Bad Decision Tuesday: Way Overplucked Eyebrows

I like to keep it fresh around here for Bad Decision Tuesdays: you just never know what decade you're going to end up in! Last week, for instance, we hovered somewhere around 1987 or 1988 while laughing at my beret; the week before that, we landed in 1993 to gawp at my too-short dress.

This week, I thought I'd I take you back just a few short years to February 2003, on what just happened to be my 23rd birthday. Now don't get me wrong, all in all this isn't too bad of a look: marvel, for instance, at how unharried I appear! (This was mostly because I was 90% unemployed at this point, having just moved to Charleston the month before to embark on a "career" that involved writing freelance articles about technology companies for $75 each and watching an awful lot of Elimidate.)

So no, the issue here isn't my hair or my clothing---both relatively unremarkable, as hair and clothing go. The issue here is my eyebrows.

Wait, can you even see them? Because I don't think I can even see them. Hang on, maybe if I squint a bit....oh, wait, yeah, there they are. Did I draw them on with a fine-nibbed pen? Sadly, it's entirely possible. It was 2003, man. Who knows? Either way, those are some of the most overly overplucked eyebrows I've ever seen in my life. Would you like a close-up?

My god, they're not even a millimeter thick!

Happily, I finally put down the tweezers and stepped away from the bathroom mirror a few years after this, gradually coming to realize that since I didn't have much in the way of eyebrows anyway, what I did have, I'd better keep.  It's true that some people can totally carry that thin-eyebrow thing. It's also---sadly, heartbreakingly, awfully---true that those people are not me. 

(PS: I thought you'd also get quite a kick out of a 26-year-old Sean rocking something akin to The Caesar. You know what? He still has that sweater, though. Actually, come to think of it, I still have that black top. Hey, looks like the magazines were right after all: basics really will last you a lifetime!)

Sep 30, 2008

And to think all that PAIN to get them that thin. Yours actually don't look too bad. I've seen so much worse.

Sep 30, 2008

I am fascinated by this! I have had the same eyebrows since forever. I keep them from growing into one brow and prevent them from getting too long or shaggy but that's about it. I have never strayed and it always makes me so curious as to how people arrive at their choice of eyebrow look, ESPECIALLY if they change over time.

Seriously, I do stare at the eyebrows of the world and wonder.

sarah von
Sep 30, 2008

I blame late 90s Drew Barrymore for leading us to believe that this is a good look. If I wasn't so afraid of pain, I would have joyfully jumped onto the "perfect half-moons, two hairs wide" eyebrow bandwagon.

Sep 30, 2008

I was going to say the same about Drew Barrymore. Remember her Rolling Stone cover? She had absolutely no eyebrows. What I can't get over is your super long hair! And you still have your pretty lips, so who cares. :)

Sep 30, 2008

Well you guys both look adorable, nonetheless.

My best friend and I were just talking about our over-plucked eyebrows over the weekend. It's so damn easy to go a bit overboard when you're bored, or you don't feel like going to bed just yet.
At the mall by my house, they have a "threading" station right out in the open (threading is where nimble women expertly use a piece of string to shape the eyebrows). Thing is, the women who were getting it done looked AMAZING after. I'm gonna give it a shot once I grow these (over-plucked)things out.

Sep 30, 2008

My mom frightened me an early age by telling me that for some women they NEVER GROW BACK if you pluck too much and that's why there are so many old ladies out there who have to draw on their eyebrows every day.

(And let's face it, sometimes they get them even, sometimes they don't. Both are bad.)

Sep 30, 2008

Oh, it was DEFINITELY inspired by Drew Barrymore, I'm sure of it. Good call.

Sep 30, 2008

Those ARE some thin eyebrows! My mom always scared me of overplucking by saying that if I kept it up I'd have no eyebrows left by the time I was 65 because eyebrows naturally get thinner as we age. I didn't want to be one of those ladies with drawn on eyebrows with a few scant hairs mixed in with the pencil line.

Also, this is the first picture I've seen of you with long hair! At least, long hair while you are in your 20s.

Aaaannnddd... is it just me, or does Sean look a lot like Liev Schrieber???

Sep 30, 2008

I was so traumatized by those eyebrows that I had to find a current photo of your face and take a deep breath before leaving a comment.


Sep 30, 2008

I pluck pretty much every night before bed, but it is always the one night when I'm getting to bed hours later than usual when I decide that my brows need to be thinner! Much thinner! And reshaped! This never, ever ends well.

