Brow talk here | Because brows played, and still play, a huge role in shaping our personalities
Brows haven’t been the talk of fashion town only in the present; since the ancient Egyptian days where arched brows were the norm, darkened with minerals and pigmented powders, they’ve added distinctiveness to people’s personalities. Greek men and women too were particular about their brows-unibrows being the prized possessions. The medieval age saw the renaissance of brow talk again courtesy Queen Elizabeth and her reddish brow-tinge. Cut to the present, we have the likes of Cara Delevigne’s brows that make heads turn at the fashion week ramps. From Clara Bow, Cara Delevigne to Deepika Padukone’s brows; we give you the historical significance of this facial feature
Straight in the 1920’s | The twenties in Hollywood saw famous leading ladies such as Clara Bow wear their brows straight and thin. Dramatic looks came to the fore with extensive plucking and the use of petroleum jelly to set the slender brows.
Highly tweezed in the 1930’s | Jean Harlow showed us how to keep the eyebrows finely and intricately tweezed, with a touch of shimmer in dark tones. Some women, who did not fancy the dramatic arches, sported thin straight lines for brows.
Heavy but natural in the 40s | Celebrities such as Lauren Bacall loved keeping her brows prominent and heavy with a defined arch. Thick yet well groomed, the look became a rage when cherry-red lipstick became the norm for PYTs and women across all stratas of the society in the 40s started to sport the trend.
The classic 50s | From Elizabeth Taylor to Marilyn Monroe, celebrities back then loved sporting dark and thick brows, often emulating the brow arches from the 40s by filling in with an eye-brow pencil, for a more accentuated look.
The swinging 60s | Sophia Loren back in the 60s was a sensation every woman envied and every man wanted to date. Her looks, especially caught the attention of the world; she shaved them off and then painstakingly, with pencils, Sophia drew short strokes to create defined brows. On the other hand, diva Audrey Hepburn preferred keeping hers natural and straight.
The natural 70s | Thick and natural, bohemian and chic, and quite a favorite amongst hippies across the globe, celebrities such as Lauren Hutton wore brows quite pronounced yet shapely and natural. The ‘fresh-face’ look was a craze back in the flower-power days. Tweezers weren’t the norm back then.
The bushy brow in the 80s | Glamour for some reason in the 80s was correlated to everything thick and bushy; celebrities such as Brooke Shields flaunted thick brows as a cover girl on famous magazines and scrolls. The ‘caterpillar’ look was in, and although quite disheveled, the look was most desirable.
Super thin in the 90s | Kids of the 90s would remember the over-tweezed and super-thin brows flaunted through school and college days. Celebrities such as Pamela Anderson sported the thinnest brows ever, and rocked the scene on her popular beach show, Baywatch.
Tubular in the 2000s | The new millennium saw the super thin arches being replaced by bushy brows. It was time in-between when big, bushy brows weren’t the norm either. They were shorter, slightly fuller, and had a tube-like shape. Remember Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries?
OUR VERDICT | The meaning of brows has been clearly redefined today-natural arches to experimental looks dominating the scene. Celebs worldwide use dark and bold colors, gels, waxes and powders to groom statement brows. One can also see the rise of brow bleaching, which brings about unique and outlandish looks to the face.
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