Full, natural looking brows are just four steps away. Here's your guide to boosting skimpy brows in a matter of minutes.

By Nina Judar
March 22, 2019
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Some people are blessed with full, beautiful eyebrows. The rest of us have to work a little harder to fake 'em. If you fall into the second category, worry not. These tips and makeup recommendations will help you master the art of shaping and filling brows for a younger, fresh-faced appearance.

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1. Lift the Hair Up

Use a clean mascara wand or a spoolie brush to comb brow hair up. By lifting the hair, you expose the skin underneath so your pencil has something to adhere to.

2. Fill in Gaps

Using a pencil crayon or gel in a shade that matches or is slightly lighter than your brow color, draw on short, hairlike strokes to fill any gaps. For an all-around thicker, more defined look, do this along the length of your arches. Try Maybelline New York Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer, $9.49, to bulk up skimpy brows with hairlike fibers.

You can also use a waterproof cream-gel formula instead of a pencil, like Benefit Ka-Brow! Cream-Gel Brow Color, $24.95 or stroke on color with a built-in paint-tip applicator; try Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder, $20.45.

3. Brush Out

Brush brows back into their natural place with the wand or spoolie. Sania's Brow Bar Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil, $30, includes a built-in spoolie brush for grooming before and after applying color.

4. Set

For extra staying power, go over your work with a small amount of brow powder (use an angled brush to apply) or a clear brow gel. If the final result looks too harsh, simply brush through brows one final time to soften the color.


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