Julia Roberts' Biggest Beauty Regret Is Highly Relatable

"Don't pluck your eyebrows."

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If you subscribe to beauty trends, you're bound to have a regret or two decades down the line. Even Julia Roberts can't come out of the trend cycle unscathed. While it's not great to dwell on the past, there are a couple things she'd love to say to her teenage self when it comes to beauty. Specifically? “Don’t pluck your eyebrows.”

The Pretty Woman actress's wise words came after she was asked what advice she'd give her 19-year-old self. Other wisdom she shared included a reminder to "stand up straight" and that "it’s all going to be okay."

The question was first poised after Robert shared a rare photo of her own 19-year-olds, twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, to celebrate their birthday.

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Posted November 28, the image showed Roberts with her babies and featured a sweet message: "There are no words for the joy, the fun, the wild rumpus of life together," she wrote via Instagram.

When the 56-year-old was 19 herself, she was just a couple years out from the premiere of her first movie: Mystic Pizza. At the time, thick brows were everywhere, with the likes of Brooke Shields and Madonna leading the trend. In the '90s, when Roberts starred in some of her most famous movies like My Best Friend's Wedding, Notting Hill, and Runaway Bride, overplucked brows were starting to get their due time in the spotlight—and Roberts was leading the charge.

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It should be said, however: Roberts has great brows. Always has and always will.

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.