Now that you’ve got your brows groomed and under control, let’s talk about filling those babies in. It’s certainly an art form, but if you do it the right way, no one will know!
Typically I use Anastasia Beverly Hills products, because Anastasia’s my fave – the Brow Wiz and the Tinted Brow Gel are my weapons of choice. The Caramel color is a great match for my hair and the products are quick and simple to use.
My one criticism of the brow gel would be the size of the wand – I very much prefer the wand on the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel because it is a lot smaller and nicely tapered, but I like the Anastasia formula better. It’s more sheer and has some shine to it which I find enhances the natural texture or your brow.
The Brow Wiz twists up like a really thin pencil on one end and has a spooley brush on the other. I prefer it to the traditional brow pencil in the Anastasia line because the Brow Wiz has a fine tip, which means I don’t have to sharpen it (winning!). An honorable mention goes to Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade product, which comes in a small pot that you apply with an eyebrow brush – I prefer the slanted kind like this one. But, because I’m lazy and it’s so quick, the Brow Wiz is my choice most days 🙂 If you’re a brow beginner, I’d go with the Brow Wiz because the Pomade takes some practice.
1. If you’re new to filling in your brows, take note of the way your eyebrow hair naturally grows. Most people have hair that starts vertical and becomes more and more horizontal as you work your way down the brow, but that’s not always true. You’re going to want to mimic the natural pattern when you fill them in, so this is an important step! If you take the 5 seconds to look once, you won’t have to remember to do it ever again because you’ll already know your brows.
2. Brush ’em out! Brush your entire brow upward using the spooley before you start. It will show you all of the sparse or thin areas that need some love. If you do this step before you start filling them in, you’re less likely to overdo it.
3. After scoping out the situation, it’s time to get down to business. I start with the Brow Wiz above my inner eye and work outward. Because of the way my eyebrow hair grows, I make short, light, quick strokes that start vertical toward the inside of my eye and gradually start leaning more toward the tail of my brow as I go. The best way to make your brows look natural, other than not overdoing it, is to follow the pattern of your hair.
Don’t over think it. Overlapping strokes and strokes of different lengths are bueno because that’s what natural hair would look like anyway! Like we said before, your brows should be sisters, not twins. Ain’t no one got time for perfection. But do yourself a favor and use a light hand – you can always add more, but it’s hard to undo if you’ve gone too “bold.” Be especially careful to avoid any harsh lines where your brow starts above your inner eye. That said, if you find that you went a little buck wild, brushing them out and using a Q-Tip to clean up around the edges can help.
4. Follow your natural brow shape, brushing them out occasionally with the spooley as you go. Focus on enhancing what you have rather than recreating your brows all together. You want your brows to look like eyebrows, not like someone took a felt-tipped marker to your forehead.
5. In the first part of this little brow ditty, I mentioned where your brow should end. For me it’s a geometry thing. If I drew a line from the corner of my nose past the corner of my eye and out to my hairline, I like for the tail of my brow to end along that same line. In case that makes 0 sense to anyone but me, this is what I’m talking about:
6. Some people like brow gel to hold everything in place. My brows are pretty sparse and aren’t exactly unwieldy. I still use brow gel because it adds a little highlight and enhances the texture. It’s technically the same color as the pencil I use, but the gel is a touch lighter and has some warmer tones to it. It really livens up the party!
A good tip is to only get the gel on the hair and not on your skin! Otherwise you’ll wind up with a big smudge in your brow.
7. Wash, rinse, repeat on the other side.
One last helpful tip? A friend is a good sounding board. My mom and sister are always quick to let me know if my brows look less than stellar. Having some honest but good-hearted critics in your life can be a godsend, and not exclusively where eyebrows are concerned! They can save you from an embarrassing beauty mistake (I’ve made my fair share of those). Snaps for that!
Here’s a before and after. It’s subtle but makes a big difference!
I’m no makeup artist, but that’s the method that works for me. Do you have any good brow tips?? Let us know in the comments!
In case you’re in the market, here ere are few brow product suggestions: