Eyebrows can make or break your makeup game, don’t you think?
If eyes are the windows to the soul, then eyebrows are the frame. And frame they are, for they add definition and structure to your face. No matter how dramatic or toned down your eye makeup is, your brows can make the real difference to your look. You may keep them shapely and groomed, but scanty brows can ruin your look as much as unkempt ones.
Once you know exactly how to achieve the perfect eyebrow shape and the right technique to filling them in, it almost becomes second nature during your makeup routine. I definitely know that it has made a huge difference for me, so read on to know how to perfect it!
Before you try to fill in your brows, ensure you map out the shape perfectly. Here are a few steps on how you can achieve a perfect brow shape.
It is important to figure out and correct the shape of your brows before you start filling them in. You can do that with the help of a brow pencil. To begin with, place the pencil in a vertical line against the outermost part of your nostril. Start shaping from the place where the pencil touches your eyebrow at point A.
Similarly, you need to figure out where your brows should end. Hold the pencil diagonally from the outermost part of your nostril to your temples. The place where the pencil extends past your eye, at point C is where your eyebrows should ideally end.
Note: In both cases, if you find hair strands past the ‘line’ formed by the pencil, shave them off. If there is a gap between the ‘line’ and the actual starting/ending point of your eyebrow, you have to fill it in tactfully in order to get perfect eyebrows.
To get the perfect arch, hold your pencil’s end vertically against your nostril. While keeping the lower end of the pencil lined up against the edge of your nostril, move the upper part to the center of the eye. The point where the pencil hits your brow line is the natural arch of your brow and will serve as the perfect outline for you to work on. This is point C as shown in the image.
Another important point to be noted is that your eyebrows are leveled. It looks most natural this way. Hold out the pencil from point A to C in a line shown as D, and make sure that it isn’t too slanted, or else you’ll end up looking like a drag queen!
Make sure that the pencil and powder you are using is not too dark. The conventional rule is to go for two shades lighter than your hair color if you have dark hair and two shades darker if you have light hair. And if you’re a ginger, it’s best to go for a brown or dark brown.
I have dark hair and I personally like to use the Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills for a brow pencil and Undone eyeshadow by Urban Decay for powder.
Thicker, fuller, and shapely brows—now, that’s the goal! And here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to get them.
Always start with a clean face and make sure that you moisture well.
Comb your brows using an eyebrow comb or a clean mascara wand. Tweeze any extra hair away if required. This is an important step, for you need to know the natural shape of your brows.
Now, you can pick any of these for filling up your eyebrows—pencil, eyeshadow/powder, or brow gel—or even a combination of these. For the purpose of this tutorial, we shall be using a combination of pencil and eyeshadow. Using a pencil definitely makes this whole process practically effortless, and the powder adds polish and gives a more natural finish.
Start filling your eyebrow with the pencil from the mid-beginning. Your brows tend to be sparse at the beginning point, so filling them in too much looks extremely unnatural. Just go along with the natural shape of your brows and do not try to create an entirely different shape.
To fill them in, use short, gentle strokes.
Pencil strokes alone can look patchy, so we are going to use powder as well for the perfect finish. Use a brow powder for this step. If you don’t have some in your stock, you can always use a matte eyeshadow. Don’t use a shade that is too dark. You can go for an angled brush or a smudge brush to fill in your brows.
To make your brows even more defined, you can use a concealer/foundation slightly lighter than your skin tone on the upper and lower brow bone for a neater look. To finish it all off, use an eyebrow gel. This will help in keeping the makeup in place and set the eyebrow hair as well.
Voila! You now have successfully filled in your brows! Thick, full, defined, and polished—and natural-looking all the way! As you can see, just filling them in makes all the difference. Now that you know how to make eyebrows thicker with makeup, it’s time for you to practice it a little to perfect it. Don’t forget to share your experience with us in the comments section below.