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Ditch those tweezers, full brows are back

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FULL brows atMaxMara Fall 2012

If you’re a little put off by “Mirror, Mirror” actress Lily Collins’ bushy eyebrows, well, get used to it because over-plucked, pencil-thin eyebrows are out and fuller arches are officially back. Quit plucking and grow back those bushes!

“Eyebrow is a big story this season,” said James Molloy, MAC director for artistry for the Asia Pacific and China region. Molloy is echoing what many of his fellow makeup artists have already been pushing in recent seasons. “You can see women sporting fuller brows,” Molloy said at a recent trend presentation.

On the runways, fuller eyebrows were seen in the Fall 2012 shows of Christian Dior Couture, Rochas, Marc Jacobs. Celebrity pegs are Kim Kardashian, Camilla Belle, Jennifer Connelly, Brooke Shields and, yes, Lily Collins.

MAC presents four key looks for Fall-Winter 2012, and one feature is constant: the full brow.

NATURAL face with a bold slash of color on the lips, at Monique
Lhuillier Fall 2012

“In its purest form, this look is about a nude sculptural face as a canvas for a brow (straighter, stronger and more purposefully groomed, from which the other features seem to hang). Indeed, a brow is the axis of what makes these honed, nude looks contemporary,” it says in the MAC season lookbook.

The said look focuses on sculpting the face by playing on shadows, creating depth and slightly hollowed-out cheeks.

Key look

Another key look is a natural face with a bold slash of color on the lips.

“It doesn’t mean you can’t have an eyeliner or mascara,” Molloy noted. “It’s just that you’re making the lips the statement instead of over-accessorizing.”

To create the look, Molloy used MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation, which is liquid and has a slight sheen, just a sheer layer to give the face a flawless finish, almost like the Photoshopped skin that women, he said, strive for. He applied a little liner on the eyes, and filled in the spaces on the brows, but warned against being too heavy-handed on the inside corners.

MAC Cremesheen+Pearl lip glass collection, available in September

For the pop of color on the lips, Molloy suggested Lady Danger, a bright matte tomato red lipstick that he called the “perfect mix of red and orange.”

Lady Danger, a top-selling shade that’s almost always out of stock, “feels young, vibrant, effervescent, stunning and very chic” against a minimal face, Molloy described. It also perfectly suits Filipinas’ skintone.

To finish off, he dusted the model’s face with Mineralize Skinfinish, a translucent powder with a “modern matte” finish that Molloy also uses as powder concealer to smooth fine lines.


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