Hi everyone,

There’s no doubt about it – brows are having a serious “moment” right now.  Unfortunately, not all of us are born with Cara Delevingne’s bold brows…but that doesn’t mean we can’t fake it! Today, I wanted to share a guide to all the different ways to fill in your brows so you can find the best one for your unique set. Read up, and consider yourself a bonafide brow expert afterwards :)

1.) Brow pencil: This is one of the most basic ways to fill in your brows. Brow pencils come in varying shades of light brown to black and have a waxier formula than eyeliner pencils. This allows them to go on naturally and smoothly, without the risk of harsh lines. Use short, light strokes to fill out your brows and soften it all out with a stiff brow brush or spooly (I saved you the extra step and added a spooly tip to the other end of em’s defining brow liner :)

2.) Brow powder (or matte eyeshadow): For a softer look, reach for a brow powder or matte eyeshadow that’s lighter than your natural eyebrow color.  Tap an angled brow brush into the powder and trace the outline of your brows, using light strokes.  To prevent the color from running or fading, brush a layer of clear brow gel or mascara on afterwards to seal in the look.

3.) Brow gel: Brow gels help keep unruly brows in place.  Clear brow gel is great for those of you who already have thick brows, but need extra taming.  Tinted brow gel adds a hint of color to your brows while shaping them.  Anastasia has great brow gels that tint your brow hairs, not your skin! Another way to tame your brow gels is to use Vaseline.

4.) Brow pens/markers: This is probably the least-used brow method, but it can do wonders if you use it correctly! Like lip pens, brow pens usually have a felt tip that distributes pigmented color on your brows.  Some people are afraid to use them (after all, it can kind of feel like you’re drawing on your brows with a marker!), but the tint isn’t as opaque as you might think.  The great part about brow pens is their staying power – usually only makeup remover or oil will make them budge! Use feathery strokes like you would with a brow pencil for a naturally filled-in look.

And finally, if none of these methods work or you, perhaps you just need to combine them.  A lot of girls use a brow gel after applying brow powder for a more defined look, or brow powder after brow liner to soften out the lines.  Experiment and find the best method for you!

For more on brows, check out the posts below:
Video: Brow 101
Light vs. Dark: Which Eyebrow Color is Best for You?
Uncovered: Eyebrow Threading

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photo credit: Ivan Gavan/Getty Images at Pringle of Scotland fashion show

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