Elle Style Awards 2014 - Inside Arrivals

Back in my day, Jennifer Aniston‘s teeny tiny arches were the height of eyebrow fashion. Nowadays, Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins are hard at work bringing back the brow beef, and it seems like everyone is penciling, painting, and powdering a pair of caterpillars on their faces. I think the big brow trend is awesome– in part because I have bushy, chaotic ones myself, but also because thick arches tend to add an interesting softness to women’s other features. And based on the number of people seeking hair transplants to achieve the Cara aesthetic, it looks like a lot of folks agree with me.

Harper’s Bazaar has a really interesting new interview with Dr. Robert Dorin, whose whole schtick is adding much-requested thickness to women’s brows. According to Dr. Dorin, people tend to request his hair restoration services when they’ve previously “over-plucked, over-waxed, or over-groomed, which can permanently damage the follicle and leave the women with thinning or no eyebrows.” He adds that there are also medical reasons that someone might pursue this procedure, pointing to hormonal or genetic factors that can prevent people from growing natural hair.

So can he copy and paste Cara’s famous features directly onto my face? Nah. Unfortunately, this is about ‘medicine’ and ‘actual science’ and real life is ‘not The Sims.’ Dr. Dorin explains:

Eyebrow restoration is a highly artistic procedure in which a brow is individually designed based on the facial type, features, and results personally desired. An experienced physician considers the arch shape, appropriate thickness of hair, space between brows, and brow length.

I’m glad that the people forking over lots of money to get this work done can make sure it fits their specific needs, but I’m still holding out hope for the day when I can become a creepy composite creature made up of my favorite celebrity body parts. It’ll be just like those awkward pictures of “men’s ideal woman” where it’s like Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie, and Megan fox had a three-way mutuant baby, but way more terrifying.

Via Harper’s Bazaar / Photo: Getty Images