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If I start thinking about eyebrows before I go to bed I won’t be able to sleep.

They fascinate me.

I am completely open to so many different kind of eyebrows and trust me when I say there are no brow rules that apply to every girl!  I think women look gorgeous with everything from big thick brows to pencil thin ones. Although, through the years ladies have come to me with brows they did not like or feel comfortable in and they didn’t know how to fix them. That hairy stuff above your eyes is a powerful thing and there are a few common pitfalls that can really distract from the natural beauty and balance of a face.

So, naturally I wanted to share them and explain the possible downfall of certain brow shapes and how to fix them.

TIP: If you have been plucking the same hair for years it may not grow back fully so whatever info I give about where to regrow applies to using an angled brush/brow shadow and fill in instead.

I decided to use Megan Fox as our model because I have long been in love with her brows and felt they added a great deal to her sexiness. (although I am pretty sure she’d be sexy with a mustache)  Perfect Brows

This is Megan with her real brows. Gorgeous. Although, she sometimes has a higher arch or a thicker brow and those are perfect too…

The Anti-Unibrow

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Plucking the space between your brows is good, but I recommend not getting carried away.
It can make your eyes look farther apart and your forehead look out of balance.

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Unkept

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This is a bit of an exaggeration but I really like bold brows so the only way it becomes a potential problem (IMO) is when they become a distraction and take the focus away from your other features. You don’t want your brows stealing the show! Plus the sparse ones in your brow bone can make eyeshadow look chalky or uneven.
p.s. I know I misspelled sparse below but it’s midnight and I don’t have the energy to fix it..maybe tomorrow…spelling OCDers shield your eyes!

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Over-pluckers

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2 biggest problems with over-plucking is that they are very difficult to keep up (who wants to be plucking all that hair every day!?) and it is also hard to keep a good shape. I also think having a little more substance in your brow can draw attention to your eyes and give you more true expressions.

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Thin with flair.

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The main problem with these guys are that they can be un-natural looking which makes them distracting.
I prefer a more soft and natural brow on most people. Plus they are usually pretty thin and require a lot of upkeep.

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So do you guys agree/disagree? Have other brow tips?
Talk to you soon! I have a REALLY fun post i’ve been working on that I am 98% sure will be done by tomorrow!

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71 Comments

  • Reply
    Lara Proctor
    January 29, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I would love tips on how to make your brows look natural as you are regrowing a bad wax job. I had a girl wax & pluck my browns too far between my eyes and now don’t know how to handle getting them back to where I want them and how to make it look good until I get them there.

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    Jamie
    January 29, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I finally bit the bullet and went to a salon that had a certified brow shaper. Life changing. This guy knows brows. He forbid me to pluck in between appointments so my brows could regrow in places where they were too thin. After following his instructions for a year, I have brows that flatter me and I love them.

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      katelin
      February 16, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Where do you live? I need a good eyebrow artist!!

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    Becca
    January 29, 2013 at 7:41 am

    What do you suggest for girls with naturally thin eyebrows that are very straight? I’ve been teaching my best friend everything I’m learning on the make up blogs and I have her filling in her brows which is life changing, but they have no shape and I feel she would benefit from some sort of curve or arch. Is there any solution other than just drawing it on her face? Since there really isn’t any brow to pluck?

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    Carey
    January 29, 2013 at 7:42 am

    It’s funny, in the “Unkept” picture, Megan Fox resembles Jennifer Connelly (in my opinion!).

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    Amie
    January 29, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Great post!! It’s amazing the impact yours brows can have!

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    cassie
    January 29, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I love this post! It drives my husband nuts when I comment on someones brows during a movie. He gives me the “seriously” look.

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    Stephanie
    January 29, 2013 at 8:37 am

    is it tacky to send this link to some of my over plucker friends? (haha – it’s definitely tempting). It drives me crazy when people over pluck their eyebrows – my favorite celebrity eyebrows probably belong to Lily Collins but I realize not everyone could pull off such a full look – she does though because she’s so gorgeous.

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    Abby
    January 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Uh… Tattooed on, perma brow, often done in some unnatural shade of purple/brown. 4 people I know have done this and it’s just… Off putting! Your opinion? Also, would love a tutorial on your wedding day/daytime smokey eye. What color did you use? I’m dying!

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    Sneza
    January 29, 2013 at 9:04 am

    You really are something. I’ve heard and read all of this brow advice before (because I am a beauty blog addict) but when you write about it (or about anything) it’s fresh and new and fascinating, and I am re-addicted. Amazing.

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    SarahE
    January 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

    great post, I love the different Megans :), gives a much better perspective on how effective brows can be.

    I’m in the process of growing out and re-shaping my brows, as over the years “somehow” one decided to look more arched and the other more round. I also wanted to narrow the distance between the two. Let me tell you…it’s been a very very long process; almost a year now and I’m only about 70% there but I’m determined. So if anyone else is re-shaping or growing out their brows, be patient and persistent. Brow pencils and powders help in the interim, as well as applying almond oil, vaseline or castor oil to the brows at nights 😉

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    Jen
    January 29, 2013 at 9:09 am

    This is an awesome post. It really shows how bad brows can make a pretty girl look unpretty. Can you do something similar with the different brow shapes, arched, rounded, etc? Keep up the good work. I love it!

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    Jenni
    January 29, 2013 at 9:12 am

    This is so timely! My friend and I were discussing eyebrows all weekend:)

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    Lindsay
    January 29, 2013 at 9:14 am

    as a child i got a hockey stick stuck in my head, and had 18 stitches, and now i only have half an eyebrow, very frustrating:(

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Oh that sounds awfully painful! My sis has a scar down the middle of her brow too, she uses wax and brow shadow, have you tried that?

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    Rena
    January 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

    The wonderful person who shapes my brows suggested using Latisse (miracle eyelash growing solution) on my brows. I gotta say, it does work. Sure, they are still sparse in the areas I’ve been plucking for years but there are more hairs there now than ever before, the rest I fill in with brown shadow and a nice angled brush. Going to a professional brow shaper is worth EVERY penny.

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      Great tip! Thanks Rena

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        Tammy
        March 25, 2013 at 8:34 am

        Which eyelash growing solution do you recommend.

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    Rebecca
    January 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Great post! There are so many people I wish I could politely send this to. My mom is the worst. She dyes her hair, but doesn’t fill her brows in to match. Brown hair and grey eyebrows are not a good look!

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      haha reminds me of what my brows look like when they aren’t filled! Black hair blonde brows, not my best look:)

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    Sara Maurer
    January 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

    hahaha! Cara, the “thin with flair” is killing me! I feel like those are the most common brows around. Off post here, but didn’t you talk about a pore refiner that you liked a little while ago? What is it?

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks Sara, I miss you! It was the Benefit Porefessional. You will love it.

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    Jennifer
    January 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

    How about a tutorial how to trim the length of eyebrow hair? I understand the plucking, but how do I trim my own eyebrows that when I shape them they don’ look shaggy?

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      You may have read my mind! I’m doing it. Those lurpy hairs can be irritating!

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    merve
    January 29, 2013 at 11:24 am

    this post was awsome! an eyebrow can change everything about your face! i’m plucking my eyebrows myself for 2 years and now i’m a bit mastered about this. anti-unibrow is perfect for megan fox i think. in that look her eyebrows start where her nose sides end(sorry for bad english hope you understand!). in the first pic she looks more masculine.

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Merve! I understand! Perfect example of everyone loving different brows!

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    Kathy Emma
    January 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Brilliant! I am a subscriber to Allure magazine and they are currently holding their beauty blog competition. I think you should enter it. I research a lot of so called “top beauty blogs” and your’s is just BETTER. I think you deserve a HUGE audience! 🙂

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you soo much Kathy! I will!

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    Ada
    January 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Loooooved this!! I’m saving it! I’m obsessed with brows too haha, thanks Cara!

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks Ada! Glad we share the obsession, there should be a support group!

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    Ann Katherine Richards
    January 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I want to know how to fix my eyebrows. They arch in the center of my eye. I hate it!

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Ann! I feel your pain, question: do they grow that way or have they been shaped that way??

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    Lee Harmon Waters
    January 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    HAHAHA…I LOL’d at some of those “problem” pictures. Your Photoshop skillz are good, as is the info! Thanks!

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Haha Thank you, Lee! I was actually pretty proud of myself with some of these! I thought it was going to be a hot mess!

