When I met Daniel Chavez the other week, he let me in on a few other trends apart from his no-blush-no-bronzer mantra for autumn 09. One of the ones I liked the most was his pronouncement about eyebrows. "This season," he said, "it looks great to exaggerate the brow slightly." Smashbox have a couple of really good bits for brows but his advice wasn't about how to fill a sparse brow in or create a good shape. Nope, right now, Daniel reckons we should be slightly exaggerating the brow out and down towards the ear.
The obvious inspiration here are 40s stars of the silver screen like Ava Gardner and Vivien Leigh, both of whom had, quite frankly, spectacular brows. You could also look to Dita Von Please-get-a-new-look-with-the-quickness, but I think I'll take my cues from the source material.
Anyway, I've been trying this out with my Clarins brow kit (which I think I love more than life itself) and in addition to elongating my brow line out a smidgen, I've been experimenting with darkening them up too. I'd never really have done this much before, preferring to just tidy them a little with a bit of wax, but I am loving the drama of a dark, sharply defined brow, I must admit. It's certainly an antidote to the no-brow thing we saw earlier in the season, too.
It's a firm thumbs up from me on the whole retro-brow-thing, but if you want to browse (groan) some more posts on brows, then here're a few to get you started: