eyebrows 101.

• left eye is natural, right is using the ABH Brow Wiz •  

I’ve been getting a lot of questions around brows (how to fill them in, favorite products, etc) and decided to dedicate a post to them! Because let’s get real, brows are the v important. I have pretty thick and dark brows to begin with, so I never thought I would need to fill them in and then I got a brow pencil. HELLO! Filling in and defining them makes such a difference for my entire makeup look. I definitely recommend everyone with brows to work a brow pencil/gel into their makeup routine. It’s such a simple step to finishing your makeup.

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:: favorite products ::

I’m currently using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (wearing above!). The brow wiz creates a really natural looking brow (it doesn’t look like you filled them in) and it’s also very easy to apply and take off in case you messed up. I’ve been experimenting with all different types of brow products and this has to be my favorite so far. The pencil is less than $20 and lasts a few months. As for shades, always get one shade darker if you are blonde and one shade lighter if you are a brunette. I get the shade “Ebony” and it works perfectly!

When I first started out, I tried a number of different eyebrow pencils from Target and a few of them really killed for being under $10! I’m linking a few of my drugstore and high-end favorites, but I would definitely say test out the brow wiz if you can afford it! L’Oreal is my favorite, their ‘Brow Stylist Definer‘ is the best affordable choice.

If you want to try your hand at a dipbrow, I just received this palette that is a dipbrow to powder. I love the different shades, which is perfect if you can’t find the right shade for your brow. The classic dipbrow would be this little guy from Anastasia Beverly Hills (obvi), which is my favorite. If you want an affordable, yet trustworthy dipbrow, I love love love this one from L’Oreal.

 

:: how to apply ::

Keep your eyebrows looking natural by doing light, small strokes. Define your eyebrow first, then fill in! Like I said above, if you are blonde grab one shade darker. If you’re a brownie, go for one shade darker. I like to go into Sephora and see what shade would work, but since I’ve already found the right shade I don’t need to anymore! My brows are not the same shape, rarely are brows exactly the same (sisters, not twins), keep that in mind.

step one:

Define your brows by shaping your entire brow. Try to be as accurate as you can, since you don’t want your brow to be different shapes. If you have thinner brows, you can make them larger than your shape. Since I have thick brows, I don’t need to do this.

step two:

Fill in your brows using the same brow pencil. Make sure to use small strokes, for a natural finish. I start at my arch, and go all the way down to the end of my brow. I never fill in the section before my arch (closet to my nose), since I think it looks to thick.

step three:  

Using a spoolie, brush your hairs up to blend in the product to finish the look!

 

:: tips ::

Use small strokes when filling in your brows. Start using small, and then go longer if you want a more dramatic effect.

Stand a foot or two away from the mirror to get perspective on your whole look. You don’t want your brows to be too big or small!

If you decide on a dipbrow (like this one), use an angled liner brush for the best results. My personal favorite liner brush would be this one.

:: q & a ::
What are you favorite brow products? See above^
How do you manage your brows (wax, thread)? I wax my brows every four weeks! I will pluck after a week, then let them grow until my next wax. I’ve heard microblading is pretty helpful, as well.
Should I dye my brows to match my hair? When I had red/copper hair, I kept my brows dark brown. I think it depends on you and the shade of your hair. I didn’t, since I like my dark brows, but it’s up to you!
How do I make my brows grow longer/faster? There is no “magic” way of growing in your brows, especially if you pluck them to thin. However, Anastasia Beverly Hills has a brow serum that is supposed to help.
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32 Comments

  1. robin rue
    04/24/2017 / 6:14 pm

    I like my brows thin, so I pluck them. Like almost every day. I hate when one random hair pops out lol.

  2. 04/24/2017 / 6:22 pm

    This post could not have come at a better time for me! I struggle with my eyebrows and I have no idea why. I think user error, LOL! I have Brow Wiz on my list to try 🙂

  3. 04/24/2017 / 6:41 pm

    I have been a fan of Anastasia Brows for years now. Her products are so quality and do the job. Cant go wrong when you buy anything from her! And your brows look aaaaaamzing!

  4. 04/24/2017 / 7:40 pm

    I like thick brow myself and I get mine threaded once a month and pluck in between as needed.

  5. 04/24/2017 / 8:54 pm

    I needed this! I struggle with how to do my eyebrows the correct way that looks good. These are great tips!

  6. 04/24/2017 / 8:59 pm

    Thank you for the brow tips! Currently I let the professionals thread them but am always looking for new ways to do my brows.

