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The three brow trends set to dominate 2012 – and how you can make them work for you

The trends shaping 2012's brows might not seem like they're for everyone at first glance, but it turns out there's a fashion-forward look for just about any woman's face. Read on for some handy tricks to help you make these trends work in your favor.

Ditch perfection: As was reported by the New York Times in early January, beauty in 2012 is striving for a lack of perfection. What this means for brows is that we're less likely to see stencil-perfect brows plucked within a hair of total precision, and more likely to see slightly messy, naturally shaped arches.

"The perfectly clean lines that you get from waxing and threading will fall to the wayside," explains. "How to achieve the look? Keep the lowest row of brow hairs unshaped to create a slightly messy line." Elle also recommends digging up an old photo of yourself as a child to get a sense of your natural brow shape. Because this look can vary so much from woman to woman, it's suitable to just about any face shape – cause it's all about bringing more "you" to your look!

Lighten up: The bleached-out look has been a hit on runways lately. But we're not literally talking about "bleaching them into oblivion or…shaving them off," as the New York Times reported as being some of the most extreme takes on this trend. In fact, a modified approach can look very modern on some women and lighten up features. You don't have to make a huge commitment to pull this off either – rather than taking a trip to the salon, try dabbing a bit of concealer over your brows to lighten them just a tad.

Come on strong (but never too much): You guessed it: bold brows are still making a strong statement in 2012. You don't need to come off looking like Groucho Marx to make it work, though. To fill in your arches, simply add a bit of brow pencil to sparse areas and set it with a matching powder. Starting with less is a good idea, since you can always add more as you go.

I love the route of imperfection, since you don't need to slave over your look to seem "finished" and you wind up with a much more natural appearance in the end. I bet any woman with a schedule half as hectic as mine could agree.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing