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Brow School: Theory

One of my favorite things about eyebrows are how versatile and varied they are.
Brows are like snowflakes, no two the same (not even two on the same head!).
In fact, I read a study where they took photos of celebrities and removed just their eyes in half and just their brows in the other. The photos without brows were the least likely to be recognized by the survey.
Brows play a huge part in face recognition.
Which explains why even the slightest change in the eyebrows of a makeover will throw the model off completely. How could it not? According to this study she barely recognizes herself now!
Still, with many women saying they’d love some eyebrow assistance, I’d say the first step is getting comfortable with a little experimentation (not with the tweezers, with the shadow) to find the best shape, thickness and length. So I rustled up some inspiration.

The best brows.

I think this example show that there really aren’t any rules. Cara has nearly black and very thick brows with blonde hair and fair skin, Charlize’s are thin and soft with tan skin. Both look beautiful to me.
It’s all about preference.
Whose brows do you like? & Why?

Homework assignment for tonight: Do a little celebrity browsing/brow stalking. (on TV, internet, magazines or wherever)
Pay attention to the length, the thickness, the arch. Get familiar with what you like.
For those of us who are not brows obsessed this might be pretty eye opening (pun intended)
I’ll warn you now though, once you open this door, you’ll never not notice eyebrows again.

See you tomorrow!

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    Dani
    May 29, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Ive been wanting to know what style of brow would suit my face properly…and I love the way you shape brows in your posts and on your makeovers!! I wonder is there a chance if I send you a photo of my face you could draw on what style you would suggest?? even if its a vague photoshopped brush mark – It would be crazy useful for me to see what you think…and maybe make a really viral thread for your readers to share. Congrats on your win, you rock chica xx

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      Tarynn
      May 29, 2013 at 5:14 am

      Hi Cara! I would LOVE your opinion too! I’ve been growing my eye brows in and just feel like blah! Thank you so much for the consideration!!!!!!

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        Jessi
        May 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

        That sounds like a great idea!! I would love that as well!

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          Chely
          May 29, 2013 at 9:49 am

          THIS WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA!!!!

          • Kristy
            May 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

            I agree, would love this as well!

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      Cara
      May 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      You read my mind! Check back tomorrow, I have something planned you might like!

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        Tarynn
        May 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        I sure will!!! Thanks soooooooo much!!!

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      Julie
      May 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      OMGosh, you ladies read my mind, one would think by my age I would know by now… Cara please help us. 🙂 DITTO! CONGRATULATIONS! !

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    Kim
    May 29, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I just started following you and I already have learned so much. Thank you for all the tips and info you share. Please keep it coming!!! :-))))

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    Alison
    May 29, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Eyebrows are addicting! I have a dark, thicker brow, and never thought I needed to “do” them outside of tweezing. Last year, I had them “done”. One brow in and I thought I looked angry. Two done and they looked so different. I felt a little odd at first, but when I washed my face later and the makeup came off I felt naked! I do them daily now, I don’t feel right without them done!
    I love your blog, tips, and pictures!!! Thank you for making beauty fun and accessible!

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    glamorouslymommy
    May 29, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Eyebrows are EVERYTHING! They can literally make or break your whole face. Ladies, please, I’m begging you fill in those little landing strips above your eye’s aka your eyebrows!

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    Robin
    May 29, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Can you do a tutorial on Charlize’s look in the pic you posted?? Love it & know you can show me exactly how to get it. You on my iPad is the new way I get ready!! Date night makeup (smokey eye with the nude lip) is a winner everytime!! Thanks 🙂

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      Cara
      May 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      I know! I love her makeup here! Totally gotta recreate it! Thanks Robin!

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    Trina
    May 29, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Hello! Im new to your blog and so far Im really loving it! I was just thinking the other day how I should let my eyebrows grow out a bit again because I feel like they just got really thin recently…Im a natural medium blonde and ive never filled my brows before but I want to start…I just really dont know how!!! Mine are most similar to charlize’s brows Id say.

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    Meghan
    May 29, 2013 at 7:11 am

    So glad you are posting about eyebrows this week! I think it is my favorite asset and brightens any face 🙂 excited to see what you have to say!

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    Alicia M.
    May 29, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Well, it’s official. I’m obsessed with eyebrows. And it’s all your fault. I even DREAMED about filling in my eyebrows last night!

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    kari
    May 29, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Cara
    You know I love your blog. LOVE it. This is the best, most fun beauty blog I’ve ever come across. But I really wish you would include those with black hair in your blogs. 🙁 On the first day of Brow School, you only give the option of blonde, brunette or redhead. Those aren’t the only options though. So many of us have black hair. I hope you will take the time to include us also!
    Thanks!

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      Cara
      May 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Kari! Oh the last thing I would want would be to exclude anyone! I guess I am just a ditz and I figured brunette meant dark hair! (people always called me a brunette when mine was black!) The option for bold brows on the brunette section would work perfectly for black hair as well:)

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        kari
        May 30, 2013 at 5:24 am

        This is why I adore you! <3 Thanks!

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    Bernadette
    May 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I love Kate Winslet’s brows & also Halle Berry’s. Beyonce does a great brow & obviously Megan Fox turned her career around when she mastered her brows.

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    Jane
    May 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I’m so excited that you are doing this series. My brows are naturally thin and when a make up artist did my face recently for my daughter’s wedding, I couldn’t believe how different I looked with my eyebrows filled in!

    I can’t wait to read more. Just one question…yesterday you recommended using powder rather than a pencil. Does the powder smear at all and does it hold up to humidity? Thanks so much, Cara.

