I’ve noticed a lot of people have commented about how intimidated they are by filling in their brows with powder. I totally understand the fear. No one wants to have a pair of brows that are way too dark for their skin tone and hair, and powder just seems scarier than pencil. However, it’s really not as scary as you would think.
Using a matte eyeshadow on your brows will also last all day long, which isn’t always the case with brow pencils. It also looks much more natural in my opinion, and is easier to apply.
1. Make sure that you have groomed your eyebrows by brushing the hairs straight up in a vertical motion with a brow comb. If you have any hairs that are too long, now would be the time to trim them. If you have never trimmed your eyebrows, here is the link to a great YouTube video tutorial.
2. Line up a brow stencil with your natural arch. It is very easy to fill in your brows without a stencil, but for beginners it’s a good to use a stencil for the first couple times if your brows are particularly sparse or lack a good solid shape. I am using e.l.f.’s Essentials Eyebrow Stencil kit here, which was only $1 on e.l.f.’s website!
3. Take the shadow of choice and using an angled brush, start at the middle of your brow and work your way towards the end of your brow using light strokes. After, finish by lightly filling in the beginning of your brows. The biggest mistake you can make is having the start of your brows being too heavy. For my brows, I am using Maybelline New York Expert Wear Palette in Natural Smokes (bottom shadow). This is a matte dark brown eyeshadow. Unless you want a pair of glittery disco brows, DO NOT, and I repeat DO NOT use a non-matte eyeshadow on your brows.
They do sell special powder for your brows called brow powder, but to be honest there is no difference between brow powder and a matte eyeshadow.
4. Make sure that you set the powder to prevent any fallout. I like to use a Q-tip and gently run it over my brow to pick up any loose powder, but you could use your finger just as easily. To be honest, I’ve never had any problem with any fallout whatsoever.
You’re all finished! I told you it wasn’t as scary as you thought. It’s definitely easy to fill in your brows even without a stencil, especially if you already have a good solid shape.
Do you fill in your brows? Do you use pencil or powder?