In 2015, we bid our goodbye to the narrow and high-arc brow style. We are now in the era of filled and darker brows. If you’re one of the women who are still testing the waters and finding ways to make your brows fuller and darker, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the different methods you can use in filling your brows.
Eyebrow pencil. Most consider this as the standard way to fill in their brows. To use this method, start applying at the center of the brow and slowly work toward the brow tip and then back toward the beginning of the brow. Ideally, you are to follow the shape of your brow (but if you don’t want your brow’s shape, then consider reshaping the brow first). When defining the underside of the brow, apply a bit of pressure to add emphasis, but when filling between the brow hairs, use a lighter stroke. After this, use your brow brush to soften and mix the color. In using the eyebrow pencil, it is important to note that some produce a hard-look brow hair. To avoid this, make sure to use a pencil that has a smooth, light texture, and soft and dry finish, such as the Maybelline’s Brow Satin pencil.
Powder eye shadows. When using this method, remember to choose the shades that closely match the color of your brow for best results. There could be several brown shades in your palette, but use the one that’s closest to your brow color. The process in using this is just the same when using the eyebrow pencil. However, you might want to watch out for the powder that might fall on your nose or cheeks! Don’t worry; these can be removed using a jumbo fan brush (or any clean brush!). You can also dust your cheeks or nose first with translucent powder before doing your brows. Once done, simply brush the powder off. There are plenty of powder eye shadows, and one of the bests is the Urban Decay’s Brow Box.
Tinted brow mascara. This is relatively a new approach to brows in making the brows fuller and darker. Just like the two methods above, this also adds color and definition to your brows. But unlike the other two, brow mascara gives more control. These keep your brows in a controlled and brushed-up shape; brow mascara builds up each individual brow hair, and this gives a new level of thickness.
To use this, roll your brush first on a clean tissue paper. This would remove the excess bits that you don’t need in filling your brows. Michelle Villett from Beauty Editor explained that there two ways to apply tinted brow mascara. The first one is called the “One direction.” This is method begins from the inner part moving across the outer tail by brushing the hairs using short strokes. The second one is the “Windshield wiper technique.” Here, you start at the tail of your brow, then brush in the opposite direction of the hair growth, moving towards the inner corner. Do the reverse afterwards. You can continue this process until you’ve achieved your desire final shape. If you decide to use this method, there are many brands to choose from, such as Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse, Yves Saint Laurent Couture Brow, and Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel.
If none of these methods suits your needs, then consider using this last option: combination. For example, you could use a pencil and a powder. The pencil can give you the control and definition, and the powder can give the softer and shaded look. On the other hand, you can also use powder with brow mascara. You can shape the brow first using the powder. Then, finish the detailing using the brow mascara. Most say that this combination is particularly useful if you have bald spots in your eyebrow or want to extend the end of your brows to frame your eyes better.
These are just four methods, but there are others more you could try! For now, which among the pencil, powder, brow mascara, or combination would you like to use in filling your brows? Let us know in the comment section.
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