Grazia is in a tizzy today over Cheryl Cole’s eyebrow trim job. They compared a recent picture of the British pop singer to a picture from last year, where she has more going on above the eyes, and held up the older picture to be far more appealing. I think Cheryl looks pretty in both pictures, but definitely in different ways.
It’s amazing the difference removing less than an inch of hair can do for a face. My natural eyebrows are very thick. Even my tweezed brows are heavy. I once had them waxed even thinner, and was devastated. I saw a whole different person in the mirror. I underwent a similar transformation to Cheryl’s, and felt I was verging on plastic – like I had lost some part of my personality.
It’s one thing to admire a certain eyebrow icon: the thick-browed Brooke Shields and Audrey Hepburn, or the thin-browed Marlene Dietrich and Gwen Stefani (here enters the further matching brow and hair debate), but another to copy.
Brows are a truly individual endeavor. It seems more women want to go for the less is more theory, but the super thin look only works on a select few ladies. And if you feel self-conscious about thicker brows, remember that some of the most beautiful and fashionable women, Audrey and Brooke as well as Carine, prefer fuller brows.
Luckily, eyebrows can grow back faster than a bad haircut.
–AMANDA JEAN BOYLE