Brow School Makeup

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Eyebrow School

“I love your brows and I try to fill mine in but every time I do they look weird.”

If this sounds like something you have thought. I want you to do something for me.
I want you to go to my before & afters link over yonder ——> and look at the transformations.
The eyebrows look fabulous right? The eyebrows are half the reason the makeover is pretty right?
Would you believe me if I told you 90% of those ladies felt like their eyebrows looked CRAZY when I got through with them?
Cause it’s true. I know first hand because I used to be a thin brow junkie myself . When I started doing the math I realized I needed to go thicker. The first time I filled in those arches it felt so wrong.

Eye brow changing takes an adjustment.

I just had to grin and bare it for a few days. All the while convincing myself that everyone who looked at me was not mesmerized with my brow-a-thon as I imagined. I’d say it took well under a week to get comfortable. Now when I look back I’m like, “whoa thicken up those brows Past Cara, you’re giving yourself a moon face!”


And now I will show you some more brow-overs

Jourdin's Brow Makeover
Jourdin. Dark haired beauty.

Mieko Brow Makeover

Mieko. Gorgeous…and her skin!

My number one choice for these two would be to go with a tint. Most salons do it. Just make sure you get a reference because {as with everything else beauty wise} if it’s not done right, you’ll probably wish it wasn’t done at all. When done correctly it looks natural and won’t wash off when you swim or sweat like the shadow will.
Prime candidates for a tint are people that have plenty of hair in their brow it just isn’t the color they want.
In both cases above they would still probably need a little filling just to define the arch and clean up sparse areas.
I would use Brun shadow (adding some and a very fine angled brush to make baby strokes in the same direction the brows grow until it looks uniform. For an even bolder brow I would go through afterwards and make some tiny strokes with this brow liner.


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    June 13, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Thanks for this post! I totally felt weird when I started filling in my eyebrows, and never really gave myself time to get used to it!

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    June 13, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Please make sure that brow tinting is legal in your state. Eyebrow and eyelash tinting are illegal in Massachusetts. I’ve been know to cross state line to get my eyelashes tinted!

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      June 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

      That is so crazy! I never knew such a thing could be illegal! Ha ha!

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        June 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

        My hairdresser and I are both baffled. I suspect that it dates from a time when the dyes weren’t as safe.

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          June 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          Liztabee…where do you go? I’m in Saugus Ma and would travel to NH, but I’ve had trouble finding a salon there as well!

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    Katherine Hegarty
    June 13, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Thanks for your series on eyebrows! I’m glad to know I’m not alone in fear of the brow! I have very, very fair eyebrows and was once the perpetrator of the thin brow. I have been wearing them thicker for a couple of years, every now and then tinting them at home and/or filling in with (light) pencil. After getting my makeup done recently I had my brows filled in with powder. WOW. I got them to take some off they looked so dark! But then the look grew on me. I bought a brow powder. I tried it at home. It is now part of my daily routine, I can’t get over the impact it makes to my overall look. I LOVE IT!

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    Maddy Cane
    June 13, 2013 at 6:08 am

    When I first started filling in my brows I thought that they looked so weird, now I do them all the time! x
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    Jesslyn W.
    June 13, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Yes!! Thicker brows are so much more youthful and balance out the face so nicely.

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    June 13, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I can’t get enough of your tutorials on eyebrows! But please add more blondes!=) x

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        June 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

        Me too!!

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          June 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

          Me three 🙂 , or is that four…

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    Lauren Ashley
    June 13, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Yes! I couldn’t agree more – bold brows add such nice definition to a face. My brows have always been on the thicker side (I’m eastern european, there are A LOT of unibrows in my family). I always wanted thinner brows, but aside from making sure I had two and not just one, my mom didin’t let me touch them – bless her!

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    Jourdin Fiorentino
    June 13, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Thank you Cara! Still will take some getting used to, but I will press on!!

