When I was in the sixth grade, I over-plucked my eyebrows terribly. My brows were two different shapes, so half my face looked chronically surprised and the other looked a little frowny. I felt like a total idiot, so my mom took me to the Clinique counter and the lovely woman there taught me to fill in my brows for the first time. I’ve continued doing it nearly the same way every day since.
For this week’s makeup tutorial, I decided to answer the question of a few friends and coworkers regarding: “How should I fill in my brows?”
Brows frame the entire face; without defined brows, your whole makeup look can appear less polished. With just a little bit of tweaking, you can make your eyes look larger while accentuating the rest of your face’s bone structure beautifully.
I typically go one of three routes when it comes to filling in brows: ultra-thin pencil, powder filler or tinted brow gel. For shaping the hair itself, I use either pointed tweezers or tiny scissors. For this tutorial, I primarily used powder filler with a thin angled brush and a bit of brow gel, as well as my wonderful coworkers’ faces.
Julia, Intern at TheGloss
Julia has beautiful brows, but there are a few hairs that could be removed to refine their shape a bit.
I wound up plucking underneath her brow to remove strays and filling them in with a little bit of It! Cosmetics Your Brows But Better pencil. Then, I added a little Ramy Miracle Wax to keep them in place.
Joanna, Junior Editor at Blisstree
Then I shaped them a bit using tweezers to pluck out stray hairs away from the primarily shape. This cleaned up the line of her brow, making it more angular and defined.
I used an angled brush, Clinique Brow Shaper in Soft Taupe and filled in the shape to make it stronger. I tapered it at the end to elongate their shape a little.
Myself, Still Resident Cat
I’ve let my eyebrows go a bit.
So, I plucked and reshaped them. I took nothing off the top except hairs that were particularly out of the normal brow realm, but took a considerable amount off underneath to get a slightly more angled look while maintaining fullness. I trimmed the few that were extra long, though.
I also filled them in using short, slanted, light strokes of Smashbox matte medium brown shadow (“Sable,” of the Master Class Palette) like these:
I then blended a bit using dabs of a makeup sponge to keep the lines from looking harsh. And, voila! After:
I may not have those incredibly angular Megan Fox brows I’ve longed after for a long time, but that’s because my face wasn’t particularly made to have thin, super arched ones. The best advice I have on brows: stick to your natural shape and just clean ‘em up a bit around the edges, then fill in the space you already have.