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    Maris
    January 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I never comment on blogs but I really really like yours. You keep it simple, real, and easy to follow. I am currently in the grow them in closer stage and it is killing me not to pluck — thanks for the encouragement, and all your posts! You seem like such a sweet person. I tell everyone about your blog 🙂

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you SO much Maris! I am in full support of your grow out! Painful process but I am here for you! 🙂

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    Brittany
    January 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve stopped by your blog several times now and just added it to my google reader subscriptions! Love the brow post! I have naturally thick brows, so I can totally relate to “unkept” Megan. My stylist keeps me in check, however, and rarely do I let it get that out of control 🙂

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks so much Brittany! Jealous of your thick brows! I’ll take unkept over my browless self any day!

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    Brow shyness
    January 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Ok, call me a freak, but after my 3rd baby I’ve noticed something happening to my brows. Something so hideous, but here it goes. They tend to grow long. So long in fact I bet I could do a combover….ok not that bad, but still. I’ve trimmed them, but then they stick outward. So, yes, this freak would like suggestions on making them shorter without them sticking out.

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      haha I have some lurpy brows of my own, it’s kind of tricky to trim them just right but I will do a tutorial on it. I kinda wanna do a tutorial of basically ALL of the steps to take to get perfect brows. It’s not much but each one matters!

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    Nicole
    January 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I agree! A teensy distracting but still amazing.

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    Thea Wise
    January 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    OMG Cara you rock my world! I was no bs thinking last night “what would Cara say about eyebrows?” You’ve taught me how to quickly perfect my makeup style, now if I could just fix these eyebrows. I have very thick bushy brows, so I’m going for this exactly look.

    PS where did you get your starwars shirt in the long hair post pictures? I have to have it!

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Haha thanks Thea! I WISH I had bushy eyebrows so bad! They options are ENDLESS! I got the shirt from forever21, I LOVE it!

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    Renee Rister
    January 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Cara, thanks for all your wonderful tips and tricks. I love watching your tutorials, I have always had an interest in make up but after watching am finding myself having more fun and trying new things.
    I follow you on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, all the way from Australia.

    • Reply
      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much Renee! I am so jealous of you! Australia!? Not only is it gorgeous but I would give anything to have an Aussie accent!

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    Angela Davis-Whitbeck
    January 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I can’t be the only cancer survivor in this group who has no eyebrows, can I? Am I? Really? I read about 30 posts prior to mine and not a single person mentioned using stencils! I use Fran Wilson Professional Instant Brows Brow Shaping Stencils, which I purchase at Sally. I use the round shape because of the shape of my face. When it is applied, you can color it it with either shadow or liner. I think there is no better liner in the entire world than Mary Kay’s Blonde Definer Pencil for $10. If you don’t have a Mary Kay Consultant, go to http://www.marykay.com and click on ‘find a consultant’ to find one in your zip code area. I also read about Latisse being mentioned. I did try that, but could not believe that it cost nearly $150 a month! When Mary Kay came out with Lash & Brow Building Serum for $38, I began using it on my lashes and where my brows should be. Alas, I used it on my lashes with awesome luck but no brows three months later. I’m only on my second bottle. I would have spent $450 on Latisse by now. And Mary Kay products are 100% guaranteed. I did have a problem with the product. My lashes grew so much longer, I now have to use my electric curler every day because my lashes drag on my glasses. They are SOOOO long! I can’t believe they have grown that much in just three months. Wish I had before and after pictures for you. I am sold!

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      Cara
      January 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      That is awesome! I haven’t tried the Mary Kay stencils but I will now! You are so incredible Angela! Thanks for giving us the tip! TTYS

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      Emily Rheinhardt
      February 7, 2013 at 5:50 am

      I am not a cancer survivor (BRAVO, BTW!) but I have used stencils in the past. The ones I used were the Anastasia brand from Sephora. The shape was perfect but my face is not flat, unfortunately, & when I formed them to my face the shape would change dramatically. I free-hand it now. I mark my inner, arch & outer points, like Cara suggests, & go from there. I also used a Mary Kay (Chestnut) pencil as well, but the self-sharpening kind has been discontinued! In a pinch I started using my Cover Girl Espresso eyeliner & it’s sufficing for the time being. I have little to no eyebrows naturally, not from over-plucking, they’ve just progressively disappeared as I’ve aged. It’s honestly the one thing I’m most self-conscious about. I’ve been filling & then drawing them in for close to 10 years now 🙁 I think I’m gonna try that Lash & Brow Building Serum. Worth a shot! BTW … how do I find a “Certified Brow Shaper”?

