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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

all about eyebrows: filling in

all about eyebrows: filling in

Todays eyebrow guide is all about filling them in. I was always skeptical about filling my eyebrows in, but after a few goes I never looked back. Filling your eyebrows in and making the most of the brows you have can really change your whole look and completely frame your face. The idea of filling me eyebrows in scared me a lot at first because it conjures images of thick black drawn on brows, never fear. Here is my product guide to filling your eyebrows in…

Eyebrow POWDER:

Filling your eyebrows in with a powder can make them look much more natural than you think. Using a shade that similar to your natural eyebrow shade and an angled brush and work in light even strokes to build up the areas that you need to define or fill in. My top tip would to choose a matte, soft textured shadow that is not too pigmented but also not too sheer. You want something suitable for layering up colour if needed.

eyebrow pencil: 

Scouse brow much? These have been the standard way of filling eyebrows in for years. But many can make your brows look overdone, harsh and coated. You want to look for a creamy, light and smooth eyebrow pencil with a soft dry finish. Bottom line with pencils is that if it doesn't look natural - don't use it. I really recommend the Hourglass Arch Brow or the Laura Mericer Eyebrow Pencils, both leave the brows looking natural and full without looking like you've drawn them on with a Sharpie.

eyebrow gel:

Gel's are great for adding colour and keeping things in place. They work best on lighter brows to darken them up or taming unruly eyebrows. Brow gels are like mascara but have a lighter gel consistency with minimal pigmentation. You can get clear or coloured varieties depending on your needs. You can pick up clear mascaras from most drugstores for less than £2, and they do just as good of a job as their more expensive counterparts.

the combination:

You can always use a mix and match of the three depending on the look you want to create. Pencil and powder give you more control and the definition that comes with using a pencil. This is especially helpful if you need to slightly extend the end of your brows, so they frame your eyes better. And a blend of powder and a brow gel can create soft full eyebrows with a natural finish.

The next quartet of posts are all about eyebrows. Check back daily for my top tips on eyebrow maintenance, growing out & filling in.

38 comments

  1. I absolutely adore filling in my eyebrows- definitely one of my favourite steps in my makeup routine. Eyebrows make the biggest difference to a look and I always feel so polished when my brows are groomed nicely. I find that brushing my brows up slightly with a spoolie lifts the face and leaves a more youthful freshness to any look! Love this post xx

    Sunny | A Cosmetic Anthology

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  2. I use a powder to do mine - no marker pen brows here :)!
    Blog of Bits and Bobs.co.uk
    xoxo

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  3. I've got quite dark, unruly brows so I've started using a clear brow gel to get everything in place, then a powder on top, then set with a clear brow gel again. I used to use a pencil, but it just looked far too dramatic and unnatural for me! xoxo

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  4. I love the look of that powder, can you tell me what that palette is please? x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  5. even cheaper than using a clear mascara to set eyebrows in place is shamelessly using a spoolie with a bit of hairspray sprayed on!
    Lizzy | elizabethsophiee x

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  6. I use powder too it doesnt give any sharp lines like pencils usually do... a much more natural way of doing it! Great post!

    sophierrobinson.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I have all three options in my make up bag which is quite handy as I like to chop and change, but I definitely opt for powder more often than not! I'm loving these posts, my eyebrows really need to be tamed a bit more but I'm trying to grow them out too (so yesterday's post was perfect) - looking forward to the rest of them!x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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  8. Great tips (: i use powder, but i'm on the lookout for a new one for my blonde brows x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  9. I prefer powder to pencil and found the perfect matte shade by Barry M after exhausting all the other counters.x

    http://you-little-wonder.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Great post.
    I can't leave the house without my eyebrows filled in or I just don't look complete!

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  12. great post lily, Ive just started using a pencil on my brow x

    Sweet Electric Blog

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  13. I love using both pencils and powders, but given the choice I prefer the softer look of a powder. I love bold eyebrows but I hate when they look harsh, I experimented with this look when I first started filling them in and I cringe when I see those photos because my brows look way too dark against my skin!
    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

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  14. WOW you have such a beautiful blog <3 if you want to see mine and follow me on bloglovin I always follow back. xxx

    www.mintandbeauty.com

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  15. I use a pencil and a brow gel when I want a more dramatic brow, but normally just use a brow gel day to day.

    Tiny Alis

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  16. I am a big fan of benefit browzings, never really get on with using just one, prefer a combination!

    beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk

    B xx

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  17. Lately I've just been using powder; mostly the shade Faint from my UD Naked basics palette. It's a perfect medium brown for my brows. I always make sure to brush them through--I never realized until I started doing it how much of a difference it can make!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  18. What's the powder that you use? That pallet looks great. Sometimes I find benefit brow zings too dark, even the light one.

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  19. i think i need to get some clear mascara to make mine stay and try to work on my powder skills, i will make my brows look good !
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I use a Brow Shaper from Lancôme. Like you say the gel consistency. I absolutely love it to tame my brows before defining them.

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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  21. I was so sceptical before I tried filling in my brows but cannot go without now, I have been using the maybelline eyebrow gel for ages now, really want to try using powder I just need to find the right shade x

    EmmiHearts

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  22. This is exactly what I needed. All my life I've been so scared of filling my brows because I know how easily that can go wrong. However, I reaaaaaaally want to give it a try since I think that when it's done correctly it looks amazing and completes every make up look! :)

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  23. I prefer to use a shadow, (I use Lavish from the MUA Undress Me Too palette) but a pencil is more convenient! Love this post!

    Laura @ Hooked On Beauty xx http://laurecca.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. I'm new to the 'brow game' too, its really hard to get into and I've always thought it's a waste of time, but it really can make such a difference to how your face looks. Love the advice!
    Chloe xxxx
    www.underestimatethegirl.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I love using eyeshadow and then eyeko brow gel to set them in place, works really well :)
    Love this post.
    Beauty by Alicee xoxo

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  26. I love using powder. It's very soft and gives a really natural, full brow look.


    Check out my latest reviews and posts on drugstore staples and supplements for clear, glowing skin.

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    Sophie x

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  27. I have seriously fair brows so this post was really useful! I'd love to try the Hourglass pencil or Anastasia brow wiz:)

    Esmé
    http://cloudesme.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. I really want to try out the Maybelline Brow Drama! x

    http://moiraparton.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. I tried pencil but it was too harsh for me so i now use powder for a more natural look

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  30. I use multiple things on my brows it changes from day to day. Pencil I love, yet also love a powder or wax in an eyebrow kit. I always have to set my brows with a brow gel and currently am loving the Maybelline brow drama it's fab!

    www.hannmaree.com

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  31. i think the best natural look is a powder and pencil used sparingly together!
    forever jealous of your brows tho!

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  32. i prefer using a shadow to fill in my eyebrows!

    http://sarazbeautytonic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. I'm a fan of the powder, gives a more natural look!

    http://alexabelle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/how-to-survive-valentines-day.html

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  34. LOVE the powder!!! Check out my skincare blog at theskincarebible.com and give me a follow back please!

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  35. I love using the brow powder. I think that it's the easiest application to beautify your eyebrows & have a natural look.

    http://simplydarling-lovely.blogspot.com/

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  36. Powder is my product of choice.

    Check out my latest reviews and posts on drugstore staples and supplements for clear, glowing skin.

    www.sophschoices.co.uk

    Sophie x

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  37. love
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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