You liked it, you really liked it! No, we’re not channeling Sally Field’s Oscar speech; we’re talking about last week’s blog post, Part 1 of our series on Celebrity Brows, although we do have an Oscar tie-in, as we explained in the intro to Part 1: Thin Is In. And that is because – in case you missed it – we have these great ECUs (that’s extreme close-ups in film parlance) of celebs in our image files left over from the Academy Awards, and why not put them to good use? We only used a portion of them to talk about the eye makeup, and what with the proximity of eyebrow to eye makeup, why let them languish?
So, while the “Thin” installment was dominated by blondes, our “Medium Well Done” installment is nicely representative – we have blondes, redheads, and brunettes. Once again, credit must go to the hard-working makeup artists who did an amazing job of making the most of these admittedly already amazing faces.
George Clooney’s latest escort, Stacy Keibler, was golden from head to toe, from her perfect highlights to her eye makeup to her Marchessa gown to her sandals. The athletic brown-eyed blonde sported – by far – the best brows on our trio of light-haired ladies. They’re perfectly proportioned, nicely arched, and well-filled. They’re darker than most of her blonde counterparts (our theory: eyes this dark brown don’t come with naturally blonde hair); were she using our BrowPro product, she’d be a Medium Brown.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who won universal praise for her Tom Ford gown-and-cape combo, really missed the boat, brow-wise. Her makeup artist spent a lot of time creating a tawny, sun-kissed look for her, but Gwyneth’s naturally blonde brows virtually disappear, in spite of being fairly substantial. When you add her eye makeup to the equation, with its shimmering golden and bronze tones, black eyeliner not only along the upper lash line but also on the inner rims, and black mascara, she really needed her brows filled with some color to give them depth and get them a shade or two darker than her hair. She would have looked fabulous in our BrowPro in Medium Light.
Elizabeth Banks, like Stacy Keibler, also opted for a deeper brow color than many of the blondes we’ve highlighted so far. Whether they’re false lashes or extensions, Elizabeth went for broke with MAJOR eyelashes and a beautiful seafoam shimmer eyeshadow, and her brows needed this amount of color for the right balance. Although not as dark or precisely shaped and groomed as Stacy’s, Elizabeth’s have a more organic and natural shape, and are nicely filled. Were her makeup artist using BrowPro, she would have used Medium Light on Elizabeth.
Emma Stone, who is already a blonde again (so disappointing!), simply has fantastic brows. The proportion, the arch, and the grooming are impeccable. Not everyone loved her Oscars updo (too old) or her dress (too reminiscent of a previous Nicole Kidman gown), but no one cannot fault her makeup or perfect skin. Were she using BrowPro, she’d be a Medium Brown.
Emma’s “The Help” co-star, Jessica Chastain, who got high marks for her Alexander McQueen gown, half-updo, and bronzed makeup that picked up all of the intricate embroidery on the gown’s bodice, didn’t score so well on brows. Her makeup artist made an attempt to fill her very pale brows in a bit, but like we pointed out last week when “reviewing” Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson, Jessica’s eyebrows seem to grow downward. They also don’t possess an arch, and the attempt to create one was a fail. She may have had better-looking brows when her makeup was first applied, but her MUA should have sealed the look in place. Had her makeup artist used BrowPro in Medium Light, just one product would have colored, defined, shaped, and held the eyebrows in place all evening.
Is it fair that we love Rooney Mara so much for her role as Lizbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and don’t love Kate Mara because of her role as Hayden McClaine in “American Horror Story”? No, but there you have it. We’ll set that aside, however, to talk about Kate’s eyebrows, because like Rooney, she has good ones. In fact, Kate’s Oscars makeup was quite pretty and delicate, like her vintage-feeling lavender gown, and complemented her dark eyes and auburn hair. Her brows were spot-on, dark without being overpowering or too much of a contrast with her haircolor. Because she’s obviously a natural brunette, her brows darkness and density only require grooming, and perhaps fixing.
Action-movie hero Milla Jovovich certainly cleans up well, no? The former model was another Oscar attendee who made every “Best-Dressed” list for her very “Old Hollywood” look that night and her bold matte red lipstick in a sea of pinkish-nude pouts. Her bold golden eye shadow, black liquid liner, and heavily fringed lashes are balanced by nicely proportioned and arched brows that have been groomed and filled. She’d be a BrowPro Medium Dark.
The similarities between Zoe Saldana’s and Milla Jovovich’s Oscar makeup are fairly pronounced when seen side by side – something we never noticed until we started this series! Golden eyeshadow? Check. Red lipstick? Check, although the tones and finishes are very different. Zoe chose a blue-based red in a sheerer formula with a satin finish. Black liquid liner? Check again, but Zoe went with the full-on extended Cleopatra eye, making the most of her exotic looks. Her makeup artist filled in Zoe’s groomed brows, which from this picture appear to be dark but naturally a bit sparse. She’s definitely a BrowPro Medium Dark.
We’re always impressed by Sandra Bullock’s amazing bone structure – those cheekbones! That jawline! The dimpled chin! Plus, she just seems like the most likable, unaffected celebrity for all her beauty and fame. She took a lot of flak for her Marchessa gown and high ponytail (neither offended us, although neither excited us, either), but let’s give her all she’s due for being at the Oscars AT ALL after what happened just two years earlier when she tearfully thanked her husband in her acceptance speech for “The Blind Side.” Can’t be a very happy place for her to go.
And HOW we digress.
The single mom’s makeup is impeccable, as are her brows. They don’t really arch; instead, her brows can be characterized as “winged” meaning they don’t come back down from the apex. Like her hair, her brows are very dark brown and only require grooming and fixing, with perhaps a touch of pencil to fill a sparse spot or two.
Kate Beckinsale is a hazel-eyed brunette whose brows are not terribly dark, and tend to grow down and unevenly. Her makeup artist spent plenty of time perfecting her skin, creating a shimmery eye makeup look, applying false lashes (unless those are extensions), but dropped the ball on the brows. Kate’s left brow starts much closer to the bridge of her nose than the right, the individual brows hairs around the arch of the left brow are much longer, and instead of filling the brows in evenly and brushing them upward, then fixing them in place, she left them to their own devices. Consequently, Kate’s brows are literally hanging down and exposing where the pencil or powder was applied at the top of the arch. Had her makeup artist used BrowPro in Medium Dark, just one product would have colored, defined, shaped, and held the eyebrows in place all evening.
Ginnifer Goodwin’s Academy Award makeup (seen at the top) was, hands-down, some of the most gorgeous of the evening. Not as dramatic and sexy as Angelina Jolie or Milla Jovovich, or smoky and exotic as Penelope Cruz or Victoria Beckham, or metallic as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Chastain, or Kate Hudson, Ginnifer’s was in class all by itself.
Like Michelle Williams, Ginnifer has made the pixie haircut modern and au courant, and has tempted many die-hard long-haired ladies to differentiate themselves from the masses. Her shimmering teal, seafoam, aqua, and citrine shadows blend seamlessly into a soft and feminine wash, and pair beautifully with a pale seashell pink satin lipstick. Her dark brown brows need to make a strong statement, and are expertly shaped, groomed, and filled. If her makeup artist used our BrowPro product, Ginnifer would be a Medium Dark.
BrowPro colors, defines, shapes, and holds the eyebrows in place. Available in three creamy brow-enhancing shades that blend to match most eyebrows:
- Light (for blonde to light brown hair)
- Brown (for medium to dark brown hair)
- Dark (for dark brown to black hair)
In three popular shapes:
Why ColorOn BrowPro?
- Superior results – fills in even the sparsest brows, and covers the most resistant gray brows.
- Blended with pure minerals for a rich, multi-toned hue and creamy consistency that will not fade, and is long-lasting, water-proof, and sweat-proof yet gentle to the skin.
- Safe and easy to use, hygienic, functional, portable, and economical.
BrowPro comes with 2 applicators (4 applications), a disposable spooly brush, and Get Set! Setting Powder, and is available as part of the Custom Kits. Just add the BrowPro in your color and shape to your Custom Kit (Medium Brows in Light, Full Brows in Dark, Thin Brows in Brown, etc.), the same way you would choose an Instant Eye Shadow. Now you can create a Custom Kit with brows and eye makeup all in one, for the same price as always. It’s a great way to try BrowPro! As always, any color mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined into a Custom Kit , or you can buy the Variety Kit in which they’re featured. Either way, same price.
Need a tutorial? Watch the video on the website for application tips and tricks.
And now, the Winner’s Circle. The lucky eVIP to win this week’s random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Nicolle Vasquez of Pico Rivera, California. She’ll be watching her mailbox to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.
Next week, we’ll be back with the last of this series, Celebrity Brows, Part 3: Fully Loaded. Have a fabulous week!