"The angularity of Obama's brows was lending a look of intensity that some pundits, such as Bill O'Reilly, construed as anger or severity on the campaign trail," wrote Wendy Donahue in this week's Chicago Tribune. Donahue and others have noted a softer shape to Obama's eyebrows in recent weeks -- perhaps a response to that criticism.
Liz Taylor's lush brows were always expertly tweezed and trimmed, and at the time, her low arch and tapered line was considered the height of glamor. To get a similar look, use an eyebrow pencil to create a rounded, square shape at the beginning of the brow, (very) slightly overdraw your own natural line, and extend the ends with tiny strokes by a centimeter or two.
Burlesque star Dita von Teese's eyebrows are as theatrically vintage as the rest of her pin-up girl accoutrements. The siren is never seen with a hair out of place. And really, only a perfectionist could consistently achieve her movie-screen-perfect brows.
Brooke Shields' eyebrows have become almost as famous as the actress. When the future Calvin Klein model became a young star in the 1980s, her wildly untamed brows helped sparked the thick, bold look that became de rigeur during the decade, and propelled her to icon status.