Hairstyle and grooming styles for women have evolved dramatically over time. These shifts are often linked to other era-related changes. According to Izzat Jarudi and Javid Sadrs’ research published in 2003 in Perception, a scientific journal specialising in the psychology of vision and perception, eyebrows play an important role in facial recognition. Although this research may provide further insight into the advancement of artificial facial-recognition technologies, it may also provide a deeper explanation of why women’s beauty expectations have become so focused on their brows. Visit Microblading for more details.
The experiment consisted of showing a group of people 25 photographs of celebrities without brows and then another 25 photographs of celebrities without eyes. The participants correctly recognised 56 percent of the celebrities without eyes, but just 46% of the celebrities without brows. The study concludes that brows are more important than eyes in identifying faces.
By examining various brow trends over time, some patterns will emerge that the study in Perception might be able to shed some light on. Women began wearing very small, dramatically formed eyebrows in the 1920s, often with long, angled tails or exaggerated arches. The 1930s kept the previous decade’s thinness, but added rounded upward bends and straight lines that just dipped down on the very edge. Arches were usually formed less severely and thinly in the 1940s. Women’s brows were significantly thicker in the 1950s than in the previous decade, with a more sharply pointed arch and a shorter tail. Elizabeth Taylor, a movie legend, used matte pigment to darken her already dark brows even more. Audrey Hepburn popularised the idea of filling in the brow to give it a thicker appearance in the 1960s. Twiggy, an English model and actress, wore her brows thin and arched during this time period, following the fashion of the 1920s. By the 1970s, eyebrows had thinned out and been formed into arches and bends once more. However, thanks to celebrities like Brooke Shields and Madonna, the thick brow pattern resurfaced in the 1980s. The pencil-thin brows were revived in the 1990s and gradually spread out in the early 2000s.