VIDEO: 12 Times Eyebrows Left Their Mark On History

Our brows ourselves: from faux brows made of mouse hair in the 1700s to the new millennium and Cara Delevingne.
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Our brows ourselves: from faux brows made of mouse hair in the 1700s to the new millennium and Cara Delevingne.

Here's a quick recap for anyone who can't watch the video right now. 

Ancient Egypt

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Queen Nefertiti of Egypt (photo: Wikimedia)

In Egypt, shaping the brows with tweezers (no, really, they had tweezers!) and filling in them in as black as could be was all the rage. Egyptians paid special attention to the eyes and elongated the tail of their brows as part of a spiritual offering.

The 18 Century

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Grace Dalrymple Elliot, 1782 (photo: Wikimedia)

Throughout the 1700s, natural eyebrows were only for the poor. The fanciest of the fanciest men and women preferred to sport faux brows by gluing the fur of a recently deceased mouse to their faces.

The 19 Century

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Queen Victoria (photo: Wikimedia)

Subtle beauty was highly coveted by the Victorians, which led these ladies to go totally natural when it came to their brows. Brow fillers were left for actresses and prostitutes at this time.

The Jazz Age

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Clara Bow 

The most fashionable brow during the jazz age was incredibly thin, incredibly dark, and elongated down the temples. Quite a few beauty trends throughout the 1920s were influenced by newfound interests in Ancient Egypt, and brows were no exception!

Depression Era

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Jean Harlow (photo: Wikimedia)

Brows continued to stay ultra thin during the 1930s. But instead of an over-emphasized tail, ladies opted for a dramatically rounded arch, often leaving the wearer with a permanently surprised look.

War Era

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Judy Garland (photo: Hulton Getty)

Working girls of the 1940s let their brows grow in and shaped them with a softened arch. This was not only attractive, but practical when they found themselves taking factory and other labor intensive jobs during the war.

Post-War Boom

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Audrey Hepburn, circa 1954's Sabrina (photo: Paramount Pictures)

The fifties were all about glamour. The war was over and brows were bigger and better than ever. Women opted for darker brows and leading ladies like Audrey Hepburn led the way by proving bold is beautiful.

Swingin’ Sixties

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Twiggy (photo: Associated Press)

Eyebrows during the 1960s were as diverse as can be. Models like Twiggy and Pattie Boyd sported a thinner brow in a natural color, with a high arch that wouldn’t compete with their exaggerated mod eye makeup. Other actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Lauren went for a more subtle version of their '50s glamour brows.

Disco Madness

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The '70s were all about the natural brow. Although women carefully shaped the brow by plucking stray hairs, what the body naturally produced was beautiful and these women embraced it.

The '80s

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Madonna (photo:

Bold brows were back with a vengeance during the '80s. Thanks to women like Brooke Shields and Madonna, big brows were accentuated, often serving as the focal point on the face.

The '90s

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Gwen Stefani (photo: Sunday Morning Music Video/Interscope Records)

Thin is in! Are you sensing a pattern here yet? Many a lady over-plucked her brows during the '90s to achieve the perfect look à la Drew Barrymore, Gwen Stefani, and Pam Anderson.

New Millennium

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Cara Delevingne

The 2000s have seen thin brows, natural brows, and exaggerated brows come in and out of fashion. Now, in 2015, the bolder the brows the better. Luckily for those of us who plucked away during the '90s, we have an endless supply of powders, pens, sticks, and waxes at our disposal to craft the perfect Cara Delevingne brows.

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