  7. Kristina
    04/24/2017 / 9:50 pm

    I pluck my eyebrows to shave them or have them threaded. I do love keeping my eyebrows fresh and well groomed because they really do define your face. Not just the eyes.

  8. Jeanine
    04/24/2017 / 10:39 pm

    Love this, I love eye brows and although I like mine thinner, I love yours. So gorgeous and perfect!

  9. 04/25/2017 / 12:20 am

    I wax about once a month, with an occasional tweeze to get any wayward hairs. I use a brow pencil, but I am not happy with my application. My mother, who is 78, has the most beautiful eyebrows. She is a girl of the 50s and those women know their glamour!

  10. Tereza
    04/25/2017 / 9:14 am

    Your brows are beautiful! I really need to get that ABH pomade, I’ve been uhming and ahing over it for the longest time ever! x

  11. 04/25/2017 / 11:02 am

    I have thick brows too and filling them in helps give it the definition that it needs. Your brows are lovely x

  12. 04/25/2017 / 11:08 am

    It’s nice that you posted this. I’ve never tried putting on eyebrows before. This is a good guide for those who are trying to learn how to properly shape and color your brows with make-up.

  13. 04/25/2017 / 12:37 pm

    I have always hated my brows. They are thin and no matter what I do they just don’t grow in full! I have found that I love the IT cosmetics brow pencil and the benefit gimme brow.

  14. 04/25/2017 / 3:35 pm

    I have light blonde brows so I always have to darken them just for them to be seen and look normal. Thanks for the lesson and the tip on Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz for my next purchase.

  15. 04/25/2017 / 4:02 pm

    I remember also not being so sure about filling in my brows, but once I did, the difference was amazing. I think as long as you keep them natural looking, they can really bring out your features.

  16. 04/25/2017 / 9:55 pm

    I have to say that eye brows are not my issue. It looks like I don’t have any. I have such light eyebrows that you can’t even tell that I have them, so I don’t really need any help in this department, but thank you for the tips anyway.

  17. 04/26/2017 / 9:39 am

    I love this! my eyebrows tend to transform my face if I don’t maintain them and I genuinely look more “untidy” so this is some great advice!

  18. 04/26/2017 / 9:49 am

    Thanks for these tips! I’ve never read into how to shape by brows, but recently I have thought that I need to look into it. These helped a lot!

  19. Reesa Lewandowski
    04/26/2017 / 10:05 am

    My eyebrows are a MESS right now!!!! I would love to go and get them cleaned up but there is never enough time!!!

  20. 04/26/2017 / 11:17 pm

    I NEEDED TO READ THIS POST. I always have been trying to fill out my eyebrows and the best way and tools to use them. Definitely going to try these tricks!

    • Lydia
      04/28/2017 / 3:23 pm

      YAY! Glad I could help Yasmin! Let me know if you have any questions!

  21. 04/27/2017 / 8:43 am

    My eyebrows grow unevenly, so I have to fill them in. It is hard because they are also incredibly light. I use the too faced brow envy kit and I really like that.

  22. 04/27/2017 / 11:46 am

    Your brows look great! I love how they are shaped. I really have been paying more attention to mine lately.

  23. 04/27/2017 / 11:46 am

    Your brows look great! I love how they are shaped. I really have been paying more attention to mine lately.

  24. CourtneyLynne
    04/27/2017 / 12:37 pm

    Great eye brow tips!!!! I’m makeup obsessed yet brows are the one thing I struggle with so I need all the suggestions and tips I can get

  25. 04/27/2017 / 2:44 pm

    Great tips! I love the natural yet thick brows! I’m gonna have to try out a few of these!

    • Lydia
      04/28/2017 / 3:23 pm

      Thanks Tabitha!

  26. 04/27/2017 / 4:11 pm

    My eyebrows are probably my most overlooked facial feature. Mine are very light, and my daughter is always trying to get me to do something with them beyond plucking the strays.

    • Lydia
      04/28/2017 / 3:22 pm

      Grab that brow wiz! Super natural look and very easy to work with!

  27. 04/28/2017 / 6:32 pm

    Brows are my favorite to style! I’ve fallen in love with the NYX micro eyebrow pencil which looks a lot like the L’oreal one you linked!

  28. 04/29/2017 / 7:27 pm

    Exactly the post I needed! I’m horrible about this sort of things! Such great tips!

  29. 05/01/2017 / 10:50 am

    Thank you for sharing this every time I do my eyebrows my husband makes a comment on how fake they look. Yours look so beautiful and natural so I am going to try some of these products and tips.

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