Would You Ever: Bleach Your Brows Like This Tom Ford Model?

Candice Swanepoel poses for Tom Ford's F/W 2011 Campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford/Fashion Gone Rogue

For his graphic, over-the-top Fall 2011 editorials, Tom Ford tapped Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel to be his high-fashion subject. But the South African stunner happens to be missing a little something...and it certainly isn't her VS angel wings. Ditching the full-eyebrowed look of the winter, it appears more and more editorial spreads are going browless by bleaching the little patches we so rely on to emote.

The spread (shot by duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott who are renowned for their steamy, high-contrast photography) follows the trend set forth in both the Michelle Williams cover of Interview Magazine and the W Magazine issue featuring Beyoncé—pigment-less supercilium, or, you know, bleach-y eyebrows. Is this a trend that is going to sweep the streets, or are lightened eyebrows just an editorial fad meant for us to ogle (and not copycat)? We spoke to Wella Color Ambassador & colorist at Serge Normant Salon Aura Friedman to see just how faint we can go.

Bleaching brows, says Aura, is done at the discretion of the stylist, not for everyday and usually relegated to fashion editorial. "It's something that works for pictures and on models or people with exceptional bone structure," she says, remarking that it isn't a procedure that is not on the service menu. "I generally like to keep brows rich and strong. If I think it will work with their hair color, skin tone, and personal style I will do it. It’s not for everyone so they really need to be able to express that look well. ” Not only is it tricky enough to find a stylist who'll lighten your brows, but Aura explains that the procedure can take up to 45 minutes—and if it is anything like hair-bleaching, the process is probably itch-tastic.

If you feel like doing something wild but temporary, grab a powdered color pigment (Make Up For Ever has a great selection) and just brush over your brows. Go pale for Ford's ghostly look or bright for something more Lady Gaga-inspired, which might be a lot less scary than someone putting pigment remover around your seeing organs. See the rest of the M.I.A. brows below.

Candice Swanepoel poses for Tom Ford's F/W 2011 Campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford/Fashion Gone Rogue

Candice Swanepoel poses for Tom Ford's F/W 2011 Campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford/Fashion Gone Rogue

Candice Swanepoel poses for Tom Ford's F/W 2011 Campaign.
Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford/Fashion Gone Rogue

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