Well, your eyes weren't playing tricks on you.
A new school of in-your-face arches emerged on the Fall 2010 runways of Prada, Thakoon, Balenciaga, Narciso Rodriguez, and Marni. And trendsetters like Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Scarlett Johansson have all been spotted wearing sharp brows.
"I think that brows are one of the most important features of the face. Whether it was in the '40s or the '90s or now, brows always resurface and show us why they're important," says CoverGirl celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern. "In a bold brow lies the strength and character of the face."
While this fall makeup trend may appear to be a bit masculine, the fresh take on this look has a feminine and flattering appeal that's simple to recreate, according to M.A.C. Cosmetics senior artist Romero Jennings.
"The most important thing to remember when going bolder is to make sure to always choose an eyebrow pencil or powder that is one shade lighter than your own brow's color for a modern, approachable brow that does not look dated," says Jennings.
Eager to break out our brow pencils, StyleList tasked makeup artist Emily Kate Warren to mold these runway looks into wearable, bold brows on a real women -- namely, Amy Preiser, an associate editor at ShelterPop.
As you can see in the photo below, bold brows are an easy way to make a high impact tweak to your normal look.
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Brush brows upwards then lightly draw dashes to fill in gaps that are between your natural hairs using a brow pencil like Clé de Peau Beauté Eyebrow Pencil that is one shade lighter than your natural hairs. Then take an angled brush dipped in a powder the color of your natural brows to darken. Warren recommends not going outside of your natural shape, but deepening just enough so that you can't see much skin beneath.
She then finishes our models' look by applying a gold eyeshadow onto brows gently (barely dip a fluffy shadow brush into the powder), sweeping it over the center of the brow line. The gold highlights and makes brows appear fuller.
Keep the rest of your face simple by pairing your bold brows with this season's sculpted neutral makeup look: highlighted cheeks and eyes and semi-glossy lips.
Bold brows also work well with the effortless military direction that is still influencing many fashion designers, according to Jennings. "It gives immediate expression and commands attention!"
So, don't be afraid to pair this look with jackets and coats with strong shoulders and statement-making hardware or a structured handbag.