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My Eyebrow Makeover

My Eyebrow Makeover

So, I realize there are more pressing matters, but can we chat about eyebrows? After discovering my mom’s Tweezerman in 7th grade, I spent the next decade zealously hacking at my brows. But then, last summer, I saw the above photo of myself, where I realized my brows were so teeny I had to squint to see them. After some online research, and a zillion screenshots of inspiration on my phone, I decided grow out my eyebrows for a year. Here’s what happened…

Cup of Jo editor Lexi told me to check out brow stylist Kristie Streicher on Instagram. Kristie basically invented the modern feathered brow look and has shaped some of the world’s best arches (like Adele!). If you’re someone that has been maintaining a thin shape for years, Kristie suggests leaving brow hair alone for an entire year. If you don’t interrupt any new growth, she says, more hairs will eventually grow closer to the brow line, allowing you to shape a fuller brow. Easy, right? (Sort of?)

The first few months, my eyebrow hair grew in opposite directions and stuck straight out. Then it started to thicken a centimeter below my actual brow line. I began to look like I had four separate eyebrows.

There were days I almost forgot about my unruly brows. And then there were days I wished I could tell strangers, “Yes, I know my brows are doing that. Please forget you saw this.” But months passed and my eyebrow hair finally started to grow in the same direction along the brow line. Then on a summer afternoon, Lexi leaned over to my desk and whispered, “Stella, your brows are ready.” I had made it.

My Eyebrow Makeover

Before

My Eyebrow Makeover

After a year, before any plucking or shaping

My Eyebrow Makeover

My eyebrows were starting to crawl down my face.

I was excited to get an appointment with Bob Scott, known for shaping full and natural-looking brows. He learned everything about tinting and tweezing while assisting Kristie Streicher. Also, he has ridiculously beautiful brows. Mine were in good hands.

My Eyebrow Makeover

First, he tinted my brows to darken all the fine hairs and unify them. Then he carefully tweezed, emphasizing that it’s more about the hair you leave than the hair you take away. He shaped the ends by creating a feathered, staggered line, rather than a perfectly clean and straight one, and brushed the inside ends of my brows upwards.

afterafterbrows

After my appointment, I felt like a new person. When I visited my family in Missouri, my mom took one look at me and said, “You moved to New York, and came back with eyebrows!”

Since then, the upkeep has been surprisingly easy. Every day, I apply a couple upward swipes of Boy Brow to style them into place and I’m done. And now that my brows make such a statement and frame my face, I’ve been wearing a lot less makeup overall.

If you’re going for thick brows, too, here are a few more tips I learned from Bob:

Try a brow-enhancing serum. It stimulates the growth and speeds up the process. Bob recommends using Grande Brow every night for six weeks (you have to be religious about it!). He sees the biggest difference in eyebrow fullness when his clients try this.

Experiment with tinting. Tinting darkens the little baby hairs around your brow, adding definition. The color usually lasts five to six weeks.

Tweeze every six weeks. If you’re not constantly tweezing and growing out hairs, all your hairs will get on the same growth schedule. Slanted, classic tweezers (Bob recommends this pair) allow you to be specific with the hairs you leave behind and let you groom with more control. Tweezing is also less irritating than other hair removal forms.

Your stylist’s brows tell all. If you’re looking for an eyebrow stylist, check out their own brows. This theory applies to everything — haircut on a hair stylist, makeup on a makeup artist.

Sisters, not twins. If your brows don’t match, that’s totally fine. Everyone has a hairier brow, says Bob, so just aim to find a balance. Like Abbi from Broad City said, “I figured out my eyebrows: They’re sisters, not twins. They need to be treated as such.”

My Eyebrow Makeover

My Eyebrow Makeover

What are your brows like? How do you take care of them? Are you into it, or do you not really care? :)

P.S. Three tricks for parting your hair and how to make skin glow.

(Process photos by Christine Han. After photos by Ana Schechter.)

  1. Raul says...

    Its unbelievable how people hate their brows when they are thick and bushy and almost always regret when they start disappearing due to either –

    over plucking
    dyeing
    thyroid issues

    Enjoy your brows as they last because there is always a thyroid imbalance at some point in your body and your brows will get sparse. stop dying and plucking … use castor oil or almond oil to oil it once or twice a week …..

    and just use a comb and trim with scissors the longer ones.. you will never get your brows back so dont be fools.

    I am a man and when i was 12 i ended with a light unibrowand very thick lashes.. my cousin sister a year younger humiliated me so much over it , i felt I was very ugly . I used to want it to disappear

    then i did end up with thyroid stress… and pronto.. unibrow gone…. i was happy but didn’t realise that my corners were gone too by the time i hit 25

    my outer third are not in existence .. and the rest of the brow got sparser too…
    i now eat less sugar…. do not have table salt, instead eat kelp in very small quantities , along with a selenium food source to compensate for iodine toxins

    and my brows are much better….. they are very thick in comparison to most men and women even today but i just regret I didn’t appreciate those immensely thick and beautiful brows I had that truly gave my face a unique and distinct look compared to other people and helped me stand out as so different .

