Listen, we're all for bold brows, but Julianne Hough took this trend to the extreme last night at the Kaleidoscope Ball in Beverly Hills. Once our eyes locked on those brows we couldn't look away. In fact, once we got up from our computers, we felt like those brows were following us around the room.
Once we put sticky notes over the professional dancer's brows so that we could concentrate on her makeup, we noticed that she used an all-nude palette for her eyes and lips. We could have maybe forgiven this (probably not) if Julianne was wearing a brightly-hued frock, but her dress was also devoid of any color.
Beauty Bailout: If you look at Julianne's eye makeup, you'll notice that her eyelids above her creases look puffy. No bueno. If your eyelids have any puffiness, always stay clear of applying shimmery eye makeup in or above your creases. The shimmer just brings more attention to the puff.
Since Julianne has such beautiful blue eyes, we would have used pretty purples to bring out the color. Starting with an upper eye area prepped with concealer, we would apply a matte bone-colored powder eye shadow from upper lash line to brow bone.
Then we would apply a pink lavender eye shadow with a little sheen like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate in Datura to the eyelids up to the creases. Next, to make puffiness look less pronounced, we would use a matte violet powder eye shadow like Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in CanCan in her creases, applying in a back-and-forth windshield wiper motion.
To give eyes more drama and definition we would apply a matte plum powder eye shadow, like Sephora Collection Colorful Eye Shadow in No 30 Blueberry Muffin with a small eye brush in a V-shape to the outer corners of her creases and eyes. Then we would blend the entire upper eye area.
Once the eye shadow was blended, we would use a plum eyeliner pencil like CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Plum Velvet along the upper lash line, making the line thicker as we got towards the outer corners.
Next, to give the eyes more sparkle, we would take an eyeliner brush dipped in the pink lavender eye shadow and line her lower lash lines. Then, we would use the eyeliner pencil in just the outer corners of the lower lash lines and blend with the smudger.
We would then apply two to three coats of volume-building mascara like Orlane Volume-Care Mascara. Tip: Remove any visible clumps and separate lashes by going over them with a disposable mascara wand.
Instead of putting Julianne in a boring nude lip, we would have opted for a fun, on-trend fuchsia lip. After exfoliating her lips with a sugar scrub, we would have lined and filled in her entire lips with a neutral lip pencil. Then with a lip brush we would have applied a highly pigmented and hydrating fuchsia lipstick, like Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Never Say Never.
We really wish Julianne had worn at least a little bit of color with this look. The dancing pixie should know better! When your brows are the only thing bringing color to the table, it's time to re-evaluate your makeup choices.