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How to Fill in Your Eyebrows

Without making them look drawn-on.

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Q: I've been trying to figure out the best way to fill in my eyebrows without making them look drawn-on. The hair isn’t growing enough on my bottom half to make them naturally more full. Any suggestions? — Candice

A:Candice,I prefer to use eyeshadow and an angled brush (try MAC 266 Small Angle Brush) to naturally fill in sparse brows.

MAC 266 Small Angle Brush.

Choose an eyeshadow colour that is a shade or two lighter than your actual brows. 

Many women make the mistake of matching their brow colour or choosing something even darker, which gives a very intense look to the brow. 

For example, if you have dark brown hair and brows, choose a chestnut or coffee shade—not a black or espresso shade! You can also go to a place like MAC or Sephora for help choosing a shade.

For blondes, I recommend MAC Eyeshadow in Omega

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MAC Eyeshadow in Omega.

For dark blondes, I recommend MAC Eyeshadow in Concrete.

For brunettes, I recommend MAC Eyeshadow in Brun.

MAC Eyeshadow in Brun.

For redheads, I recommend MAC Eyeshadow in Cork or Saddle.

MAC Eyeshadow in Saddle.

Dip the angled brush into the shadow and start by applying the colour from the arch of the brow to the ends of the brow. This area tends to be darker, so that is where you want to concentrate the product. 

Next, apply some shadow to the inner corner of the brow and back towards the arch. Applying it this way should give a more natural look to the brow.

Since your hair is sparse along the bottom of the brow, apply the shadow there, too. If it is sparse on the top of the brow, you can apply it there instead. You may need to apply a few more times to achieve your desired depth.

I always like to use another brow brush after the eyeshadow application, to brush the product through the brows and soften any edges or intensity. 

If your brows look too dark, brushing them is how you would take down the colour. Don't rub or wipe, as it will make the makeup look patchy. Keep brushing out the colour until you get a look you like.

Sabrina Rinaldi is a Toronto- and Montreal-based hair and makeup artist.

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