  2. I’m so inspired! I want to grow mine out this year. I can’t say I’ll miss the time I spend tweezing. ;)

  3. Hi Stella,

    I’m late to this thread but I really love your eyebrows in the after pics. Beautiful! I’m wondering how you are finding handling them yourself–do you fill them in every day with pencil? I’d love to see a pic of what they look like now a little time after shaping, on a typical day for you. Thanks for sharing the before and after pics!

  4. PhillyLD says...

    Cudo’s for sticking with no tweezing for 1 year! Do you think a 51 year old would have similar results?

  5. Your brows look beautiful!! Ever since I started following the “sisters not twins” idea, I’ve become a lot less stressed when doing my makeup in the morning.

  6. Deanna says...

    If I had eyelashes like yours, I wouldn’t worry about my brows! (But your brows are cool, too.)

  7. Julie says...

    Your eyebrows look amazing! You have given me hope! Now all I have to do is not touch mine for a year…

  8. ceciel says...

    Love your new brows!! Thanks for sharing. Excited to determine my brow destiny ;)

  9. Sommer Brown says...

    I started growing out my brows about two weeks ago…had no idea that I would need to wait for one year! At least I know now… I’m inspired to follow through and get some fuller face framers. And I might try the mustache dye, too… Thanks!

  10. Marie says...

    Does anyone have a recommendation for an amazing brow person in San Francisco?! :)

    • Catharine says...

      I’ve had very good experience at any Benefit Brow Bar. There’s one in Pac Heights on Fillmore and I think two in the Union Square area (one is inside Macy’s).

  11. Carmen says...

    You look great. Could you share what tint he used on your eyebrows?

  12. Lucy says...

    I definitely needed to see this! I’ve been looking at mine for a while now; being fairly similar to your eyebrows before, and considered a serum. Will certainly give that a go! :)
    Life inside the Locket

  13. Emily says...

    They look great! I was also an overplucker and have been growing out my brows for the past few months, first with the help of serum and now using Latisse. It’s a slow process and no one cares to hear about it (except maybe my Mom) so I’m glad to see the finished product.

  14. WOW one year… damn! that was a long commitment.
    But great result in the end.
    x

  15. what a great transformation! you look so much younger and even healthier with the fuller brows. Question, how much does he cost? Just want to compare, I too am on a quest for fuller brows. I tried Sania’s Brow bar (Review here: http://www.misscunqui.com/2016/05/14/sanias-brow-bar-experience-review/) but it’s always good to have alternatives. Sania is great but pricey. Thanks!

  16. Angela says...

    Your brows look great, and I think you kind of resemble a brunette Isla Fisher in several of those photos.

  17. Katie says...

    Great advice! My grandma told me early on to never tweeze too much (more importantly, never let another person tweeze too much!!!) and it is some of the best advice she could have given me! I try to pass it on when I can. Because it doesn´t always grow back!!! Great post!

  18. Jessica says...

    Stella, I just loved your post!! You look amazing with fuller eyebrows and I’ve been so interested in trying this out myself (after years of plucking). Do you have any makeup tips to share for that “in between” time of a year while you were growing yours out?

  19. Would be great if you could recommend a good brow tint… I’ve tried so many things, and my blond brows just turn black even with the “blond” tints! Thanks for a great post…

  20. Stella, love this article! It’s good to let young women not to over tweeze. I did this and the brow hair has never grown back.
    P.S. You look gorgeous!

  21. Jessica says...

    just curious, what do you use to tint them?

  22. Lovely transformation! I would love to have one done myself! I feel I need to work on my brow game ;) Love, Iga http://igaberry.com

  23. chris says...

    They are beautiful, wow!! And you look so much younger!

  24. Traci Barr Segal says...

    You look so lovely! And the funny thing, I’m right now reading a terrific book called, Unabrow-Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una Lamarche.

  25. Kathleen Heffner says...

    I love your eyebrows! I’m glad you grew hem out. About 30 years ago. My mother-in-law told me if I let mine grow out, she would dye them for me. Well, I haven’t tweeted them since and nothing happened! I had tweeted them to death., so now I use a pencil and draw them on every day.

  26. Eva says...

    I’m in the naturally thick brow camp too (read: unibrow, but not since 10th grade ;) ). I tried to imagine myself not tweezing for a year—yikes! I’ve got an overgrown brow after a week!

    Does anyone have experience with lightening brows? I have auburn hair but browner eyebrows. I’ve been tempted to trying matching my brows to my hair color … maybe not worth the effort, but curious if anyone else has tried it!

  27. Ramune says...

    I had a similar experience, where I saw a picture of myself and realized that I barely had any brows left. Somehow they seriously thinned out during my third pregnancy. I got myself a RevitaBrow treatment and in about two weeks my eyebrows grew back and really filled in. Now I’ll just color in spots with lighter hairs with a Gyvenchy eyebrow pencil which is powdery and soft with a nice brush to blend it in, looks really natural! I agree, having full well groomed eyebrows requires less make up.

