Lily Collins “embraces” her bigger, fuller, unplucked “quirky” eyebrows

Lily Collins is the “Snow White” in the awful-looking Mirror, Mirror, the one with Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. We’ve covered two trailers from the film, both equally terrible, both with increasing levels of hair. Now, some people yelled at me for pointing out Lily Collins’ eyebrow issues – but I just don’t understand how other people can NOT find her eyebrows distracting. This is not a Brooke Shields issue, where a girl is groomed but she just rocks a really strong brow. What’s going on with Lily’s brows looks flat-out unkempt, and I find it difficult to believe that no one at the studio had any problems with it. Beyond the grooming issues, I do think she’s a pretty girl – miscast as Snow White, yes, but pretty. Imagine how much prettier she’d look without the shadowy unibrow.

Anyway, Lily covers the new issue of Seventeen Magazine, and she talks about the fur-covered elephant in the room:

On her eyebrows: “It used to bother me – having bigger, fuller brows. I even plucked them once so I’d fit in, but I hated them and couldn’t wait for them to grow back. Now I embrace them. I’ve realized the quirky things that make you different are what make you beautiful.”

On her last name (she’s the daughter of music legend Phil Collins): “My last name may have opened doors, but I have to keep them open.”

On her celeb crush: “It’s weird to have celebrity crushes now because I could actually meet them or work with them! When I was younger, it was definitely Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. I had pictures of him and I had ‘NSYNC posted. I had the biggest crush on Justin Timberlake!”

Love advice: “My advice for girls who are waiting for their Prince Charming is to be open for anything. Be open to new experiences, be open to the idea that it may take longer than you want, but if you’re open to meeting new people and new adventures, then love will come along.”

[From Seventeen]

That interview made me like her a little bit. She’s following the same kind of girlish, princessy publicity strategy of someone like Taylor Swift, I think. So, basically, I think she’ll do well in the industry, and I won’t have any problems with that. As for the brows – I understand that she thinks her brows contribute to her individuality (perhaps like Swifty stands up for curly-haired girls). Well, I have brow issues too, but Lily does not represent me. Because I know I look better with my stuff groomed. It’s not a individuality thing – it’s just one of those simple, superficial things that we do to look more attractive.

Photos courtesy of Seventeen.

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  1. nina says:

    I love her eyebrows, they haver a nice shape to them even if they are full, I think she’s adorable. She looks very snow white-y.

    • SG says:

      Me too. I wish I had brows like that.

    • carrie says:

      me too 2

    • Ange says:

      They’re definitely a great shape, I just wish she’d widen the gap between them a bit more.

      • bitca says:

        Love her look, AND the brows. But am a child of the Brooke Shields Era (she is so tweaked now, hard to recall how truly stunning she was). 70s were all about Natural—real brows, no fake lashes, no raccoon eyes, & ‘Brazilian’ only referred to a person from Brazil.

        Admit to Brow-Envy; after yrs of inept plucking to avoid unibrow, am sad seeing ’em thin out. Stepmom uses brow-wax–& had I a defter hand w/cosmetics would surely do the same…

  2. Samigirl says:

    I LOVE the cover dress. Seriously. I would wear that in a heartbeat! If I were skinny…and not a mom 🙂

  3. Pants says:

    She reminds me of Nina Dobrev, anyone else?

  4. podzol says:

    Lily Collins, she of the bearding showmance, giving love advice? Man, Kyra Sedgwick had the BEST advice of all when asked to give marriage tips to that pesky E! reporter: “My advice is: don’t listen to celebrities’ advice”.

  5. Franny says:

    There is a huge difference between plucking a few hairs in between your brows, and under neath to neaten them up, and getting tiny lines for eyebrows. I have no problem with people embracing their full brows at all, but if you are going to wear mascara and blush and a push-up bra to enhance your features, you should also spend 5 minutes plucking a few hairs off to get rid of your unibrow.

