What better to do on this boring, rainy day than an eyebrow tutorial? Nothing that I could think of!
I’ve had a few people ask me lately for a tutorial on how I do my brows and I’m happy to oblige so brace yourself for this in depth, picture heavy tutorial. Now while there are several different mediums of brow products, today’s will feature a cream product since this is the product that I’ve been using on my brows almost daily for a few months now. In the future I’ll also being doing eyebrow tutorials using pencil, powder and gel. Gotta cover all the bases, you know?
Today I’m using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the shade Dark Brown. This stuff is pretty incredible. Use a little, use a lot, use it however you want because it’s super versatile. It’s also waterproof so no need to worry about getting caught in a rain shower and having your brows melting all over your face. They won’t budge. If you find the $18 price tag a little off putting don’t fret too much. You need such a tiny amount of this product to do your brows that you will not need to buy a second container any time soon. Like I said, I’ve been using mine for months and I have barely used any of the product at all. There is SO much left.
Unfortunately at the time of writing this, Dipbrow Pomade seems to be out of stock almost everywhere but don’t panic! It will be back at some point and rumor has it that Sephora is expecting it sometime in May. You can sign up on the product page on their website to receive an email when it’s back in stock. In the mean time, I’ve heard people say that Maybelline’s Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner is a decent dupe but the color choices are very limited and it’s not as smudge/waterproof. Take that all with a grain of salt though; I’ve never used it myself.
Edit: Dipbrow Pomade is currently in stock on Amazon.
Alright, let’s do this. This is my bare brow. It could use a little help but hey, that’s what we’re getting to!
Start by combing your brows into place using a spoolie. You want to comb them kinda upwards and back, towards the tail. Getting all the little hairs into the right place will make the next steps easier.
Get a little bit of the product on a thin, angled brush and make your first mark not quite at the beginning of your brow. We’re starting a little bit back because we want to create a gradient in the front for a more natural look vs. sharpie brows. If you’re currently growing out or reshaping your eyebrows, or if for any reason they are not in the shape you wish for them to be, you can make your lines the way you want your brows to look instead of following the actual line of your brows.
Now in either one smooth stroke or a series of short strokes, whatever you find easier, extend your line into your arch and all the way to the tail.
Be mindful of how much product you’re using because a little really does go a long way. You can do a really light, natural brow with this or a super dramatic brow. I’m going moderately heavy today for the sake of being able to clearly see what I’m doing in these pictures. If at some point during application your brows start to look a little too heavy for your taste, wipe your brush clean on a tissue and use your now clean brush to blend and shape with the existing product that you’ve already applied to your brows.
Use your brush to push and blend the product on your initial line upwards into your brow. This product doesn’t dry immediately so you’ve got a little time. Without picking up any new product just yet, use your brush to go ahead and create a soft line all the way to the beginning of your brow.
Just like the line we did on the bottom, we’re now going to make one on the top. In most cases you want this line to be right along the line of hair on the top of your brow but if your brows are thin and you need to create the illusion of a fuller brow, go a smidge over. Once again, don’t take the line all the way to the front of your brow. Naturally the top portion of the beginning of most peoples brows is lighter and more sparse than the rest. We want this to remain true.
Just like how we blended the first line upwards, we’re going to use our brush to now blend this one downwards. Once that is done, without applying any more product to your brush, place your brush at the beginning of your brows at the bottom and gently push your brush upwards a little. This should add a little color and shading to the beginning without adding too much definition. You can shade a little more at the very bottom and very little at the very top. Think gradient.
Use a spoolie to gently brush through your brows now. This will help soften harsh lines as well as blend the product in with your own hairs.
We’re almost done so let’s move on to the finishing touches! Use a Q-Tip to clean up any stray marks, smudges, etc. Pro-tip: I find that Q-Tips can be too round and bulbous to use to clean up and/or sharpen the line of your brows so I usually rip half of the cotton off, roll the leftover cotton on the Q-Tip between my fingers to make it nice and tight and then use it that way.
Adding concealer under your brows can help concealer any odd marks, as well as stray hairs, while also adding definition. I put a dab of concealer on the back of my hand, dip my Real Techniques Pointed Foundation brush into a small amount of it and then apply that right under my brow. I then wipe off any excess concealer from the brush and use the brush to gently blend the concealer downwards. Optional: Remember how we were talking about keeping the beginning of your brows softer and more sparse to help them look more natural? To play that up even farther, you can very gently brush up a tiny bit of concealer into the very beginning of your brows during this step. Only a tiny bit though. Too much and, well, it’ll look like you have concealer in your brows.
Ta-da! Now we’re all done.
Before and after
And here is what they will look like with a full face of makeup! Also, can you guess who got their NYX Macaron Lippies order in today? ME! I have been waiting months on these babies so I am pretty pumped! I’m wearing Pistachio here but will be posting a review as well as swatches of all 10 shades that I ordered this weekend.