Katy Perry is well known for taking fashion risks and playing up her style (whether she’s onstage on the campaign trail or mixing things up with her wild hair color), which is why Hollywood adores her as much as we do. When the singer turned up to this year’s Met Gala with a glam-goth look extenuated by surreally light eyebrows, it was as shocking as the star intended it to be. But it turns out that Katy Perry’s bleached eyebrows were more of a risk than we ever could have imagined, and not just for one, but two HUGE reasons!

Katy Perry _ Mat Gala _ bleached eyebrows

Wearing a striking velvety navy blue Prada gown with exquisite gold detailing and an up-do that resembled a wide beehive, Katy’s look was meticulously planned by her stylist, Leslie Fremar. All but one major detail. Katy’s bleached eyebrows.

“Oh, I dyed my brows about 45 minutes ago,” Perry told Vogue on the red carpet, according to People. “My stylist Leslie was like having a panic attack, had to drink two tequilas — she was like ‘What are you doing?!’ I’m like trust me, trust me, trust me!”

Leslie really had no choice but to trust the star at that point, although the stylist would have preferred to do without the shock. “If it were up to me would she have had eyebrows? Yes. But you know what? It wasn’t up to me. She really did just want to be bold, take risks and embrace the night. She wanted to have fun with it. She’s freaking Katy Perry! That’s what she does — she has fun!”

Katy Perry _ Mat Gala 2016

Thankfully for Katy, the bold move paid off (in attention if not for a total love of the look from all fans), but it could have gone VERY differently. Turns out the star didn’t do the number one thing you should ALWAYS do before bleaching, dyeing or trying any new product. Katy didn’t perform a pre-test before bleaching to see if she was allergic to any of the chemicals. Serious no-no, girl!

Leslie added, “I was like, ‘Do you know that you’re not allergic to that? Do you know that you’re not going to get a rash on your face right now?’ She’s like, ‘We’ll find out!’” Anyone who has dyed their hair (let alone their eyebrows) knows why a pre-test is absolutely essential. If Katy had discovered that she was allergic to the solution, it’s very likely that her bleached eyebrows could have ended very differently.

Although, according to Katy, bleached brows might as well be no brows at this point.

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(h/t People, photos via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty + Larry Busacca/Getty)