While pencil-thin, barely-there eyebrows that were very obviously drawn on dominated the 90s, the eyebrow trend has since evolved, with bushy, thick and full eyebrows taking over the beauty industry. Supermodels like Cara Delevingne and Taylor Hill have also set the thick eyebrow movement on fire, making naturally thick-brow gals jump for joy in all our hairy glory.
Your Guide to Fuller Brows
For those of us who lived through the 90s and succumbed to the beauty pressure of having thin brows and plucked our brows almost to oblivion, trying to achieve bushy, thick brows might seem completely impossible. But, as every beauty lover knows, there is nothing makeup can’t do to help us achieve the look of our dreams, whether it be having younger-looking, smooth skin, plump Kylie Jenner-esque lips, or full brows à la Cara Delevingne.
To get started on your full-brow journey, check out the following tips:
Define Your Brow Shape
The very first thing you need to do before filling in your eyebrows is to determine their shape. This way, you will know which part of your brows need filling in, thus making your job of creating a fuller, nicely-shaped brow a whole lot easier. To determine the shape of your brows, start off by lining your eyebrow pencil along the side of your nostril. This will help you figure out where your brows should start. To determine the tail end of your brows, place your brow pencil diagonally from the outer corner of your eye to the side of your nostril. For your arch, line your brow pencil diagonally from the side of your nostril to the centre of your eye.
Pick a Slightly Lighter Shade
When choosing a shade for your eyebrows, it is always better to go slightly lighter rather than darker because the former will blend in more seamlessly with the rest of your natural brows. Darker shades tend to look too stark against your brows, plus when applied with a heavy hand, the dark shade can stand out too much against the rest of your face.
Groom Your Brows
Before filling in your brows, you will need to groom them first by tweezing any stray hairs. Comb your brows upwards with a brow brush or spoolie so you can see the natural shape of your brows more easily, enabling you to pluck out all the stray hairs. This step also serves to neaten your brows, an essential step even when attempting to create fuller brows. Remember, we’re going for full, thick brows, not messy, unruly ones! After you have tweezed the stray hairs, we’ve got another brow hack to give your brows the most natural-looking, feathered texture. All you need is a bar of soap and spoolie. Simply graze the spoolie on the soap, picking up a bit of product, and brush the spoolie through your brows, and there you go! Your barely-there brows are now transformed into slightly fuller, textured ones.
Beginners, Opt for an Eyebrow Pen or Pencil
Of course, if your brows are really sparse, you’ll need the help of eyebrow products to amp up the state of your brows. Most makeup aficionados would go for gel pomades or eyebrow powders to create fuller brows, but if you’re just starting to experiment with this look, these products might be too hard to manage. To make your task easier, go for an eyebrow pen, instead, with an ultra-fine tip. An eyebrow pen will allow you to fill in your brows with feather-like strokes, thus helping you achieve a more natural-looking brow. Be patient when doing this and take the time to carefully fill in your brows. Keep the strokes small, being sure to mimic the direction of growth of your natural eyebrow hairs. If you have opted for an eyebrow pencil, make sure the pencil has a waxy formula that will help give your drawn-on brows a more natural appearance. In addition, be light-handed when filling your brows with a pencil because they can tend to look too harsh against natural brows compared to brow pens.
Don’t Go Overboard
When you are filling your brows, maintain the shape of your natural brows as much as possible. Don’t try to go over your natural arch or extend the tail of your brows longer than they actually are. This can alter your entire look as well as make it more difficult for you to achieve natural-looking, full brows. Unless you’re an expert in the brow world, we suggest staying within your natural brow shape before moving onto playing around with tweaking the shape of your brows.
Set with a Brow Gel
Once you’ve filled in your brows, it’s time to set them in place to prevent your brow products from budging and leaving you with patchy eyebrows. Simply brush the brow gel through your brows gently in an upwards motion, being careful not to remove any of the product you have applied onto your brows. When you get to the tail end of your brows, brush the hairs in a downward motion. In general, just be sure to brush the brow gel through following the direction of your eyebrow hairs.