    • Sadie says...

      Just a word of caution: one of the signs of hypothyroidism is that the outer 1/3 of your eyebrows thin (or fall out entirely). It’s really common to have thyroid problems develop after pregnancy! If you notice your eyebrows disappearing, it’s a good idea to have a thyroid check.

      I lost most of my eyebrows when it was still cool to have tiny, sperm-looking brows (or thin lines). Everyone complimented my eyebrows that thinned so dramatically. Ten years and a lot of thyroid medication later, I have normal eyebrows!

  28. Daynna says...

    I’ve wanted fuller brows for ages but always lamented the fact that I’d ruined mine forever with my overzealous plucking pre-20s. Now that I’ve seen your amazing transformation, I AM SO DOING THIS RIGHT NOW, RIGHT THIS SECOND. Not kidding. Just ordered the brow growing serum. I’m all in.

    Thank you, Stella!

  29. amanda june says...

    this is nuts! in a good way :) i don’t think i could pull off thick brows (i still take myself aback sometimes when i fill my sparse blonde brows in) but it totally works on you stella!!

  30. Suzie says...

    Hi Stella,

    I just wanted to say that this post totally cracked me up. Your writing just made me laugh out loud a couple of times with your self-deprecating humor and that is such a gift!

  31. I was a teenager of the 90’s so Drew Barrymore was my brow inspiration and they never ended up growing back. Although truth be told, I didn’t completely leave them for 12 months like you did. I recently had feather touch brow tattoo done and it has been THE best thing I have ever done. Throwing my rather large plethora of brow products away was an absolute joy.

  32. Your eyebrows look fantastic. Mine have suffered through years of abuse with the tweezers but I’m slowly starting to let them grow (plus I lost my tweezers hehe).

  33. Eyebrows are SUCH an essential for me! I don’t have thin eyebrows but I have very sparse eyebrows – they are not thick and it’s very hard to tell they are there. I have always been thinking about getting them tinted but I have never gone beyond the act of just ‘thinking about it’.

    http://oursummary.com

    • Kate says...

      Do it! I have very fair eyebrows and finally got the courage to tint them about 6 months ago (at age 30!), what a difference. I noticed, like Stella, that I wear less makeup and feel more put together, even when bare faced.

  34. Twyla says...

    Thanks for teaching all the overpluckers out there the beautiful results of growing your brows out! Gorgeous! I see far too many women out there with rainbow eyebrows and I think “Are they doing that on purpose?!”

  35. Valentine says...

    Her brows look awesome. Looove it!

    And by the way, I love getting your blog updates in my email inbox! It’s so sweet to be having a rough, lonely week and see “Hey! How’s your week going?” Feels like an email from an old friend. Always love your blog. Thanks :)

    -Valentine

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      aww, i’m so glad to hear that, valentine!

  36. Shannon says...

    Your brows look great – so youthful! Such an inspiring transformation. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Meg says...

    What timing! I’ve been growing my brows out for the last 2 months and after so many days of questioning the absurdness of this “project” in my mirror (and repeatedly to my mom and husband, god bless them), I broke down and made a waxing appointment for tomorrow. !! But after reading your post I have regained my strength and will keep Letting Them Grow. Your results are just plain gorgeous. Thank you so much for this perfect-timing inspiration.

  38. Shannon says...

    Best. Brows. Ever. I want a pair!
    I too believe you will leave your brow stylist with the same pair of brows she has. This has kept me away from getting my brows done because every time I leave with skinny brows!

  39. Madison says...

    I just bought Boy Brow in Brown from Glossier and it changed my brows…I have thinner Asian brows but this product nicely fills them in without looking too heavy.

  40. I hope the natural/full eyebrow trend lasts for a very, very long time. I love it! Yours look so good. I’ve been getting mine done since I was young because I had an unfortunate unibrow from puberty on. Now I’ve been getting them threaded for years. They always tell me not to pluck between threadings, but I just can’t not–especially in the middle!

  41. Kelsey says...

    YES! Less is more and I love how natural her brows look!

  42. KayN says...

    Wow, they grew out great and you are lovely! I have naturally thick brows and am so relieved they’re “in” now, although I’m not crazy about the overly harsh, drawn-on look so many women are doing these days. I guess not everyone is so lucky as to have naturally full brows :P Not that you asked for my opinion, but I think the brow tint is a *bit* dark/harsh compared to your hair color – I feel like they’d look even more luminous and youthful just a tad lighter.

  43. n.may says...

    I am one of the few who didn’t pluck…because, ouch!
    Glad it’s “in style” now!

  44. Carrie says...

    It’s insane how much your eyes stand out now thanks to those beautiful eye brows!! I use Boy Brow also and I love it but I wish the opening was a little smaller in order to scrape off a bit more of the product before application! Otherwise it’s super awesome, one of the 3 cosmetic items I use daily :)

    • Anya says...

