Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Brow Envy: Françoise Hardy

For much of its life this series Brow Envy has focused on famous celebrities of the 1950s. I've thought about branching out to modern celebrities, but alas that simply doesn't fit with my sensibilities (besides, that series sort of already exists as I made a tentative debut when I wrote about my girl crush on Michelle Dockery). When I last posted though, lovely commenter Sophia mentioned a brow idol that we share: the incomparable Françoise Hardy.

Not only does the introduction of Françoise Hardy help me enter the 1960s, it also incorporates another immense portion of my general style and beauty inspiration. It's no secret that I'm a bit of a francophile, and as much as I love Brigitte Bardot's look there's no one quite like Françoise Hardy. From her clothing to her lovely brunette hair, bone structure, mastery of the classic cat eye and perfect brows there is nothing I don't love about this icon of French style. 

Françoise Hardy is "la reine" of the "less is more" makeup philosophy. Wearing subtle lips, a perfect cat eye and not much else on her face Françoise allowed her lovely clear skin, bone structure and beautifully shaped brows to speak for themselves. Though hidden by a trademark curtain of bangs, Hardy's eyebrows were naturally thick, incredibly well shaped and subtle during a time when dramatic drawn on brows were the style (think Audrey Hepburn in the early 1960s). 

Françoise Hardy's defiantly natural brows are a testament to her ability to make her own style the "it" look. Even now Hardy's thick brows remain a trademark that distinguish her face that remains quite beautiful.

Are there any icons of sixties style with eyebrows that you envy? Have you ever tried to shape your brows in the style of a favorite actress or singer?

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