Celebrities Reveal Their Biggest Eyebrow Regrets - and We've Got the Best Products to Fix Them
One of PEOPLE's 2019 Beauties of the Year has some very succinct - but serious! - advice for her 15-year-old self: "Stop. Tweezing. Your. Eyebrows."
Fake a fuller set with this just-launched wand version of Hollywood brow guru Anastasia Soare's much-beloved brow pomade. It has the same hold, in a foolproof, waterproof gel formulation.
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Mandy has no problem poking fun at her early-aughts style, and that extends to her beauty choices from the era. Posting a flashback pic of herself to Instagram, she wrote in the caption: "Don't dye your eyebrows!"
Need brows to (not) dye for? Or just want a little darker definition? Apply this tinted gel to help your arches stand out in the shade they were always meant to be - with no fear that the shade will fade or smear.
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KIM KARDASHIAN WEST
In a 1997 throwback pic that mom Kris Jenner shared on Instagram, Kim commented that her pencil-thin eyebrows were "horrendous." She added: "I was obsessed with Drew Barrymore and her thin eyebrows! And I discovered glittery bronze eyeshadow." (Katy Perry, however, was here for Kim’s late-‘90s lewk, commenting that she wants Kim to "show us that … makeup tutorials pls.")
Kardashian West is a longtime client of Anastasia, and swears by this precise brow pencil from her makeup brand, Anastasia Beverly Hills, to define her arches.
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They may look perfect now, but Olivia Wilde just admitted that she once tweezed off her brows in pursuit of looking like a supermodel. "I, like many people in the ’90s, really wanted to have Kate Moss’s eyebrows,” tells Vogue. while breaking down her beauty routine. “So I tweezed off all of mine and they never came back. But it’s okay, because we can fake it.”
Wilde fills in her arches with a few strokes of this pencil, brushing them up with the opposite end to create a fluffy appearance.
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When playing a game of "Never Have I Ever?" on set of her InStyle Novemeber cover shoot, Teigen revealed that she does have a beauty regret and it was definitley her eyebrows. “High School. Eyebrows,” she told InStyle. “Ugh. Don’t take off your eyebrows, kids. I don’t know why I did it.”
Apply this serum to your brows twice a day after your skin care routine to promote visibly full brows and reverse the damage done by over-plucking.
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When asked by Seth Meyers which time period she'd like to visit, Meester says she'd return to "any time in my life that I could just like ... change my eyebrows. Just like, high school. Too thin!"
Apply a brow pomade with a fine eyebrow brush -- it'll add shape and density while locking them in place.
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“The second I started getting hair in the middle of my eyebrows, I decided to shave it off,” she told Teen Vogue a few years back. “But by shaving it off, I actually went to the middle of my eyebrow, so I had no eyebrows. I only had the ends of my eyebrow. That was nice. That was fun.”
Shape your dream arches by mixing two tones of brow powder, then define and hold the shape with a wax
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“I usually go to Anastasia of Anastasia Beverly Hills, who is a genius,” Kardashian wrote on her website of her current brow grooming regimen. The one time she went to someone else, she ended up with shorter eyebrows. “To top it all off, one of my eyebrows was actually was going bald,” she says. “I used one of those hair-growth gels to help fill them in and it really worked.”
Try an eyebrow conditioning serum to promote brow strength and growth.
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"I waited so long to start doing my eyebrows. I think I was long graduated from college when people were kind of like, 'How 'bout those brows?'" Washington told Refinery29. "But then my mother was like, 'Once you start, you can't stop.' So then I was terrified, like, 'I don't want to have to go every month.’"
Use two tweezers – one larger for a general sweep, one more precise to nab those tough and tiny ones - in between salon visits to keep things neat, but not overdone.
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"I once went to a lady for the first time who was going to wax my eyebrows, and she told me I needed to wax my entire face," she previously told PeopleStyle. "I have very, very sensitive skin, and my face did not like being waxed, so I broke out and then had to go to Vegas to promote Hairspray. In pictures I look like I'm terribly sunburned, but really it was a reaction to the wax."
Add a few drops of redness-reducing pigment into your foundation to camouflage irritated skin.
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"I over-tweezed my eyebrows like every child of the '90s and am now stuck with what my sister calls 'balding caterpillars'," she wrote in her book, Not That Kind of Girl.
Use a thin brow pencil and light strokes to fill in your brows where hairs are lacking.
Buy It! NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $7; ulta.com
"When I was younger, on a totally weird whim, I plucked out all of my eyebrows," the 20-year-old confessed on her website/app. "Thankfully, they grew back, but my sisters flipped OUT. So, yes, they grew back, but it was soooo slowly and in a kind of gross way."
Draw in small, hair-like strokes to mimic your natural brows and set them with a flexible tinted gel.
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"I got my eyebrows waxed once and they messed them all up — they were super thin," she told Twist. "It was the first day of middle school and they were uneven! It was so bad. I had to let them grow out and get super hairy and thick."
Apply a brow gel with fibers, which will keep hairs in place while adding length and fullness.
Buy It! Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, $24; ulta.com
"I was always the little girl with a unibrow. And then, I went through a brow evolution of different looks," she told Cosmopolitan. "Now I don't really do anything to them. Because I've had horror stories where either I over-plucked them, or finally they grew back out and I let someone touch them, and it was a disaster… I've finally found the shape that worked for me, so all I do is fill them in a little bit. Long live the big brow!"
Warm a wax strip in your palms to swipe away strays in between both brows
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