In middle school, I felt like everyone had really thin eyebrows and mine were the total opposite. I considered my thick eyebrows some kind of giant flaw. But what were my options?
My freshman year of high school, I started wearing contacts almost full time, and without my glasses partially obscuring my thick eyebrows, I felt like they were totally on display. I got my “lucky eyebrow break” just before winter formal my freshman year. My mom decided to treat me to some spa fun and asked me if I wanted anything in particular. I finally admitted that I wanted my eyebrows waxed.
When the waxer asked what I wanted done to my brows, I didn’t know what to say. So, I just said “thinner” because that seemed to sum up what I wanted. The actual experience didn’t hurt that much for me, and I dashed off to hit the dance with my friends, finally feeling like I fit in with everyone else.
It wasn’t until a few days later when I got the pictures back from the dance that it really hit me that something looked off about my face. My eyebrows were so thin and arched in a way that didn’t look right. I had been so glad that my eyebrows were thin at the dance, but looking back, I saw what previously seemed impossible: my eyebrows were TOO thin.
I was so freaked out by how they looked for that dance, that I vowed that I wouldn’t ever touch them again and let them grow back out. I let all that self-consciousness about my thick eyebrows sweep over me. I thought it was my beauty burden I was forced to bear in life (I know, a little dramatic, but go with me here).
A couple months later, I had to read a biography as part of my summer reading before tenth grade. I of course wanted to read about a cool woman, so I picked up a biography of Audrey Hepburn. The book was fascinating, and I became obsessed with Audrey. Maybe it had to do with staring at her face on the cover of my book all summer, but I realized that not only did I love her thick eyebrows, but they actually kind of looked like mine.
The fact that I could say “I look like Audrey Hepburn” became a confidence boost. I realized that thick brows suited her face, and they actually worked great on mine too.
For some girls, thin eyebrows look amazing. I’m just not one of those girls, and while for a long time, I thought I was the only one, I wasn’t. Once I stopped fixating on picking out every single girl I knew with thinner ones, I realized lots of ladies rock thick eyebrows. Audrey was just one such woman. Today, I love when actresses like Lily Collins embrace thick eyebrows and look totally gorgeous.
I am still pretty obsessed with Audrey Hepburn today. I have an Audrey calendar on my wall, a book of “life lessons” inspired by her, and just last week I got a new biography about her. Now, it has become more than just about eyebrows. Thinking about Audrey reminds me to embrace things about myself and make them work so that I’m confident and still totally me.
Have you ever felt self-conscious about your eyebrows? Do you wax or pluck them? In your opinion, which celebrity has the best eyebrows? Tell us in the comments!