Yes, #TBT “throw-back Thursdays” tend to make you LOL because of the hideous clothes and crazy (and usually too big) hair dos. They make me laugh…every time. But one thing I noticed that has also changed throughout the decades is eyebrows. Adjectives used to describe brows though the last century include big, pencil-thin, over-plucked, wild, bushy, arched, wide-set…and the list continues. As you can see there is has been a wide variety of brow shapes that seem to change with each passing decade. Let’s have a look (and yes, feel free to LOL).
1910s – This was a time where less was more. Less make-up was key (that was saved for prostitutes and stage actors) and a natural look was the goal. During this time, brows were defined, but still natural looking.
1920s – With the rise of the silent movie stars, a brow movement was created. The “Roaring 20s” brow was pencil-thin, somewhat straight and was an accent to the bolder eye make-up that had become popular.
1930s – Enter brow pencils. While the extremely thin look was still going strong, the brow pencil allowed for some artistic arches. The popular arch became more and more rounded. Some women would pluck their brows completely and redraw the look they wanted.
1940s – The brows in this era were a direct effect of WWII. Strange, I know, but while the men were away fighting the war, women had to step up and into the workforce. This meant putting a sophisticated look together…including full (and dramatic) brows.
1950s – During this decade we start to bring sexy back, which seemed to be lacking in some of the earlier brows! Think Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn. Sexy and full, but also wide-set and shorter combined to bring the sex-appeal to the eye area.
1960s – This era seemed to be defined by “extreme”. Women were taking risks with make-up and brows opposite of what their mothers did the decade before. The result was long and thin. Some, like Sophia Loren, drew short hair strokes into the shape she desired. (Hmm…that’s a lot of work….microblading anyone?)
1970s – We took a step back from the brow pencil in the 70s. It became a focus on more natural looks, defined by waxing.
1980s – Go big or go home. That left us with wild, untamed, and often unshapely brows. (In full disclosure, these tend to be my favorite #TBT pictures!)
1990s – Too much of good thing, can be bad. Over-plucked and over-waxed brows left us in another decade that was saturated with skinny brows.
2000s – We made it through the Y2K fears and the over-plucking disasters to find ourselves with sexy, short, arched brows. This is a trend that would become perfected in the following decade.
2010s – This is us now. Microblading, Brow shaping experts and pencils to fill in are key. We have perfected a natural looking, defined brow that can be mircobladed to avoid time spent each morning and looks perfect for every selfie that you take….every time.
Make sure to make your brows a priority, so that they aren’t the reason someone is LOLing at you in a #TBT post in the future.