It’s no secret that full eyebrows are still going strong; they are, after all, the ultimate personalized beauty signature. If you haven’t been blessed with a Cara Delevingne–esque set, it’s still possible to fake the look with makeup. But how to find the right product when there are so many to choose from—powders, pencils, gels, combs—and then make it appear realistic and totally natural? For some seasoned backstage advice, turn to the pros who know best. Here, top makeup artists Charlotte Tilbury, Gucci Westman, Wendy Rowe, Dick Page, and Daniel Martin share their insider secrets for getting the robust, natural-looking eyebrows of your dreams.
“You can slightly enlarge anyone’s eyebrows. The best way to do this would be to use a pen, like the Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer, and draw a subtly amplified shape. Draw in the eyebrow hair on the top and bottom in the direction of the hair growth. This looks so realistic, no one would know. Numerous models ask me what I’m using when I make their eyebrows larger using this product.”
“My magic rule is to always go a shade lighter than your natural hair color to make your brows look as natural as possible. Brush them in an upward motion, the way the hairs naturally grow—this makes them look fuller instantly. The secret key is small strokes—the minute, multi-bristle brush [in this product] will pull up, coat, and tint the hairs, even the smallest of new growth.”
“A Japanese brand I love called Suqqu makes a liquid pen that’s amazing for drawing brows. You can make them super-thin, which looks more authentic. It’s important to brush through with a brow brush to blend the hairs together.”
“I brush the brows down to start, and sketch a little color into the topmost hairs. Then I brush the brows back up from the bottom, and fill with short strokes of color using an [angled] eyeliner brush. I prefer cream color, but pencil would also work. For more weight, I use a brow powder and then comb clear gel through to control the shape.”
“My number one tip is to use short ticking strokes with a hard pencil, rather than powder or a gel, to fill in sparse holes in the brow without creating a totally overdefined look.”