Hey guys! This week I was having a conversation with a friend about eyebrows, more specifically, how I managed to avoid that 90/2000s fashion of overplucking and ruining them forever. So I thought I’d do a post about my beloved brows, and the icons that inspired them.
You’ll already know if you read my guest post on Jaclyn Baker’s blog that I have very wonky eyebrows. One is considerably higher than the other and it’s very obvious when I’m not wearing any makeup. But when I was a teenager and started wanting to shape my brows, I had a few well known faces that I wanted to look just like, and I’ve learnt over the years how to make my brows as perfect as possible thanks to these ladies and one other brow angel.
They say a girl learns everything she knows from her mother, and I would say that’s the truest truism to ever truth. My mum taught me about makeup from a very young age, and she taught me the importance of the brows to frame the face and make your eyes stand out. My mum not only made sure I knew all of this, but she also had some tips and tricks for our genetically wonky brows, which I still use to this day.
Of course, my ultimate style icon Audrey Hepburn has to be here. Her brows changed over the course of her career – from being ‘up’ in Funny Face, to being the arched natural wonders that inspired me when I first saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I first saw this film as a child and it really had a big impact on how I cultivated my brows as a teen.
I don’t think any brow inspo post would be complete without this legendary face. Elizabeth Taylor was of course famous for having a genetic mutation that caused her to grow double eyelashes naturally and give her blue eyes a lavender hue, but she also had a brow game that none could beat. The woman had style and grace, and brows that inspired a young girl to never over pluck.
The epitome of sass and style, Jane Russell had one of the most expressive faces I’ve ever seen. This is even more impressive when you notice how little she ever moved her face! She’s the reason I’ve mastered the sarcastic brow raise, and it’s come in very handy over the years!
I honestly think having women I wanted to look and be like helped me avoid so many makeup mistakes as I was growing up. I would spend hours watching their films, reading books about them, watching my mum do her makeup again and again. It answered a lot of questions that a lot of girls ask me now as adults. I think anyone with a fondness for makeup should watch their mums. They’ll show us the way, and even if they don’t, there’s always Old Hollywood to fall back on!