Brow School Makeup

Hairy brows are the best brows.

When we start talking about filling brows some people get a little nervous.
Usually those are the people that have very sparse brows, bare patches or are otherwise in need of quite a bit of filling.
Is it gonna look unnatural? Or like I drew them in? Am I going to look like a crazy lady?!

The answer is no…as long as  follow some really basic tips that EVERYONE can do.

Brows that look realistic even from right up close! OH MY WORLD! So glad I know!

(also wearing HAC pack in Sunlit – highlight + Stone – contour + Dahlia  – on cheeks and lips + Pearl – glow)

1. Start by filling your brow with an angled brush and a little bit of shadow. I like to use an ashy brown like MAC Brun.  (thaaat will be news to… none of you:) I fill in brows with soft short strokes rather than drawing them in in one sold line. Think of drawing a circle – when you’re a kid you just press down really hard with the pencil and make one super lopsided circle, later you learn to draw softly in short strokes to get it right. Same basic dealio.

This is where I usually call it a brow, cause I’m short on time and it actually looks quite nice, but if I have more time or if I’m planning to draw my brows in fuller/thicker than usual I’ll need to go to the next step or else they’ll look less realistic.

2. Take a very fine tipped brow liner like THIS Anastasia one and, going in the pattern your brow hair actually grows, create little hair strokes. Here again pressing down fair lightly and simple flicking the pencil.

3. If you have “wild hairs” that have a mind of their own and won’t stay in place nows the time to set them with a wax or a brow gel – whichever is your preference. I recommend Gel for those who have light brow hair that you’d like to darker/define a little more.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

For a more in depth video of my routine check HERE

Love you guys.


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    Dani Fagan
    May 29, 2015 at 4:16 am

    No matter how I do my brows, or what I fill them with, they always look too harsh! I want to bring them closer together as I have quite a wide gap between them and the bit that’s just shadow looks really fake…practice makes perfect I guess. My eyebrows are darker than my hair so to match up the colour they end up looking like slugs on my face haha. If I use a lighter colour in the brow they look ginger. I guess even though it may look too dark to me it could just be that its different to the natural brow so it will take some getting used to?! Thanks for all the tips…I WILL get there!

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      Suzanne S.
      May 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

      I have the same problem. The thing is, Most people’s hair on their brows even though they look like the same color of our hair, is often lighter than it appears. Also the skin is lighter so it makes it hard to find a color that looks good without looking to harsh. To correct this, I use a very light brow color. I actually recommend the Anastasia brow pencil that Cara recommended. I have used this for quite a while and love it. I just pick a shade that is a couple shades lighter than my hair color and it actually looks fabulous and blends right in. It doesn’t look too dark, harsh or fake.

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    May 29, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I am very lucky that my brow only need a little bit of filling in with a tinted brow gel. It takes a lot of trial and error to find your perfect brow routine, this is an awesome tutorial!


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    Nicole Walker
    May 29, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Thanks for sharing such great tips! I used to never fill in my brows because I was so afraid it would look unnatural, but I started using the Anastasia Brow Wiz a couple years ago and have never looked back. Hope you have a great weekend Cara!

    xoxo Nicole

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    May 29, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I have dark brown hair and I use a clear brow gel to get them to stay in place. I like Prestige Cosmetics Brow Perfection Revitalizing Clear Brow Gel (available on Amazon as an add-on item for $4.94). Totally worth it.

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    May 29, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I went through a brow threading stage. The lady who did it for me did a great job… until one day when I pointed out to her that I had been working on my arch on my left brow and growing in hairs near the side closest to my nose so as to make the brow look …. browier. I had been growing. Them. Out. AKA, “Please don’t pull these.” I wasn’t specific enough though because next thing I know, RIIIIIP. My weeks and weeks of work (HA!) were gone. Now, I fill in (more on the left brow than the right, TYVM) with brun and try not to touch at all because as soon as I wipe it away, it goes all patchy. The little hairs are growing back in though, thank goodness. And no more threading for me. I will pluck the stray little buggers and trim or leave the rest. Rabble.

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    liz @ btb on etsy
    May 29, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I have hairy brows (thanks to my Italian bloodline, I presume) and I swear I have to trim them every other week. Can you give some tips on how to trim long hairs without hacking them to bits? 🙂

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      September 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      I have to trim mine every few weeks as well! I use a spoolie and a small pair of sharp grooming scissors. I brush them up first, in the direction they grow, but I don’t press the spoolies into them as I brush, I just lightly brush them. If you press, it will appear there is a lot to cut and this will cause you to cut too much! I brush lightly and just trim the tips. You can always go back and trim slightly more. I trim the hair above the length of the spoolie, if you have to try not to cut the spoolie hairs, you are cutting too short! Between each “brush” I comb them back in place and do a check before I move on to cut more. I only need to trim about mid brow near my arch and a small amount of the inner brow. I don’t brush straight up, which you will see a lot of people do. This results in a funky shape, gaps, and trimming too much. Brush at an angle, up, in direction of growth, if that makes sense. I hope this is enough detail and it helps you out! Doing this has been perfect for me. I get a very clean brown that still looks “hairy” and full.

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    May 29, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Great tutorial! I have little to no hair on the inner part of my eyebrows so I have to fill them in. I have a hard time making it look natural so I’ll try these tips. I do have a question though, how do you get it to last when it’s drawn on. If I end up accidentally bumping or wiping my eyebrow I all of a sudden look like a freak with half an eyebrow. I have tried using primer first to hold it on better.. I’ve used gel, wax and powder all to no avail. How do I make it last?

