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Tutorial: How to create strong yet flattering eyebrows

Why would anyone want to have strong, maybe even bushy-looking eyebrows? I think that would be your first question! In my opinion, full eyebrows look good on anyone at any age. It's not a handicap or just a trend, it really is flattering to have well-defined brows. Full eyebrows can make one look younger and the face, slightly smaller. They can even make your eyes look more expressive and alive!

It's not difficult to do, too. All you need is a dark eyebrow pencil that matches your hair and a spoolie or brush to blend the color in properly. You can opt to use a gel or pen brow filler but it's less hassle to do it with a pencil if you ask me. ;)

The best pencil for this purpose is the Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in Deep Brown BR602. It's a shade that's perfect for us dark-haired girls, since it's not terribly pigmented while providing the right amount of coverage. It comes with a natural hair brush on the other end, as well! It's what I'm using for this tutorial. 

Let's get cracking!

Step 1: Clean up your eyebrows. I highly recommend going to a brow salon if you're attempting this for the first time, but if you don't have the time nor the budget, you can at least do some basic cleaning. Just remove any stray hair on top and underneath your eyebrows using a tweezer. Don't touch your actual eyebrows to be safe.

It's important to groom your brows so you can get the best possible shape. It will also look less shadowy in that area, which will then lift your eyes.

Yup, I'm overdue for a clean-up myself but please bear with me! I removed some hair already here but I missed a few since I'm in a rush.

Step 2: Outline your eyebrows using the pencil. Since I'm trying to create full brows, I went slightly outside my natural line. I also went in closer to the middle of my face since my hair is sparse - but present - in that area. 

How do you know what your ideal eyebrow shape is? I made a tutorial here! For strong eyebrows, just go a bit beyond the actual shape of your brows. Line with control and practice first before going out. ;)

Step 3: Fill in any gaps and uneveness. This is fairy straightforward. Use a heavy hand if you want even stronger eyebrows.

Step 4: Blend! Blur out any obvious line using your spoolie or brush. You'll get more natural results this way. 

Step 5: Calibrate. Go on ahead and do the other eyebrow using the aforementioned techniques. If your eyebrows are uneven, this is your opportunity to sort them out. Don't make them look too aligned though - our eyebrows are naturally asymmetrical and to go against that will look too artificial.

Done and done! You can finish this off with a clear mascara to get glossy, thick, Cara Delavingne-worthy brows, but I like mine matte and soft so I didn't use extra product.

Strong eyebrows can swing with a loud lip like what I'm wearing above, or a nude/MLBB shade ala-Audrey Hepburn. It all depends on you! ;) Although I would recommend that you keep your eyes simple so that it won't compete too much with the full brows. 

Hope you find this helpful!

Reader Comments (22)

Full yet soft. Still natural looking! Love it! Thank you for this! :)

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathrina

How can we find the perfect eyebrow color? I used dark brown before but I looked mataray then when I used lighter tones, it looked fake. Is it the color or the way I apply or my eyebrow shape. Drooping kasi ang eyebrows ko

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

I truly envy your brows! Wish mine were like yours. A question though. What shade would suit warm toned girls? Will black also suit them?

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Cara Delevigne. <3

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariana

I have really thick and well-shaped eyebrows but they had these sparse areas. I started brushing my brows everyday for almost half a year now. I found out that brushing your eyebrows with just your typical spoolie helps stimulate hair growth thus making the sparse areas look a lot less visible. :)

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkurochanizer

OMG this is SO TRUE.
I tried Cara's look, aka Full Brows Bright lip. Pero is it okay? Ganito kasi yon.. I have a really square face. As in huge jaw and huge cheekbones. And parang masyadong nang...crisp? Crisp for me if I do something like that? BUT IT LOOKS FRESH KASI. :(

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

I love pairing strong brows with spidery lashes and dewy skin so it isn't too err heavy? and then either tinted lips or a bold matte lip.

I remember overdoing it at times though, not a good look. :)) Very embarrassing looking back on it.

