Cover Antics: Elle Fanning owns a pair of beautiful, distinctive brows

Wed, 27 July 2011 11:00AM

Isn’t it funny how beauty trends change, Primps? A prime example of an epic change would be thin, sperm-esque brows. We LOVED them in the ’90s, but today, you’d have to pay most of us a trillion dollars (and bake us another trillion cupcakes) to sport such things.

And when it comes to brow colour, well, we used to view the combo of blondish locks and darker brows as a little trashy. Now we’ve slowly shifted from that to the point where we now know having brows a few shades darker than your hair colour actually does wonders to frame your face.

Elle Fanning knows the power of a darker brow – the proof is in the pudding of LOVE’s up and coming 6th issue cover. And even though her strands are more like four or five shades lighter than her eye brows, she looks sensational.

LOVE Cover with Elle Fanning

THE FACE: Elle Fanning
THE PEEPS BEHIND THE LENS: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
THE MAKEUP ARTIST: Kirstin Piggott



  • They are actually the same colour as her roots popping through, meaning they haven’t been tinted, which in turn means they are the appropriate colour for her skin tone.
  • They are slightly unruly and natural. If they were groomed and filled-in to perfection à la Katy Perry style, she would look a little fake and older than her 13 years.
  • The lack of matchy-matchyness between her hair colour and brows complements the ethereal, whimsical feel of her hairstyle and barely their makeup in this cover. It keeps her looking innocent.

How cute is that wee white bow in her hair. Completely pointless, yes, but you’ve got to admit it’s completely endearing.


What do you think of this cover?
What are your thoughts on Elle’s darker brows?
Do you think they work?
Or would you rather them be a couple shades lighter?



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  • Posted by: jessocialite Enthusiast // Wed, 27 July 2011 11:26am

    My hair is naturally blonde and I have naturally dark eyebrows. People always asked me if I dye them dark.Now that I’ve dyed my hair dark I don’t have to worry about tinting the eyebrows!

  • Posted by: MissMel Enthusiast // Wed, 27 July 2011 11:28am

    I tint my brows – I am so blonde that if I don’t tint, my eyebrows are invisible! It took me a while to find a brow artist that I totally trust though. Brow Zing in Bulimba (Brisbane) ROCK!

  • Posted by: NatMon Master Fan // Wed, 27 July 2011 12:59pm

    I love this cover! Elle looks great and I really love her brows.
    I have naturally blonde hair and dark brows and I really like the look myself so I have to say it’s a winner! lol

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 27 July 2011 01:46pm

    It depends on the person, how blonde they are and how dark the brows are. I mean if a person is platnium blonde they can’t have platnium blonde eyebrows because they would just look washed out but I don’t like to see dark brown eyebrows either because that gives a very fake look to them but light brown/dark blonde eyebrows work because it is gives them definition without being harsh or too eye distracting.

  • Posted by: Talithaw Enthusiast // Wed, 27 July 2011 02:17pm

    Question: I have meduim to dark brown hair that throws a little brow lady tints my brows a chocolate colour. Should i be having them tinted darker?

  • Posted by: Stacey // Wed, 27 July 2011 02:23pm

    I love this look! I used to have quite blonde hair with dark brown eyebrows which always felt too big to go with my light hair but Elle’s look amazing! I have become a little obsessed with brows of late…especially since i dyed my hair darker. I found that my brows started to look a bit patchy in contrast to my hair colour so have been using brow pencils which fill them in and make them even darker and i’m loving it (FYI- highly recommend Prestige ultimate brow definer)

  • Posted by: Laura-1300235498 Enthusiast // Wed, 27 July 2011 02:25pm

    Love the cover!
    I also have blonde hair and dark eyebrows. It doesn’t bother me but my beautician always wants to dye them. I say no.

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Wed, 27 July 2011 02:42pm

    I think she looks gorgeous and age appropriate! Not a big fan of the little bow though.

  • Posted by: lady Devotee // Wed, 27 July 2011 02:44pm

    I’m not a follower of brow fashion – I like mine the way they are!

  • Posted by: Jo-1310093326 Enthusiast // Wed, 27 July 2011 02:46pm

    I think the look works for Elle magnificently. If they were lighter you wouldn’t get the same effect.

  • Posted by: Julie Rodwell // Wed, 27 July 2011 03:01pm

    I’m lucky to have dark brows, I love the look of Elle’s brows, perfectly groomed and well shaped.

