How to Define Eyebrows With Makeup

Jody Ebsworth

Brows are big in the makeup world right now, both literally and figuratively. Learning how to define and shape your eyebrows can be a great tool for framing your face. With all the hype surrounding full brows, it can be intimidating to know which products to use or where to start. Luckily for you, with this trend, natural is better, and you can easily master the art of defining your brows. With a few choice products and some simple steps, you'll be on your way to having runway-ready brows in no time.

Before You Start

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You'll need a few supplies before you get started. Make sure you have: Tweezers Brow pencil or pomade Small, angled make-up brush with firm bristles Brow gel Concealer (the same shade you use under your eyes) Spooley brush * Eyeliner brush

First Things First: Remove Any Strays

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If you've never found the natural shape of your eyebrows, this is the time.

  • Start of brow: The start should align with the inner corner of your eye. Be careful not to over-pluck.
  • Arch of the brow: For most women, the arch is right outside the iris of your eye if you're looking in a mirror, but it's different for everyone.
  • End of brow: If you draw a line from the bottom of your nostril to the outer corner of your eye, the end of your brow should fall into that line.

Now that you've identified your natural shape, tweeze any outliers to let that shape emerge. Be careful not to over-tweeze! In this case, bigger is better.

Next Up: The Main Event

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Begin filling in your brows by using the brush and pomade, or the pencil. Start at the bottom of your brow, about a third of the way in (as pictured). Use small, short strokes, and move slowly, following your natural brow line.

Start with light pressure, building if necessary to match your desired color intensity. Without adding any product on your brush, blend the product to the inner end of your eyebrows. This allows for a more natural look.

The darkest point of your brows should be at the arch, which highlights the arch and frames the face. However, don't forget to blend, blend, blend! Color differences should be subtle and smooth. Go over your brows with the spooley brush to blend color and unify the look.

Sculpt for Further Definition

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Once you've filled in the color of your brows, make them pop by using concealer to sculpt the shape. Use an eyeliner brush with a small amount of your concealer, and closely follow the bottom line of your brows. Blend downward liberally to avoid a harsh line.

For a more dramatic look or a night out, do this on the top line of your brows as well.

Make Your Shape Stick

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Now that your brows are complete, you want to give them staying power to last all day or night. Use a brow gel to lightly coat your brows and tame any wild hairs. This will also help to highlight the individual hairs and make your brows look more natural rather than painted on. If you don't have any brow gel, grab your spooley and spray some hair spray on it before running it lightly over your brows.

Lastly, Take a Step Back

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Take a step back from the mirror so that you can see your completed look. If you see any sparse areas or smudges, go back over and perfect it.

Don't worry if they're not completely identical: remember, your brows are sisters, not twins.