The Basics of Filling in Eyebrows
Oct 15, 2013
Filling in the eyebrows is the step that most women leave out of their makeup routine. To many women, it seems unnecessary. But have a look at the photo below from Erin Ashley’s blog, and see for yourself what a difference filling in your brows can make.
Filling in your brows is like a facelift. It draws attention to your eyes, frames your face and emphasizes your bone structure. This is especially if your blonde or Asian or, like me, over-plucked in the days when Hillary Rhoda’s brows would have been considered overgrown instead of beautifully modern. And while some tutorials outline a multi-step process that involves powders, gels and stenciling straight lines, I don’t think that filling in your brows needs to be such a chore.
This tutorial from Oprah is pretty close to my own routine. Just three steps: fill in with a pencil (following your natural brow shape, using feather-like strokes), brush smooth and set in place with a clear gel.
My favorite pencil is the ybf Universal Taupe Eyebrow Pencil ($12). It has the brush built into the end, and comes in a taupe color that works on most hair and skin colors. If you prefer to use an angled brush and powder, Anastasia Beauty Express Kit ($32) contains everything you need. And if you prefer not to freehand your brows, the kit has a stencil kit that you can use.
Need to regrow thin brows? First off, stop waxing and switch to tweezing, removing only the outliers and leaving the hairs close to the brow. Second, apply Castor oil to your brows to strengthen the hair and nourish the follicles. If you can keep your hands off of your brows and apply the oil regularly, your brows should grow back in thicker over the course of six to eight weeks.