The Look: Eyebrows

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Since man discovered tools with which to hunt, build, and meticulously remove facial hair, going relatively browless has been a globe-spanning phenomenon. The ancient Egyptians were all forehead, using green or black pigment to redraw brows. The double brow—a thin, straight plucked line of natural hair with a second line drawn underneath it—was the rage in Byzantine times. And during the Heian era in Japan, brows were often plucked out completely and replaced by black thumbprints.

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