Maybe you plucked too much as a teenager, or maybe your thin eyebrows are just hereditary (thanks Mom). Whatever the reason for your sparse eyebrow hairs, chances are you’ve battled for years to make them look fuller with makeup - and had a few fails along the way!
No more worries - this simple eyebrow tutorial will give you natural-looking eyebrows, and it shouldn’t add more than 5 minutes to your makeup routine.
1. Draw in your arch
Using a sharp, fine eyebrow pencil, draw a line to define your arch at the bottom edge of your eyebrow. Try to follow your natural arch. If you don’t have much of an arch, you can increase the angle a little.
2. Fill in sparse hairs
Use quick, short strokes to fill in your eyebrow hairs. Draw the strokes in the same direction that your own hairs actually grow. You’ll need to fill in more at the front of your brow close to the bridge of your nose, then fade out towards your eyebrow tail. At the tail, the arch-defining line on its own is probably enough.
Work from the bottom edge up to the top edge of your brow. If you look at people with naturally full brows, the bottom edge is usually quite defined while the top edge a little more blended.
3. Groom and blend the colour
Use a spoolie (basically a clean mascara brush) to comb your brows upward and outward towards the tails. This blends the colour a bit and tames any hairs that are lying in the wrong direction. Many eyebrow pencils are double-sided and include a spoolie - an innovation that we love!
Our favourite eyebrow products
The best brow products for filling out sparse hairs allow you to draw fine, natural looking hairs.
Here are some products we love:
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil – an ultra-fine, creamy eyebrow pencil combined with a spoolie brush on one end to help blend your colour for a natural looking effect.
Urban Decay Brow Breater – this double-ended product features a retractable pencil for filling in and shaping brows and a spoolie brush for grooming.
Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Des Sourcils – another combination pencil and spoolie brush product. This dual-purpose product is great for creating a natural effect that doesn’t look like your brows are ‘drawn on’. The pencil is nice and creamy, and then you can blend the colour and tame your hairs with the brush.
Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil – this pencil has a tiny 1,5mm tip for incredibly precise application, a creamy pigmented texture and like many of our fave products, a spoolie for grooming your brows.
L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist High Definer – this is another combo product, except instead of a grooming brush, the pencil is combined with a brow highlighter. This is useful for tidying up underneath your brow and highlighting the brow bone .