Eyebrows are possibly one of the most important features of your face. They draw attention to your eyes, are incredibly expressive and add dimension to your face. Blame it on Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne, but the full brow is back again. After all, thicker brows portray youth, so going for fuller brows will make you look younger. But what should you do if you a) tweezed all your brows out in the 90s when you were in love with Drew Barrymore’s looks or b) are not blessed in the brows department? Well, the answer is really simple: you fill in eyebrows. Pencils and powders are miracle-workers in bridging the gap.
By just using some simple makeup techniques, you can have ideal eyebrows too! Here are some tips you can use to fill in eyebrows like a professional.
How to Fill in Eyebrows
The first thing you need to do is make sure your brows are clean and dry. This may be obvious since you would obviously not want to start with damp or dirty brows.
Before you can start filling in your eyebrows, you need to find the ideal starting point. To do so, place a brush or pencil along the side of your nose and the inner corner of your eye. The point where your brush or pencil extends into your brow is your ideal starting point. If you have any hair past this line, you should consider removing it. On the other hand, if your eyebrow starts after this point, you might want to fill it in lightly to create a better shape.
After finding out the ideal starting point, you need to find the ideal ending point. Your brows should end at a 45-degree angle from the outer corner of the eye. Now, we aren’t asking you to put a compass on your eye to find the ideal ending point. The actual process is much simpler than that. All you have to do is angle a brush or pencil from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your nose. The point on your brow where the brush or pencil lies will be your ideal ending point.
Finally, you need to find the natural arch in your brow before you can fill in eyebrows. To do so, look straight at yourself in the mirror and line your brush or pencil parallel to the outer corner of your iris. The point on your brow where the brush or pencil hits, is your natural arch.
It’s time to shape your eyebrows. Join the three points we just measured in the last three steps (i.e. the starting point, the ending point and the arch) to get the ideal eyebrow shape. If there is any excess hair outside this shape, remove it by tweezing, threading or waxing. If your budget permits, get your eyebrows professionally threaded or waxed every now and then to get the perfect shape without any problems.
Choose how you want to fill in eyebrows. You can choose from a brow cream/gel, powder or pencil. All three of them are applied in basically the same way, except that the former two are applied with a brush. Pencils give a more defined look, while powders create the most natural look.
The color of your filler should be as close to your natural hair color as possible and find one that has a khaki tint to it. Everyone’s hair naturally has a khaki undertone to it, so a filler that has a khaki tint will look more natural. However, don’t get one that has a red undertone to it since that only looks fake.
Whatever you do, never ever use a black pencil to fill in eyebrows! Even if you have naturally black brows, use a dark brown color instead of black since black color looks really fake.
Another thing to note here is that if you have really dark brows and fair skin, you may need to lighten them.
It’s time to fill in eyebrows! Lightly fill in any sparse areas in your brows using short dash-like strokes with your pencil to make it look like actual hair.
Define the shape of your eyebrows even more by using an angled brush and a similarly colored brow powder. The goal here is to make your eyebrows look even and not too overly done, so avoid filling in the inside corners of your brows excessively or making the ending points too harsh. Generally, the arch and the tail of the brow should be the most defined, while the inner corners should be more sparse and lighter.
Using a spoolie, brush through your brows to distribute the colors evenly and soften any harsh lines you have created.
To hold the hairs in place and set the look, brush through your brows with a clear gel. Although a colored formula may look like the best option, it can get messy and ruin all the hard work you put into your brows.