For anyone who does their own eyebrows, you know the sheer horror of realizing you plucked a little too aggressively. (And, well, if that happened to you—hi, we see you!—this magic brow pen is a great way to help fix that!) Celebrities and the otherwise well-connected are largely spared this indignity, thanks to (a) access to the top brow artists in the biz and (b) regular appointments with said artistes. Should the worst happen, there’s always a glam squad around to make sure it looks like it never did. You have those people, and then you have Rihanna, who reportedly employs a test model to make sure that whatever’s going to happen to her brows looks good before the process begins. Yes, we do have more details, thank you for asking.
Rihanna has singlehandedly managed to repatriate the skinny brow to our collective consciousness. And according to Damone Roberts, the artist responsible for her brows (as well as those of Beyoncé, Jenna Dewan, and Oprah—yup, casual), Rihanna has a unique way of trying out new shapes. He told Entertainment Tonight: “This year we first met for the Met Gala, and she wanted to lighten her eyebrows. So Rihanna’s so fly that she has a look-alike model come by your space, and you try out different looks on the eyebrows on the model, and you send pictures to Rihanna and she decides whether she wants to do it or not!”
Let Roberts explain: “So literally a look-alike model we trialed and tried and everything else until we got them perfect, and we sent Rihanna the pictures and we heard nothing and of course two days before the Met Gala she’s like, ‘I loved them! You gotta fly to NY and take care of me!’ and do them and whatnot, and of course Rihanna shut down the show! It was really, really special.”
In the realm of celebrity, this isn’t totally unheard-of: Kim Kardashian West reportedly has fit models that try on her fashion looks for her. Still, brows!
Roberts did also confirm to ET, though, that Rih is really just as awesome as she seems: “Rihanna has become one of my favorite people. Now of course I was a fan like everyone else, but once I started working with her this year, I have become a fan of her as a person because she is so fly and dope! I can’t think of any other word because she really personifies ‘rock star.'”
We appreciate both his confirmation that she is fly and also that her brows truly come from a magical place.