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Sporting sun-kissed brows
Picture: Alison Jade

While dark, thick eyebrows ruled fashion last year and are still going strong, many celebs have lately been spotted with a lightened brow.

Alison Jade is a specialist brow-shaping salon, based in Cottesloe. Director Alison Jade said New York Fashion Week showed that bold brows were strong — but by way of contrast many models were also sporting a nude brow.

“So it seems this year anything goes with brows in terms of their colour,” she said. “However, both styles were kept thick — only the colour varied.”

Inglewood-based Total Brow director Natalie O’Brien said brows should be defined and bold.

“Strong brows are topping off famous faces all over from the catwalk to Hollywood,” she said.

Ms O’Brien said she believed more people wanted a fuller, well-groomed brow which she said better projected youth, beauty and energy.

“This is not just about a thick heavy eyebrow but a brow that is in proportion to your face,” she said. “Fashion is always trying to keep things new and interesting. However, it is important to keep in mind these trends are meant to trickle down in a diluted form to the public.”

Ms O’Brien said she always considered lightening or darkening the brows when a client had a brow makeover.

“Lightening has certainly gained popularity recently as a fresh new trend but I should note that it is not as extreme as the recent albino bleached brow that one may recall from a couple years ago,” she said.

Lightening, she said, could be flattering when the colour was subtly reduced by one or two shades resulting in a soft, lifting effect which could lighten the entire face by taking the edge off otherwise dark, heavy brows.

“I stress that it’s lightening which is flattering and not bleaching, which can render the brows brittle and result in a ginger undertone,” she said.

“On the other hand, since eyebrows fade and become sparser with age, darkening them slightly helps create more definition and makes the face look more vibrant and youthful.

“Redheads need to warm their eyebrows to complement the warmth in their hair.”

Ms Jade said considering lightening the brows was definitely something to consult a specialist about.
“Lightening the brows is a tricky one for most of us who aren’t blessed with the bone structure of a catwalk model,” she said.

If you are going to rock this look you have to be committed to putting extra time in with your make-up so you don’t look washed out.

“It is quite a hard look to pull off and I definitely would not recommend this for everyone.”

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