How to Fill in Eyebrows for a Natural Look

How to fill in eyebrows
A couple swipes of color can do wonders to accentuate brows or fill in sparse areas. Image Source/ Getty Images

 

There are some people with very light eyebrows, bushy ones, or none at all. Regardless of your brow situation, you can clean them up in a way that makes them appear natural. To do so, fill in your eyebrows using specific techniques, tools, and colors. Having a poor eyebrow wax, going tweezer happy at home, or thinning your brows can leave you with an awkward brow shape.

However, if you already have a great shape and you're looking to enhance your look, several strokes of color can bring out your eyes.

Light brows tend to disappear, especially when wearing a full face of makeup, so they can be more defined with some color. You can easily take care of light and sparse areas with pencil, powder, or mousse.

Brush Eyebrows First

Before filling in your brows, use an angled brow brush (also known as a slanted liner brush) to brush your brows upwards. You can also use a spoolie brush, though those are primarily used as a mascara applicator. However, a spoolie works because of its spiraled bristles which can shape brows and blend in eyebrow filler. After you fill in your brows, you can brush them upward again to blend in the color and shape any unruly hairs.

How to Get Natural Eyebrows

If you have dark hair, choose a color that is a shade or two lighter than the natural color of your brows. On the other hand, if you have light hair and are deepening your brows, you can opt for a tone that's a half to one shade darker.

Beginners can try the popular Japonesque Eyebrow Kit which has all the tools you need to define your eyebrows. If purchasing products individually, consider whether an eyebrow powder, pencil, or mousse would best fit you. When you're just getting started, it will take some time to learn which one works best for your brows and how to use the product correctly for the best results:

  • If you're using a powder, get a stiff angled brush. The stiff bristles of the brush are great for control when putting the product on and defining your eyebrow shape. Apply the powder in angles by following the way your hair is growing. 
  • Those choosing a pencil will find that they're great for filling in sparse spots. Work their magic by lightly holding the pencil and drawing hair strokes in the sparse areas. You can also use a stiff angled brush here to soften the lines as needed.
  • When opting for a mousse, you can cover gray brows, instantly deepen hair color, and provide some holding power. Simply stroke on your brows like you put mascara on your lashes. However, avoid putting multiple coats on your brows.

If you're using powder or a pencil, you can apply a brow wax which will keep your brows from smudging. Mousse, however, will dry on its own. A good product like Blinc Eyebrow Mousse won't flake either. If you discover that your brows are sparse due to stress, aging, or thyroid issues, try testing an eyebrow revitalizer like Talika Lipocils which can help spur growth. 

Apply Products Carefully

Ensure you have a mirror. Whichever method you choose, use a light hand and stray away from using too much product.

Don't press on the skin hard, either. It's always easier to add color than it is to remove it. This kind of fine-tuning will allow you to manage your product so that you don't over-do it on accident. As you're working on your brows, stand back and look at them from a distance in the mirror. This will help you see if they're appearing visually balanced and natural.

If you find that the color you chose is too dark or the wrong tone, it will look like you painted on fake eyebrows. Don't be afraid to ask your salesperson for testers. It's hard to tell how the product will look on you and your brow hair by simply looking at the tube or color printed on the package.

Shaping Your Eyebrows

When it comes to shaping your eyebrows, you want to make sure you get a style that doesn't look too fake or dramatic.

The main thing you want to do is create some shape by using small hair-like strokes. Make sure that the front of your brows aren't squared off or appear too harsh. You also don't want to overextend the tail end of your eyebrow, because it draws your face down. Finally, focus on a simple and smooth arch that isn't overexaggerated or too pointy.