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How-To: A Natural-Looking Brow

Bold brows are not just for the runways, you know. Thin, highly arched brows can make you look older, but a fuller, darker, more natural-looking brow can do wonders to flatter your face. So if you think you're ready to give this look a shot,


  • Step 1: Assess what you have. Take a look at your brows and decide what their natural color is. Your most flattering brow shade will either match your color, or be one to two shades darker. The idea behind bold brows is to just to enhance their natural color in order to make them stand out more on the face.
  • STEP 2: Choose your shade. The general rule of thumb is that the lighter your brow, the closer you should stick to your natural color. Below is an idea of where you can take your color, based on what you have to begin with:
    • If they're blonde, you can go blonde to dark blonde.
    • If they're dark blonde, you can go light brown to brown.
    • If they're brown, you can go dark brown to chestnut brown.
    • If they're black, keep them black or try a soft black.
    • If they're silver or gray, try soft gray, black, or dark brown (depending on your hair color).
    • If they're auburn, you can go dark blonde or auburn.
  • STEP 3: Time to add color! Once you've chosen the right hue for your brows, you have a few options for coloring them. Brow powders look more natural than pencils, and give a longer lasting, deeper color. Dip an angled brow brush like this Laura Mercier Brow Definer Brush ($25) into a brow powder like this Bare Escentuals Essential Brow Color ($11). The trick here is to get just a bit of powder on the brush, tap off the excess, and sweep it in an upward motion onto your brows. For help staying within the lines, try using the Anastasia Brow Stencils ($20).
  • STEP 4: Polish them off! Nothing looked more well-groomed than finishing off your brow color with a clear or lightly tinted brow mousse or gel. This will help your neatly groomed brows stay put all day while adding the faintest sheen. You can either go with a clear brow mousse like Amazing Cosmetics Brow Gel ($12), or add a bit more color with a tinted gel, like Stila Brow Polish ($14). When applying either a mousse or gel, brush brows upwards and outwards instead of diagonally with the natural grain. This gives more volume and helps plump them up for a more dramatic effect.


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E-Pierdominici E-Pierdominici 9 years
A great way to freshen any brow and eye is to apply a light (i.e. nude, soft white, cream, silver) shimmer either just below the brow bone, or in the middle of the eye. The lightness of the shadow brightens the eye area, creating a fresh and alert appearance, while the shimmer subtly reflects the brow bone and enhances the natural contours of the eye.
orisugar orisugar 9 years
that looks like my eyebrow!
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
thanks lisak!
LisaK LisaK 9 years
kellie -- I bought an < a href = "" > Avon set < / a > off of Ebay for less than $8.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
does anyone know where to get brow stencils ala anastacia but cheaper? $20 is a lot to spend on some plastic cut outs haha!
jknocking jknocking 9 years
I use the Bare Escentuals brow kit and love it....use need such a small amount of the powder that it seems like it will last forever! The kit includes the brush, powder and a clear gel to finish with.
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't do much to my brows, they're pretty "natural" as is. I fill in the ends if I need to and use clear brow gel. Takes me two seconds.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I'm a big fan of manicured, natural-looking brows. I think it's flattering.
audreyxoxo audreyxoxo 9 years
my brows (before shaping) looked like oval-hairy-things, but now i tweeze a little underneath to create an arch. Im sooo happy natural brows are in!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Big, bushy brows look good on people with chubby faces or large features.
linday_love linday_love 9 years
i use kiss me primer on my eyebrows!cool!
TheGums TheGums 9 years
I use anastasia's brow pencil.. perfect!
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
Oh yeah, and I want to echo the girls who asked for shaping tips. My brows are the bane of my face.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
I use that Bare Escentuals brow powder. It's great, and I only need a tiny, tiny bit at a time; even though the powder pot is small, it's going to last a very, very long time.
pixigirl31 pixigirl31 9 years
bella, how do i get this shape?
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I need some tips on how to shape them, right now the color is ok as is!
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 9 years
i always use brow gel. i'm sad though because yesterday i overtweezed a bit and now my shape is all messed up :(
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love MAC's brow pencil in Spiked. :)
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
My brows are naturally "natural-looking" haha so i just fill in the ends with a little brown pencil and i use a cheap clear mascara for polish. then, good-to-go.
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