How to Get Bolder Brows

I have a few beauty obsessions – longer lashes, exfoliation, the annoying new line creeping up on my forehead… but my main beauty obsession is a strong, full brow.  If you, like me, came of age in the 90s you probably unwittingly messed with your brows too. (Thanks for nothing, Kate Moss and Drew Barrymore.) I’ve been trying to grow mine back ever since. Looking at photos of Cara Delevingne recently, I realized that a darker brow is another route to a fuller look. Yes, Cara’s brows are actually crazy full but tinting a shade or two darker than your natural hair colour can help give you a brow that appears thicker.


Enter my new at-home trick for a bolder brow: Just For Men Mustache and Beard. Serious. I read this mention on almost a year ago and finally just got around to trying it. Once I got past the package “don’t use on lashes or brows” warning (and do be cautious), I discovered that the product is ideal for brows for several reasons. The formula was created to penetrate coarse facial hair and the packaging is designed for multiple uses. It’s super easy to use –just mix a bit of creamy developer and gel colour in the plastic tray and brush onto brows for five minutes. The applicator brush is a designed for a larger area of facial hair so I’d recommend using a disposable mascara wand for a more precise application. I also kept q-tips on hand for any little slip-ups.


My hair colour is medium brown so I went one shade up with Just For Men dark brown. The result was a polished brow that actually looks fuller! The colour will fade out in a few weeks but I plan to tint monthly. If you want a bolder brow but are nervous about tinting at home, you could also ask your salon colourist to do it at your next appointment.

Have you ever tinted your brows at home or at a salon? What else have you tried for fuller brows?

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About Cheryl Kozoriz

Cheryl Kozoriz is communications and public relations professional focusing on lifestyle and beauty. She enjoys vegan baking, library visits and a good nude lipstick. Based in Toronto, Cheryl blogs about west end living on She was formally the PR manager for Aveda Canada. Find her on twitter @cherylkozoriz.
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3 Responses to How to Get Bolder Brows

  1. Vero says:

    You know, it’s funny because they always say to use a brow pencil or powder that’s a bit lighter than your natural colour, but I have found this to look really funny on me. I have a GOSH brow pencil in their colour “soft black” and I love how it’s a bit darker/cooler than my natural colour. I’m in the same situation as you with the 90s over-plucking (I hate looking at old pictures of myself and seeing these little wimpy brows) so powder doesn’t usually cut it for me. I need filling in. I’d be too scared to dye my brows though…you should post before/after pics of yours! (Cheers for being the brave one!)

  2. Henna says:

    So true, Vero. Just goes to show that beauty rules are meant to be broken! Ironically, I have soft black hair but I prefer using dark brown on my brows or they look a little over the top. I like the Cara Delvigne look, but not all the time….

  3. The difference doesn’t really translate to a before/after photo. It’s subtle enough that no one I know commented on it but I certainly felt that my brows looked fuller and more polished and my grooming steps were quicker. The colour may pick up some lighter hairs around your brows (thus the fullness) but I don’t think it will really fill them in. I was really nervous about trying it too. If you’re concerned about precision, try using a disposable mascara wand. I’ve only used the oversized applicator in the package and haven’t had any issues. If you’re worried about going too dark, try a shade that matches your hair colour for your first attempt and then go darker the next time. Let me know if you try it!

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