How I fill in my brows

Hey peeps,

Since we’re banging out a lot of tutorials on the blog at the moment, here’s one I recently did on my brows. Some days my brow game is strong, others it is lacking. This tut is far from a decent game, but I thought I’d talk you through my brow products and why I like and continue to use them. Just a little FYI, my tails on my brows are naturally short, I do not over pluck, although if I did – booyah, it’s my face and I’ll do what I want.


I just love the creativity.



Step 1:

Don’t know why, but the colour on all these photos look very warm. In reality I have very ashy/cool-toned brows. Basically the colour of my roots. I start by running a spoolie through them so that the hairs are lying as flat against my face as possible. This helps to make them appear fuller and create the shape from which I fill them in. This step is important, don’t underestimate it. As you can see I have eyebrows that run in two different directions. Up and straight across.


Step 2:

I grab my brow pencil (MAC fling – holy grail brow product for blondes) and full in the sparse hairs. I usually start under the inner corners and then full in the tails. On one brow I have to raise the arch higher than the other but I never full in the middle part of the brow. When I say fill in my brows, I really only apply tiny strokes to the areas that show more flesh. I definitely do not fill everything in as if they are on a page of a colour book. Not that that doesn’t suit people, it does for a lot, I just find for me it’s a little too intense, especially for most blondes as our hairs are fair and are supposed to look somewhat invisible.


Step 3:

I tried to show the process of brushing the hair upwards and outwards away from the face in this pic. I have recently started using a tinted brow gel (MAC empathetically blonde) to set the hair in place – review to come next month. Previously I have been using a clear gel for years and although it works really well, having a tint to the gel makes your bows appear that much fuller in colour and volume without having to over draw or fill in completely. Setting the brows to the shape I want is a vital step for me. If they aren’t set, the hairs move downwards and fall somewhat out of the shape I have filled everything in to. It’s kind of like a game of dot to dots.


Step 4:

Alrighty. Final step is to carve out the brow. This means taking a little bit of concealer on a flat toped eye shadow brush (any flat/small brush really) and follow the line underneath the brows. This step I find to be the most enhancing of all steps to the brow shape. As you can see I am not lifting my forehead but have managed to create an arch and shape that I am not born with. Alas, see Jodi for brow fantasy reference. This trick is also most effective when I can’t get my tails to taper into a thin point. Concealer on a brush can do that brilliantly. And as a final touch I sometimes run MAC charcoal brown only from where the arch starts to descend. Having a gradating colour brow is all the rage at the moment and very dragesque. So by default I love it. It also helps to make my extremely close set eyes seem less inbred.


Have a happy hump day!





One comment

  1. Hi Beth.I was literally tweezing my eyebrows this morning in traffic on the way to work and moaning to myself about them. Then as soon as I got to work, I saw an email about about a blog on eyebrows! Perfect timing! :) I wanted to ask you, I fill my eyebrows in with an eye pencil. Is it worth getting a proper eyebrow pencil? Is there really a difference? I’ve never bought an eyebrow pencil before :) Have a lovely day xx

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