      PS: LOVE your site Cara & I’m obsessed w/ Megan Fox’s eyebrows, too!

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    Penny
    January 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Yep, I’m a daily plucker. It is my “me” time. If I don’t pluck daily they grow out straight forward and itch! They are black as night and I can see and feel them under the skin. If I let them grow in one would grow in towards my nose, one would grow straight out at you, one would grow in curly. I think looking at my grandmother’s eyebrows pretty much sealed the deal for me. I could tell what I was genetically headed for…sparse, bushy, “manly” wild brows. I’ve found a powder I like and I’ve resigned myself to accepting that the time and effort of trying to grow in three little eye brows is not worth the torture. As long as I do the best I can with the other make-up tips (which have been a ton of fabulous stuff!!) then I’ll just put on my best smile and enjoy it all~! THANKS Cara!

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    Tamara
    February 5, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    This was such a great post! I am a manicured thick eyebrow lover myself, but lately I feel like I need to thin them up a bit.

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    Natalie
    February 11, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Ok cara, I have a brow problem that hasn’t yet been addressed so I’m hoping you can help! I have brows with a really great natural shape, but the hairs actually grow to be very long, causing them to like “hang” or “fall” outside of where they should, but not to a degree that they should be plucked because I don’t want to mess up their shape. What is the best way to trim them without messing them up?

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    Jessi
    February 22, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Great advice! I agree, brows can totally transform the balance of your face.
    By the way, I absolutely adore this blog, and the author. Such an all-around beauty and so cara-smatic 🙂

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    Nikki
    February 23, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Brows, Brows, Brows, they’re my #1 insecurity about my looks, I soooo envy the girls who can go without makeup and still have their brows be seen. I on the other hand am not so lucky 🙁 They’ve never been very prominent, but as i’ve gotten older, it’s so much worse and i’ve had to pencil them in for about 12 years now, and i’m only 30! The ones i do have are blonde, and cant be seen, especially in light. I literally have to make a shadow over my eyebrow just to see the natural arch and try to piece it all together… I’ll be trying the mary kay serum for growth, thanks for the tip, but where can i find a brow person to help? (in Atlanta) Cara, I just stumbled upon your blog last week via pinterest and i must say, i’m TOTALLY ADDICTED! i first watched the HAC video and immediately went to amazon.com to buy everything. i know i’m not the only one, because it practically had the identical shopping list as the “suggested from other purchasers” down below. I knew it was from your followers!!! Just thought i’d let you know 🙂 YOU ROCK GIRL!

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    Nikowa Neill
    February 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I’m a natural blonde, so my brows are invisible. Can you do a post on darkening them without looking like a freak? Thanks xoxo

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      Cara
      February 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Yes! I hear ya! I’ll post it!

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    Kristen
    March 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

    First things first – Um duh- you Rock Cara! I was actually wondering what computer program you used and how you used it to take off her brows and put them back on? (This would help me because I have a hard time envisioning what would look best on me. Ive tried using pencils to show me different shapes and stencils but its too unclear to actually picture what each one would look like for real.) Thanks and btw Ive had a secret brow obsession for a long time now -they completely frame your face, they’re great!

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    Gina
    March 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog! Every time I click on a great tutorial on pintrest, it happens to be yours! Plus you are a fellow Utahn ☺. Thanks for all the great advice that I keep getting compliments on.

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    Adri Johnson
    June 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Cara you are so great with makeup – thanks for sharing your gift with the world.

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    Moira
    November 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Hey Cara, I have golden-ish hair. It is on the blonder side of strawberry blonde, but, my eyebrows have always been a BIZARRE color. They are very dusty looking. They look ashy! But I have trouble, because blondes are too light and brown brow makeup is too dark. Any recommendations?

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    KS
    November 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I have the “won’t regrow from overplucking” issue. Here’s my before-after brow fill-in attempt: http://imgur.com/a/XK0GS What can I do to make myself look less…concerned? I feel like when I fill in that large space I look super weird. Do you think it’s just because I’m not used to seeing myself like that?

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    Ashley Arsenic (Arsenicaa)
    May 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    It’s crazy, how much brows can change your face! It’s never easy to find the best suiting brows but this should help many 😉

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    June 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I know this is an old post but it’s great! and i want to share it on my blog tonight .
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