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Eyebrows Over the Years: 1930s

Updated on June 7, 2017
Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo | Source
Carole Lombard applies her eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil
Carole Lombard applies her eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil | Source

Dramatic Brows



The eyebrows from the 1930s were very thin with a dramatic curve and were extended down towards the outer corner of the eye. Women would heavily pluck their eyebrows and then pencil them in a dark color to achieve this look. They were popularized by Hollywood actresses of the time; especially by Greta Garbo, Carole Lombard, and Jean Harlow. These extreme eyebrows framed their eyes and helped them to express their emotions in films of the decade.


Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich | Source
Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow | Source
Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow
Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow | Source
1930s makeup look with thin eyebrows
1930s makeup look with thin eyebrows | Source
Examples of the thin arch trend in the 1930s
Examples of the thin arch trend in the 1930s | Source
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron | Source

1930s Inspired Modern Brows

A more modern approach to 30s eyebrows is shown on Charlize Theron. To copy her look, keep the brows thin, but not pencil thin. Instead of extending them to the outer corner of the eye, stop a little before you reach it. Trade the dramatic curve for an arch that accentuates your eyes. This creates a more natural look compared to the exaggerated eyebrows of the 1930s.


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