What do your eyebrows say about you? Our eyebrows can convey a whole host of subtle and silent emotions. We took a look at the evolution of ladies brows through the ages from silent screen actresses to eighties it girls.
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The Roaring 1920’s – Clara Bow, star of silent movies, was the trendsetter for eyebrows back in the 1920’s. Her thin, straight eyebrows allowed Clara to express emotions well on camera. The eyebrows would often be completely shaved off and drawn back on with a grease pencil to achieve the thinnest and neatest brows.
1930s – Although thin eyebrows remained popular, women waved goodbye to straight eyebrows and welcomed high arched brows instead. Popular with the Hollywood glamour Joan Crawford, the brows would have an exaggerated height to give off a very striking appearance.
1940s – The 1940’s saw eyebrows develop a much softer, feminine look. Like the previous decade, eyebrows still had a high arch, but were more rounded and had a more natural thickness. Veronica Lake’s signature look sported a great rounded brow that worked well to accent her feminine features.
The Fabulous 1950’s – By the 1950’s the thin eyebrows were long gone, and women opted for a fuller, more natural looking eyebrow. Audrey Hepburn is the perfect example of the thicker brow, which was often filled in using pencil to appear darker.
The Swingin 1960’s – Natural looking eyebrows were a lot more popular, but women still chose to ironically shave their eyebrows off and pencil them back on with shorter strokes, to try and create a natural appearance. Sophia Loren was a fan of this look, and you can quite clearly see the individual pencil strokes on her eyebrows.
1970s – Moving on a step from the 1960’s, women were now sporting much more natural brows, free from being pencilled in. Eyebrows were slighter thinner than before, as well as being naturally lighter. Farrah Fawcett used a more natural shape for her eyebrows, and set a trend that was to continue for many years after.
1980s – Brooke Shields eyebrows were the envy of many women in the 1980’s. Her thick, full brows influenced women to put down their tweezers and embrace their natural brow shape.1990s – The 1990’s saw women develop a growing obsession with grooming and waxing. Many women kept their eyebrows in a natural shape like the 1980’s but chose to tidy them up and keep them looking neat and immaculately groomed.
2000s and present – Nowadays, beauty experts recommend choosing an eyebrow shape to suit your facial features. Many women follow this advice and opt for natural shaped eyebrows – as the trend has been for quite some time now – whilst also choosing to fill them in with pencil or tint for a darker shade and a stronger appearance. Strong eyebrows were revived in 2010, with many celebrities opting for a thicker shape and high arch.
What era are your eyebrows channeling? Remember beauty comes from within, but a great set of brows never did anyone any harm.