      I agree! I always end up scraping the brush on the side when I pull it out. Let’s all make this suggestion to Glossier and maybe they will make the opening narrower! 😉

    • Darci says...

      right there with you on this….Love the product though

  45. Ruth says...

    I got obsessed with brows after reading about Kristie Streicher, but am really just at the beginning of trying to figure out what to do with them. I don’t feel like I can just leave them completely untouched for a year because I have a new job in a field that requires looking sharp and very put together. So I’m trying to let them grow in more gradually while doing minimal maintenance… any tips?? I might need to get professional help to guide me through the process I think. It would also help if I had any idea how to really “do” them make-up wise. I started using Blinc’s brow mousse which provides some hold and just a bit of colour (good for brow novices) but probably I could let them go more if I knew how to fill them in. Yikes.

    • Depending on your brow color, could you just snip (w a pair of small scissors) the unruliest of hairs, until you’ve got enough growing closer to the browline? ‘Have no idea if that would work, but it’s probably better than tweezing them!

    • m says...

      Completely agree with Iris that trimming the ends makes a big difference. Comb them upwards and trim whatever is above the browline, then comb them back in place and brows just look better. I do this every 2-3 weeks and it makes you look more put together in my opinion.

    • Aaah trimming is for the pros. I wouldn’t recommend that. Also whenever and aesthetician would do this to me I would look very hard and the brows not natural though I asked to go on lightly.
      Your initial idea with growing out gradually is the way. At least it worked on myself… If you have good growth like me it even won’t take more than 2 month otherwise just take your time and only pluck reeeeally stray ones and don’t touch anything above the brow line. Good luck. Hope this helped.

  46. I got crazy on waxing in the 90s and also wound up with thin brows. However, I haven’t touched them in YEARS AND YEARS, and sadly, nothing has grown! Or if it has it’s all blonde (though I am not). It’s so weird. I actually have to fill them in with a pencil. Sigh.

    But the sisters not twins comment cracks me up. I love Broad City.

  47. Lisa says...

    Wow, I wish I could simply wait and have my eyebrows grow, too! I have the sparsest eyebrows (my mother’s have completely faded to nothing) – I can count the hairs on each eyebrow. I fill them in, but am considering getting tattoos! :/ Yours look gorgeous!

  48. You have amazingly beautiful eyes. Wow, your brows grew in GREAT! I would love to see a before picture with your eyes open…the brows now seem a tad heavy…but maybe that enhances your eye? you.are.brave!

  49. You look amazing with fuller brows Stella! Thr transformation is unbelievable. I also love your mom’s quote. I want to grow mine out too and can totally relate to those stranger quotes on the days where you’re like (GAH OMG my eyebrows).

    Tali

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thank you so much, Tali! That means so much!

  50. Good for you! I love natural brows. I’ve noticed when I go in for beauty appointments the ladies often want to tweeze my brows to make them more petite, more of a “mainstream” beauty ideal/concept. Don’t give into the pressure ladies! Natural brows are beautiful!

    You look great, Stella!

  51. Growing up Greek means you learn in adolescence the joys of maintaining your unibrow and mustache. As someone above mentioned, that means more frequent tweezing than 6 weeks. Luckily the thicker brow trend has made my life MUCH easier since those awkward middle school days.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      have you seen this hilarious book cover? http://amzn.to/2cGxdg4

  52. Tawnie says...

    Wow! You look like a completely different person! Beautiful!

  53. Amy says...

    Great post Stella. Love your voice. Hope to see more
    from you.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thank you so much, Amy! xoxoxo

  54. Ahh eyebrows! I just read a humorous article by the cut about how ‘Instagram eyebrows’ are out – thank god! Who has time for that ‘perfect’ Kardashian look? I have found a lot of success using benefit’s speed brow gel on days when I’m in a hurry. It also helps hold them in place all day when I have done them and it takes 2 seconds.

    Xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  55. Samantha says...

    Those are some really nice brows! I would like to have thicker eyebrows, since comparing them to everyone else’s brows lately, mine seem a bit too thin (In reality they’re like 8mm on the inside part and about 5 or 6mm at the arch). But I don’t have the girliest features, and going to the gym 5 times a week I can’t wear my hair down as much as I would like to look more feminine, and when I tried to grow them I felt that I looked like a boy :l (A cups don’t help either). And if there’s something I know how to do is shape my brows, I can’t stand all the extra hair. So I guess mine won’t be jumping on the thick brow bandwagon.

  56. Kristi says...

    I must recommend eyebrow tinting – I do mine at home with eyebrow tint I buy on Amazon and it takes me literally five minutes to do. I do it every 4-5 weeks and couldn’t be easier. My natural eyebrows are very nearly clear they are so light, and the difference with the dye is amazing.

    • Can you recommend?? I have the same issue – I’m great with the shape but I’m so fair you can’t see them! I use powder now and love the definition I get with a slightly darker one, especially since I don’t use any other eye makeup.

