For a while now, eyebrows have been the centre of the beauty industry. HD Brows, eyebrow kits, brow gel and threading are some of the few newer techniques and products that have emerged due to the world’s fascination with brows. However. Eyebrows, much like clothes, have experienced their own trends throughout the decades. Lets go back to the 50s, a real decade for glamour, and begin our exploration through the eras of the eyebrow.
The fifties were steeped in Hollywood glamour, as we said, and this meant there was a great deal of glamorous women. Beautiful women need beautiful eyebrows. Eyebrows in the 50s were generally quite bold. Arched, thick and manicured to match the stars they were on.
As shown by Anita Ekberg and Marilyn Monroe, having a noticeable arch in your brows was common, creating a dramatic framing for your eyes.
Stars like Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood had a more natural brow, both suitably dark and bold and still manicured but not to the extent where they looked overly so.
In the 60s the arched brow was IN. Though slightly more slender, a high arch in your brow was the way to go. Unlike the 50s however, the arch was more rounded and less like the dramatic angular point. Iconic photos like the one of Twiggy show this perfectly.
The 70s welcomed a significantly more natural looking brow. With some, like Ali MacGraw, not partaking in any sort of grooming. This was an era where people felt a lot more free to be their natural selves. This was definitely an era of the natural brow.
Both thick and thin eyebrows were featured in the 80s, as a decade of self-expression; people were free to do what they wanted. Whether they were a Cindy Lauper or a Whitney Houston. Anything would go in this experimental era.
Both Natural brows like Molly Ringwald and big bold brows like young Madonna were around. It just depended on personal preference.
Pencil thin eyebrows were what EVERYONE had in the 90s. Some were plucked or waxed until there was virtually nothing there and some were literally just a single line of eyebrow pencil.
Although, some women swapped out product for naturally thicker brows.
In the noughties, brows were a bit fuller, almost like all those people who plucked them within an inch of their life, or entirely shaved them off in the 90s were regretting their decision and growing them back. It was a time for less product and growing your brows back.
Now we’re in the present day. Nowadays the brow market is booming. Products are flying off the shelf and now having naturally good eyebrows is the greatest gift you can be blessed with. It means it gives you a fantastic base for making them even better! With celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins have amazing natural brows.
Using a little or a lot of product is an everyday routine for your brows now. With having to keep up with your eyebrow goals celebrities, you need to be applying SOMETHING to them each day. The bigger and bolder the better.
Filling in your eyebrows and in some cases creating them entirely out of product is how we live now and that’s great!
You can have any kind of eyebrow you want!