How to Fill Eyebrows So They Look Natural

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

Filling in your eyebrows so they look natural requires the right techniques, tools and color. A bad eyebrow wax, going tweezer happy at home or thinning brows may leave you in desperate need of some help.

Even if you already have a great shape in place, most women can really benefit from adding a couple of strokes of color to finish their look and really enhance their eyes. Light brows tend to disappear, especially when wearing a full face of makeup, so they should be defined with some color.

Pencil, powder and mousse are some of the ways to take care of those light or sparse areas and bring out your best.

How to Fix Over-Plucked Eyebrows

  1. Decide on the color you need. If you have dark hair, you should choose a color that is a shade or two lighter than the natural color of your brows. If you have light hair and are deepening them, opt for a tone that's a half to one shade darker than your brows.
  2. Buy a good eyebrow powder, mousse or pencil. Any product that you choose may take some time to master. You may need more than one product to get the exact results you're looking for. My pick is Japonesque Eyebrow Kit (available on Amazon) because it has all the tools you need to define your eyebrows.
  3. Buy a stiff angled brush. The stiff bristles of the brush are great for control when applying powders and defining your eyebrow shape.
  4. Use a light hand. Do not use too much product or press on skin hard. Remember, it's always easier to add color than to remove it. This is how you keep them looking like you woke up like that.
  1. If you're using powder. Using a stiff angled brush, apply the powder in angles by following the way your hair is growing. 
  2. For those choosing pencil. These are great for filling in sparse spots and can work magic. Lightly hold the pencil and draw hair strokes in the sparse areas. Use a stiff angled brush to soften the lines if needed.
  1. When opting for mousse. We love how mousse covers gray and instantly deepens while providing some holding power. Simply stroke on your brows like you do mascara on your lashes. However, you probably won't put on multiple coats on your brows.
  2. Stand back. Take a look standing at a distance from the mirror to see if the brows are visually balanced and natural so far.
  3. Fine-tune. Add more product only if needed. Don’t overdo it.
  4. Use a brow wax. Wax will keep your brows from smudging if you used pencil or powder. Mousse will dry on its own. A good product like Blinc Eyebrow Mousse (available on Amazon) won't smudge or flake either.


  1. Don't go overboard. Less is more in this situation.
  2. If the color is too dark or the wrong tone, all you (and everyone else) will see is what looks like fake eyebrows painted on.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask your sales person for testers or purchase product at a store that will allow you to return makeup. It's hard to tell how the product will look on you and with your other brow hair by simply looking at the tube or color printed on the package.
  4. If your brows are sparse because of stress, aging or thyroid issues, try an eyebrow revitalizer like Talika Lipocils (available on Amazon) that may help spur some growth.
  1. Get more great advice: Top Eyebrow Shaping Tips.

What You Need:

  • A good eyebrow powder, mousse or pencil in your perfect shade.
  • Brow wax (optional)
  • Stiff angled brush (optional)
  • A mirror