A History of Eyebrow Shaping
According to the documentation of the Greek historian Herodotus (484-425 B.C.), the ancient Egyptians would shave their eyebrows in mourning whenever one of the cats in their home died. (And everyone in the home would shave their whole body if their dog died – but that is perhaps saved for another day in an article about waxing!).
When they were not respecting the passing of a cat, however, the Egyptians were known to take an interest in the shape and color of their eyebrows, sporting an arched eyebrow that was darkened with a powder made from Galena, a lead-based mineral (as well as “Kohl”, a mineral composition first used around 3000 B.C. and through the nineteenth century for both brows and eyelids).