Please Don't Pluck Your Eyebrows To Copy Rihanna's Vogue Look

Rihanna didn't commit, so you shouldn't either.
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On Tuesday, British Vogue debuted its September 2018 cover, featuring a flower-crowned Rihanna sporting some seriously skinny eyebrows that would give Greta Garbo a run for her money.

But before you get excited and grab the tweezers, we urge you: Step away! 

First of all, Rihanna’s brows on the cover are a result of some makeup magic. Makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, who used Fenty Beauty (naturally) on the singer’s face for the photo shoot, confirmed as much to HuffPost via email. When asked if she achieved the eyebrow look by covering and then drawing over them, Ffrench simply replied, “Yep!”

Drag queens have been employing this technique for years: 

If you want to try the ultra-editorial look for yourself, covering your natural brows offers way less risk than your tweezer-happy hands. And while plucking your eyebrows isn’t a bad thing, overdoing it (whether with tweezers, wax or threading) may result in some unwanted consequences. 

“Tweezing eyebrows repeatedly can lead to destruction of the follicle,” Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York City, told HuffPost back in 2012. 

And if the hair follicle is dead, “nothing is going to grow,” Dr. Audrey Kunin, a Kansas City-based dermatologist, once told The New York Times

If you do overpluck, there are still a few things you can do to bring your brows back to life. The most important thing is to be patient. According to The Cut, brows typically grow in a three- to four-month cycle, which means there will almost definitely be an awkward grow-out phase. You could also try using a brow serum or castor oil, which is said to be an effective way to encourage hair growth. 

All this is to say, unless you plan on sporting the pencil-thin eyebrow look for plenty of years to come, it’s best to proceed with caution when it comes to ripping out your eyebrow hairs. 

Before You Go

Celebrity Eyebrows
Jennifer Lopez, 1998(01 of 32)
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At the 17th Annual CFDA Awards on Feb. 8, 1998, at JP Morgan Atrium in New York City. (credit: Ron Galella, Ltd. via Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez, 2018(02 of 32)
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At the NBC Universal "World of Dance" Red Carpet event, on Jan. 30 in Universal City, California. (credit: VALERIE MACON via Getty Images)
Demi Lovato, 2008(03 of 32)
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At the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, 2008. (credit: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Demi Lovato, 2017(04 of 32)
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At 103.5 KISS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 on Dec. 13, 2017, in Chicago. (credit: Jeff Schear via Getty Images)
Beyonce, 1999(05 of 32)
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At the 5th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Santa Monica, California. (credit: Mirek Towski via Getty Images)
Beyonce, 2017(06 of 32)
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At the 59th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (credit: Jason LaVeris via Getty Images)
Gwen Stefani, 1996(07 of 32)
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At Live 105's BFD 1996 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on June 14, 1996, in Mountain View, California. (credit: Tim Mosenfelder via Getty Images)
Gwen Stefani, 2017(08 of 32)
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At the Domino Holiday Pop-Up Shop on Dec. 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (credit: Rich Fury via Getty Images)
Selena Gomez, 2007(09 of 32)
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At the Los Angeles premiere of "Shrek The Third," on May 6, 2007. (credit: Lester Cohen via Getty Images)
Selena Gomez, 2017(10 of 32)
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At The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on Dec. 4, 2017, in London. (credit: Samir Hussein via Getty Images)
Jared Leto, 1998(11 of 32)
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At the "Urban Legends" Westwood Premiere on Sept. 17, 1998, at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (credit: Ron Galella via Getty Images)
Jared Leto, 2018(12 of 32)
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At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards-MusiCares Person Of The Year event honoring Fleetwood Mac on Jan. 26 in New York City. (credit: Steve Granitz via Getty Images)
Megan Fox(13 of 32)
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At the '"Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen" premiere at the Loews E-Walk Theater on Feb. 17, 2004, in New York City. (credit: Evan Agostini via Getty Images)
Megan Fox, 2017(14 of 32)
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During the runway of the fashion show for the 2017 autumn/winter collection at Fashion Fest held at Fronton Mexico on Sept. 07, 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico. (credit: NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Drew Barrymore, 1992(15 of 32)
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At the 50th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement on Dec. 29, 1992. (credit: Jim Smeal via Getty Images)
Drew Barrymore, 2017(16 of 32)
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At Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Nov. 13, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York. (credit: Dimitrios Kambouris via Getty Images)
Kerry Washington, 2002(17 of 32)
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At the world premiere of "Bad Company" at Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York City on June 4, 2002. (credit: Evan Agostini via Getty Images)
Kerry Washington, 2018(18 of 32)
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At the 20th Costume Designers Guild Awards on Feb. 20 in Beverly Hills, California. (credit: Tommaso Boddi via Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie, 1998(19 of 32)
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At the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- where she won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television -- in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 18, 1998. (credit: Fotos International via Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie, 2018(20 of 32)
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At the BAFTA Awards held at Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 18 in London. (credit: Jeff Spicer via Getty Images)
Olivia Wilde, 2003(21 of 32)
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In West Hollywood, California, when Fox Broadcasting Company introduced its 2003-2004 prime time lineup. (credit: Chris Polk via Getty Images)
Olivia Wilde, 2018(22 of 32)
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At Steven Tyler and Live Nation presents Inaugural Janie's Fund Gala & Grammy Viewing Party at Red Studios on Jan. 28 in Los Angeles. (credit: Tommaso Boddi via Getty Images)
Lauren Conrad, 2005(23 of 32)
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At the Stuff Magazine Style Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel on Sept. 7, 2005, in Los Angeles. (credit: Jesse Grant via Getty Images)
Lauren Conrad, 2017(24 of 32)
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At the 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on Oct. 14, 2017, in Pacific Palisades, California. (credit: Steve Granitz via Getty Images)
Adele, 2008(25 of 32)
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At the Brit Awards at Earls Court on Feb. 20, 2008, in London. (credit: Fred Duval via Getty Images)
Adele, 2017(26 of 32)
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At the 59th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (credit: Jon Kopaloff via Getty Images)
Eva Longoria, 1998(27 of 32)
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During a photo shoot in 1998. (credit: Barry King via Getty Images)
Eva Longoria, 2018(28 of 32)
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At the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 20 in Beverly Hills, California. (credit: Jon Kopaloff via Getty Images)
Rihanna, 2005(29 of 32)
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At MTV's Total Request Live show at Leicester Square, 2005. (credit: Anthony Harvey - PA Images via Getty Images)
Rihanna, 2017(30 of 32)
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Hosting a pep rally to celebrate the launch of the AW17 FENTY PUMA by Rihanna collection at Bloomingdales on 59th Street on Oct. 13, 2017, in New York City. (credit: Dimitrios Kambouris via Getty Images)
Gabrielle Union, 1998(31 of 32)
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At Museum of Television & Radio's "A Television Diary: 45 Years of TV Guide Covers" on Sept. 15, 1998, at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills, California. (credit: Jim Smeal via Getty Images)
Gabrielle Union, 2018(32 of 32)
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At Magnify and Fox Sports Films' "Shot In The Dark" premiere documentary screening and panel discussion at Pacific Design Center on Feb. 15 in West Hollywood, California. (credit: Rich Fury via Getty Images)
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