In the eighties, we thought that skinny, over-plucked, penciled eyebrows
were, like, totally for bluehairs. We wanted our brows to be luxuriantly
full and natural, like chic little caterpillars over our eyes. The
poster child of the full brow look was, of course, Brooke Shields.
Here’s some footage of the Pretty Baby herself with her mother, Terri,
and Barbara Walters showing just how lovely a natural brow can be:
Not to be outdone by Madonna, shown here in the video for 1986’s “Papa
And Jennifer Connelly, all dolled up in 1986’s “Labyrinth”:
And... you get the picture. Pretty much everybody else who could rock the
full brow look in the 80s did. It wasn’t that our brows were entirely
ungroomed, mind you. We plucked strays—and we totally didn’t want
unibrows. (Like, gag me!) We also used brow brushes and brow gels to
hold that perfect look in place. I remember in ninth grade using mascara
to groom, thicken, and blacken my already dark brows. Perhaps it was a
bit much (and it’s not a method I currently employ) but it illustrates a
point: heavy, strong brows were totally awesome.
These vogue covers span the 70s through the 00s and I think they
illustrate how fabulous, youthful, and feminine a strong brow can be.
Plus, it’s fun to look at how top models were styled in the past few
decades, right? Enjoy, and have a totally awesome day, LT80s style!
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Do you have pictures of you wearing any of these
totally fabulous 80s fashions?