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    Cheryl Bryant-Rushing
    June 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Thanks, Cara. I’m an esthetician and I firmly believe in dying brows and lashes. The beautiful thing with brows is the advantage of dying facial hair that growing close to brows to give the illusion of thicker brows till they grow in. I also have clients use a lash product for growth on their eyebrows or even Rogaine for men, which I personally used for years. Your article is excellent and I will send a link to my clientelle!

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    liz @ btb
    June 13, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Yes yes yes! I totally felt like a wolf face when I let my brows fill back in. It definitely feels a little awkward letting those stubby little hairs fill back in, but in the end it’s so worth the “oh my God, is everyone looking at my woolly mammoth brows right now?” feelings

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    June 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

    This is going to sound silly, but with my italian/russian heritage – having enough hair is not a problem, be it on my head, my face or my body. I love your tutorials and your brow posts, but could you do one for women who have thicker brows already. I see your before and afters and I look in the mirror and go – but my eyebrows already look like that…so what do I need to do with them? help, please…

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    June 13, 2013 at 8:00 am

    What if you have really dark brows (like me) I highlight my hair… my eyebrows are pretty bushy but sometimes I feel like filling them might look more well-groomed or something? I don’t know if that is something other people struggle with!! I was going to submit my picture but I thought I was a pretty rare case:)

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    June 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Loving your brow posts!! They are SO essential for bringing balance to the face. If I were ever doing a makeover for someone, brows would be the number one place I would start. If I could only change one thing on a person’s face to give them a more flattering look… it would be the brows.

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    June 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I’ve really been enjoying your series on brows. And I love the rest of your blog too! I’d love to see a post for those of us who struggle with too-thick brows, as a few other commenters have mentioned. Having light hair and dark, bushy brows has always been my burden, and it sounds like there are lots of others out there who could use some tips too!

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    June 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Cara, I have almost jet black hair and notice a majority, if not all, the brows shown have brown color to them. For us ladies with the really dark hair (and I have a pretty full brow to begin with, I just need to fill in from the arch out just a little), do we go with a soft, natural black shadow?

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    Pink Haired Princess
    June 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Ah see I do feel odd when I fill my brows. I actually have enough colour in my brows and a ‘filled’ line of hair, but there’s a patch of skin with no hair that I wish did, so my brows wouldn’t look quite so tadpole-ish. Anytime I try to bridge that gap, it looks so fake because there’s no hair beneath it just skin.

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    June 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I suffer from the bushy brown syndrome too! Help us hairy ladies!

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    June 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

    hahaha this is so true! but after a while you’ll think you look weird withOUT them!! thanks for saving my brow-life cara 🙂

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    June 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Hello from Greece! Well I am your new fan from now on. I really really enjoy your blog and well…who doesn’t need make-up tips??? Great job keep it up!!!

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    June 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Ha! Thank you for this! The first few times I filled-in my brows I asked EVERYONE if they looked weird, because they felt that way to me. Of course, I was wrong. I can’t believe the transformation. It’s crazy how both Jordin and Mieko’s brows from one pic to the next draw attention to their eyes and NOT their brows. You wouldn’t think it, but you instantly look at their eyes in the second pics, not their brows. You are so good at this! Thank you for sharing!

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    June 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I have a big question- one of my eyebrows is half gone because a dog bit me when I was little. So instead, I have a gigantic scar. Every time I fill it in with shadow, the shadow just goes into the creases of the scar and makes it more noticeable. Is there any way to fill that puppy in without using shadow or liner?

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      June 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      i had trouble getting part of my eyebrow filled in (i was hit my a car when i was younger and it’s always been a little wonky). i bought the milani brow filler pen and it works really well! and then im able to go over it with shadow to blend it a bit more

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    June 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Love the brow-overs! Would you mind showing us a couple of blondies done over? Thanks!

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    June 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I’m just gunna leave this here LOL

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    June 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I’m setting myself up to be attacked here, but I must say I also liked the picture of you with thinner brows. I realize they aren’t as nice and perfect and FULL as they are now, but they look more rounded than angular, which gave you a younger look. Or, maybe it’s just that you were much younger in that photo 😛 Either way, I do think rounded brows look a little more youthful. The nice thing about having thin brows is you can easily change them a little by adding an arch and viola! Your look is completely changed.

