This Instagram Account Is Uncovering Your Brows' Biggest Skeletons

Photographed by Brayden Olson.
What do spiky updos, baby butterfly clips, and frosted lips have in common? That's right: They're all byproducts of the late '90s and early '00s. Yet there's one more thing that is perhaps the most defining trend of the era — and that's over-tweezed eyebrows. Because if anything was true at the time, it's that when it came to your brow hair, thin was in.

If you've ever fallen victim to the overuse of tweezers — and we'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't — then the latest spoof Instagram account @historyofoverplucking is sure to hit a nerve. Its tagline is, "Everybody makes mistakes," and its feed consists of a full-blown encyclopedia of skinny-brow looks — and the list of offenders might surprise you. Of course, you've got the biggest stars of the '90s (think the Spice Girls, Drew Barrymore, Naomi Campbell, and more). But, if the goal is to prove that the popular look at that time was only an act of resurgence, the photos that pull from as far back as the Renaissance years do the job.

Feeling nostalgic yet? We were, too, so we rounded up our favorite WTF over-tweezing moments from the account that'll make you happy to live in a world where more natural brows reign supreme. Here's hoping this is the end of old trends becoming new again.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Wild child Drew Barrymore went all out back in the day with dark, skinny brows that delivered major contrast against her platinum 'do.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Even two of the '90s biggest pop stars, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls, fell victim to over-tweezing.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
In this throwback, you can spot Christina Aguilera's tiny arches right away — despite the singer's sunglasses.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
We hate to say it, but this photo of a young Gwyneth Paltrow — now the queen of all things healthy beauty — is worthy of a little side-eye.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell ruled the runway for years with her '90s signature: straight hair, glossy lips, and drawn-on eyebrows.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Behold: the thin brows of cult '90s show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Need proof that the trend goes way back? This artwork from the 1920s, The Girl with the Golden Eyes by Alix Aymé, puts her (thin) brows front and center.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Famed actress of the 1920s Greta Garbo was known for her trademark brows.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Rapper Foxy Brown's small arches didn't quite match her larger-than-life music.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Charlize Theron's smoky eye and slicked-back hair have remained classic beauty dos. Her brows, however, stayed with the times.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Pamela Anderson's pencil-thin brows were as much a part of her aesthetic as her bold lipliner and platinum-blond hair.
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PHOTO: VIA @HISTORYOFOVERPLUCKING/INSTAGRAM.
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg managed to make the look sophisticated in this shot — a marker of a true icon.
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