Brow-story! The Eyebrow Culture
Some say we are recognised more by our eyebrows than our eyes or smile!
It's no wonder why eyebrow styling has been around for centuries and centuries!
Let's look at some of the different eyebrow trends in history and today!
Probably one of the longest running eyebrow trend!
This was famously rocked by Byzantine Empress Theodora. She was the wife of Emperor Justinian I.
She would darken her eyes with kohl and define her eyebrows! Her most popular eyebrow style was the unibrow.
The unibrow was also popular in Iran at the time of the Qajar dynasty and also with the Romans and Greeks.
Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter, would also depict herself in paintings with the unibrow, which she also had in real life.
SHAVED AND RE-DRAWN EYEBROWS
You might ask, "why shave your brows and re-draw them on?" Well this could be in order to draw it in using a unique colour, style or height. This style is seen in Japan, especially during the Imperial Heian period. The women would wear long black hair, red lips, white powdered face and shaved eyebrows that were redrawn higher towards the forehead.
The shaved eyebrow look was also popular during the Medieval times in Europe, where the women would pluck their eyebrows and hairline, for an 'egghead' look. This style went on through Queen Elizabeth I reign, up until the 1600's. During this time, the plucked eyebrow style was such a trend that walnut oil was rubbed on the eyebrows to stop hair growth. This practice started at young ages with children.
Someone popular that supposedly sported the shaved eyebrow look was Mona Lisa, as seen in the popular portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci. Although some say the lack of brows might be from a revised rendition of the painting by Da Vinci or a fumbled cleaning job.
Sophia Loren, is also a popular personality that rocked the shaved and redrawn eyebrow trend! She would pencil her brows in with individual strokes.
Probably the most popular eyebrow trend is the use of kohl. This was practiced heavily by the Egyptian Pharaohs. They darkened their eyebrows with the kohl or black powder. This was practiced by the men, women and children. Legends say that the eye make up was done as a homage to the god Horus. Other legends say that it was done in order to keep evil spirits and illnesses away. The dark, bold and arched brow was made popular with Nefertiti, Egyptian queen and the wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh.
This eyebrow trend was also practiced in Greece mainly during rituals, where powdered minerals were used to paint the eyebrows to appear darker.
Bold brows came back in style in the 17th and 18th century and is still widely popular today!
People sought out this style by even affixing false brows to acheive the look.
Because of the bold brow craze, it opened the door for commercially made cosmetics including brow fillers.
T. L. Williams was the pioneer, creating a lash and brow line which has grown to now be known as Maybeline!
DARK AND SKINNY BROWS
During the 1920's and 1930's, Hollywood make up artist Max Factor introduced new eyebrow styles and gave several Hollywood starlets eyebrow makeovers!
Dark and skinny eyebrows were the IT thing for every Hollywood actress!
THE DIVA ARCH
By the 1950's Dior introduced the 'polished' make up look! This included; bold lipstick, winged eyeliner and super arched and bold eyebrows.
Bushy eyebrows became extremely popular in the late 80's and throughout the 90's and has been reintroduced today!
The 90's were also receptive to a large number of other eyebrow trends, from shaved to bleached and different arches and sizes.
These became widely popular almost 10 years ago! Perfect for photoshoots and high fashion shoots. Seen on the runway with brands such as Chanel.
MICROBLADING AND BROW HAIR TRANSPLANT
Yes! You read that right! This is now a thing! Eyebrow transplants cost approximately a whopping 8,000$ per brow!
But what happens if the shaved or skinny eyebrow trend comes back around? Hehe
Whatever style is your favourite, eyebrows are an important facial feature and is said to be nore important than eyes as far as face recognition is concerned. The eyebrows give life to expressions!