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    June 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I am enjoying all the brow talk. A suggestion for another topic I would like to understand more is the different eyeliner/eyeshadow techniques for different eye shapes. Reading about it online confuses me but since you explain techniques in a way that makes my brain go “Ahah!” it would be great to hear what you have to say about it. Thanks so much for all the tips.

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    June 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I love this! I was born with naturally thick, jet black eyebrows and I used to wax and pluck until they were barely there but now I’m learning to appreciate my thick brows and going a bit more natural! Thanks for another great post!

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    June 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Love these brow posts Cara! But sadly I still can´t make my brows as beautiful as in your pics 🙁 I have very sparse eyebrows (in the tail of the brows, and I mean not little spaces, but big spaces) and I don´t know how to fill them and look naturally done. I´m really ashamed of my brows because I always feel they don´t go well with the rest of my face. So could you please do a tutorial on really sparse eyebrows? Thank you, I´m so jealous of your beautiful brows!

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      June 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Absolutely! I think we are going to be browsing for a LOOOONG time now:)

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    June 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I always think I look like a clown when I fill in or, line my brows but, when I see how it looks in pictures, I realize that I look as far from a clown as possible.

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    June 14, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I shape people’s brows for a living and it’s amazing to me what an insane difference correctly shaped brows can make on someone’s face! It’s also amazing how few people know what is a correct shape for their face. Thank you for helping educate the public!

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    Amie A
    June 14, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Hi love. Your blog is amazing. I was wondering if you had tips on how to shape eyebrows that have a mole in the way. I have one that lands right where the arch should be and I’ve never been sure how to work with that since it affects the hair growth. Anything from that point to the ear is a bit thin and haphazard. Suggestions would be amazing thank you!!

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    Peg Reihl
    June 14, 2013 at 6:25 am


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    June 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Do you have any suggestions for what to do when your brow hairs naturally grow kind of downwards? I already have full brows and fill them in, but as the day goes on they start pointing downwards in little clumps and it just looks odd (the clumps hang into the arch where there is no hair). I try putting hairspray on them, but that hasn’t helped much. I suspect trimming them a little might help make it less noticeable, but any further suggestions?

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    June 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I love you! (Not to be creepy) But your tips and tricks have changed my life! Thank you!!!

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    June 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    LOL!!! I just busted out laughing at the “What I thought I looked like” picture.

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    debbie romaneschi
    June 17, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Hi Cara,
    I really do love your emails and learn from each and every one of them. It is mesmerizing to see how a few tweaks here and there can enhance any face!
    Love you and your talent!

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    June 18, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Hi Cara,
    What do you recommend for thicker, coarse eyebrows? Ive been using a liner but I feel like shadow wont work as well because theyre a little more on the coarse side. Thanks!

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    June 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks Cara! Do you have any tips for someone with a small forehead?

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    June 23, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Wow wow wow, this just kinda changed my life 🙂 Whenever I try to fill out my brows, I feel like Bert from Sesame street and immediately remove it, thinking ‘it’s just not for me’. But this time I left it on, waiting for a funny comment from my fiancee but he didn’t even notice the brows, just said I looked beautiful. Hurrah! Thanks Cara.

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    July 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I work for benefit cosmetics. We specialize in eyebrows. Like… Obsessed. We tint eyebrows and it looks so natural if done right!!!!! I do it once a month & I barely have to fill them in now.

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    July 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Ps… Try benefit cosmetics “brow zings” – only 3 shades unfortunately. Light, medium, dark.

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    July 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I noticed you moved the arch further out when you thickened your brows, such that the line from the nose through the pupil doesnt work to place the arch on the bottom of the eyebrow anymore, though it does at the top of the brows. Am I right?

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    July 18, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Thanks so much for all the helpful tips! What do you recommend we do if filling in isn’t enough? Would you recommend trying “RapidBrow” for people that overplucked in the 90s and see no growth now? What are your thoughts on micropigmentation? Would you be willing to give a tutorial on how you edit photos to see what different brows look like?

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