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How to Enhance Thinning Eyebrows With Cosmetics

by Lisa S. Kramer, studioD

Eyebrow hair can thin due to a variety of reasons, including but not limited to over-plucking, aging, nutrient deficiency and several medical conditions, such as hormone imbalance and hypothyroidism. If you are unhappy with the way your thinning eyebrows look, you can make them look thicker with cosmetics. Applying an eyebrow pencil and eyebrow powder to your sparse eyebrows is a quick and easy, albeit temporary, way to achieve the look of thick and full eyebrows.

Pick out an eyebrow pencil that is one shade lighter than your eyebrows. Avoid eyebrow pencils that are hard and waxy; instead, use an eyebrow pencil that has a soft, light texture and a dry, matte finish.

Apply your eyebrow pencil to the empty spots on your eyebrows using short, light and feathery strokes. Do not use your eyebrow pencil to color in your entire eyebrow, as this will look very unnatural. Applying your eyebrow pencil to the inner part of your eyebrows near your nose will also look unnatural. If you have applied too much color to your eyebrows, you can soften the color by dabbing a cotton swab dipped in eye makeup remover on your eyebrows.

Pick out an eyebrow powder that is the same shade as your eyebrows. Use an eyebrow powder that has a soft texture and a matte finish.

Apply a small amount of eyebrow powder to your eyebrow, using a soft wedge eye makeup brush or a thin liner eye makeup brush. Using a light touch of your makeup brush, start by applying the eyebrow powder to the center of your eyebrow and then out toward the end of your brows and back to the inner part of your eyebrow near your nose. Then, using slightly more pressure for a more intense color, apply the eyebrow powder to the underside of your eyebrows. Make sure the eyebrow powder is evenly blended in to your eyebrows.

Items you will need
  •  Eyebrow pencil
  •  Eyebrow powder
  •  Cotton swab
  •  Eye makeup remover
  •  Soft wedge eye makeup brush or thin liner eye makeup brush
  •  Soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush


  • If your eyebrows are unruly, you may want to groom them with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush prior to applying eyebrow pencil and eyebrow powder to them.


  • Since thinning eyebrows can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition, it is prudent to mention them to your health care professional.

About the Author

Lisa S. Kramer is a licensed attorney practicing civil litigation and estates and trusts law in southern Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude. Kramer earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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