Eyebrow painting of North African women

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All from Harquus: North African Women’s Traditional Body Art Volume 2: Paint (pdf) by Catherine Cartwright-Jones.

“A person with thick, black eyebrows can see better in very bright light, and will be less likely to squint. Eyebrow paint may have had the same function as sunglasses, while accenting expressive eyebrow movement.

I think I prefer the explanation from Catherine’s Introduction to Harquus Part 2: Kohl and Surma (pdf):

“Some women believed that blackening their eyelids and eyebrows would protect them from the glance of the Evil Eye, and also prevent them from transmitting the Evil Eye to another person.”

3 Comments

  • Michelle Jensen
    Friday, 5th February, 2010 - 11:38 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful pics. There’s an award for you on my blog, if you fancy it. xx naughty

  • Veronica
    Tuesday, 8th February, 2011 - 4:24 am | Permalink

    I teach esthetics and cover the history of makeup; I love this and will definitly be including it in my next class!

  • Jazz
    Sunday, 22nd March, 2015 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

    The last pic is a spit of my sister!! It’s uncanny!

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