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The Evolution of the Brow: Then & Now

The brow is one of the most underrated features on your face, but it can make such a dramatic difference in your appearance. One of my biggest beauty pet peeves is an overplucked brow. Back in the 90s, that was cool, but now an thin brow is so out. So I got to thinking, how has the eyebrow changed over the last few decades? Let's take a look by examining popular celebrities of each era.


THE 1950S: AUDREY HEPBURN

In the 1950s, brows were bold and strong a la Audrey Hepburn. Brows were heavy, filled in, and triangular in shape. (Side note: I want my brows to look like this!)


THE 1960S: TWIGGY

Contrary to the thick brows of the 50s, in the 60s brows were typically shaved off and penciled back in. Twiggy's brows also had a super high arch.


THE 1970S: CYBILL SHEPARD

By the 70s, brows were looking a bit more natural with a gentle arch. It was easy, effortless, and very concurrent with the times.


THE 1980S: CINDY CRAWFORD

In the 1980s, it became fashionable to wear heavy, bushy brows once again. Everything was bigger in the 80s, so naturally a thick brow was the clear choice for the decade. 


THE 1990S: KATE MOSS

Supermodels in the 1990s began wearing their brows a lot thinner than in the 80s. Kate Moss's 90s brows were practically iconic. 


THE 2000S & TODAY: JASON WU SPRING 2013

The naturally thick and almost boyish brow is in today, as seen in the Jason Wu Spring 2013 show. Starlets like Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox have made the thick brow so popular, in fact, that surgeons have reportedly seen an increase in eyebrow transplants. For the rest of us, penciling in your brows with a dark shadow or liner will do just the trick!

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments


posted by
10/18/12

I love Hepburn's eyebrows, but I'm afraid I'm destined not to have them and I hate the way pencil looks and feels (perhaps more practice is needed). Lucky I don't end up with two straight lines, haha.


posted by
10/18/12

I love her brows too, and desperately want them!


posted by
10/18/12

She does have great brows and I have to admit until reading this, I had not idea people went in for eyebrow transplants!


posted by
10/18/12

I didn't know it existed either until I researched this article!! So bizarre


posted by
10/20/12

I am glad to hear that thicker brows are back in. I naturally have thicker eye brows and am a natural blond but my eye brows have always been dark brown.So I got teased a lot about them when I was growing up maybe cause I was a 90's kid lol. Thanks for sharing this article :)!


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