Razor-thin, arched eyebrows have long been a staple of Hollywood film actresses and the fashion industry. But are the arches beginning to fall? A recent report indicates that the fashionability of arched eyebrows has likely been on a downward decline for the past 60 years.
Some of this broader trend can already be seen in the younger generation of female celebrities, argues RealSelf.com columnist Melissa Rudy. She points out that starlets like Emma Watson, Camilla Belle, and Anne Hathaway possess full, expressive eyebrows – in contrast to the predominant arched brows that were more popular in previous decades.
According to Mark Soldin, a British M.D., these changes can be attributed to broader social trends. The widespread acceptance of gender equality is leading to a redefinition of fashionable expression:
“Upward curvature of the eyebrows was considered to be an attractive feminine feature in the past. We are finding that more and more women are looking for a flatter, straighter, more masculine look. I think it has to do with the increasing equality of the sexes. Women are subconsciously favouring a masculine brow.”
The results of the study have some important implications for cosmetic surgery. Procedures like the brow lift have traditionally worked by moving the eyebrows in the other direction – upwards – in order to combat sagging. As more patients want to achieve the “lowbrow look,” surgeons may need to adapt their techniques.
Fortunately, however, there are also nonsurgical alternatives to achieve the appearance of full-bodied eyebrows. Botox can be used to reduce the appearance of arched eyebrows by targeting specific facial muscles.
But does this mean that people who have arched eyebrows are officially unfashionable? Certainly not – the study was based on an analysis of Western print media between 1945 and 2011. It’s hard to paint in broader strokes than that! Before applying these results to your own appearance, you should consider your own facial structure, and find the look that is right for you.
Of course, it also bears mentioning that the study – which was based on– measures general trends over time. You’ll want to consider your own facial structure before applying these study results to your own appearance.