If you’re not blessed with naturally thick eyebrows, or you managed to over-pluck them so they never grew back, it can be really frustrating to try to make this trend work for you.
As always, I’m here to help!
In the video tutorial below, you’ll learn how to fill in your brows as I show you just what I did on the model I was doing makeup on for an Italian magazine in the Caribbean — using just one pencil and a spoolie brush.
You won’t believe the weird, but effective thing I do to get the most natural shape. It’s not something you would have thought to do — and it’s a game changer!
So let’s get bold, ladies! A fuller brow looks good on all women and can turn simple makeup to a more modern look and can actually be youth-ifying!
So-Called “Perfect” Eyebrows Aren’t The Goal
Ladies, your brows don’t have to be perfect. They need to be even and look like they are actually yours. Not like you spent 2 hours on them.
There is a major difference between well-groomed brows that have been enhanced for a “born with it” believability, and the carved out, stenciled-looking eyebrows that are spreading like wildfire on social media.
We makeup artists call those, “Instagram-Sharpie-Brows” and they are a definite don’t in our book.
You’ll never see “Instagram-Sharpie-Brows” on any model in a real fashion magazine because they look cheesy and fake. There, I said it!
And even Wayne Goss (one of the few youtube makeup vloggers I actually like to watch) wasn’t afraid to get real about what he sees happening on Instagram in this video.
How to Fill In Your Eyebrows with Pencil
In fact, to prove my point that perfection isn’t necessary, and just to keep things spicy – I decided to demonstrate how to fill in your eyebrows, while on a windy balcony of a rocking ship! Because doing makeup normally just wouldn’t be exciting enough, I guess.
First, I suggest you first watch the video on How To Fill In Your Eyebrows. It’s a lot more helpful than just reading words.
My model Kristyna had nice eyebrows to begin with, but I wanted to thicken them up for a more editorial look.
I used two tools from my natural makeup kit to achieve this strong, modern and natural looking brow.
I reached for my Shobha Brow Pencil in the color Earth, a little lighter than Kristyna’s natural brows.
Using short strokes through the middle of the brow area, I added depth and the illusion of more little hairs.
I elongated the line towards the outer edge as I continue to fill in any naked spaces.
Pro Tip: If you brush the eyebrow hairs down, you’ll see the natural guideline of the brow. From there you can softly follow the shape.
Next, I go back in with spoolie brush and blend out any spots that look too harsh or unnatural.
It is just as important to take a little extra time to brush through the brow hairs and blend out the pencil, as it is to work on creating symmetry.
As a final touch, I lift up her brow hairs with the spoolie to give it a little more punch.
If you want to have a bit more inspiration (without the wind and waves), see my guest appearance on Fashion Me Green showing how to create Full Brows with Eco Goddess Greta Eagan.
Now go spend some time practicing your bold brow and let me know in the comments how it went. What was easy, what did you struggle with and what surprised you?
Makeup and hair for feature photo and video by Kristen Arnett. Editorial assistant and graphic design by Emily Blue.