    • ocean says:

      lol i agree 😛

    • Naye in VA says:

      That about says it. i have the total urge to wax 2cm from the middle. that wouldnt change her full look at all.

    • AMANDA says:


    • Jolene says:

      Exactly. That’s the issue I have with her. Hell, I leave my brows full, but I pluck my strays.

    • Emily says:

      Saying “should” about what people choose to do with their appearance, like it’s a moral issue with one correct answer, is pretty ridiculous.

      Well, I don’t wear makeup or push-up bras — am I absolved from the edict that I must also spend my valuable time plucking my eyebrows to meet some arbitrary standard?

      • Franny says:

        I’m saying that if you take the time to do all of these other things to meet “the standards of beauty”, then to go along with what society expects of our eyelashes and boobs, it goes to reason that the eyebrows “should” also be cleaned up. If she was a hippy who never wore makeup and wore dreads, and didn’t care what color her nailpolish was, I’d say let her be. And I do say that about everyone who lives their life like that, because its completely their choice to represent themselves however they see fit. But she’s not, so to put so much effort in, and be so beautiful, but be distracted by her eyebrows…it just don’t make sense.

        I’m not attacking people who don’t wear makeup, or pluck their eyebrows…I’m just saying that for someone who obviously works on their appearence, it doesn’t make sense not to pluck those few hairs.

        But who knows…maybe its all a PR move because we wouldn’t be here arguing about this girl if it weren’t for those brows…so well played, movie company.

  6. saintdevil says:

    How is this “being different”? Full brows are in fashion.

  7. Delta Juliet says:

    They’re growing on me and and so is she.

    No pun intended.

  8. Asli says:

    I love that she realizes that her last name opened doors for her instead of denying it and pretending she’s the sh*t like lots of nepotism-‘suffering’ celebs do. As for the eyebrows. Meh- her face I guess.

  9. sm255 says:

    Ahh, she does look very nice here, even if ze caterpillars can be distracting to the eyes.

  10. Sasha says:

    I think she looks stunning in the last shot. So natural! I guess her brows could be plucked ever so slightly more in the middle, but I really don’t have a problem with them. I think she makes a perfect Snow White.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I do the same, Kaiser – not because I want to conform, but because it simply looks better on my face. And I agree with you about hers too, but oh well, as long as she’s happy and confident, it’s up to her.
    I’m sure there’s a lot of pressure on her to be Disney about it, but I wish someone would answer “my advice for girls looking for Prince Charming is to stop looking, make a great life for yourself, and if true love happens, great!”
    She is pretty, but that last photo is not flattering. ETA – that’s funny, Sasha, as soon as I posted that I saw your comment.

  12. amanda says:

    She can star in those cavemen themed commercials for life insurance.. or is it car insurance?

  13. MollyB says:

    I love the fuller eyebrows. I’m totally grossed out by the plucked-to-oblivion then covered up with pencil look.

    • anonymoose says:

      I am equally grossed out by plucked to oblivion without filling them back in! Overplucking and badly shaped brows look like some horrid OCD condition, and identifies the wearer as a control freak. Just unfortunately nasty. If the plucked brow’s “arch” is between the center of the eye and the nose, it is the WRONG shape, get help.

  14. luls says:

    Kaiser, no offense (truly), but i think this is ur Indian Heritage talking.

    Till this day, I have never met any Indian girl/woman who doesnt have issues or some kind of obsession with body hair.

    Her eyebrows look totally fine to me. They dont look overly bushy or shapeless. Nor does she have a unibrow.

    Everytime there is a post about Snow White, I have to hear about this poor girl’s eyebrows.

    Let it go already.

    • saylor says:

      Omg as a girl from that region, I can attest to that. For the most part WE HAVE MASSIVE body hair issues. I find Collins brows utterly refreshing. Dude I wish I had HER brows because they are sooo much better than the beastly brows that occupy my face if I don’t thread. Girlfriend has confidence too, I like that she addresses the issue with this much confidence and pride instead of in a self deprecating way.

