Tang Dynasty Eyebrow Trends
China 618-907 A.D.
“Women of the Tang Dynasty paid particular attention to facial appearance, and the application of powder or even rouge was common practice. Some women’s foreheads were painted dark yellow and the dai (a kind of dark blue pigment) was used to paint their eyebrows into different shapes that were called dai mei (painted eyebrows) in general. There were literally a dozen ways to paint the eyebrows and between the brows there was a colourful decoration called hua dian, which was made of specks of gold, silver and emerald feather.” (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)
“…during the years of Yuanho in the reign of Xuanzong the system of costumes changed, and women no longer applied red powder to their faces; instead, they used only black ointment for their lips and made their eyebrows like like the Chinese character ‘八‘.” (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)
- 5000 Years of Chinese Costume by Gao Chunming (1987)
- Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei and Gao Chunming (2011)