Flying in Vogue: The Evolution of the Eyebrow

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Audrey Hepburn in the 2000 remake "The Story of Audrey Heburn". Photo Credit: ENDEMOL ENTERTAINMENT / ECCLES, ANDREW / Album

Welcome to my Beauty blog! I’m Alissa Vasper, a makeup enthusiast and senior at Hawaii Baptist Academy. I’m so excited to share with all of you my tips and tricks to the latest teen fashion trends. But first, let’s start off with some basics.

The most distinctive feature that defines your facial structure are your eyebrows. Although their primary purpose is to protect your eyes from sweat that drips down your face, they serve an arguably more imperative role than that. Brows help paint a full picture of your attitude, shaping your entire facial expression. Because of this, people pay a lot of attention to the shape, color, and style of their brows.

Eyebrows are said to be the most expressive facial feature. Musicians, TV hosts, and movie actors are taught explicitly to move their eyebrows in order to convey strong emotions (i.e. surprise, joy, anger, confusion). So naturally, shaping them have become a necessity. And like any other beauty necessity, such as clothes and hairstyle, its style has evolved throughout history.

Here’s a retrospective look into the most-popular shapes by the decade, spanning from the 1920s to today.

Eyebrow Shapes Since the 1920s

1920s: Starting way back in the 20’s, actress Anna May Wong began a trend of ultra thin, downward sloped eyebrows.
1930s: During the 30’s brows began rounding inward, adding a small arch as shown on Catherine Rosalind Russell.
1940s: Keeping a slight inward slope and thinness, Marie McDonald showed off her darker-than-natural brow color.
1950s: The 50’s shifted from the drawn-in look to a natural high arch from beauty icon Marilyn Monroe, yet it kept the bold, contrasting brow color.
1960s: The brow style back then dropped the arch, changing to a matching hair-brow color while adding a serious, independent look as seen on Jennifer Love Hewitt playing Audrey Hepburn in “The Story of Audrey Hepburn”.
1970s: The “independent” look added a little point to emphasize the eyes and uplift the face, as seen on Faye Dunaway.
1980s: Thick and straight brows allowed the facial features to appear bolder, as shown on Brooke Shields.
1990s: In the 90s, the style switched back to thin and rounded to give off a gentle, feminine look, as seen on actress Sandra Bullock.
2000s: The 2000’s fashioned a simple, clean, natural brow. Plucking, waxing, or threading the brow yet keeping one’s natural shape was very popular, perfectly displayed on singer Hilary Duff.

Men have not been left out of the brow-shaping trend either. Given that they usually forgo makeup, men have recently opted to “clean up” stray hairs under the brow for a smooth and handsome look. The trend stemmed from top-charts K-pop music artists, and rapidly took hold in the U.S.

Male K-Pop stars helped popularize the “eyebrow slit”.
American actor Justin Baldoni with his cleanly shaped brows.

Eyebrow shaping is now “on fleek” but fashion trends are constantly changing. In that light, follow my blog as I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the hottest fashion trends. Be sure to check back in next week as I’ll be writing about popular women’s hairstyles in 2018, so stay tuned to Flying in Vogue!

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