The Fascinating Evolution Of Eyebrow Fashion, From Twiggy To Cara Delevingne

Ever since the early 20th century, women have loved meddling with their eyebrows. Whether it’s by waxing, threading, tweezing, pencils or pens, women have moulded their eyebrows to the current fashion trends. Let’s take a look back at the last 100 years of eyebrow trends!

 

1920s

The 1920s socialite Clara Bow plucked her brows ’til they were pencil thin, then drew them pointing slightly downwards to give herself a permanent sad look.

 

1930s

Eyebrows started looking a little clown-like in the 30s. Marlene Dietrich used to shave hers off and redraw the line higher than her normal brow, giving her a permanently shocked look.

 

1950s

Marilyn’s era brought back the natural eyebrow look. They used pencils to define them but largely stuck to their natural shape.
Audrey Hepburn had some of the biggest brows of the 50s.

 

1960s

Mia Farrow embodied 60s chic. She plucked her eyebrows ’til they were elegantly thin, and emphasised them with a pencil.
Mary Quaint went for the same thin, strong brow line.

1970s

In the 70s women got rid of the eyebrow pencils and went back to their natural look, but models like Twiggy found it hard to get back what they’d plucked during the 60s.

 

1980s

The 80s saw the advent of the ‘power brow’, with stars like Madonna spearheading the bushy, dark look.
Brooke Shields was one of the 80s eyebrow queens.

1990s

The 90s saw the return of vicious tweezing, with stars like Pamela Anderson relying heavily on eyebrow pencil to give her brows some shape.
Kate Moss had the most enviable eyebrows of the 90s.
Gwen Stefani took the whole thing further and emphasised her brow shape with face jewels.

2000s

In came the naughties and with it came the Scouse brow! The Scouse brow was highly styled to emphasise the brow arch, and relied heavily on dark pencil.
The Scouse brow was highly popularised by WAGs like Colleen Rooney.
Kate Middleton goes for a toned-down, royally-acceptable version of the Scouse brow.

2010s

In the last few years, eyebrows have become less styled a bushier, as introduced by model Cara Delevingne.
Lili Collins is another star who rocks the bushy brows.
Suki Waterhouse also keeps her naturally strong eyebrows.