Take a look at the silver screen's most iconic beauties, and you'll notice they all have one thing in common: pretty, look-at-me arches. (All that vamping and expressing and capital-A Acting just wouldn't be possible without 'em.) What's equally apparent is that brows are not a one-shape-fits-all feature. Here's how Hollywood legends tailored their brows to their look—and what you can learn from their arch-boosting techniques.More
Bombshell Marilyn Monroe is known for her voluptuous physique. What may be less obvious is that her soft curves extend to her face. "She doesn't naturally have a very pronounced jawline or cheekbones," says New York City-based makeup artist and brow pro William Scott. That's where her hyper-defined brows come into play: Strong arches compensate for less-than-chiseled cheekbones. They add structure to her face, Scott says, and broadcast that this is one bombshell who calls the shots.
The angle-free advantage: Curved brows make you look decadently relaxed all the time, even if you're a HBIC under mega-pressure. And in the case of screen star Hedy Lamarr, the shape softens her face. "She has raven black hair and a strong forehead and jaw," Scott notes. "Pointy brows would look very sharp and hard on her."