How I Got Cara Delevingne Eyebrows, in GIFs

Because who doesn't want to have the face of a supermodel?

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As many on Instagram have quoted, "Never let anyone with bad eyebrows tell you sh*t about life." While that's quite the flowery way of explaining the importance of a good brow, the initial sentiment rings true. Eyebrows frame your face and polish your look, much like bright lipstick (opens in new tab) or a perfectly applied cat-eye (opens in new tab). And now, thanks to supermodel-of-the-moment (opens in new tab), Cara Delevingne, the power brow is back (opens in new tab) and taking over the world... one face at a time.

My journey, however, hasn't been all bright-eyed and bushy browed. I, too, sat in front of the mirror every night in middle school plucking to my heart's content. It left me with thin, sad brows, and an even thinner, sadder stack of #TBT photos (opens in new tab) that I'm not mortally embarrassed to post on social media (opens in new tab). So, I took my love of eyebrow-specific facial hair to Heather at the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman (opens in new tab) to show me what's what on maintaining a wonderfully thick, power eyebrow of my own.

Step 1: Take a clean mascara brush (opens in new tab) and comb up and away to get a better sense of the actual length and shape of your brows.


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Step 2: Tweeze (opens in new tab) underneath the brow BUT keep them looking as natural as possible. Make sure to leave a few hairs underneath the tail of the brow to give it a bushy look.

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Step 3: Pencil (opens in new tab) from underneath the front of the brow and follow your natural shape, keeping it darkest at the arch. Tip: Using the pencil helps create the shape.

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Step 4: Use a brown eye shadow (opens in new tab) to fill in any sparse areas.

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Step 5: Use a light, matte eyeshadow (opens in new tab) to apply underneath the brow to clean up and give the illusion of a more arched brow.

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Step 6: Apply a creamy highlighter (opens in new tab) to brighten and contour around the outline of your eyebrow.

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Step 7: Comb up and away once more so that the brows are the thickest and darkest at the end.

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Voila! I'll be supermodeling in no time.

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More for the Brow-Obsessed:

The History of Women and Their Eyebrows (opens in new tab)

J. Law's June Cover Look Was Based Around her Eyebrows (opens in new tab)

7 Photos of Cara Delevingne's Eyebrows Because Why Not (opens in new tab)

The Cara Effect: Eyebrow Surgery Is On The Rise (opens in new tab)

An Ode to Lily Collins and Her Eyebrows (opens in new tab)

Hallie Gould

Hallie has worked in beauty editorial for ten years and has been editorial director at Byrdie since 2021. Previously, she was a senior editor at Byrdie since 2016. During her time at Byrdie, she's written hundreds of high-performing stories on skincare, wellness (including fitness, diet, mental health, body image, et al) makeup, and hair. She's a regular on set, helping to source inspiration for makeup and hair looks, as well as interviewing celebrities, models, and other notable women and men in the beauty space.

Before that, Hallie ran Marie Claire's social media and wrote beauty and culture stories for the site, and helped launch Time Inc.'s digital-only beauty brand, MIMI. After college, she contributed to Time Out New York’s Shopping & Style section before landing her first beauty editor gig at Hearst's Real Beauty. Hallie's writing has also appeared in ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle. Hallie graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.