I have a beauty confession to make—I used to take far too much time perfecting my eyebrows. When I say too much time, I’m talking roughly 15 minutes (and trust me, I’ve timed it). The funny part is I was spending too long achieving the effortless, natural look. Oh, what we do for beauty!
It took a long time for me to hone my current technique which now takes 2 minutes tops. Let’s just say, a lot of mistakes were made. To help you avoid the disastrous trial and error I went through, here’s some tried-and-tested methods to help you achieve a natural-looking brow—and top tips on how to speed up the process.
Whether you’re a seasoned brow enthusiast or someone learning how to define your brows for the first time, you should know that brow makeup is an art, not a science. Sure, it can take a while to nail the look you want, so be patient, and be open to changing it up to see what works.
- You’re using the wrong type of product to fill in your brows.
Looking in the brow section of any beauty aisle, there are many different options for filling in: powders, pomades, pencils, waxes, gels. You have to find the product that suits your look and skill level best.
Brilliant Brow Definers are great for filling in a few hairs that might be missing or for colouring in sparse or thinning brows. Pomades are good if you're looking to create a REALLY bold brow look or darken brows. Waxes and gels are best for women with full thick brows because they are more for keeping unruly brow hairs in place.
- Your brow product isn’t the right shade.
I suggest using brow products that are a shade lighter than your hair color. Using a tone that’s too dark may cause your makeup to look harsh or obvious, instead of natural and effortless. Lighter tones look more natural and are more forgiving. If you have dark brown hair, choose a light or medium brown — I feel that brows should complement the face, not overpower your features.
- You’re applying too much highlighter under your brows.
Adding a highlight under the arch of the brow is an easy way to add lift to the eye area, but using the wrong colour or formula can take attention away from your eyebrows. If you’re going to highlight underneath the brow, it needs to be a gentle highlight. If you are doing a highlight with concealer, it can’t be too white. My general rule is that the concealer should be one shade lighter than your skin tone. Especially if you’re doing a strong highlight on the cheekbone, you don’t want that to compete with the brow bone.
- You’re using too much product on your brush.
One of the most common mistakes that people make is using way too much product when they don’t need to. I always like to say that less is more, and a little bit goes a long way with any product that you use. Even if you’re dealing with minimal eyebrow hair, you probably don’t need to use as much product to get flawless eyebrows as you think you do. Instead of covering the entire brow in product, concentrate your strokes on sparse areas only. To make sure your work doesn't look too heavy-handed I suggest brushing through the brow with a spoolie to soften and fluff up the hairs.
- You’re filling in your brows before they’re properly groomed.
If it's been months since you got your brows groomed, getting them waxed or threaded can make the entire filling process so much easier and faster because the shape will be obvious. If there are just a few stray hairs, it's actually easier to see which ones to pluck once the product is already on the brow. That way you can don't accidentally pluck a hair that helps the overall shape of the brow. The Glow Tweezer is the perfect tool for this!
- You’re creating a new brow shape instead of just following your own.
Many of us are guilty of filling in our eyebrows in shapes that aren’t exactly natural but none of us really have rectangular shaped brows. You want to be able to see space between the hairs, you want to be able to see skin between the hairs.
- You’re trying to make your brows look too perfect.
Your brows don’t have to be perfect all the time. I like brows when they’re a little unruly and more natural looking. They don’t have to be perfect—while I love makeup and I love the art of it, I think there’s something really great to be said about natural brows as well. For quick, natural brows on the go, Roncal suggests brushing eyebrows upward with a light coat of gel to get as full of a brow as possible.
- You expect your brows to turn out right every time.
Filling in eyebrows is not necessarily a skill that is learned in a day. It took me a few YouTube tutorials and some trial and error to finally achieve a brow look that I felt comfortable wearing on a regular basis. Sometimes I still have days when I think, "That did not turn out like I planned."
But the more you use the beauty tools you’ve acquired, the easier it will be to master your own unique brow look. Have a look at our handy QuickFix Tool Box which contains everything you need for beautiful brows and lashes. Practice makes perfect and the more you do it, the better you’ll get so that eventually you will be able to fill in your brows in minutes if not seconds!