Eyebrow Tools to Use

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We asked experts to lay down the basics about the most common brow tools so that you know exactly how and when to use them—whether your arches are thick, sparse, light, dark, or anything in between.



Filling and refining. You can use all kinds of products to fill your brows with colour, but few offer the hair-like precision of a pencil no matter what kind of arches you naturally have. “I’ve tried every brow product under the sun, and the only type of product that fills them realistically is a soft, waxy pencil,” says Faith, Byrdie’s managing editor.

This is why most experts will say that pencils are the most essential brow product to have on hand. “They’re great because you can define your brows and increase or decrease your intensity easily,” adds Kirin Bhatty, who works with Jessica Paré.

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Keep that precision in mind—it’s the key to applying pencil correctly. You want to use very light strokes that mimic your own brow hairs. Be patient and take the time to layer the strokes if you’d like to increase the saturation, as Bhatty says, for your most realistic-looking outcome. If the pencil you’re using has a brush on one end, comb through the brow after you’ve applied the pencil, in order to distribute the colour. And avoid another common snafu—picking the wrong colour—by catching up on this post.



Filling in sparse or light brows. “It creates a shadow underneath the hair of the brows, which makes them appear fuller, denser, and defined,” says makeup artist Michael Anthony.

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You need both the right color and the right brush, says Bhatty. “It’s firm and dense so it really allows you deposit product in a concise, targeted way.” Simply sweep on a bit of powder over your arches, layering and refining with the brush until you reach your desired shape and colour.

Still, once you have the right products on hand, don’t be intimidated. “Powder brow products are the easiest because you can control the amount applied and clean-up is much easier if you make a mistake,” says Daniel Martin, who works with Kate Bosworth and Chloë Sevigny.



Holding and defining hairs. “It’s like hair spray for your eyebrows,” says Anthony, who adds that it’s a must-have for those with thick brows, since it helps tame and lock hairs into place for a simple, groomed look. That being said, it can also be used as a final touch to lock in other products—and if you go the tinted route, it’s just another wash of colour and definition to existing hairs. “You can give your arches a little oomph without having to pencil them in,” says Bhatty.

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It’s pretty fool proof—you’re just combing the existing hairs into the shape of your choice. Our go-to method comes from guru Kristie Streicher, who advises to brush the fronts of the brows up, and the “tails” of the arches up and out for a natural-looking shape.


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Teniolami is an accomplished makeup artist and beauty therapist with almost 10years experience in the beauty industry. She is a full-time Beauty Business Coach, Brand & Product Developer, Educator and a soon to-be published Beauty Author

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