If you pull a hair out enough times, eventually that follicle will become damaged, shrink, and die. It’s a problem that has plagued thousands of women who spent years keeping their eyebrows thin and on-trend, and are now at a loss for how to make their brows abide by current trends calling for big, thick eyebrows. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss eyebrow grooming throughout history, and how to get thicker, fuller brows — even if you spent all of the 1990s with pencil-thin brows.
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Ancient Greece, Rome, & Egypt
For ages, women valued dark, solid brows — and if one had a unibrow, she was the epitome of beauty. So much so that women would use mineral powders and black paint to thicken and darken their brows, some going so far as to draw on fake unibrows.
The Middle Ages
During the 1500s, a high, smooth forehead was considered incredibly sexy. In fact, high-status women of the Middle Ages would pluck their brows and eyelashes. Many even plucked their hair as to create a receding hairline to really show off that forehead.
By the time the 1800s rolled around, makeup and groomed brows was the sign of a prostitute. This lead to an era of makeup-free, bushy browed women like Queen Victoria herself.
The Roaring Twenties
Just twenty years after Queen Victoria died, the Roaring Twenties brought with it glamour, glitz, and all the freedom to wear makeup that a girl could dream of. This also led to an era of dark, sharp, drawn-on eyebrows as seen on actresses Marlene Dietrich and Clara Bow. Eyebrows of this era were typically straight, but that changed in the following years.
1930s Hollywood Inspires Thin Brows
Just as the movie industry was truly taking off, women turned to actresses to set the tone for how they should keep their brows. Major influences of the time included Jean Harlow and Greta Garbo, who favored extremely high arches and pencil-thin brows.
The 1940s Brings Back Natural, Glam Brows
As the world moved into the second World War, eyebrows became more natural while still maintaining a glamorous arch. Women like Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Lauren Bacall were prime examples of Hollywood glam that inspired eyebrows around the world. (We bet they wish they had the same proven eyebrow growth serum we have today!)
1950s Bombshells Embrace Big, Dark Brows
Eyebrows continued to grow thicker and thicker, with bombshells like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn sporting dark, natural brows. However, this didn’t last long, as before you knew it, the 1960s were here…
The ‘60s and ‘70s Show Off Surprised Arches
Thanks to icons like Lucille Ball, Twiggy, and Donna Summer, highly arched, thin eyebrows were back and more popular than ever.
The 1980s, '90s, and Today
Over the next decades, eyebrow trends bounced back and forth between big, bushy, and natural eyebrows in the 1980s, to more pencil-thin brows in the 90s as seen on stars like Drew Barrymore and Pamela Anderson.
Today, as you know, strong, shaped, and full eyebrows are in. Some women have put down the tweezers all together for an unkempt and natural look (think Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins), whereas others prefer to embrace a more manicured look without losing thickness, as you can see on stars like Sofia Vergara and Kylie Jenner.