Sep 30, 2008

I'm pretty sure that one single hair from my eyebrows would be provide more significant coverage than both of those things combined.

Sep 30, 2008

I'm pretty sure that one single hair from my eyebrows would provide more significant coverage than both of those things combined.

Sep 30, 2008

This is, perhaps, completely random but we had dinner at La Fourchette in Charleston last weekend and it looked remarkably like the interior of this place.

Camels & Chocolate
Sep 30, 2008

And I was going to say Sean hasn't changed much at all (now that he got a haircut, that is). Funny to see you with long hair!

Sep 30, 2008

I remember the skinny brows ... probably the ONLY thing on me that was ever skinny! And mine never fully grew back in. :-(

Sep 30, 2008

Oh, Holly. I would like to present you the same situation, except on MY WEDDING DAY, which was embarrassingly not 5 or 10 years ago but THREE, a measly 3 years ago. I had decided that eyebrows that go from really thick in the middle to *really* thin on the edges were just the thing to complete my wedding day look.

Tami A.
Sep 30, 2008

I'm lol here. Those are really thin eyebrows!! I'm wondering how long it took the hair to grow... I have a problem keeping maintenance on mine, most days I look like a cave woman. Geez.

Sep 30, 2008

I have pretty sparse eyebrows anyway -- where they are now is pretty much as full as they're EVER going to be, and that's not really saying much. But yeah, this takes the cake.

Sep 30, 2008

But you've seen the light. Something many of my pals have not. Perhaps I shall forward them this post in the hopes that they take a hint.

Scottsdale Girl
Sep 30, 2008

Is that FIESTAWARE on that Table?

Sep 30, 2008

no eyebrows really only works on whoopi and no one else.

look how cute you two are together though! and sean with short hair!

Sep 30, 2008

After I'd plucked mine in the same basic shape for about 10 years, they stopped growing back. Luckily it's a neutral shape... and the nice part is, only about every two months do I have to pluck the 3 (literally, three) eyebrow hairs that keep growing back.

Sep 30, 2008

I watched No Reservations: Charleston today and thought of you two! You still looked cute, even with the skinny brows.

Anne in SC
Oct 01, 2008

Funny on the eyebrows! How in the world do these trends get started? And the agony of growing them back out...

I keep trying to figure out what restaurant you guys are in (I'm from Charleston). The tableware makes me think possibly Meritage but I can't remember if it was around in 03. Then I thought The Griffon and but realized that you had cloth napkins and a bread basket and the walls weren't covered in business cards - but the window just seemed so familiar.

Oct 01, 2008

Awww, you're pretty enough not to look too bad, even with the HardlyBrows. And your hair is lovely long.

Oct 01, 2008

Is that Suze Orman sitting at the next table? As far as eyebrows go, I have decided to forgo the pain and say that Brooke Shields is my hero.

Oct 01, 2008

HAAAAAAAA. It's totally Suze Orman behind you. Good call, Kate!

In the second photo, you look fine -- not unlike the rest of us at that time -- but the first, they are ALMOST GONE, and it was a little upsetting at first, because you're so pretty! And yet YOU HAVE NO EYEBROWS.

Oct 01, 2008

HAHAHA! It DOES look like Suze Orman! The thing I remember about that couple behind us is that they were terribly glamorous; they breezed in around 10pm, just as we were done with our meal, and they ordered a bottle of red wine very theatrically.

And Anne, we were at Bocci's, near the Market.

Oct 01, 2008

My mom plucked the s#!t out of her eyebrows for years, and then they never grew back. Good thing you stopped when you did, or you would look perpetually surprised.

Oct 01, 2008

It's a good thing they didn't stay that thin. I've heard that some women who tweeze too much, their eyebrow hair will stop growing. I don't know what that is like. I have to get mine waxed every 4 weeks so that I don't start sporting a unibrow.

Oct 01, 2008

You manage to pull them off. My Mother-In-Law does not. Can I arrange for you and she to have a chat?

Oct 06, 2008

I totally rocked the over plucked brow my freshman year of high school. I cringe every time I think about them.

stepping over the junk
Oct 07, 2008

I've always been too scared to do anything to my eyebrows! This is very very funny. I knew a guy once who was trying to thin out his eyebrows with a trimmer and slipped and shaved one totally off. I never realized how different people look without them