There are few features of the face that have gone through so many transformations over the past few decades as the eyebrows. We’ve gone from the lack of real brows replaced by a skinny drawn-on line with a dramatic arch in the 1930s, to more natural and bold yet perfectly shaped eyebrows in the 1950s a la Bambi-eyed Audrey Hepburn and iconic Elizabeth Taylor. Then we’ve gone to the bushy-browed 1980s and early 90s as championed by actress Brooke Shields, only for them to do a complete 180 and turn into thin overly tweezed lines in the second half of the 90s. Nowadays, the natural brow is trendy again, made popular by model Cara Delevingne and her distinctive pair.
But to keep your natural brows looking their best rather than a sad mess, it’s important to know how to take care of them and how to style them properly. So we recommend taking the time in your morning makeup/getting ready routine to do your eyebrows. But if you’re not quite sure what is the right brow routine, what to use for eyebrows or how to fill in eyebrows properly, do not worry as we are here to help you with just that. Today we bring you a step by step guide with tips on how to fill in eyebrows perfectly, how to shape them and what products to use.
What Brow Products You’ll Need
We will go into more detail on how to pick the best ones for you. But for now these are the eyebrow products and tools you will need for this routine.
- Angled brow brush
- Spoolie brush
- Brow gel
- Brow pencil
- Concealer (optional)
- Small flat makeup brush (optional)
- Brow pen (optional)
Brush Your Eyebrows First
Firstly, take your angled brush and brush the hair of the brows upwards to give them a bit of life. Not all brow brushes are angled as not all brushes are created equal. The angle is what makes it comfortable to use and easier to access your brows without any awkward positionings. We definitely recommend using an angled brush.
Some brow brushes are double-ended with a spoolie brush on the other end. This kind of 2 in 1 tool is convenient and can save you space and money but if you prefer, you can have a separate spoolie brush or even use disposable mascara spoolies.
Choose a Color
Choosing the right color of your brow pencil is crucial. You want to pick a shade that matches your brow hair color or lighter to create a natural look. If you have black hair, it’s not necessarily recommended to go for a black pencil as it can look unnatural and too harsh. Instead, go for a lighter color like very dark brown shade that’s close to black but not completely black.
Most brow gels are clear and can be used on any brow hair color. But you can opt for a colored gel if you have dark brows, as the colors available are usually either brown or black. Colored gel is not recommended for fair brow hairs.
Some brow gels also act like brow serums and support hair growth which is beneficial for those with thin brows and sparse hairs. Standalone brow serums and conditioners are available on the market as well.
Build Your Shape
Once the gel has set, we move into the stage where you finally fill in your brows with a pencil.
First, lightly and exactly draw a thin outline to define your desired eyebrow shape with a brow pencil. This is especially useful if your brows are asymmetrical and you want to make them a bit more uniform. So choose the brow that you prefer the shape of more and try to match the other one to it.
Now, if you see some random hairs popping up outside of the desired brow shape, tweeze them as we’re going for well-groomed brows.
To avoid unnatural-looking boxy block brows, remove this outline with a cotton pad soaked in makeup remover.
Take your pencil again and start filling in your brows in little light strokes that will blend in and resemble hairs. Big and intense strokes will end up looking unnatural.
Start at the bottom arch and work your way up. This is where you again build the desired shape of your brows, fill in any patches or elongate the tails. Watching a visual tutorial for this step might be a good idea.
Brush It All Out Again
Brush up again with a brow brush using a light hand to slightly blend in the pencil but not too much, we still want to keep the appearance of strokes as they will resemble hairs.
Highlight Your Arches for an Extra Lift
This step is completely optional but if you want to lift up your brows and enhance the arch, then take your concealer and put a tiny amount on a small flat makeup brush.
Then lightly trace the bottom of your eyebrow with the brush, creating a skinny line of concealer.
Wipe the brush and naturally blend the line downwards.
Set Your Brows
Now, apply your brow gel brushing upwards on the thicker inner part of your brows and change the motion going outwards towards the middle and the tail of your brow, following their natural shape. Apply gel with the wand that comes with the product.
Then take your brow brush and distribute product evenly across the brows.
Now switch to your spoolie and remove any excess gel.
Then roll your spoolie through all sections of your brows in a upward motion.
Let the gel dry and set.
This will keep your eyebrows in place for the rest of the day without drooping or getting out of control, while still looking natural.
Final Optional Step
If you want to leave it at that, your brows will look great. But if you still see some gaps and patches in your brows that need filling in, use a brow pen. Brow pen has a super fine ending, a little bit like liquid eye liner pen, which creates lines as thin as hair. Much like when filling in with the pencil, lightly draw small strokes with the pen to fill in any remaining areas or where you feel like you need more pigment. And that’s it!