10 Best (And Worst) Things Women Have Done to Their Eyebrows Over the Years​

10 Best (And Worst) Things Women Have Done to Their Eyebrows Over the Years​

Nothing can make or break your look quite like eyebrows. Sure, lots of women may now crave gigantic, full brows like those on model Cara Delevingne, but we all know eyebrows are like skirt length trends: what's popular today is going to be history in a few years.

Over the past few decades, we've seen some great brows (1940s starlets like Veronica Lake had particularly gorgeous, sculpted, but natural-looking brows) and some truly dreadful ones (what were Kate Moss' makeup people thinking in the 1990s?). Here's a look back at 10 eyebrow trends we loved and hated.


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  • Thin & Hungry 1920s Brows


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    Silent film stars from the 1920s let their eyebrows speak for them. Unfortunately, here's what they said: Hi, I'm shockingly thin, straight, narrow, and I prefer pointing downward. Definitely not the Golden Age for brows.

  • Overarched 'Surprise!' 1930s Brows


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    1930s starlets, like Joan Crawford, were gorgeous and put together, but their thin, supremely high-arched brows gave them the look of someone who walked into her own surprise birthday party on a daily basis.

  • Rounded But Sculpted 1940s Brows


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    Women pulled their brow arch down to earth in the 1940s and the result was a softer, but still very sculpted, eyebrow that looked more natural.

  • Bombshell 1950s Brows


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    Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn set the trend for fuller, very dark, and utterly dramatic 1950s brows. The perfect accessory for all of those sexy wiggle dresses.

  • Penciled, Stenciled 1960s Brows


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    In the 1960s, eyebrows were merely seen as something that got in the way of displaying rich, heavily lined eyes and ridiculously lush eyelashes. Many women took to shaving their brows and actually drawing them back in with a favorite tool of the decade: the eye pencil.

  • Uneven But Natural 1970s Brows


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    For the most part, there was a return to au naturel looks in the 1970s. But many brows, though longer and fuller than they were in the 1960s, now boasted a weird big, round "ball" at the bottom base, which made them look slightly unbalanced.

  • Bushy, Beautiful 1980s Brows


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    Desirable 1980s brows can be summed up in one name: Brooke Shields. Brooke's unsculpted, bushy, and dark brows were all the rage. Women everywhere threw away their tweezers for a few years and prayed the mess they had made of their brows in the '60s would resolve itself.

  • Waifish 1990s Brows


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    In the 1990s, women rediscovered their tweezers and went a little cuckoo with them. In an attempt to emulate the waifish good looks of model Kate Moss or the doe-eyed innocence of Gwen Stefani, they plucked and plucked and plucked their brows into high, rounded, barely-there arches.

  • Honorable Mention: Miley Cyrus' Bleached Brows


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    Miley Cyrus must have been going for alien cool with this look. Her bleached eyebrows are downright frightening and make us feel like we're looking at a robot from another planet. Definitely not a look to rock outside the pages of Vogue.

  • Honorable Mention: Rihanna's Pink Brows


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    Is it just me, or does anyone else think Rihanna's pink eyebrows against her white hair look insanely glam and gorgeous?! Who wants to give this one a whirl and see how it works in real life?


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