At Unique Threading Salon, we often shape women’s brows through eyebrow threading so they can have bold, sleek brows, which are all the rage. However, if we were doing this a few decades ago, you might be asking for pencil-thin, light brows instead! A lot has changed over the years, including eyebrow trends.
1910s: In the 1910s, women wanted their brows to look natural, but defined. They focused on appearing as though they had done nothing to their eyebrows, as this showing too much interest in their appearance would be considered immodest. It was common for women to dye their brows either lighter or darker, depending on their hair color.
1920s: The 1920s ushered in motion pictures, and with them, a new style of brows. In order to better communicate facial expression on screen, actresses like Clara Bow would shave off their eyebrows and draw them back on in a long and thin style.
1930s: While the brow style in the ‘30s remained thin, they became more arched and rounder in a U-shaped style. Look to Greta Garbo for a prime example of this look.
1940s: Because women had to take on many roles that were usually reserved for their husbands who were fighting overseas, beauty trends in the ‘40s reflected this. More dramatic brows because popular, with bold, thick arches. Joan Crawford is a good example of the popular ‘40s brow style.
1950s: With the boys back from war, beauty trends for women shifted towards the traditionally feminine, as exemplified by cat eyeliner, rounded lips, and rose-colored blushes. Brows adapted as well, becoming short, light, and wide set—think Marilyn Monroe.
1960s: The 1960s were marked by mod, which shifted away from the feminine to adopting your own unique personal style. Makeup focused on bold colors and large lashes, so brows were transformed to accommodate this look. Look at Twiggy for a good example of the popular brow style of the time—high, thin, long, and rounded. It was also common for women to bleach their eyebrows, making it appear as though they didn’t have brows at all.
1970s: In the 1970s, eyebrow waxing came into being, which made it possible for women to shape their brows. The popular style is one that is still popular today: near the bridge of the nose, eyebrows were squared and bold, while rest of the brow was long and thin. A good example of this style is Donna Summer.
1980s: The ‘80s saw the rise of the working woman, and with this newfound professional power came powerful brows. Big, full eyebrows like Brooke Shields became more popular.
1990s: When the ‘90s came around, eyebrows went in the complete opposite direction. Fashion was all about smallness, from super-skinny models to super-skinny brows. Over-waxing and tweezing brows became all the rage as everyone wanted pencil-thin brows. Examples of this look include Pamela Anderson and Drew Barrymore.
2000s: Beauty trends and fashion in the first decade of the 21st century were all about being sexy, as shown by the low-cut tops and visible thongs that were popular among the rich and famous. Brows took a sexier turn as well, mimicking Marilyn Monroe’s arched and short brows from decades before, but with a bit more edge.
Today: Today, it’s all about the brows. Everyone wants their brows to be “on fleek,” and you can accomplish this with full, sleek, and bold brows à la Cara Delevingne.
Looking to take your brows to the next level! Come in for eyebrow threading in Chelsea today!