    • Echo says:

      I disagree. I am Indian and I love my thick hair and thick eyebrows. I do get them threaded but they still maintain their thick shape. Indian women are only concerned with body hair which these days you can get lasered away permanetly.

  15. bored says:

    How old is she?

    • ol cranky says:

      she’ll be 23 in March

      • Asli says:

        Whaaaa? wasn’t she dating Taylor Lautner, 19, at one point? Not that the age difference is a problem. It’s just that Jelena, hate them, got crap because of their age difference but she’s twice that and I haven’t heard anything about it.

      • ol cranky says:

        @Asli – dunno if there was an outcry over Gomez and Beiber but, while the age difference is about the same between the couples, Beiber is a minor and Lautner wasn’t a minor during his “relationship” with Collins. That’s probably the reason for the difference

  16. layla says:

    Two words. Jennifer Connelly.
    See pre vs post brow maintenance. HUGE difference AND a great example how you can maintain and keep the quirk but still groom and clean up!

  17. HotPockets says:

    I always over pluck my eyebrows, especially when I am stressed out, which seems to be all the time lately and I don’t have much brow hair to work with already.

    I would kill to have that much brow hair, then I could pluck away with no worries.

    Right now I am having to use an eyebrow pencil to fill the brows in.

    • Asli says:

      HotPocket – Put. The tweezers. Down. Someday they’ll stop growing back in and then you’ll look perpetually surprised.

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        Get them THREADED! It’s the only way to go and those Indian girls do the best brows ever! Mine are thinner, but my daughter’s are lovely and thick, and her lady always tells her never to tweeze, but yes, my 14 yo goes and gets threaded with me once a month.
        Unibrows are ugly!
        Phil has such an in with Disney from all his music.

    • Jen says:

      That sounds like bad OCD. Put the tweezers down and get some therapy. You shouldn’t be dealing with stress my mangling your face. By the way, the eyebrow pencil isn’t fooling anyone. Everyone can tell what you’re doing to yourself, so stop it already.

  18. Kimberly says:

    Disney needs a new cash cow and they’re spending their money to promote this chick hardcore. They need the new lizzie, hannah, and alex . . .

    This movie, from the trailers, looks completely generic, or what i’ve been hearing on the streets, made in china, something about generic fake shit and China producing pirated products all the time . .. Anyways, It does not look like a box office hit, or does it look like the plot would prevent me from falling a sleep from boredom. The acting seen through the trailer is just God awful and the casting is equally bad.

    what a fucking disappointment from Disney.

  19. sarah says:

    How dare she not conform to the ideas of beauty society has created?!

    She’s a pretty girl. She likes her bushy eyebrows. They aren’t hurting anyone. Get over it.

  20. Reece says:

    Jennifer Connelly has thick brows. She keeps them trimmed and neat. No unibrow.
    That’s the difference.
    It’s the first thing I see on her face before I can get to the pretty.

    Is this reminding anyone else of the Dan Rad post? Lots of hair issues today. 😀

  21. Alarmjaguar says:

    Good for her!

  22. Embee says:

    I absolutely disagree with you, Kaiser. I think her brows are attractive and need not be altered, especially since she is comfortable with them.

    She’s lovely.

    • T.C. says:

      Co-sign. Especially in a teen magazine, it’s nice for young people to know that it’s o.k. to look different. I LOVE her eyebrows and don’t think they need plucking. Personal choice.

  23. Quest says:

    I think she is adorably refreshing and natural looking

  24. Anne says:

    Dear lord, girl. There’s being unique with your look and then there’s being known as “the girl with the eyebrows.”

  25. tinypie says:

    Taylor Swift doesn’t represent curly hair girls!! Those are extensions!!! I am a naturally curly girl and i do not identify with her mainstreams waves!!!

  26. Nikkers says:

    I like her eyebrows. I can see that a few plucks in the middle wouldn’t hurt, but she looks lovely. I HATE when people overpluck their brows — it makes people look older. If you want to look younger, stop with the constant plucking/waxing.

