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These Celebrity Makeovers Show The Transformative Power Of Eyebrows

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02/23/2018 05:46am ET
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Gwen Stefani, Kerry Washington and Angelina Jolie in the '90s -- it was a different time for brows.

Just as with clothing fashions, eyebrow trends come and go. One minute, thin is in, and the next, the bolder the better. Besides just acting as a sign of the times, a simple change in eyebrow shape can totally change one’s face.

Since the early days of Hollywood, we’ve seen stars with eyebrows ranging from pencil-thin to super bushy. In the 1920s, Anna May Wong and Clara Bow favored thinly drawn brows with downward pointed ends, a trend that trickled down to women of that era. In the ’30s and ’40s, narrow brows continued to rule. But eventually, thanks to stars like Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, thicker, darker brows became more popular. Styles fluctuated through the ’60s and ’70s, with stars like Nina Simone opting for full brows, and Diana Ross going for thin, high arches.

By the 1980s, full brows had made their comeback, with everyone from Brooke Shields to Whitney Houston to Madonna sporting the look. That all changed in the ’90s when thin brows, a la Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore, made a comeback of their own.

Today, full brows have once again returned, with a slightly more refined look ― but the emphasis seems to be more on finding a brow shape that suits your face, as opposed to just following a trend.

Keep scrolling to see the major eyebrow evolutions of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars from the ’90s to today.

Jennifer Lopez, 1998
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At the 17th Annual CFDA Awards on Feb. 8, 1998, at JP Morgan Atrium in New York City.
Jennifer Lopez, 2018
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At the NBC Universal "World of Dance" Red Carpet event, on Jan. 30 in Universal City, California.
Demi Lovato, 2008
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At the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, 2008.
Demi Lovato, 2017
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At 103.5 KISS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 on Dec. 13, 2017, in Chicago.
Beyonce, 1999
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At the 5th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Santa Monica, California.
Beyonce, 2017
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At the 59th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Gwen Stefani, 1996
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At Live 105's BFD 1996 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on June 14, 1996, in Mountain View, California.
Gwen Stefani, 2017
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At the Domino Holiday Pop-Up Shop on Dec. 7, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Selena Gomez, 2007
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At the Los Angeles premiere of "Shrek The Third," on May 6, 2007.
Selena Gomez, 2017
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At The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on Dec. 4, 2017, in London.
Jared Leto, 1998
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At the "Urban Legends" Westwood Premiere on Sept. 17, 1998, at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California.
Jared Leto, 2018
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At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards-MusiCares Person Of The Year event honoring Fleetwood Mac on Jan. 26 in New York City.
Megan Fox
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At the '"Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen" premiere at the Loews E-Walk Theater on Feb. 17, 2004, in New York City.
Megan Fox, 2017
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During the runway of the fashion show for the 2017 autumn/winter collection at Fashion Fest held at Fronton Mexico on Sept. 07, 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico.
Drew Barrymore, 1992
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At the 50th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement on Dec. 29, 1992.
Drew Barrymore, 2017
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At Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Nov. 13, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York.
Kerry Washington, 2002
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At the world premiere of "Bad Company" at Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York City on June 4, 2002.
Kerry Washington, 2018
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At the 20th Costume Designers Guild Awards on Feb. 20 in Beverly Hills, California.
Angelina Jolie, 1998
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At the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- where she won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television -- in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 18, 1998.
Angelina Jolie, 2018
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At the BAFTA Awards held at Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 18 in London.
Olivia Wilde, 2003
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In West Hollywood, California, when Fox Broadcasting Company introduced its 2003-2004 prime time lineup.
Olivia Wilde, 2018
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At Steven Tyler and Live Nation presents Inaugural Janie's Fund Gala & Grammy Viewing Party at Red Studios on Jan. 28 in Los Angeles.
Lauren Conrad, 2005
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At the Stuff Magazine Style Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel on Sept. 7, 2005, in Los Angeles.
Lauren Conrad, 2017
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At the 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on Oct. 14, 2017, in Pacific Palisades, California.
Adele, 2008
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At the Brit Awards at Earls Court on Feb. 20, 2008, in London.
Adele, 2017
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At the 59th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Eva Longoria, 1998
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During a photo shoot in 1998.
Eva Longoria, 2018
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At the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 20 in Beverly Hills, California.
Rihanna, 2005
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At MTV's Total Request Live show at Leicester Square, 2005.
Rihanna, 2017
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Hosting a pep rally to celebrate the launch of the AW17 FENTY PUMA by Rihanna collection at Bloomingdales on 59th Street on Oct. 13, 2017, in New York City.
Gabrielle Union, 1998
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At Museum of Television & Radio's "A Television Diary: 45 Years of TV Guide Covers" on Sept. 15, 1998, at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills, California.
Gabrielle Union, 2018
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At Magnify and Fox Sports Films' "Shot In The Dark" premiere documentary screening and panel discussion at Pacific Design Center on Feb. 15 in West Hollywood, California.
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