"The thing is, brows bring a lot of fullness and youth to the face. They're fresh and modern — more flattering than a thin, scrawny brow," says celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, who was responsible for emphasizing both Silverman's and Bareilles' arches for the big night.
Stiles filled in winner Silverman's "great brows" using Dior's Diorshow Brow Styler pencil, which she says is a universal brown shade and blends seamlessly. On the singer, she opted for Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil in a hue just lighter than her hair color to avoid a heavy feel. "Both women are fair with dark hair and eyes and delicate skin and features, even though they have strong faces. Their brows give a beautiful structure to their whole face. It's quite striking," notes Stiles.
Other darker-haired beauties whose arches featured prominently were Allison Williams, Kerry Washington and Uzo Aduba. On the other end of the spectrum, blondes, including Schilling, Gwen Stefani and Lena Dunham, rocked strong, dark and structured brows to great effect. "When you have bleached blonde hair and your brows are dark, it's definitely not an accident," says Stiles. "It's a real '80s punk rock look. I think it's super cool-looking."
The key to getting a structured brow right, says Stiles, is making sure the hairs are not unruly.
"You don't want a wild, feral brow. Always use a gel to lock them in place," she says. "And I always use a little foundation or concealer under the brow to even out the skin tone and pick up light — not a highlighter, because it looks old-fashioned and frosty."