The pencil-thin brows of yesteryear have fallen out of favor, and in their place are thick, luscious brows that bring lowkey drama to your face. If you have naturally sparse brows—either from genetics or years of plucking—don’t sweat it. It’s definitely still possible to achieve the look of fuller, fluffy brows. The key is to load up your beauty toolkit with the right products and, of course, arm yourself with a few game-changing makeup tricks. Lucky for you, we enlisted the help of a makeup pro who was eager to spill her secrets.
How to Get the Look of Fuller Brows With Makeup
Creating visibly fuller eyebrows requires a bit of practice. Follow these five steps and you’ll be on your way to noticeable results.
Step 1: Prep Your Brow Hairs
As is the case any time you’re setting goals, you want to start with a little prep work.
“Using a spooley brush, prep your brows by brushing a small amount of translucent setting powder directly onto the hairs,” says Kirsten Peterson, Senior Regional Education Manager for IT Cosmetics. “This will allow you to build volume.”
She recommends using Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Loose Setting Powder. Not only will it help boost volume for the look of thicker eyebrows, but it's formulated with silk, collagen, and antioxidants. Dip your spooley brush in the powder, shake it off to release any excess, then brush on. Afterward, brush your brow hairs upward. This gives a lifted and more voluminous effect.
Step 2: Create an “Outline”
You’ll need an eyebrow pencil for the next couple steps. Our top choice is Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, which features a spooley on one end and a retractable pencil on the other.
“Hold the pencil against your nostril, and make marks for where your brow should start, arch, and end with feather-like strokes,” advises Peterson. “‘Connect the dots, then create lines on the bottom that parallel those made above.”
This eyebrow pencil is very forgiving and easy to use, so don’t be afraid to make a mistake.
Step 3: Fill
Using your outline as a guide, begin filling in your brows using light, feather-like strokes that mimic real brow hairs. The goal isn’t to design a full block of color, but is instead to create the illusion of naturally fuller eyebrows. To help get there, use upward strokes in places where the hair grows upward, and use downward strokes in areas where the hair falls downward.
Step 4: Add More Volume and Lock in Your Look
Want to get even fuller eyebrows? Peterson has one more trick up her sleeve: Brow Power Filler Eyebrow Gel. This waterproof, volumizing, and tinted eyebrow filler features hair-like fibers that instantly fill, shape, and set your brows for up to 16 hours.
This amazing formula is delivered via an innovative, diamond-shaped, micro-flocked brush. To use, wipe off any excess product and then apply directly over your brows. You can use the pointed end to tackle tiny spots.
“For the most natural look, choose the color that matches your Brow Power shade. For extra dimension, you can go a shade lighter and/or darker,” says Peterson. She adds, “Both Brow Power and Brow Power Filler adhere to skin and hair, so they’re perfect for ‘tinting’ gray brow hairs or filling in scars.”
Some Final Thoughts
There’s a lot of hype out there around eyebrow growth serums and products that promise to promote hair growth or stimulate hair follicles. There are even home remedies that people use, but they can be potentially dangerous.
If you’re struggling with sparse brows that just won’t grow, we recommend talking to your doctor or a dermatologist about the best path forward. Meanwhile, prioritize your overall health and wellness and follow this guide to maximize the brows you do have.
Seeking more makeup advice? Read through this beginner’s guide on how to apply eyeliner or learn how to get a subtle smokey eye.