    • cait says...

      I DIY tint with Just for Men mustache dye from the drug store, and a disposable spoolie brush (purchased in bulk from China on Amazon). I think I use light brown. It is was cheaper and faster than going to a salon to have it done and the results are just as good (I actually like the color better than where I used to go for tinting).

    • Kate says...

      Oooh, yes! I wondered how easy tinting would be to do at home. Even without tweezing/threading/waxing my brows are naturally thin, narrow, and the hairs are pretty light as well. I’ve often been accused of over-plucking, but I swear that is just nature!! :)

      Would love to know which product you’re using.

  57. Lindsay says...

    Beautiful girl before and after but I adore the natural filled in brows! I use Dior Brow styler to fill in the little area that is sparse, and gel to keep them in place, and I have no need to try anything else!

  58. dhannon says...

    Your brows look great but I took things a step further. I had thin, sparse eyebrows and tried the tinting, etc. Then I found a wonderful permanent make up artist who filled in my brows (they look full & natural), plus did a eyeliner and lipliner. Even with no make up I feel more ‘finished’. Have to do touchups every 2-3 years.

  59. Lisa says...

    This is a truly inspiring post – as someone who was a teenager in the 90s, I too suffer from over plucked brows that are patchy in weird places. I did (not through choice – small baby) leave them to their own devices for six months and got them threaded last week, and I feel like a new woman! The issue I have (which I feel I’m alone with) is that my eyebrow hairs grow ridiculously long. Actually, I’m not alone – all the men in my family have it as well – my brother goes to the hairdresser to get his head hair and his eyebrow hair cut, but I’m the only woman in my family who has it and eyebrow threaders ALWAYS comment on it (and occasionally I also get “oh, so you want to keep your moustache”. Thanks). For this reason, I normally get them threaded regularly, so i can have a professional trim them. If it wasn’t for that I would be tempted to grow them out for a year and see what happens, but even after six months I had to comb them into place like some freak.

    • Amy says...

      That’s one of my favorite parts of getting my brows done-the trim! I have to keep them trimmed on my own, but I’m always a little unsure how to do it properly, so I usually under-trim.

    • Samantha says...

      My brows grow like crazy too! I trim them myself with a brow scissor (this really makes all the difference) every week or every two weeks if I’m lazy, and they actually stay in place when I comb them after the trim.

    • I trim mine. I saw this man with ridiculous unruly brows when I was in high school and was horrified. I have a brow brush, I brush them up and just trim along the top. with a tiny sewing scissor used for this purpose. so I don’t get an inch long one. I also blow my cheeks up with air and trim any nose hairs that are straying past the nostril. I can’t stand talking to people and one long nose hair is sticking out…sometimes with something on it. I don’t want to be that person.

    • Kate says...

      Haha re the mustache comment. I’ve had a threader suggest (not to subtly), “So, just brows today? No mustache?”

      Um no, but thanks for calling out my mustache!

    • Lisa says...

      I’m so glad to find out I’m not alone!

      Yes, the moustache comment – my least subtle one was “so you’re here for upper lip and brows?” “No, just brows” “Oh, so you want to keep your moustache then. Ok”

      I promise I don’t resemble Saddam Hussein

  60. :( I grew out my eyebrows for the year I was in Afghanistan, from 2010-2011, but that was before the feathered brow movement. In 2011 when I got back I had them shaped at Prive in Soho and I love my brows, but still think they could look….thicker. I guess it’s back to the drawing board. I just wish this trend would have caught on earlier!

    • Lindsay says...

      I think this trend has been around for years! It was like 10 years ago that I started growing mine out bc so many models had thick brows. :)

  61. You look lovely!

  62. Laura says...

    OH MY GOD, this is absolutely amazing & inspirational. You look just beautiful. I love how natural (and stunning!) your real eyebrows make you look. Wow wow wow. Now to try to find a place that will help me with this in Chicago…:)

  63. Victoria says...

    Need this right now! I’ve been growing out for about 4 months. I feel like I’m plateau-ing and wondering if they’ll ever grow back after years of abuse. Thanks for inspiration to stay the course. Looks great!

  64. fantastic post. and on Stella’s new look: DAMN, she’s rocking it.

  65. Elizabeth says...

    I’ve always had bushy, unruly brows, and finally, 20 years ago, I submitted to a wax. I was 37, and they were just basically cleaned up. For me, they totally changed my face and I wished I’d had it done years ago. I was afraid of having them turn out like Stella’s “before” brows: thin, overplucked and 1970s-esque. As I get older they’re getting sparser, and I’m so grateful, Stella, for your sharing of solutions to thinning. Thank you! Currently my hairstylist waxes below the brow, tweezes between my eyes and then dyes them for a few minutes while my hair color is setting. Saves lots of time. The dye just fades, exacerbated by swimming, but I plan to rub some Vaseline on them before entering the pool (picked that up from beauty tips of Olympians!). Bobbi Brown’s book on beauty has good tips on brows.

