the trend hasn’t stopped there. In recent runway walks, we’ve even seen color and texture have their moment on the runway – specifically, at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s spring 2014 show with gold leaf brows, Rodarte’s spring 2014 show with pierced brows, and Badgley Mischka’s spring 2015 show with pastel brows.

As brows have successfully moved to the forefront of our beauty routines, we decided to go to the extremes with them as well, to see just how far we could push our face-framing friends. We called in one of the experts in the biz, M∙A∙C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry, Romero Jennings, who is well-known for experimenting with faux lashes and lately, faux brows.

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Jennings is always traveling for his work, and often uses pieces that he finds on his travels to create new brows. For our shoot, he used various wigs, rhinestones, mesh, glitter, makeup and more. Jennings told us it can take him 12-15 hours to create each pair of brows because he has to work on them in stages, gluing each piece individually on to the “power mesh” he uses to hold the entire brow together.

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As for where brow trends are going in the future, Jennings thinks people are ready for a change. He predicts we’ll be seeing more color this coming Fashion Week. “We are going to see texture, we are going to see intensity. And by texture, I mean that it could be matte, super matte. I think it could be textures of glitter or 3-dimensional looking as opposed to the natural looks we’ve been seeing in seasons past.” For our shoot, Jennings noted that he obviously didn’t hold back. But, for the everyday woman, he said you can try out some gorgeous glitter lashes for a party or a fun color brow and keep everything else neutral, and instantly brighten up your look.

“I think people want to stand out because for a long time makeup has taken a backseat to skin care and to that monotone, tone-on-tone look. And, I think now people want you to see that they took the time to do this. They are making an effort.”

Makeup: Romero Jennings, MAC Cosmetics
Makeup Assistant: Moises Ramirez, MAC Cosmetics
Photographer: Tiffany Hagler-Geard
Model: Josephine Jacobsen, APM Models

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From hair wigs to Swarovski crystals, we used all sorts of things to make "extreme" eyebrows – and we're kind of obsessed.

Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Beauty High

To create the appearance of this mesh brow, Jennings handmade a brow using carbon black wire, trimming the edges for shape. He completed the look by layering True Chartreuse Paint Stick with Bitter Eyeshadow and Blacktrack Fluidline Eyeliner.

Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Beauty High

For this matte red brow, Jennings used MAC Cosmetics' Chromagraphic Pencil in Basic Red, shading in the entire brow. He then glued crystals around the eye with Duo Lash Glue and added a neutral shadow to the lid for contrast.

Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Beauty High

To create this gold metallic brow, Jennings individually cut 14 karat gold paper and laid it over nude power mesh. For the eyes, he used MAC Cosmetics' Paint Stick in High Def Cyan, streaking it out along the edges. Virgin Isle Cream Color Base was used all around the eyelid as contrast, and a bit of Gold Mine shadow on the inner corner finished off the look.

Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Beauty High

For this relatively bare brow, Jennings glued Swarovski Aurora Borealis crystals onto a nude power mesh – if you want a budget-friendly version of the crystals, he suggests going to your local craft store. For the eye, Jennings used MAC Cosmetics' Paint Stick in Basic Red with Virgin Isle Creme Color Base, and then swiped lip gloss on top for a sheen.

Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Beauty High

To match our shimmering pink brow, every girl needs a bright pink lip, right? Jennings used Shock Value Lip Pencil and Candy Yum Yum Lipstick for this matte pink lip, and glued pink and opalescent stars to mesh for the brow. He completed the look with gloss on the lid and a bit of mascara.

Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Beauty High

For our striped blue brow, Jennings used MAC Cosmetics' Hi-Def Cyan Chromographic Liner and Marine Ultra Chromographic Liner to add an extra pop of color. To finish the look, he used Azalea Pro Blush on our model's cheeks for a rosy glow.

Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Beauty High

These purple "furry" brows were made from a synthetic wig that Jennings sourced while he was traveling in Malaysia from a wig shop. He hand-glued the individual hairs onto the brows, layering them one at a time. To finish the look, he used Freshwater eyeshadow for a fun Bowie effect.

Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Beauty High

This contrast of colors was created using a blend of Acrylic Paint in Primary Yellow and Pure White to fill in the brow, and layering Chrome Yellow Eyeshadow over the top, resulting in a gorgeous bright, matte yellow shade to play off the bright blue wig. To complete the look, Jennings chose a bright pink lip, using Chatterbox.

Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard / Beauty High

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