Everyday Eyebrow Looks and How to Pull Them Off

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Eyebrow Looks for Everyday Makeup

Eyes, lips, cheeks... is there something you’re forgetting? Oh, right! The eyebrows need a little makeup love, too! Even if you have eyebrows the likes of which would make Cara Delevingne jealous, a solid eyebrow game can bring your everyday look to a whole new level.

“But, wait,” we hear you say from the space between us, “Won’t that take up more precious time in my already packed morning routine?”

Well, in short, yes, but a good beauty routine is self-love, and we could all use a little more of that in our lives. With that, let’s not waste any more time and get you into some of our favorite everyday eyebrow routines!

How to map and fill Out “Shapeless” Brows

Sometimes eyebrows need a little coaxing to get into the arch shape you want. This basic, five-step routine makes your eyebrows look fuller and freshly groomed without having to step out to the salon! It’s great for beginners especially.

Step 1 - Clean your face with micellar water and cotton pads.

Step 2 - Find your eyebrow shape. Each person’s eyebrow has a distinct arch that eventually tapers to a tail. Take your tweezers and pluck out any stray hairs before taking your favorite brow pencil and lining the shape of your brow, including the bottom curve.

Step 3 - Using an appropriately colored eyeshadow and an angled brush, carefully fill in the eyebrow with light strokes, focusing on the bare areas in your brows. Go with the flow of your eyebrow hair rather than against it.

Step 4 - Take a clean mascara brush to soften any lines and blur your pencil work. Start from the base of the brow and work your way from root to tip along each hair. This blends and softens the eyebrow, making for a more natural, fuller look.

Step 5 - With a concealer and concealing brush, put on some finishing touches. It’s a good idea to aim for a lighter concealer to add a little extra highlight to the eyebrow. Finish it off with brow mascara to keep it looking good all day, and you’re good to go!

Brushing Tips for Thick Eyebrows

If you’re happy with your current brow shape and really don’t have a lot of time to get ready in the morning, you may just want to consider a quick once-over with your favorite eyebrow brush.

This quick technique can be applied with or without eyebrow gel; it’s completely up to your particular preferences.

Step 1 - Starting at the base of the eyebrow, run your favorite eyebrow brush across the arch using short strokes.

Step 2- Brush along the length of the brow arch one more time, using longer strokes. If you’re using product such as eyebrow gel, this will ensure the product is distributed evenly. Repeat this step if you used product to remove any excess.

How to fill in Thin Eyebrows

If your eyebrows are thinner and you’re going for a fuller look, try these simple steps.

Step 1 - Using the spoolie end of your eyebrow pencil, comb the brow hairs in their natural directions.

Step 2 - Apply brow mascara using a brush, follow the natural direction of your hair and work your way out from the base to the tail of your brow arches.

Step 3 - Take your eyebrow pencil, use the wide end and trace the bottom edge of your brows; use the narrow end as you approach the tail. Blend well, and there you have it; a beautiful, full-browed look!

how to avoid Common Eyebrow Makeup Mistakes

Now that you have the basics down, let’s talk about some common missteps you may run into along the way.

You might be using an eyebrow product that isn’t right for your needs. What kind of product you choose to use on your brows depends on what kind of look you’re going for and how skilled you are with brow shaping and makeup. For example, if you’re just looking to fill out some patchier areas of your eyebrows, you may want to consider using powder. Powders create a more natural look whereas pencils in inexperienced hands might come across as too bold or heavy.

When it comes to any good beauty routine, preparation is key. Preparing your eyebrows for a daily routine goes beyond just running a brush through them. When was the last time you were waxed, sugared, threaded or plucked? If it’s been awhile, not to worry! Having your eyebrows groomed first helps to bring out your natural shape and puts hair in place before you so much as pick up your eyebrow brush. In short, let your stylist do what they do best and half the job is done before you even start!

Remember: A little product goes a long way! No matter what product you choose to apply to your brows, there’s a good chance you really don’t need that much. The reason we advocate for short strokes when applying product to your brows is to create a more natural effect. Using too much all at once can create a too-bold artificial look instead of letting both your brow hair and the skin underneath work together to form a flawless arch.

Don’t fret if your eyebrow isn’t what you would consider “perfect.” Each brow shape is unique; they don’t have to be “perfect.” It may take some time if you happen to be especially self-conscious about your eyebrows, but learn to love what you have and make it work!

On the same note, keep trying when it comes to your eyebrows. Experiment, practice at it when you can, and don’t get discouraged. We all have to start somewhere.

What eyebrow tips and tricks have you learned over the years? Do you have any questions? We have even more answers about what to look for in a great eyebrow pencil here.

Resources— Chikk, HowStuffWorks, L’Oreal, Self