Bleached eyebrows have long been one of the most polarizing looks in beauty—to perhaps even right up there with
the mullet. And yet, in recent years, (almost always temporary) versions have become somewhat mainstream among celebs. They’ve even shown up on some of the Kardashian-Jenners—much to many of their fans’ distress. (Detractors can take comfort in the fact that Adele wouldn’t bleach hers for the world; the singer recently revealed that she regularly uses dye to combat her perceived resemblance to the pasty, hairless villain Voldemort.) Kim, Kendall, and co. are hardly alone in experimenting with the look solely for photo shoots and runway shows. The boldest of celebrities, on the other hand, stay committed—most notably Kristen Stewart and Maisie Williams. Take a look back at some of the most memorable disappearing brow acts in recent celebrity history, here. Photo by Tristan Fewings/BFC via Getty Images
Kate Moss’s daughter Lila Moss was among the many models whom Richard Quinn convinced to try out the look for
his spring 2022 show. She appears to have had a much better experience than her mom did earlier in her career. “Thankfully, they’ve mastered the art of bleaching eyebrows now, and then dyeing them straight back,” Kate told in 2013. “Makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin once burnt my eyebrows off when he was bleaching them for a shoot, I literally had scabs there!” Cosmopolitan
Amelia Gray Hamlin, who also walked the show, stuck with hers for a tad longer. They might soon make a comeback: She recently
asked her followers if she should dye them back (and got quite a few no’s in response).
Katy Perry made it clear that the look was solely for the purpose of
American Idol’s Disney Night episode, captioning the Instagram of her Tinkerbell costume “going to go dye my brows back now.”
“HOW NOW, BLONDE BROW?,” Lizzo captioned her reveal on Instagram. The singer stuck with the look for a good chunk of the summer, and at one point experimented with turning them
pink. Photo by David M. Benett via Getty Images
Maisie Williams had long been known for her bold, dark brows. But over the past year or so, the former
Game of Thrones star has instead been known for dabbling in bleach. Courtesy of @kimkardashian
Kim Kardashian was
careful to clarify that the makeover was just for a photo-shoot. In fact, her brows were back to brown by that very night.
Katy Perry made it clear that the look was strictly temporary after appearing on
American Idol, wearing wings.
“It’s the simplicity for me,” Halsey captioned a photo of herself wearing her vegan beauty line, About-Face.
Adriana Lima shied from sharing any details about the project that had her going (semi) blonde in the summer of 2019. At the time, she posted an Instagram poll asking if she should keep them, and the response wasn’t the most supportive. “I had no idea she would look this incredible without eyebrows!,” makeup artist Erin Parsons wrote in a throwback on
Instagram. “And to her fans that hated it, don’t worry I dyed them back 😅.” Clearly, not everyone was a hater: Lima’s bleached brows starred on the cover of Japanese a few months later. Vogue Courtesy of @katherinelangford
A Saint Laurent show in 2016 is far from the only occasion that Lady Gaga has appeared brow-less; when she appeared backstage at the Marc Jacobs show later that month, where she joined Kendall Jenner and the rest of the cast in another round of bleaching, she told
Vogue that she bleaches her eyebrows every day.
Of course, before Gaga, there was Madonna, who admittedly stood out at the release party for her book
Sex in 1992 more because of her companion that evening, rather than her facial hair.
When Jaden Smith shaved his eyebrows last summer, reactions were not exactly positive. Since then, though, he’s grown them back a bit and turned it into something of signature look.
A few weeks after she turned up on the red carpet of the 2019 Met Gala with her brows painted orange, yellow, and white,
Kristen Stewart went all in, fully bleaching them ahead of her appearance at a Chanel show in Seoul.
When it comes to eyebrow bleaching, Kendall Jenner is nothing if not outspoken. “They literally fall OUT! It’s bad—I really hate getting a bleach,” she
wrote on her website in 2016—though that didn’t stop her from bleaching them from Marc Jacobs that same year, just as she did in the above instance, in 2014.
The fact that Cara Delevingne’s
bushy brown eyebrows were still her first and foremost claim to fame only made it more daring when she, like Kendall Jenner, bleached them for Givenchy in 2014.
And while Cara Delevingne had moved on from the look when she ran into Kim Kardashian a few months later, the latter was just trying it out for herself. Kardashian, too, made the sacrifice for fashion, as she made clear via the hashtagged disclaimer “#ItsForAPhotoShoot.”
A month after she bleached her brows
for a Prada campaign, Gigi Hadid reprised the look in Milan, along with the rest of the cast that walked the house’s show for fall 2019.
Jared Leto began making ghost-like appearances, such as the above, in 1998, while filming
Fight Club. In recent years, he’s made similar sacrifices—to the point that he’s said they don’t grow back as quickly as they used to.
Apologies for this cursed image, but Kanye West tried his hand at the look on his
infamous visit to Trump Tower in 2016.
According to Katy Perry, her last minute to bleach her brows before stepping onto the red carpet of the 2016 Met Gala gave her stylist “
a panic attack.” And according to her date that night, Derek Blasberg, “everyone” told her the idea was “horrible.”
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