  27. Jupiter says:

    Actually, I think her brows are gorgeous. When I was a teenager and into my late 20’s, I had thick, full eyebrows that I thought wiped me out. Well, after about 10 years of waxing them, I’m now trying to grow in the outer part, which is not so easy. Full brows look very youthful.

  28. Riana says:

    …We’re STILL on this girl’s eyebrows??

    Come on!

    They’re not your typical Charlize Theron/Kristin Stewart thin brows. And they ARE trimmed. What you’re complaining about is the sprouts (beginning of her brows) which you’re advised not to mess with because they’re more vulnerable to not growing in properly.

    (and now I just spent a paragraph lecturing on brows, ugh)

    It just bugs me that this has been a topic 3 times like she’s got a third head instead of thick brows.

    Anyway she seems sweet, and I totally thought she was Nina Dobrev at first glance.

  29. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    She’s like the white Vanessa Hudgens. Boring.

  30. Amanda G says:

    I’ll stay with my nicely waxed eyebrows thank you. Waxed brows give me an instant eye lift and strangely enough, I just feel sexier with them done. And I’m not talking about a pencil thin brow or a drawn in one, I mean a nicely arched brow. That girl has a near uni-brow. If she plucked a few from the middle she’d look much better and would still keep her “full” look.

  31. Rhiley says:

    Poor Lily. When a guy breaks her heart, I mean really breaks her heart, she will not have Against the Odds to turn to. I mean, I guess she could, but it would be kind of weird to belt out “Take a look at me now” as her father’s voice blasts through the speakers.

  32. NeoCleo says:

    There is NOT A DAMN thing wrong with this girl’s appearance. Get off of it already. You’re boring us!

  33. Camille (The original) says:

    She is a cute girl, but her brows are too close to being uni-brows for my tastes. She doesn’t need to make her brows thinner, but she could definitely do with taking some of the hairs out from the middle.

    I think she/the stylist is trying to go for the Jennifer Connelly look (well I mean these photos, very 80’s). Except she is nowhere near as beautiful as Jennifer was as a teen/is as a woman. No comparison.

  34. bluhare says:

    I’m with most everyone here and her eyebrows are fine.

    I think she looks great; matter of fact, that cover makes me think of a young Elizabeth Taylor.

    • T.C. says:

      You should see the new Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue. They dressed her up as Liz Taylor. It’s scary how close they look like each other. All she is missing is violet contact lenses.

    • DK says:

      Im a guy with dark thick brows & i dont let my brows connect. Im only just realising that im attracted to pretty girls with thick brows (Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins etc.) but lord have mercy on our kids eyebrows. And the thing that makes Connelly striking is her eyes against her dark hair & brows but for the record i think Lily is just as pretty.

  35. michelle says:

    Those photos have an 80s vibe to them.

  36. SB says:

    Oh, get over yourselves. So she doesn’t pluck. Who cares? Those of you who give her sh*t damn well better be perfectly coiffed and otherwise groomed. Otherwise- STHU.

  37. Stephanie2585 says:

    What unibrow are we talking about here?
    I see a clearly see a patch of hairless skin between her much-discussed brows.

    • txmom says:

      Me, too!

      I think she looks just fine. I have a couple of hairy-ish daughters (biracial = totes dark hair but light skin to show it off to maximum effect, sigh). So I am so totally loving any hairy-ish role models! Go Frida Kahlo!

  38. jane says:

    With those brows, I dub her a young Jennifer Connelly.

  39. kibbles says:

    I love full eyebrows. I get my eyebrows waxed or threaded occasionally because my natural eyebrows are thicker than Lilly’s. But I always have to tell the beautician that I love thick eyebrows and only want to clean up around the edges and wax off the unibrow. Thin eyebrows are not attractive to me at all. There are many women who would kill to have thicker eyebrows and go to great lengths using cosmetics to achieve that affect. I feel fortunate to have thick eyebrows. It is easier for me to pluck strays then to drawing on fake ones.

