Whether you over-plucked or you weren’t blessed with Brooke Shields-like brows, these simple steps will take your arches from scrawny to sculpted. FYI: Spending just a few minutes on your brows will frame your face and even shave a few years off your look.

What You Need

  • Brow brush
  • Highlighter
  • Brow pomade
  • Tinted brow gel

Follow These Steps

  1. Using an eyebrow brush (essentially a mascara wand without any product on it; also known as a spooley), comb brows up and out. This way, the hairs will lay in the same direction so you can see what you’re working with.
  2. Grab a brow pomade, like Lancome Waterproof Eyebrow Gel-Cream ($24, lancome-usa.com) and a firm, angled brush, like Zoey Van Jones Brow Studio Dual Brow Brush ($18, shop.zoeyvanjones.com). If you don’t have these tools handy, a brow pencil will get the job done. And if you’re in a pinch, you can use eyeshadow in a shade that matches your brows.
  3. Dip the brush into the pomade, and softly flick the color into the brow. Create short, dash-like motions that resemble hair—this will keep the look natural (so no one can tell you filled in your brows). Beauty editor trick: If you have less hair at the end of your brows, start filling them in there (since we tend to apply the most color where we start filling in).
  4. Work your way across the arch until you reach the tail. The end of the brow should line up with the outer corner of your eye—don’t be afraid to add a little color, even where you don’t have hair.
  5. Go over your brows with a tinted brow gel or mousse, like Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse ($16.50, clinique.com), to add fullness, a healthy sheen, and keep hairs in place throughout the day. Brushing brows up will give your face a lifted look.
  6. Finish by applying highlighter (or a shimmery, light eyeshadow) along the brow bone to open and brighten the eye area. A good cheapie: Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24 HR Concentrated Crayon in Barely Beige ($7, ulta.com).

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