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Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to Fill and Shape Your Eye Brows

I often get complimented on my eyebrows (whenever I do them, lol) and Holly Ann had requested that I do a post about how I do my brows. Although, I don't feel like I do anything special or amazing to them, I still take these steps whenever I want to make them look nice.

1. First off, I have sparse and thin brow hair so they are pretty easy to manage. I usually pluck the stubborn little hair that grow out of place with a tweezer like every other day. If you have bushy or thick eyebrows, this task may be a challenge. And if you have no idea how much to pluck, I would suggest that you get them waxed or threaded by a professional and from there maintain them on a daily basis by tweezing them out as they come.
2. By using a lash comb, I brush my brows up and trim about 2 mm out wherever I feel like they are a bit long or not going the way I want them to. I don't do this often because I don't have a lot of hair anyways. Be very careful when you do this or you may trim too much and it won't look pretty.
3. Now that your eyebrows are nicely groomed, you fill them in if needed. You have the option of using a brow pencil or brow powder. I use a combination of both on occasion. I tend to reach for my ELF eyebrow kit often. I like using the tinted gel. It's not too pigmented so it's easy to control and it looks quite natural on me, which I like. I don't like it when my eyebrows look like they've been drawn because it looks clownish.
4. I pick up the tinted gel with a stiff small angled liner and about 1/2 inch from where my brows start, with short strokes I apply the gel moving my way outward until I reach the arching point.
5. I pick up more product if needed and go back to apply from the arch point and making my way down.
6. I go back to where I started filling my brows and use the left over product on my brush to slowly work my way inward. Tip: by using a pencil and a short light-handed stroke, you can create/draw the illusion of hair. This will take some practice to master until you have more control of how much you apply.
7. Rub off excess product with a dry Q-tip if needed.
8. See the difference between the before and after of my brows? Keep it as natural looking as can be. Avoid using brow powders/pencils with red undertone. If you have dark hair, use a color that is a shade or two lighter than your hair color. If you have light hair, use a color that is a shade or two darker than your hair color. Once you are done filling your brows, if you want or need to, you can use a clear or colored brow gel (the one that comes in a wand/mascara looking tube) and brush over your brows to keep them in place. I normally don't bother since my brows are not really out of control.

I normally like to just fill along the natural shape of my eyebrows but if you are anal about symmetry then you can use the above diagram as reference. The start of your eyebrows should vertically align with your tear duct. The arch of your eyebrow should be slightly over your eyeballs. Your eyebrows should end where the edge of your nose and outer corner of your eyes align.

You may have already seen or heard about these tips but if you haven't yet, I hope it was helpful. Thanks for reading :)


  1. Girl, you have amazing brows! My problem is my brow on the right side is shorter than the brow on the left. The hair there stopped growing so I always have to draw it in. I agree on the making your brows look more natural and not drawn in. Drawn in eyebrows remind me of my teenage days hahaha. Great blog post!

    Oh I don't know how I manage to break my MAC lipstick. The other one I bought broke from the bottom. Not sure if I was using it too hard or what? lol. I didn't like too much of the wonder woman either. I do want the new Lady Gaga lipstick.

  2. You have gorgeous brows :D Unfortunately I lack the dedication or patience to fix my brows daily :( So they usually look sparse and messy X_X One day though.... haha. This post was helpful though!

    I just wanted to let you know I tagged you for an award here: ^^

  3. you have some of the most beautifully groomed brows i've ever seen! i know a bunch of people were commenting on mine, but mine look nothing like yours! ah im so jealous x.x

  4. Thanks Lauren...You have very nice brows too. No need to be jealous :D


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