  40. Violet says:

    She’s a pretty girl and the thick eyebrows don’t detract from her looks at all. In fact, I think they make her stand out in a good way.

  41. foozy says:

    worse than lily collins, is julia roberts in the roll of the evil queen. she’s just plain ugly! dying to see angie in it though!

  42. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    I think her brow is groomed. I just think she has such a full brow that I honestly think it would look ridiculous for her to lose alot. I dunno, doesn’t bug me, the movie looks terrible but I like her and her eyebrows

  43. Adrien says:

    She’s beautiful. Reminds me of my favorite American model, Ali Michael. I know lots of ladies who would kill for that set of brows. I see Lily’s going for that classic look. Can’t see what’s wrong with her brows. I checked again, uhm, nah, they’re fine.

  44. Paulyp says:

    Very pretty girl. Her features are fine in a natural way. Her body is fine also. I’m a sucker for women with dark hair.

  45. Echo says:

    I freakin’ loooove her eyebrows!

  46. Andrea says:

    “luls says:
    January 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Kaiser, no offense (truly), but i think this is ur Indian Heritage talking.

    Till this day, I have never met any Indian girl/woman who doesnt have issues or some kind of obsession with body hair.

    Her eyebrows look totally fine to me. They dont look overly bushy or shapeless. Nor does she have a unibrow.

    Everytime there is a post about Snow White, I have to hear about this poor girl’s eyebrows.

    Let it go already.”

    Amen. Kaiser, seriously. You’re getting ridiculous. They’re just eyebrows. Usually, you’re my favorite writer because I feel like you speak in a manner that is accessible to both feminists, and those who do not identify as such. I’m pretty surprised that this is coming from you.

    Let it go.

    • Michelle says:

      She could have had her eyebrows plucked just a little to take care of some of the more stray hairs. Think of it this way in that movie they made her so pale that anything else against her skin looked that much more stark and dark and with thick eyebrows it just hurt her look.

      Snow White is supposed to be some supeficial gorgeous looking girl whose eyebrows are more well kept and her over all look is supposed to scream her beauty.

      I hate Mirror Mirror anyway… sucked.

  47. Stephanie says:

    Her brows are not my taste. I think she would look a little better if they were thinned out just a bit.

    That bottom picture is really beautiful. It reminds me of Audrey Hepburn.

  48. Emily says:

    “It’s not a individuality thing – it’s just one of those simple, superficial things that we do to look more attractive.”

    YOU think you look more attractive that way. Lots of people would disagree with you. Just as lots of people disagree with you about Lily Collins. I can’t stand tiny plucked brows.

  49. The Other Katherine says:

    Good for Lily. I think she’s a very pretty girl, and I think her eyebrows are both good-looking and distinctive. I have yet to see anything she’s in, but I always recognize her in photographs, which is more than I can say for most young starlets. She’s not had her self-confidence beaten down so that she’s attempting to look as interchangeable as possible. Yet.

  50. mk says:

    It’s not a bad thing to accept something on your face the way it is. Whether you find them distracting isn’t really her problem.

    • Michelle says:

      Only in the movie is it her problem, because its her job to look the part of snow. She failed here.

  51. anonymoose says:

    Is she an actress? She seems to have a fresh and charismatic presence. She would make a great choice to portray Elizabeth Taylor in the biopic being bandied about!

  52. Jen says:

    I have to echo lot of other people, Kaiser: get over it and stop talking about it. She doesn’t have a unibrow. Stop projecting your own hang-ups onto this girl.

    Just because you’re self-conscious about your eyebrows doesn’t mean she has to be, too. It’s almost like you’re bitter that she has embraced her brows while you haven’t.

    • Tynkyr Belle says:

      Gee, there’s just as many people who find her eyebrows ugly and distracting.

