Celebrity Style Inspiration: Full Eyebrows

Unless you’re living under a style rock, you’ve probably noticed celebs like Lucy Hale, Sarah Hyland, and Rooney Mara sporting fabulous full eyebrows lately. The trend for thin, arched brows that was so popular through the 2000’s is on the way out—and bold brows are definitely in. Model and actress Cara Delevingne is usually credited with kicking off the trend. Here’s how to take a page out of her book and get the look for yourself.

Full Doesn’t Mean Messy

Sorry folks, but just because full brows are in, that doesn’t mean you get to sit back and let them do what they will. You’ll have to wait a long time for scraggly hairs and unibrows to come into fashion.

Salon visits to get your brows shaped are still a must. Start by letting your brows grow out as much as possible without touching the tweezers (at least three weeks), and then head for the salon. Tell your esthetician or stylist exactly what kind of look you’re going for—pictures help a lot at this stage. To avoid the “woolly caterpillar” look, you’ll want a nice arch.


Once you have the right shape, it’s okay to pluck stray hairs between salon visits, but make sure to use some restraint. It will probably be a while before you get used to your fuller brows, but give yourself a little time and you might find you love them—and the time you save on maintenance.

What If Your Brows Are Sparse?

Unfortunately, getting full brows isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve been overplucking and waxing for many years. Too much of this can cause bald spots in the brows and sparse growth. The good news is that if you lay off the tweezers for a while, your brow hairs will probably fill in eventually. 

In the meantime, many makeup lines have rolled out whole lines of cosmetics designed to help. Powders, pencils, creams, putties, and more are designed to fill in the sparse areas and look natural. Your esthetician can give you product recommendations to help you fake your perfect bold brow.