  66. Maggie says...

    What a fascinating post! I’ve always felt like I missed that day in middle school where girls learned to care about their eyebrows. My sister’s and my brows are almost invisible and I remember being shocked when my sister told me she plucked her brows. “What brows?!” I thought. I guess it’s too late for me to get on the train; I can just appreciate it from an anthropological perspective. I’ll be over here ignoring my bushy blonde caterpillars…

  67. Natalie Brennan says...

    YES! This post is like my spirit animal. I have been trying to grow out my brows so it cameat the perfect time. Thank you Stella!

  68. K says...

    I LOVE a good brow make-over. You look like a (fabulous) new woman!

  69. I always say the greatest accomplishment of my second maternity leave (aside from keeping a newborn alive), was growing out my eyebrows. It was pretty embarrassing for a while there, but I figured that you’re allowed to look terrible when you have a new baby, and it was so worth it in the end! I only pluck a few hairs here and there these days and my face looks so much better! Unfortunately I have long bangs now so all my hard grown effort was for naught. Ha.

  70. I was growing my brows for some time too and puting castor oil before going to sleep really helped to speed things up. It’s cheap and you only need tiny tiny bit on the old spoolie.

  71. Katie says...

    This is seriously one of the most captivating things I have seen on the internet.
    A beauty before and after, but she looks like a NEW PERSON.

    • NHA says...

      Hahaha this comment is amazing. I have to say I agree! I am blown away.

    • Daynna says...

      Couldn’t agree more.

  72. Bethanne says...

    Love the full brow look. I don’t usually follow beauty trends, but I totally get behind the brow movement. It brings us closer to our natural selves…how can that be anything less than beautiful.

  73. i used to pluck them, but just to clean the bottom of strays. i tried an eyebrow waxing once and it changed the look of my face so much that i never did it again. i haven’t plucked my eyebrows in almost 10 years. i get that it changes the shape/look of a face, quite dramatically sometimes, but it seems like a lot of work. (i also don’t wear make up and i haven’t shaved my legs in 5 years. i sound very lazy, but please know that i’m not hairy. i felt compelled to add that for some reason.)

  74. Stella, your brows look incredible! It’s nice to know you can go back to thick brows after the over-tweezing we all did in the 90’s.

  75. Genevieve says...

    Amazing eyebrows!! I too escaped the 90s with overplucked sorry eyebrows. I was very that they grew back and then some after about a year.

    But what I want to know is how do you get your smile to be so bright white?!! Tell me!!!

  76. The bold eyebrow look is so popular right now, but it feels a little intense. I like the totally natural “growing down my face” picture the best!

    That being said, this seems like a less dramatic but still fun and noticeable way to change up your look (as compared to, say, dyeing or chopping off all your hair). Stella, will you continue to re-tint, or will you go back to your natural brow color after this grows out/wears off?

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thank you so much for your comment, Shannon! The tinting felt intense at first, but after it faded a little bit, I liked it. I feel like it’s similar to wearing brow gel, but it’s semi-permanent. I’ll keep you posted once the tint has totally faded!

      xoxoxoxoxox

  77. amy says...

    Gorgeous!!!

  78. stella, your brows look so great!! i know the struggle. i grew my eyebrows out a few years ago, luckily they were “ready” for my wedding (mine also took about a year). that said, eyebrow filler is one the 5 makeup products i use on a daily basis. almost as soon i started using it, i began to receive compliments. Benefit and Honest Beauty are my favorites. side bar – my husband has seen me nair my ‘stache, pluck my bikini line, etc. but letting him see me fill in my brows is he one thing i won’t let happen. i have no idea why, it’s a weird thing i have. if he walks by while i’m putting it on, i quickly make believe it’s eyeliner. he has yet to ask why there is a tiny brush on my “eyeliner.”

    • Zoe says...

      Can confirm. I don’t like my boyfriend to see me doing this. I think its because they’re probably like “wtf are you doing” and think we’re clowns putting on our face paint masks. There’s just something that seems oddly embarrassing about it because you know they would never do something like fill in their brows, so they don’t get it.

  79. Erin says...

    man i wish my mom never let me touch those tweezers. last year i started just growing them out and trying to leave them alone! so I commend you for being able to leave them ALONE! amazing. i’ve also been shading them in even though i have bushy eyebrows (it’s thin on the ends) it still needs some fill in. best decision ever!

    and your eyebrows, grew in amazing!

  80. Elizabeth says...

    Love this! I go to Misty at Warren-Tricomi for brow shaping/tinting every three months and do touch ups in between with Betty Beauty “Brown Betty” dye. I love how they frame my face, and I no longer look like I don’t have any eyebrows in pictures.

  81. Lee says...

    I was excited to see this post today! I’ve been growing out my eyebrows for about two months and I’m dying to pluck them–and trying to be patient with them growing out and looking a bit wild.

    Stella–your eyebrows are gorgeous! And it gives me hope!

    Thanks for a great post!