  • Posted by: karleymichelle Enthusiast // Wed, 27 July 2011 03:11pm

    your brows should be at least 2 shades darker than your hair:)
    this covers is simply gorgeous. I really love it!

  • Posted by: M // Wed, 27 July 2011 03:23pm

    I am so sad. I always get my brows done at the Benefit counter in Myer. I never book, as each beautician is usually good. I asked her to keep the thickness, and for her not to wax down the middle.

    She completely butchered them off! I didn’t have the guts to say anything. I even bought the new Cha Cha tint out of depression.

    Lesson learned. How long will it take for them to grow back? 6-8 weeks?!

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Wed, 27 July 2011 03:36pm

    Funny I’ve started to accept myself with slightly darker eyebrows than usual. I used to reject brow pencils etc thinking it looked weird but kind of like it now!! Elle was amazing in Super8, I cant believe she is only 13- she is so talented. She looks like a little pixie in that photo- love it.

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Wed, 27 July 2011 03:44pm

    She looks very young here -i like that they have not tried to make her look overly grown up.

    her eyebrows are awesomely shaped -they are a little dark, one shade lighter would suit me to a tee!

    love her lipstick colour!

  • Posted by: RROZZ Enthusiast // Wed, 27 July 2011 03:51pm

    The right brow shade also depends on your lashes.

  • Posted by: Roxymisha // Wed, 27 July 2011 04:12pm

    I think the brow colour works well but would prefer one or two shades lighter.

  • Posted by: Bridals // Wed, 27 July 2011 07:11pm

    I always l o ve the L O V E covers. They are always so inspiring and artful. BUT didn’t recognise young elle, I do think she looks a little older than her young 13 years.

  • Posted by: SydneyRose Master Fan // Wed, 27 July 2011 08:11pm

    Love the cover! It’s artistic, beautiful and whimsical. Elle Fanning looks like an angel!

    The light natural makeup does suite a 13 year old girl. Yes, it’s a good idea to slightly darken the brows even with blonde hair because it enhances the facial features. Especially when wearing eye shadow.

    I have dark brown hair and my brows are slightly lighter, so I darken my brows a bit after putting on eye shadow. It completes my whole makeup.

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Wed, 27 July 2011 08:46pm

    I think she looks angelic. Her eyebrows are darker but not in a way that looks unnatural or bad.

  • Posted by: xKMS Master Fan // Wed, 27 July 2011 09:18pm

    i noticed that bow as well!! so cute!! i really like her whole look here – very age appropriate and she looks totes adorable

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Thu, 28 July 2011 02:05am

    Very pretty and ethereal but is it me or are her eyebrows lopsided and her eyes are a different size?

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Thu, 28 July 2011 02:25am

    im lucky to have dark brows too! nobodys eyes are perfect/exactly the same!!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 28 July 2011 05:04pm

    I love this cover shot, Elle looks simply gorgeous!

  • Posted by: lala212 Enthusiast // Thu, 28 July 2011 07:11pm

    This girl is stunning. Love her hair and eyebrows

  • Posted by: katiekates Devotee // Sat, 30 July 2011 06:52am

    i always wonder if i should do somethign about my eyebrows as they are a couple of shades darker than my artifically blonde hair. i think i shall embrace the brows from now on, and let today be national brow day:)

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Sat, 30 July 2011 10:32pm

    i dont know,I’m still not swayed with the thick dark eyebrows. However, my eyebrows are sparse and I probably could benefit from tinting them.

  • Posted by: tegania11 Master Fan // Tue, 2 August 2011 12:50pm

    i love her brows, they are gorgeous. I am currently growing mine out, every beautician i see to get them done makes them crazy thin, and then I have to grow them out each time. Sigh.

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Mon, 8 August 2011 03:30pm

    Elle looks great on the cover! Her hair looks so soft and full!

  • Posted by: zoeeangelaa Master Fan // Fri, 23 September 2011 03:03pm

    wow! amazing :)

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Sun, 2 October 2011 11:46pm

    She is stunning!

  • Posted by: Sarhak // Wed, 4 June 2014 10:54am

    The reason why it works is because she can pull that look off! When people can pull it off it looks good. Also because her eyebrows have a natural shape to them rather than when they look like they have been shaped and plucked thin. If she had skinny eyebrows it would look harsher and bad.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 8 May 2015 09:06pm

    Elle looks wonderful, totally amazing

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