Even though I lucked out genetically with a decent natural brow shape, they aren’t perfect and can definitely be built upon.
I’ve noticed, as someone with naturally thin brows, even just a hint of well-placed eyeshadow can make a world of a difference. It makes your eyes stand out even more, and balances a whole look.
Before You Begin
If you don’t have a brow brush, a tiny pair of scissors and some good tweezers, you should probably (definitely) pick up some STAT. I promise, these are things you will always need, they last forever and are relatively inexpensive.
Brush your brows out and trim any crazy long hairs at the top, but don’t trim close enough to your natural brow line to affect its shape. You just want to get rid of any hairs that stick out like crazy when you brush them out.
Tweeze any stray guys under your natural brow line. You can “clean up” your arch under your brows, but be careful! You want to look sleek, not permanently surprised.
You’re also going to want to invest in an angled brush. I’m not going to pretend like I know everything about all the crazy brushes you can buy at Sephora, but what I do know is an angled brush works wonders for brows. It makes it easier to get sharp points, lines and fill all with the same tool. And my god, does it ever look more natural than what you’d get from a brow pencil!
Why I Hate Brow Pencils
I used brow pencils for YEARS before finally caving and trying out an angled brush and experimenting with some eyeshadow. It works SO much better and is such a time saver, I can’t believe I went so long without using this technique in the first place.
With a brow pencil, I constantly struggled to find the perfect "dullness" to achieve a realistic, natural-looking brow, ending up with too-dark, obviously drawn-on pencil lines, even staying within the same shade as my natural brows. If it was too sharp, it applied pigment too strongly; if it was too dull, it looked fuzzy and far too light.
Using Eyeshadow To Enhance Your Brows
The first thing you need to do is pick an eyeshadow or brow powder shade that is slightly lighter than your natural brow. I have the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes kit and find Garter Belt works quite well at filling in my brows without darkening them too much.
From my experience you can use any eye shadow at any price point and you’ll be fine. The only real difference may be the staying power of a pricier powder super-cheap stuff.
Start by creating the beginning of your brow, using the brush vertically.
Then move on to the bottom, creating a gentle and smooth line from this starting point we’ve created and moving toward the peak or highest part of the arch.
I stop there and fill in the brow from front to peak where necessary.
From here I work on the peak to the end of my brow. Mine are significantly thin here, so I use Garter Belt to create the illusion of a fuller brow.
Having a defined and sharp point at the arch of my brow is a personal staple. To achieve this, I use a slightly darker powder, French Tickler, mixed with the shade I used originally to fill in my brows only at the peak and slightly toward the tail end of my brow. I only use it here ever so lightly to define that area just a little more.
Brush your brows again and you should be good to go! Simple, isn’t it?