  82. Lori says...

    Stella is beautiful, but these made-over brows seem a bit thick! Also, it would make me nervous to add so much colour and tinting: what happens if it rains? Or you accidentally touch your brow?

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Lori! Thank you so much for your comment! My eyebrow hair was already almost black so having the new hair dyed the same color them makes them look a little more intense, especially the first week. But the tinting dye doesn’t wash off, it just gently fades over a month.

  83. I love the brows! I am just starting to experiment with a fuller shape and filling in and some days I still feel like I have wooly worms crawling across my forehead. It takes time to get used to the change on your own face, but when I see it on others, like you, I’m obsessed! Beautiful!

  84. Gorgeous! Cool that you had them grow out for a year, that cant’ have been easy. (Beauty/mirror-wise, I don’t think the actual growing has cost you a lot of effort ;) )

  85. Amelia says...

    I’m a big Cup of Jo reading and I like that every once in a while there is a style post that seems like it’s from a different world than the one I inhabit. I’m in my 30’s but I’m not sure I have ever once thought about my eyebrows? It had never occurred to me that there were eyebrow… stylists or someone who created, like, a movement in eyebrow styling. I’m not saying any of this to be snotty – I totally think it’s cool that people do stuff with their lives you would never imagine. Your eyebrows look great, Stella!

    • Lindsey says...

      You’ve never thought about your eyebrows? Or had a wax?

    • Amelia says...

      Haha not that I can recall! I remember thinking that eyebrow threading seems like a really creative tool, but I think that’s where my knowledge ends. I like seeing how other people hone their aesthetic focus, though – there is clearly a lot of artistry in the beauty industry.

  86. Jo says...

    Your eyebrows are so changed! You look stunning!

  87. Lauren E. says...

    Probably once a month I pluck a rogue hair from well below my eyebrow, closer to the lid, and aside from that the suckers just won’t grow. It’s so sad. But for now, eyebrow pencil is my best friend.

    • Daynya says...

      Me too! I’ve been trying to grow mine back out for several years now. Occasionally I will get a blonde hair much lower down (like, 1/2″ away from the brow!), and that’s it. It’s a bummer, I’d really like to have fuller eyebrows, too.

  88. GM says...

    Can Bob suggest an eyebrow stylist in Washington DC?

    • Nadia says...

      I have the same question! I have been growing out my eyebrows and I’m just a couple months shy of a year. I’m new to the DC area so would love a local rec. Otherwise I’m hopping on a train to New York to get them done.

    • M says...

      I highly recommend Flami at Fyubi Makeup and Brow Studio. I have been going to her for almost a year, and the results have been amazing. I had brows that were somehow both unruly and over plucked but now look completely natural and face-flattering.

    • Kate says...

      Yes I had the same question! I live in Baltimore but am more than willing to travel for a great brow artist.

  89. Kelley says...

    I go to Kristie in LA and she is AMAZING! The growing out process is definitely rough, but totally worth it. I’m a year in and I actually get compliments on my eyebrows now!

  90. She looks fabulous! Tinting makes such a big difference. I am a natural blond so my eyebrows barely exist without being penciled in. I have gone to a professional in Chicago and had my brows dyed and shaped, but with summer, the dye didn’t last very long and the sun bleached them out again.

  91. Oh my god, they so fantastic! I am so, so jealous. I gave up the brow ghost last year and had them tattooed as they just refused to grow. I love the effect but if I could have willed them to grow out and look like this then I would have! x

  92. Jessica says...

    Brows are great….but can we talk about your teeth? Amazing!

  93. jeannie says...

    You and your brows look gorgeous! Thanks for the tips.

  94. michaela says...

    This gives me hope! I’ve been growing my brows out for a year now, and there’s still a gap that won’t fill in. I read an interview with Kristie Streicher (on Into the Gloss, maybe) where she said sometimes it can take two years to grow back your brows. Ugh! I’ll keep waiting and trying to tame them in the meantime, because your transformation is seriously #browgoals. :)

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      You are the sweetest, Michaela! Ahhh, it’s a grueling wait! I noticed the most change at the very, very end of the year – so hang in there. xoxoxoxoxox

    • cooper says...

      The two-year stat fills me with hope! Thanks! I’ve been growing out the inner corner of my brows for almost three years after overplucking, and they’re still patchy but continually improving! Eyebrow pencil has been a lifesaver for filling in the gaps!

    • Jes says...

      one word: Latisse.

  95. Haylie says...

    Okay, two things:

    1) Stella, your new brows look absolutely amazing. A+

    2) I can’t BELIEVE how expensive this whole thing seems (the brow serum is $50!) It makes me think of something Caitlin Moran wrote about bikini waxing:

    “I can’t believe that we’ve got to a point where it’s basically costing us money to have a vagina. They’re making us pay for maintenance and upkeep of our lulus, like they’re a communal garden. It’s a stealth tax, muff exercise. This is money we should be spending on the electricity bill and cheese and berries.”

