Have you ever applied makeup in the morning in a dark, cave-like room and then happily gone about your day only to realize around lunchtime that you had sailed past Cara Delevingne status and gone full Groucho Marx with your eyebrow look? Dear reader, I have. But thankfully, usually only my coworkers and sandwich stand guy can claim witness to the blunder. The Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, has no such luck. For every charitable appearance or speech she makes, there is someone behind a computer ready to zoom in really far into her eyebrows (or whatever) and make some assessments.
For her first big appearance of 2016 on Sunday, she filled in her brows a bit more than usual. She wants to get in on one of the biggest beauty trends of the past couple of years, as is her right as human woman. I'd like to argue that her full, dark brows look great, actually. They balance out her navy blue hat in a strong, but still very approachable, way. See a picture of her from December for comparison's sake below.
The Daily Mail, however, felt betrayed by the incident, writing that "[onlookers and online royal watchers] said that her right eyebrow seemed to be darker and more fulsome than the left one, leading to speculation that Kate, who does not use the services of a makeup artist, may have been a little heavy-handed with her eyebrow pencil." Burnnnnnn. But props to Kate for not using a makeup artist when she knows that the online community is vigilant and consistent in its criticism of her.
I'd like to remind said online community that eyebrows, by their very nature, are not symmetrical. In the words of Abbi Abrams on "Broad City," eyebrows are sisters, not twins.
Now that the brows are out of the way, take a look at the light blue Alexander McQueen coat she wore to the service. Middleton paired it with an impressive diamond and ruby brooch.
In other notable Duchess news, she speaks (it's rare, okay?) in a new public service announcement with adorable school children to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. As a mother of two herself, she connects with the kids just as easily as she lays out her cause in the clip. She's still a bit shy in such public — albeit scripted — moments in front of the camera, but it's endearing. And her brows look great, don't you think?