      I thought we were supposed to be in a place where people can discuss entertainment stories with different opinions. YOU seem to think that everyone MUST think as you do.

      I’m sorry you feel that way. You’re wrong. Both about her hyper-ocular mustache and about telling people to shut up.

    • Michelle says:

      Chill out its not like we say on a normal basis she can’t have these eyebrows. But if I had been the director of Mirror Mirror besides being shut off immediantly or improved, I would have made her do the eyebrow wax.

      Lets put it this way she’s on the clock you have to look a certain way to beable to play snow white and when a you can notice is these extremely dark and huge eyebrows that look like furry catiplers against horribly paled skin, well its hard not to feel distracted.

      Off the set she’s free to be herself but when she goes into a movie she has to be ready to portray the image of the character, screw her own opinion on the eybrows. She wants to be an actress, she has to follow the writers look.

      I’m just saying if I walked into my job without my hair brushed, eyebrows bugging everywhere, smelly breath, and jeans and a tee shirt they’d say go home and change and clean up. So why do we let her on set withtout those being groomed?


  53. MJ says:

    good for her!

  54. Laura says:

    Ughhh, i hate her eyebrows, not only are they ugly, they are distracting.

  55. Millie says:

    I love her eyebrows! Mine used to be thick like hers, but blonde and I really wish that I didn’t pluck them thin!! The only problem with mine would be that I have to shape them a bit as mine were straight

  56. Michelle says:

    I hate her eyebrows for this movie, its fine on a normal basis for her to want them. But once you enter a movie where they pale your skin down unnaturally and then you have this GINORMOUS dark eyebrows it looks disgusting. I can’t help it.

    It was like EYEBROWS and then Snow White. By the way she wasn’t good at that part. Why is it that every movie so far can’t catch the fairest of them all look.

    The upcoming one for June looks to have failed there too! Unless you consider a corpse gorgeous. Anyways….

    All I’m saying is if you are going to say she’s the fairest of them all you kind of have to keep with the look of it. The WHOLE point of Snow has always been the queen’s jealousy of her beauty.

    I don’t think all other fairytale movies have to worry about the fairest of them all except maybe if they did Sleeping Beauty. Still Lily should have thought of the factors that made her eyebrows just disgusting and unacceptable for this particular movie.

    If you are going to look as pale as snow your eyebrows and hair are only going to stand out that much more and come up under alot of dislike.

    As far as acting goes I don’t know if she’s actually any good as this is the ONLY movie I remember her in. I hated the movie btw HATE is a very weak word for how I feel about that piece of garbage, and it shocks me that Julia Roberts ever even thought it was worth her time, she’s really gotten bad judgemnet.

    Here’s a hint just because its for kids does not mean it has to be stupid.

  57. Tom says:

    Beautiful girl. Personally love the eyebrows and can’t figure out women who think thin lines look even remotely attractive. Then again most women wear enough makeup to supply a clown with a years supply. And if you haven’t seen The Blind Side you don’t watch enough movies to even bother commenting.

  58. marie says:

    well sorry i think she needs to take care of her eyebrows it looks bad was to the point watching mirro mirro that all i could think about was how sick her eyebrows made me……its just nasty!

  59. Tiffany says:

    I thought it was a joke that they called her the fairest in the land. I thought at some point they’d have a joke about how the women with the biggest eyebrows were desired most. All I saw was eyebrows, so thick and close to being a unibrow. WHY?? Just get rid of some of the center hair…. ack.

  60. sarah says:

    Eerm why the hell is everyone commenting on her eyebrows shes a person nobody needs to pluck their eyebrows so what if she’s like that that’s the way she was born ifshe doesn’t want to pluck the middle so let it be its just society that makes it seem like no girl should hve any extra hair on their bodies stop commenting on such itsy bitsy things

  61. Joseph says:

    In mirror mirror in the wedding scene she resembles the aura and look of Audrey Hepburn, very pretty and kept intact could be another ” breakfast at tiffany’s” , unforgettable legend. Just my thought.