The Pioneer Woman Says Drew Barrymore’s Thin Eyebrows Inspired Her 1996 Wedding Look — She’s Not Alone
"I had your eyebrows the day I got married."
A sweet discovery! Ree Drummond just revealed that her 1996 wedding makeup was inspired by Drew Barrymore.
On Tuesday, Barrymore posted a photo of herself circa 1995 on Instagram. The shot was one part of a pictorial for her iconic 1995 Rolling Stone cover, wherein Barrymore bared it all. (She opened up about her difficult childhood and young adulthood, which Rolling Stone described as “living with a capital ‘L’: alcoholism, drug addiction, attempted suicide, marriage, divorce, stardom, career extinction, and finally stardom again.”)
In the photo Barrymore posted on Instagram, she wears her blonde hair in a messy, bohemian-esque updo topped with a sunflower crown. She cups her face in her hands, red-chipped nails covering her mouth. Thin eyebrows, rosy brown lipstick, and barely there blush complete the look.
Something (or everything) about the photo inspired the Pioneer Woman to leave a comment. “I had your eyebrows the day I got married (‘96),” she wrote. “You were my eyebrow and makeup inspiration!” Looking back at a photo from Drummond’s wedding, we can’t help but notice the same soft-thin eyebrows and similar blush and lipstick. She looked beautiful; and what a wonderful compliment for Drew.
Other Stars Who Flaunted Thin Brows in the ’90s
Of course, Barrymore and Drummond weren’t the only celebs to shape their brows in a thin line. The American trend dates back to the 1920s, when film stars like Clara Bow wore plucked, pencilled, and straight brows.
In the 1930s, brows were a little curvier but remained tightly tweezed. Jean Harlow’s brows are emblematic of this look.
And that is the source of inspiration for stars like Barrymore. Check out these photos of other celebrities who loved the thin eyebrow look.
Meryl Streep (73) didn’t have the thinnest eyebrows, but at no point in her multi-decade career did she try to make them appear thicker — even when the thick, Brooke Shields brow dominated the ’80s. We love this naturally-thin style, and her confidence to buck the trends.
In the 1980s, Diana Ross (78) was all about long, thin brows, which extended beyond her eyes (similar to Clara Bow).
An iconic ’90s star, Reese Witherspoon (46) wore very thin eyebrows until about 2005, when they were still plucked and shaped, but far less than they’d been before.
Valerie Bertinelli (62) was a little bit ahead of her time with these thin brows from the late ’80s. (The trend didn’t reach full steam again until the ’90s.) Here, she stars in her breakout role as Barbara Cooper in “One Day At a Time.”
Liza Minnelli (76) is best known for her role as Sally Bowles in the Fosse classic Cabaret. In the 1972 film, she wore very thin, very stylized eyebrows.
Does all this mean thin brows are coming back? It’s a definite possibility, but one thing is for sure: Embrace them if you already have them!