Today I get to share my best tips on one of my favorite beauty topics, brows! I’m convinced brows make the look, and I love the trend of a fuller, bolder, more natural looking brow. If someone were to ask me what three steps in my makeup routine I would do if I could only do those three steps for the rest of my life, I would pick brows, mascara and chapstick every time. Yes, girl!
As a teenager, I had such thick brows. I don’t know if it was the stresses of college or having kiddos, but my brows have lost so much thickness over my adult years. So I especially love having a brow routine that looks great and lasts all day.
There was a time when I used a matte eyeshadow to fill in my brows and always had issues with it smudging on my face. My brow picks for this tutorial are SO much better than using shadow, and they last beautifully through the day too!
Step One: Prep your brows! For this step I like to make sure my brows are trimmed up. I do this by using a spoolie brush and brushing my eyebrows straight up, trimming the longer pieces carefully. Then, I’ll go in with tweezers and get any of those baby hairs that are obviously out of place. I typically don’t tweeze to avoid my natural brows getting any thinner than they are! After those steps, I’ll use the spoolie end of my eyebrow brush to comb them out and get everything in place.
Step Two: Time to start adding shape to your brows and filling them in! I’m using the Long Last Brow from 100% Pure, and I LOVE this product. It is incredibly easy to work with, and I love the way it makes my brows look. I’ve used a lot of high end brow products, and this is officially on my list as one of the best. Bonus points for being all natural too! Even though this product comes with an eyebrow brush, I like to use this small angled brush the most. Using the brush, scoop a little bit of the product out and put it on the back of your hand. The trick is to get an even amount of product on both sides of your brush so you can work with it a little at a time and not get too much at once. This will give you more control and a more natural end result.
Bonus Tip: I love using my brow brush to visualize the shape of my brow. Check out the photos below to see how I measure where my brows should start and end.
Step Three: Start at the arch of your brow. Slowly carve out the bottom of the arch to define the middle portion of your brow. I like using small strokes to give it a more natural hair texture. Once you’ve carved out the bottom, define the top of your arch. Remember, start off conservatively… you can always add more and make them bolder. Don’t go too bold too fast!
Step Four: Fill in the middle part of your brow. Again, use a soft hand and hair-like strokes to avoid it looking too harsh. Also, avoid the first third of your brows, we’ll take care of that step soon!
Step Five: Using our makeup brush trick, carve out the tail end of your brow. I always like to start out defining the bottom of my brow, then the top and then filling it in afterward. When defining the tail end, make sure you take your time to give it a soft point and not make it too thick.
Step Six: Now to finish up the first third of your brows. Go in with a little more product and lightly draw a line at the bottom of the beginning of your brow to your arch. Turning your angled brush so it’s straight up and down, draw in tiny hairs to fill everything in. The trick is to fill it in slightly less than the rest of your brow to give it more of an ombre look. This also helps it look less harsh. I love making the hairs at the beginning of my brow go up to give my brows a little bit more of a thicker look.
After you’ve done these steps, just check out both of your brows to see if you need to add any thickness to the shape and spot check any sparse areas. And now for the final touches…
Step Seven: I love using the Boy Brow from Glossier to add in texture and keep my brows in place all day. This is also a great stand alone tool if you’re not looking to super define your brows but still want to make them look a little thicker. Great for those quick, on-the-go looks!
Step Eight: Use the spoolie end of your brush to lightly comb your brows and work the product in. This helps everything look more like your natural hair and less like makeup.
Step Nine: Using a concealer and an angled brush (I used the brush that came with my brow product for this step), draw a line beneath your brows. Start at the beginning and go all the way to the tail. This will clean everything up and give you a slight highlight. Be sure to blend out the concealer by using your brush and blending downward. As an added bonus, I like to go in with my favorite highlighter and add just a touch beneath the arch of my brows to give it a pretty highlight.
Brows are part practice and part really great brow products! Take your time and build them up to your desired shape slowly. Remember, eyebrows are sisters not twins, so it’s okay if they don’t look completely identical. 😉