    XO,
    Jane

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      Chely
      May 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Jane, I have super oily skin and perspire like a man and I use powder and so far it’s been great for me and it does look natural! Hope that helps some.

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    Kimmie
    May 29, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Fun homework assignment….I really like charliez’s for me..I think? Loo that’s why I am in this class….thank you Cara!!

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    Lauren
    May 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I love Camilla’s eyebrows! So Gorgeous!

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    Chely
    May 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I love that you inform, educate and you don’t sell. I have been doing my “virgin” brows and I will not leave my house without fixing them. My friend noticed and she likes them and she says I look better! YOU are RIGHT my friend when you say we will become obsessed with brows cause that’s all I look at….besides teeth! Lol thank you.

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    Maddy Cane
    May 29, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Love all of their eyebrows, I think Mila’s and Meghan’s are my favourites! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    Toni
    May 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I couldn’t agree more. Brows are one if the first things I notice about a person and I’m glad to know I’m not the only one.

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    Heather
    May 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I wasn’t seeing anything close to what my brows could pull off till I spotted the pic you have of Angelina Jolie. Those are my brows! Since I’ve been filling them in, that is, with the Anastasia Brow Powder you suggested in one of your blogs ages ago. Makes a world of difference and my husband is a big fan. Thanks so much!

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    Ginger
    May 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Cara! So I have a question for you! I’m a natural redhead and my eyebrows are totally blonde. When I don’t have makeup on it appears I don’t have eyebrows until I fill them with my pencil and shadow. It’s a little bothersome because unlike people with dark brows, it’s very hard for me to create my shape every day because I can’t even see my own eyebrow hair. I LOVE this eyebrow school that you’re doing because I feel so incomplete without having them! Is there anyway you could do a tutorial on someone with my similar problem so I can see how to do this properly? Also, Camilla’s are my favorite. I’m a big fan of Lilly Collin’s too! So full and gorgeous!

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      Cara
      May 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Oh I LOVE Lilly’s too! I hear ya on the light brows thing! I did the perfect makeover monday this week that I’ll be posting that will explain everything you are wondering!

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    Nikita
    May 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve always loved Eva Green, her eyes have an amazing intensity, now after this post I’m convinced its her eyebrows! Thanks for the post!

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    Cat
    May 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Brows are everything!! My favs would be Audrey’s, Mila’s, Megan’s, and Camilla’s all so full and gorgeous!

    Xo, Cat
    MaybeBabyXo.com

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    Purple Flamingo
    May 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I love audrey hepburn’s eyebrows

    Purple–Flamingo.blogspot.com

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    missunderstoodme
    May 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I grew up in the Brooke Shields era so I was always happy with my thick eyebrows although making sure there were two was always my challenge. I don’t fill mine in but I notice the inner brows grow in gray :(. I pluck that for sure, maybe I need to start filling in the start point. Looking at my Athletawomens catalog it looks like some models have over plucked, maybe we should send them to Brow School ASAP.

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    Ange
    May 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Am soooo looking forward to the next installment on brows. Am hooked and want to know about shaping.. Hopefully that’s coming. In love with Camilla Belle.. Stunning

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    Juls
    May 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Is it crazy that I am loving Daenerys stormborn’s heavy brows?! Her face just commands attention. I’ve never touches my brows, so I am eagerly into this lesson 😉

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    Abi
    May 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    HI, Cara! I have dark, thick eyebrows and I’m not sure what to do with them. I’ve tried tweezing them, but I did something weird and had to let them grow back. I’m soooo glad you are doing a brow school, cuz I don’t know what to do! 🙂

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    Sarah c
    May 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Do you think that you should consider face shape when deciding what arch to go with? Or eye shape? I personally love Natalie portman’s!
    I notice that whenever I shop for one of your recommendations on amazon, the other products that you mention are in the “customers who bought this also bought” list 🙂 superstar much?

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    Breanne
    May 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I’ve just recently found your blog and I’ve changed so much about my beauty routine already. Contouring, blending my eyeliner with shadow, applying sunless tanner differently…it’s all making a huge difference! Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

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    SmallMomentsBigJoy
    May 30, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I love Bridget Moynahan’s brows! Everytime I see her on Blue Bloods I get brow envy.

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    Jasmine
    May 30, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Really love this post!

    I’m a new blogger! Check me out, would be grateful x x

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    Olga Iris
    May 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Eva Longoria’s eyebrows are so pretty, they do wonders for her small eyes. Another faves of mine are Kim Kardashian’s. I also like Jennifer Lopez’s eyebrows.

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    Laila
    June 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Love Cara’s brows 😀

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    jenafer
    June 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I have always been really brow obsessed. In highschool the trend was really thin brows and of course i had very thick bushy italian brows and plucked the heck out of them and now I wish I had my old brows back! I do fill them in nicely but it would be nice not to have to anymore. If you or anyone has suggestions to grow them back please let me know!

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    Sam LeBaron
    June 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I am in your Mom’s stake and sat in on your beauty class for the RS workshop…I am now OBSESSED with eyebrows and want to fix everyone’s that I see! Pair that with being a hair dresser and I’m constantly scanning and restyling! Love your blog and your tips!

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    tedoymisojosLiz
    November 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    One thing you fail to mention is how some eyebrows make you look more masculine and others more feminine. In your favs there are quite a few masculine looking brows. Men find diferent things attractive in women than women do in other women. For example an off the rack male woudnt like a stick thin, rectangle body type, woman with callerpilar brows close to the eyes, and cheekbones contoured super high and prominent. Those are male features. A less thin woman with a more hourglass shape, lower cheekbones, plump cheeks, and softer but still arched brows set a bit higher on the face (as opposed to touching the mobile lid low!) would be more attractive.

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