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Some people say that theeyebrows are what make your look.
Today, we are obsessed with a natural, full eyebrow that perfectly frames the face. Although these brows are a staple, we’ve definitelyexperienced some strange trends in recent times, like adding glitter and bleaching.
Evidently, experimenting with browshas been a common notion throughout history.
In fact, people of the past played around with a lot of trends we would never see today. There was a lot of importance placed onthe hair above our eyelids and every few years (or centuries), eyebrow preferences shifted into something completely new.
Many of these trends were outlandish for reasons we may never understand, but it all made sense to them during their time.
Keep scrolling to see the craziest eyebrow trends that people of the past modeled. Idefinitely learned something new!
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1. Carbon Brows
Between 3500 and 2500 BC, the ancient Egyptians liked their eyebrows dark and strong. According to Marie Claire, people would paint carbon and black oxide straight onto each eyebrowto create dark, elongated arches and to pay tribute to the god Horus.
2. Fake Unibrows
Between 753 and 476 AD, the Romans praised connected brows, something we don’t see much of today. According to Style Caster, “Unibrows were prized as beautiful, desirable features worn by the most intelligent and lusted-after women.” They were so obsessed with this trend that many women would paint in between their eyebrows if they couldn’t grow a unibrow naturally.
3. Mouse-Fur Eyebrow Wigs
Between the 1750s and 1790s, British and French members of the royal courts would usemouse fur in the form of an attachable wigto create “half-moon” shapes above their eyes.
4. Complete Removal
In the Middle Ages, a large forehead was a coveted feature in women. To create somewhat of an illusion, they would either leavea barely-there line of hair orremove them completely. The same went for their eyelashes, Marie Claire states.
5. Blue Brows
Women living in the Tang period of China (618 to 907 AD) were known for using indigo paint to achieve a blue look.
According to Bustle, “Women in the court of Emperor Wu were encouraged to paint their eyebrowsqingdai, or a lustrous shade of blue-green.”
6. Walnut-Oil Inhibitors
In the 1800s, European women rubbed walnut oil onto theirforeheads.They believed it had properties that could stop or slow the growth of the hair.
7. Burnt Cork
For the women of the 1910s, darker brows were better brows.According to Refinery29, “burnt cork” inspired future makeup brands to make products for eyebrows and eyelashes.
8. Severe Over-Plucking
Nowadays, it seems like everyone flaunts a thicker arch, but things were much different in the 1920s. When flappers took America by storm, they debuted plucked and penciled-in eyebrows were thin and extended past the temples. The scary-thin eyebrow lines were a gestureof liberation, just perfect for the flapper lifestyle.
9. Mourning Brows
As I had previously mentioned, the Egyptians loved bold brows accentuated with carbon. However, this tradition might not be the strangest eyebrow occurrence of all. According to National Geographic, “As a sign of mourning, cat owners shaved off their eyebrows, and continued to mourn until their eyebrows grew back.” Basically, the lives of their eyebrows revolving around the lives of their cats.
Although we have some odd eyebrow trends of our own these days, they truly pale in comparison to ones from the past. PleaseSHARE this list with your friends and family it’ll surely raise some eyebrows!
Read more: https://www.littlethings.com/9-crazy-eyebrow-trends-past/