    I feel a little bit this way about brows. The older I get (I’m 30), the more suspicious I am about how much capital-B Beauty *costs* when lower-case-b beauty is all around us, and in all of us, for free. But you do look great!

    • Jessica says...

      AMEN!!!

    • Rebecca says...

      I second that AMEN! At the end of the day, it’s just a personal value thing – I undoubtedly spend time and money on things other people are ridiculous – but I have to catch myself making a mental shopping list when I read posts like this!

    • Kate says...

      Yes!!!!

    • I was just saying the same thing to my husband over the weekend, but in regards to time instead of money (although, the money we spend on being sufficiently female is certainly worth mentioning). These days we spend so much time working, raising children, exercising, waxing, manicuring, cooking gluten free-organic-non-gmo-instagram-ready dinners, etc. We have no time left! I’m pretty sure my mom put us in front of the TV, slapped some Revlon on her nails, maybe went for a walk, cooked us some canned green beans and Campbell’s soup, and went about her business. She did color her hair, and wear some makeup, but she didn’t spend countless hours removing every inch of hair on her entire body, etc.

    • heather says...

      I love this comment. But you know, the great thing about being an adult is that you can spend your extra cash on whatever you want, and you can do – or not do – whatever you want to your appearance. Just enjoy yourself.

      This is a fun post and Stella, you definitely look great and I applaud you for overcoming a life-long habit!

  96. olivia says...

    One fun trick I’ve learned is that I can tint my own eyebrows – I use men’s mustache dye! It comes in two little paint tubes, so every four to six weeks I mix a pea-sized drop of each and use a q tip to paint it on, wait about 3-4 minutes and then wash off (I wipe most of the dye off with a damp cotton ball to avoid dye running down my face and then wash my face). A box of it only costs $10 and lasts me a whole year.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      That is awesome, Olivia! Thank you for sharing!

    • I was just thinking how I have all this blonde fuzz and maybe should dye it BUT I’m so cheap that I cut my own hair so brow dying is highly unlikely. Your suggestion is brilliant!!!! Will give it a shot.

    • Judy says...

      When I’m touching up my roots, I put a little on my eye brows! I know to be careful with dye near my eyes, so I am. I think it helps fill them out a bit. I was a “mother plucker” in my youth and I’m paying for it now!

  97. Your eyebrows are enviable!!! I’ve been using Grande Brow for a few months now and I love the results – now I need to try tinting! Fun read :)

  98. Jihan says...

    I have a friend that has the worst eyebrows, they look like sideways lollipops, a big “ol ball followed by an arched stick. We need a post on how to tell friends they have bad brows. :) Also, a side note, I used Latisse to grow my brows out, it works very quickly, created huge bushy brows!

    • Michelle says...

      Just wanted to leave my input about telling the friend: maybe push for a girls’ spa date with the option for wax/thread with a professional? It helps to take yourself out of the picture and leave the choice up to her, no pressure. That was how I got my first threading — I knew that my brows were untamed, but I didn’t know how to approach salon services. My friend casually mentioned that she was getting her brows done, and would I like to come? Now I get my brows done on my own :)

  99. I’m pretty obsessed with my eyebrows. I get mine tinted and cleaned up at Boom Boom Brow Bar every 6 weeks :)

  100. Charlotte K says...

    I think you are lucky to have those beautiful brows. I had them when I was your age–but I was definitely all about the natural look (imprinted on beauty standards in the late 1960s, what can I say?)! Now that I’m post-menopause, they are turning grayish and thinning out. I’m okay with it, but when I see pix of myself in the past I can’t believe how much of a beautifully defining feature they were!

  101. Celeste says...

    I love the change! My brows are naturally very dark and thick (I know, I’m lucky for this trend!) but I’m thinking I want to grow out the areas I’ve plucked into an arch and go for a softer, natural shape like this.

    Also, you totally have Sara from “The Labyrinth” eyebrows now! The shape is almost identical! <3

  102. meghan says...

    don’t you get a unibrow? do you have to pluck the middle more often than every 6 weeks? i’m all for leaving the general brow shape alone, but i just can’t get down with my unibrow.

  103. Jennifer Hale says...

    Fun post! Thanks for sharing Stella!!! Can’t believe the difference between the befor and after!

  104. Alice Quin says...

    Stella, how cute are you? This makes me want to grow my brows for a year, but I don’t know if I have the willpower.

  105. Ooh this is inspiring! They look lovely…

  106. Jill Palumbo says...

    I have very fair and sparse brows and have given up worrying about them and just let them go natural. So that said, I’m not sure I like the heavy brow look that seems to be popular now. I’m glad you mentioned having different shaped brows, because mine are definitely not identical twins.

    • Is this the Jill Palumbo I know from high school?!

    • Jess Paulus says...

      this is crazy – is this the gaia cornwall (and maybe jill p) i know from high school? :O

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      Palumbo is my married name (divorced now), so I had a different name in high school. I’m in northern California. Still sound familiar?