Tricks to Filling in Eyebrows

by Amanda Rumbalski ; Updated September 28, 2017

A full set of eyebrows frames eyes and adds depth to your face.

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Eyebrows may not typically rank in importance when applying makeup -- until they have been lost to overplucking or waxing. A full set of brows frames your face and adds dimension to eyes, so make brow grooming a regular step in your makeup routine. Whether you're growing brows out or want to add depth to sparse areas, fill in your eyebrows using a few makeup tools and tricks so they look full and expressive.

Hold angled makeup brush perpendicular to the inner corner of your eye and the edge of your nostril. Draw a small dot with the brow pencil to indicate where brows should start. Line brush up with the edge of your nostril and the outer corner of your eye and mark the spot. Position the brush along the edge of your nostril and the outer edge of your iris to find your natural arch, then mark the spot.

Draw a soft line with the brow pencil along the basic outline you created to define the shape of your brow. Use feather-like strokes to avoid making any harsh lines.

Fill in brows with brow powder, which offers a soft, natural look. Lightly press angled brush into brow powder and tap off any excess powder. Blend color throughout brows, working in an outward and upward motion.

Run a spoolie brush through brows in the direction of hair growth. Set the color and placement of hairs with a clear eyebrow gel.


  • You can substitute hairspray for brow gel if you're in a pinch. Spray hairspray on the spoolie brush and run through brows.

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About the Author

Based in New York, Amanda Rumbalski embarked on a professional writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "Icon" magazine and on Entertainment-Central.com, and she has editorial and styling experience with "Women's Wear Daily," the "New York Daily News" and "Allure" magazine. Rumbalski holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.