Eyebrow trends from the 1920s onwards

28 April 2015

It’s official: big brows are in. From model Cara Delevingne to actress Lily Collins, it’s clear that bushy brows have made it big – but it hasn’t always been the case. Over the years, women have sported a variety of different brow shapes. So let’s see how eyebrows have evolved from the 1920s.

  • 1920s – Angled brows. In this decade, it was custom for women to angle their brows downwards, creating an unhappy appearance. Clara Bow had the iconic brow shape.
  • 1930s – Drawn-on brows. Marlene Dietrich used to shave her brows before redrawing them above her natural brow line, giving her a permanently shocked expression.
  • 1950s – Power brows. By the 1950s, a more natural, bushy brow was in fashion, sported by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Pencils were used to define the natural brow shape.
  • 1960s – Thin brows. Fast forward 10 years and brows were plucked to leave a thin arch, pencilled over for strength.
  • 1970s – Over plucked brows. Women stayed away from pencils in the 1970s, allowing their natural, yet over plucked brow colour to shine through.
  • 1980s – Contrasting brows. Brows of the 80s were left naturally bushy. It was also common to contrast your brow colour with your hair colour, a trend sported by Madonna.
  • 1990s – Tadpole brows. Tweezers returned with a vengeance in the 90s, leaving women with tadpole-like brows that were thicker at the bridge of the nose, and barely there at the side of the face.
  • Noughties – Scouse brows. A popular trend in the noughties, the Scouse brow was highly groomed and exaggerated heavily with pencil.
  • 2010s – Natural brows. In recent years, celebrities have sported a natural brow, un-groomed and bushy, defining the face.

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