The best celebrity brow transformations
AKA proof that you can come back from an over-plucked brow
By Team BeautyCrew
August 31 2020
Natural brows have been ‘in’ for quite a few years now, but it hasn’t always been a case of the bushier the better.
Back in the ‘90s particularly, over-tweezing and misshaping brows was an all too common mistake, and some of Hollywood's finest certainly fell victim to the thin, iffy brow phase…
Luckily, they've now come out the other end with some of the best brows in the biz, but hey, it's fun to take a look back, right? It proves there's hope for even the most overplucked of brows...
Angelina Jolie – Then
We’ve always been envious of Jolie’s voluptuous pout, but her brows were the opposite of full back in the day.
Angelina Jolie – Now
See how a thicker brow shape leaves her features looking balanced? Her arch is perfectly placed and her brows look far fresher with a little extra fullness.
Demi Lovato – Then
Talk about a sharp arch. The harsh shape is pretty severe, and leaves Lovato looking a little more 'angry-meets-surprised' than usual.
Demi Lovato – Now
A more natural curved shape softens Lovato's look instantly. The fuller, less angular arch is much more flattering, too.
Lauren Conrad – Then
Overplucked and unruly is not a good combination. With sparse brow hairs like Conrad’s, it's important to fill in the gaps and use a brow gel to set the shape.
Lauren Conrad – Now
Talk about a successful brow rehab story. The all-over fullness and subtle arch create the perfect face-framing effect.
Olivia Wilde – Then
Yes Wilde’s brows are super thin, but her biggest mistake back then was not filling them in. Thanks to her delicate features, she can get away with a slightly thinner brow, but it's the sparseness that leaves them looking particularly lacklustre.
Olivia Wilde – Now
Notice the softer arch angle and the lovely length of the brow which extends slightly beyond the outer corner of her almond eyes? Wilde's look shows that brows don't have to be super full to be great.
Gwen Stefani – Then
Stefani's ‘90s brows never did her any favours. Her love of bold, brazen looks could have been so much more impactful with a bushy set of brows to ground them.
Gwen Stefani – Now
Same bold beauty look-loving Stefani, completely different brows. A thicker shape gives her a sophisticated look, without taking away from her statement style.
Mila Kunis – Then
As well as the obvious lack of fullness in Kunis’ brows, it’s the placement of her arch that really lets her down. It gives her brows a raised appearance and doesn’t adequately frame her eyes.
Mila Kunis – Now
Kunis’ thick power brows deliver a far more striking effect. The arch is perfect, the inner section of the brow is thick but tapers off slightly at the outer corner, and she’s filled them in for a groomed finish.
Eva Longoria – Then
Sure, Longoria's hair was darker at the time, too, but we definitely prefer her with a slightly warmer, lighter brow colour. The funny part is, they were no doubt considered to be on the fuller side at the time, too... how trends have changed.
Eva Longoria – Now
Longoria's arch transformation proves that thicker brows can in fact soften the face; it's all about choosing a shade and shape combo that flatters your features.
Leighton Meester – Then
Meester's brows were definitely on the thin side, but the strange arch didn't help matters; the shape is definitely a little, er, unruly.
Leighton Meester – Now
Does the B in Queen B stand for brows? Well, it should. The Gossip Girl star underwent a stellar brow transformation throughout the show, and these days they look better than ever.
Lucy Hale – Then
Even the best brows have a secret, overplucked past, and Hale's now-enviable arches are no different. Although it was all the rage back then, her super thin brows are a far cry from her current ones.
Mandy Moore – Then
Fact: we all wanted to be Mandy Moore in the ‘00s. But looking back, those ridiculously thin, extremely light brows weren't actually as amazing as we once thought.
Mandy Moore – Now
Moore’s brows have gone through a drastic change.; they’re now a good few shades darker and considerably thicker. The subtle arch is way more flattering, too. We approve.