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From Frida to Cara: Here Are The Most Iconic Eyebrows

If it is true that the eyes are the mirror of the soul, then the brows that frame them could be consider some kind of map towards the mind. The eyebrows are, without a doubt, one of the most personal signs of beauty, in addition to one of fastest way to refresh your look. And while the Gucci Fall/Winter 2018-19 fashion show featured the most powerful unibrow in fashion, enhanced with fake dark shadow worn by more than one model, this is not the first time those expressive arches in the forehead can conjugate multiple shapes, colors, and sizes.

Today, new fashion muses such as Cara Delevingne, have taken the tendency to the more natural side; although, when in doubt, they seem to be governed by a single norm: bigger is always the better.

Here are some of the most famous brows in history.

Clara Bow

LOS ANGELES – CIRCA 1927: Actress Clara Bow poses for a Paramount Pictures publicity still circa 1927 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The famous actress was the one who encouraged the boom of the eyebrow hair removal in the 20s. She used a thin line that went a little beyond the corner of her eye. Wearing this style was the most chic thing a women could do at the beginning of the 20th century.

Greta Garbo

Swedish actress Greta Garbo (1905 – 1990) in a promotional portrait for ‘The Painted Veil’, directed by Ryszard Boleslawski, 1934. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

In the 30s, the woman that imposed this new fashion was Greta Garbo; her brows were worn with a curved shape.

Joan Crawford

circa 1948: American film actress Joan Crawford (1908 – 1977). (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

The Oscar winner kept her brows more arched. What changed was the thickness, which was greater than that of previous decades.

Grace Kelly

American actors Edmond O’Brien (1915 – 1985) and Grace Kelly (1929 – 1982) with their Oscars at the 27th Academy Awards ceremony, held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, 30th March 1955. O’Brien won Best Supporting Actorfor his performance in ‘The Barefoot Contessa’, and Kelly won Best Actress for her performance in ‘The Country Girl’. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Movie stars like Grace Kelly wore them with a well-marked bow, but much thicker and with a more natural look than in the previous decade.

Marilyn Monroe

CIRCA 1952: Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait in circa 1952. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The beauty icon maintained the natural line initiated in the previous decade. It is true that she outlined her eyebrows with a pencil, but the shape was very natural.

Audrey Hepburn

circa 1955: Belgian-born actor Audrey Hepburn wearing earrings. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Hepburn went for wide eyebrows, filled with a pencil, and with a slight bow.

Frida Kahlo

circa 1950: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954), wearing a folk costume and flowers in her hair, leans her head on her hand while lying in a hammock. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The artist knew how to show off her unibrow in an irreverent and carefree way. In addition, her spectacular style and intelligence made her one of the most interesting and influential women in the art world.

Sophia Loren

(Original Caption) 1957- Sophia Loren, actress. Waist up.

The legendary actress had one of the most famous eyebrows of the 60s. She used to pluck and stylize her eyebrows with a small eyebrow tweezer. This was a major trend throughout the 60s.

Brooke Shields

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The 80s completely broke with all previous styles. The shape was basically straight, except for the tail, which went down. But the most important thing was the bet for wide, dense, powerful eyebrows.


NEW YORK CITY – JUNE 25: Singer Madonna attends the after party for her Blond Ambition World Tour concert at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey on June 25, 1990 at La Palace de Beaute in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

The Material Girl established the trend of black eyebrows and blonde hair during the late 80s, early 90s.

Cara Delevigne

Currently everyone wants to have the eyebrows of this famous model and actress. Hers are very dense, but are ideal for molding and styling in any way.


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