Excuse Me, You Did WHAT For Great Brows?


It’s a big day for our friends down the hall—Glossier just launched Brow Flick, a brow pen used to define and create very real-looking hairs on your arches. Glossier teased the product a few weeks ago on Instagram with a familiar face and...hey! We know that story in the caption!

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Hey! I’m @kimjohnson., Glossier’s community manager, here to share a brow story with you all. My brows are my thing—and I’m very particular about how I do them every day. They’ve always been pretty sparse, plus tweezing/waxing/threading/shaving (yikes) when I was younger didn’t help. Now I religiously fill them in and then fluff them up to keep them looking full and natural. I will literally not go anywhere without filling them in. In college I got in trouble for being a little (ok, a lot) late to safely evacuate my dorm during a fire drill because, well, brows take time and I just could not be rushed. I know, I know... Anyway, tell me I’m not alone! Got a brow story? 👇

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Kim told us all about it a few years ago here, in her Top Shelf. And you know how when you read an old article, you go down a web hole in search for more? Well, we do… Because one brow anecdote turned into clicking on the “brows” tag at the bottom of the page, which brought us to a place where, before we knew it, we had assembled hundreds of quotes from our interviews and Instagram DMs. And then we whittled it down to the 30 most interesting tales, for your reading pleasure. No need to keep a straight face when you scroll down below—raising a you-know-what is only natural.


“I have Latisse, which I use on my brows as well as my lashes. A lot of people outside of America may not have heard of this—it’s a prescription product that stimulates hair growth. When you buy it, you get a bunch of these little brushes to go with the drops. I will use it along bottom part of my lashes and the top–you have to make sure you don’t get it in your eye because you can get brown spots that way. I’ll use a generous amount on my eyebrows as well, and my brows have completely grown back. I have gone through phases where I’ve stopped using it, and I noticed a big difference. Anastasia Soare actually recommended it to me. She’s the only person I let touch my eyebrows.” —Victoria Beckham

“Since I’m always trying to grow my brows and eyelashes, I put castor oil on them. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, I’m not sure. But I like how it feels—it gives this nice moisture.” —Danuta Mieloch

“I see Irina at John Barrett Salon to wax and tweeze them. She’s amazing. I had a panic attack when she had her first baby—I was like ‘When are you gonna be back?’ [Laughs]” —Misty Copeland

“I did a film with my brother which was set in the '30s, and I dyed my eyebrows like Rihanna in that Vogue cover recently—they looked pencil thin, like '30s brows.” —Alice Eve

“I also bleach my own brows—I never have problems with it, it’s so easy! I use that drugstore brand, Jolen.” —Lyndsey Butler

“I think every girl has a horror story about this—I took a razor and tried to clean them up. I shaved half of the end off and a girl at school told me, 'You know, they don't always come back...'” —Amanda Shine

Damone Roberts does my brows, he’s the eyebrow king. He’s over the top, and his eyebrow technique is over the top, too. They cut the brow back, but still shape it so it looks fuller.” —Jodie Patterson

“I couldn’t tame them so I used A GLUE STICK in high school.” —MM, from Instagram

“I’ll put some Jamaican castor oil on my brows, on my lashes, and on my lips. I have two— pure Haitian Black Castor Oil from a brand called Kreyol Essence, and Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil.” —Walda Laurenceau

“Sarah Brown introduced me to Maral at Warren Tricomi, who I see every two months. She’s amazing. In the '90s I went through a point where I really plucked them super, super skinny and meticulously for a long time—they were like my thing. It was around the same time as Linda Evangelista, but I didn't look as good as her. I’d gone from Brooke Shields heavy eyebrow to that and then they kind of grew in in that haphazard way.” —Sally Singer

“My eyebrows are microbladed—I flew all the way to Vancouver to visit Shaughnessy, who is like the master of microblading.” —Rachael Wang

“I’ve filled in my eyebrows using a lipstick and the end of my tweezers.” —JF, from Instagram

“I recently started on this RapidBrow serum, and my brows are like they were when I was a teenager. I used it for eight weeks and didn’t see any results, and I was like, ‘OK, maybe it just doesn’t work.’ And then suddenly, at nine weeks, I had all this new growth! I like things like that that really work, even though it’s a time commitment. I have to keep it next to my bed, otherwise I’ll forget to use it.” —Lisa Eldridge

“I tweezed the hell out of my brows as a teenager in Miami until they were like, a line.” —Pamela Love

“I go to the best eyebrow person in the city—her name is Angela Enu, and she is at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa now, right off of Fifth Avenue. People travel from all over the place to see Angela.” —Sunny Hostin

“When I was modeling, I had brows like Marlene Dietrich for about five years. I’m so glad they’ve grown back. I used RevitaLash on them—you do that that on brows and eyelashes and it really grows back.” —Carla Bruni

Banana ash.” —SK, from Instagram

“Lead pencil…” —SS, from Instagram

“For my brows, I dye them, or I use the Anastasia Brow Definer in Medium Brown.” —Daphne Guinness

“I use Brow Envy every day which is kind of like Latisse. I put it on my lashes and a little bit on my brows.” —Marlo Sutton

“For 6th grade picture day, my dad decided my eyebrows needed a ‘trim’ and used his beard trimmer...And that’s the day I bought my first ever Revlon eye pencil.” —RS, from Instagram

“For my brows, I don’t use anything besides Rapid Brow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum, which holds them in place. I get them threaded, but I go as little as possible because I like them to look quite bushy.” —Alessandra Steinherr

“Def tried cacao before...honestly kinda worked.” —VL, from Instagram

Audrey Glass microbladed my brows and it’s changed my life—she’s so good. My brows weren’t symmetrical before, one was really small and the arches were different, and this just fills it in so I don’t have to do my brows every day.” —Steph Shep

“I actually tint my brows and lashes alone because they never get dark enough. I always tell makeup artists or aestheticians, ‘Don’t be afraid to go dark,’ but they never go quite as dark, so I just got the products to do it myself.” —Malin Akerman

“I’m in eyebrow rehab right now with Kristie Streicher. She’s trying to help me grow in my eyebrows. I am a victim of the '90s. According to Kristie, you have to not touch your brows, because you have to get them on the same growth pattern.” —Judy Greer

“I get my brows done at Robert Sweet William Halke at Barneys New York. He changes your face. He’s down in the basement, and he's a fixture there. He’s always wearing a three-piece suit and is always very serious, but he is amazing.” —Jennifer Fisher

“Though I could create some extra brow hair with an eyeliner. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT EVER DO THAT.” —SX, from Instagram

“I also have a great guy, Brows by Sebastian, in New York. He’s an eyebrow artist. He’ll look at your face and see what’s wanting—but it’s all about plucking.” —Andreja Pejic

“I thankfully don’t have a unibrow anymore, but at first I went in the complete opposite direction to deal with them. I was like, ‘Oh, good God’ and tweezed them into surprised little sperm. [Laughs] One of the first mean comments I got on my site—you always remember your first—was someone who said I had ‘slutty eyebrows.’ I cried and called my friends saying, ‘I had no idea my eyebrows were slutty!’” —Emily Schuman

Photo via ITG.