At an event last week, while makeup artist Kate Lee (Rooney Mara, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, etc) touched up a model’s oxblood lipstick and combed her brows vertically with a clean mascara brush, she warned the editor crowd against something we didn’t know was possible—getting stuck in an “eyebrow rut.” We knew it was possible for our eyebrows to do “nothing” for our faces, but we had no idea we were also expected to change them up. Regularly.
“A perfect, filled-in brow will do something very different to a bold lip than a natural, brushed-up brow will,” Lee explained. “When it’s brushed up, it’s more youthful, and it doesn’t sit as heavily on the face.”And when we thought about it, a lot of our favorite faces from the Spring 2014 shows featured what James Kaliardos at Rodarte called “quite hairy, animal-like, and wild” brushed-up brows. Whether left natural and paired with Rodarte's exaggerated cat eye; or worn with a bare, dewy face, like those Kaliardos executed for Theyskens' Theory, he said fluffed brows “lift your expression and open up your whole face. When your brows are down, they drag you down.” Even Diane Kendal at Reed Krakoff agreed: "It's all about grooming," she said, teasing at the models' filled-in chestnut brows. So don't mind us this winter as we grow out our brows and comb them to the heavens whenever we want to look just a little younger, wilder, or more romantic. Pass the Anastasia Brow Gel?