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCel

very helpful..ganun pala ang paglagay nun..another informative tutorial. with this I can never get wrong. :)

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFhely

I love full brows! I don't care if hindi bagay (sa tingin ng iba) just as long as I love it. :D

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuvy

In my opinion lang ha, cuz mahilig kasi ako sa makeup and I've always been complimented sa pag-me-makeup ko sa sarili ko pero hindi ako makeup artist, KAPAG hindi makapal yung kilay natin, wag nating pakapalin using pencil liner or powder liner oh kahit gel liner kasi pangit tingnan to be honest. Kung ano ang shape ng eyebrows natin, yun din dapat sundin ng eyebrow liner natin. Kapag makapal na yung kilay mo naturally, dapat light strokes lang kapag nag-line ka and I recommend using brush. Kapag kinapalan mo yung pag-line mo sa kilay mo na makapal talaga na parang witch, wag ka ng mag-eyeshadow kasi magiging overkill tingnan yung itsura mo. Dapat balanse ang makeup mo. Unless kung sasali ko sa mga beauty pageants or nasa stage ka tapos ang liwanag ng mga ilaw, dun mo na puedeng i-career ang makeover mo. Pero kung lalabas ka lang, mag-sha-shopping or anywhere, dapat hindi ka mag-mumukhang promo girl sa makeup mo unless kung pupunta ka ng nightclub at mag-pa-party overnight.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYela Bombshell

I always admire people who can style their brows perfectly. Is it just me having the heavy hand or what? Your brows look gorgeouzzzz.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCha

Eyebrow artistry perfection.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJam

ive been drooling over the shiseido items on your features. when it comes to eyebrow pencils, i use two products which i love. the Etude House Easy Brow Pencil in #1 and The Body Shop Eyebrow Definer in Brunette. ive been getting compliments on how i do my eyebrows but i cant say na perfect sya. its important to know how to shape and apply your eyebrows based on the shape of your face, your complexion and the look you want to achieve. may mga days din kasi na nakakatamad mag make up kaya pag maganda ang eyebrows mo kahit konting blush lang at gloss lang, you're good to go na.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterconconichi

Some use concealer underneath and above the eyebrows to create a more defined shape and doing an ombre effect wherein the inner brows are lighter than the rest of the part. Have you come accross anastasiabeverlyhills on instagram? You will enjoy her page because i know how you love everything about eyebrows. Love the effect of the pencil on you. You never seem to go overboard with any brow product. You have such great hand control!

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

its good, I might practicing it, thanks for sharing this, I have no time to visit my make up artist.:)

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

I agree that well-groomed brows make a huge difference! I myself cannot leave home without groomed brows. I can go without face makeup but never without applying makeup to my brows. :) And I love that you don't need expensive makeup for the brows, as opposed to foundation where you more or less, get what you pay for. Anything below P100 works just fine. That and a spoolie! hehe :)

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I agree that well-groomed brows make a huge difference! I myself cannot leave home without groomed brows. I can go without face makeup but never without applying makeup to my brows. :) And I love that you don't need expensive makeup for the brows, as opposed to foundation where you more or less, get what you pay for. Anything below P100 works just fine. That and a spoolie! hehe :)

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Filling brows really does wonders! Sometimes when I'm too lazy to put on makeup, I just fill in my brows and swipe some lipgloss and you'd really notice a big difference. Gives our eyes more definition. :)

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby S.

Cara has iconic bushy eyebrows. LOL. hard to pull it off.
Great tutorial, BTW.

June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarmony Valdoz

The browsessed in me loves this post! Took me a lot of practice and finding a good product to achieve the desired look of my brows, I even randomly do my brows any time of the day even if I'm just staying at home! I also do this technique (not as good as you though) as I also love the look of full brows, it gives you a young and innocent look. I also get compliments on my brows because of this technique! This is also a trend among Korean celebrities; light, full brows but they do the outline straight, which I sometimes do too :D

July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaui

I'm a BIG fan of brows! Even if you don't have any other makeup basta your brows are done, OK na! I love full brows because it makes you look youthful. Although, grooming is really an important step. If you fill in your brows before grooming, they look like a hot mess, IMO. Too much hair naman.

July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Wow. This is useful! Might try this first. I've been contemplating on getting my brows fixed/cleaned up/etc. Thanks for this post. :)

July 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaola Ysabel

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