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    May 29, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I have light hair and brows, so I use MAC Charcoal Brown (lighter than Brun) on my brows when I’m going to an event and/or know I’ll be photographed. It makes a huge difference! At home in front of my makeup mirror light it looks a little harsh, but I’m sure no one else has any idea.

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    Suzanne S.
    May 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I love the Anastasia brow wiz pencil! It has a very fine tip which is great for precision. It is soft enough that you don’t have to press down in hard strokes making it much easier to apply light, feathery, wispy type strokes. I also love the brow brush on the other end (hidden under the cap in the picture Cara posted). It is great!

    I know some people might not agree or will be hesitant to try this, but I use a shade or two lighter than my own dark brown hair color to soften the look and be more realistic. Its a nice blend between the skin tone and the brow color so it doesn’t look drawn on, especially in the sparse areas where it would be more prone to show up.

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    Kristi Craig
    May 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I love your brows!
    I’ve recently found that powders work best for my brows too, now I just need to find the right shade!


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    May 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Love the natural hairy-eyebrow look! I’m so happy that it’s now more acceptable to grow out our eyebrows instead of tweezing them off (ouch). Also, he Benefit gimme brow gel works well too since it just accentuates what’s already there in tiny little brown brushstrokes

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    May 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I have been filling in my eye brows for a couple of years now (ever since I found Cara’s blog and she convinced me I was missing out) and have had varying degrees of success. Then this last month I decided to get MAC Brun to see if it was worth all the fuss.OH MY GOODNESS! It is totally worth the rave. I have light blond hair and my eye brows are fairly sparse, but still MAC Brunch looks natural. My only regret is I didn’t try it out two years aho. Lol.

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    May 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    So saddened to hear you’re collaborating with Kate from The Small Things blog. I stopped reading her blog when she started all of the sponsored posts that contradicted each other and became so condescending and braggy to her readers. Your blog is genuine and you seem to be lovely. Please don’t change!

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    May 30, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Your brows are literally goals. I hate when brows look really drawn and I am so anxious when filling them in. Have to try out that Mac eyehsadow t

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    H∆ZEL H∆VEN (@hazelhavenblog)
    May 30, 2015 at 11:22 am

    This is great! I love that Anastasia Brow Wiz too! I’ll have to get some gel for the wonky hairs! Thanks!

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    May 31, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Hi Cara! I really love your blog, I learn so much! I have a question that’s not related to eyebrows, but I’ve been looking on your website but can’t seem to find the answer to my question. What kind of tinted moisturizer to you recommend? I don’t use foundation (hot weather here all the time) but I think I would like to use a tinted moisturizer but I’ve never used any. Any tips? If I was living in the States I would really ask you to do a make-up makeover for me, I have never done any of this and I’m still clumsy and not good at it. But I am going to try! God bless ya! Sam

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    May 31, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I love your blog and how talented you are but I wish you could use more cruelty-free products (Mac isn’t) that are just as effective and sometimes more affordable. At least consider it, please?

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    May 31, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    These are great tips, I will have to try them out!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    June 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I have pale skin, black eyebrows that have become patchy and sparse in areas. My goal is always for a naturally “more hair” look. The routine I’ve settled on is first I use the L’Oreal brow gel with the fibers in it (black brown, or dark brown, whatever the darker shade is named). I wipe the excess off the brush, then brush lightly against hair growth first, concentrating on sparse areas. Then I go back over (without redipping the brush) in the direction of growth. It really builds up the lighter hairs and looks natural, and you could quit there if in a hurry. But as a perfectionist, I then use a brow pencil such as Sephora’s in soft charcoal or Nyx in ash brown or espresso to fill in the areas that still look sparse and extend the tail and fill in the inner end more. I’ve tried using powder or pencil first, then the gel, but for me, I get a more natural look using the gel first.

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    June 4, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Cara, what do you think of mascara for brows…the new stuff coming out lately?

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    June 5, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Great tips!

    Style by Avery

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    June 6, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Hi Cara, I have an eyebrow question! I’ve never filled in my eyebrows and have always wanted to try. I know you recommend mac’s brun…but I was wondering, is there anything you need to do to kind of “set it”? I have always wanted to try, but was afraid that maybe it would run down in streaks if I happened to get caught in the rain or if it was warm and my face got a little oily, does it run/smudge? Or does it just kind of stay in place? May be a silly question, but I have always wondered! 🙂 PS – Love your blog!

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    July 22, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    A few years ago, Avon had a product that actually looked like hair and was made for brows. For the first time in my life I was able to get the results I wanted and looked natural, then one day they just stopped making it and four years later, I have yet to be able to find a product even similar to it. It was a “pen” with a brush on the end of it, you pressed a button and these “fibers” came out that resembled hair but was really just makeup! You would brush it along your brow and shape it the way you wanted and I believe it came in four shades. it was AMAZING! I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called, and because it was only sold for a short period of time, none of the representatives seem to know what its called either. My question is, has anyone else used this product or know of anything like it?

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    I have naturally never had very thick eyebrows, but I also don’t have very thin eyebrows. And I (like many other people) have some hair where I don’t want the eyebrow hair to grow/be (like sort-of under my eyebrow??) and I want to sort of grow my eyebrows in the right place and will fill them in as well. But, do you know how to make your eyebrows grow a little longer/fuller? But I love this technique and how it looks! So, thank you!!

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