Ask Belle: Filling in Your Eyebrows the Right Way
Aug 3, 2015
I’m blonde so my eyebrows are barely visible. I usually trace the outline and fill it in with brown powder but I saw a photo of myself and realized it’s too harsh. How do I fill in my brows without looking like I painted them on with brown sharpie? Help.
Sincerely, An Extra from ‘Working Girl’
Brow maintenance is essential to giving your face shape and definition. Filled in brows make a big difference. Even ladies with thick, dark brows can benefit from brushing and a bit of clear brow gel. So how do you do it right?
There are many tutorials on Pinterest. This one shows the best way to handle different shapes and thicknesses of eyebrow. I think this step-by-step tutorial from Lauren Conrad is the best one I’ve seen. And this video tutorial from Courtney Lundquist does a pretty good job of explaining the process.
As for how I fill in my brows, I have fairly dark hair, so I just need to pencil my eyebrows in a bit. I also like pencil because it’s so much less hassle than brushing on powder. So I use the ybf Universal Taupe Shadow pencil (the color really does work on almost everyone), and feather-like strokes to get a natural, but full, look.
Another easy option is a brow gel that used a mascara-like wand. I tried a sample of this natural Tarte Clay-Tinted Gel and liked it. The mini-wand makes it easier to apply if you have sparser brows.
Also, a lot of beauty bloggers use the NYX cake powder for brows in the dark or light versions. That tutorial is a bit more in-depth. And frankly, I just don’t want to put in that kind of time on my brows.
One last thought, if you’re trying to grow back your eyebrows, there is a method to the madness. I’ve also found that taking a pre-natal vitamin helps. If you need a boost, most eyelash serums, like this inexpensive one from Boots No. 7, can help regrow brows. You can also rub on a bit of Vitamin-E oil.
Any other tips or favorite products that you want to share? Leave them in the comments.