There are ways to draw your eyebrows without using concealer or any makeup at all. In this post, I reached out to a few talented beauty gurus and asked them to provide me their tips for drawing eyebrows without concealer or makeup. These tips don’t require you to shave your brows and they are simple to do, even for a beginner.
How to Draw Eyebrows Without Concealer
Margina Dennis, makeup guru and former Beauty Director for LA’G Magazine provides us the following tips:
- Eyebrow Stencil – There are a lot of different brow shapes. Find a stencil of the shape that you like and lightly use an angled brush or a pencil in a shade darker than your skin and draw along out the outline of the brow on your but do not fill in with color!
- Tweeze and Trim – Tweeze the hairs that do not fall within the stencil area or trim ones that are too long. You don’t want to tweeze those or you could end up with bald spots that will need to be filled in later.
- Pencil – Take a brow pencil that is closest in color to your brow color or slightly lighter and make sure the point is sharpened well. If the pencil is a little soft, throw it in the freezer for a couple of minutes. With light pressure, draw hair-like strokes in the areas where the brow hair is a lot thinner, like the tail and the front part of the brow.
Don’t forget to re-sharpen along the way and use the stencil outline to guide you as to where to draw. I like to stay away from too dark shades because they can age you or make you look unhappy.
I also stay away from shades that are too red because it looks like an irritation instead of natural. Brett Freedman has an amazing range of brow pencils. If you are looking for those hard to find blonde and red ranges, his Vanitymark line is the solution
- Blend – Use a spoolie or a brow brush and comb the brows down and then up to soften the pencil and also to see where else you need to fill in the brows. Leave the brows brushed up so that you can finish the filling-in process.
- Powder – Use a small detail/blending brush and eyebrow powder to lightly fill in those areas that still need a little love. I like to use a bit on the tail to give it more definition. Senna Cosmetics has some of the best brow powders on the market!
- Finishing Touches – Use your spoolie or brow brush to get your brows where they need to be and then finish up with brow gel or brow soap to keep them where you want them to live! Surratt Beauty has an amazing brow pomade that will keep your brows in place all day. e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Brow Tint Gel has a hint of color and looks so natural. Sometimes I will skip the powder step and just do this. Soap Brows by West Barn Co. Soap is a great brow soap that will keep your brows in place and isn’t flakey.
- Clean Up – a little makeup remover on a pointed cotton bud to remove any bit of the outline that you drew.
Tiffany Ascensio, Research Analyst, and Stylist at Alwaysinhighheels.com shares the following tips:
When drawing eyebrows without concealer, you are going to use the eyebrow itself as a stencil or starting point.
- First, let’s start with tools. There are a lot of different options when it comes to brows. For example, there are powders, pencils, creams, gels, and pens. The most important rule is to use whichever tool you are most comfortable with.
- Once you’ve picked your medium of choice, you are going to find the basic shape of your eyebrow. Use your pencil (or brush or pen) to lightly sketch the bottom line of your eyebrow using small strokes or dashes. This will give you a base structure for your brow. Moving forward, do not go below this line.
- Next, do the same thing across the top of your brow to create your ultimate brow shape. Keep in mind that the upper edge of your brow will determine most of your brow arch, so sketch that line accordingly.
- Once you have created the top line of your brow, do not go above that line. Although you are using your natural brow as a guide, it is ok to sketch the drawn on brows differently than your natural shape. Use this as an opportunity to give your arch a little lift, or make your thin brows look more full.
- Next, use your pencil (or brush or pen) to lightly draw a few (3-5) tiny baby hairs in the inner part of your brow closest to your nose. This will give your brows that “microblade” natural look. The baby hairs do not all have to be the same length or going the same direction (you are mimicking regular hair). However, they do have to stay within the limitations of the top and bottom brow lines you created. A very fine point felt tip brow pen is really great for drawing precise baby hairs. Make sure you are not fully filling in this area with baby hairs. You’re just giving a bit of extra dimension and life to make your drawn-on brows look real.
- Once your baby hairs are complete, go back into the rest of your brow (staying within your lines) and fill in any sparse spots with your pencil/brush/pen with tiny strokes or dashes to imitate hair.
- Last but not least, you can finish off your look with a swipe of clear or tinted brow gel to really lock your new brows in place.
How To Fill Eyebrows Naturally Without Makeup
Make Eyebrow Thicker with Soap at Home
Fani Mari, a freelance beauty guru, shares that the best way to fill in brows without makeup is the soap brows technique. This is suitable for all brow shapes and will give you the fluffy brow look. Even if your brows are on the thinner side, this will help them appear fuller and thicker! It’s a beautifully undone look, even suitable for the most unruly brows.
What you’ll need:
- Any clear/transparent bar of soap (the Pears soap works great)
- A clean spoolie – you can get this for free at various makeup stores, or if you have an old mascara wand, you can clean it up and use that
- Take your spoolie and brush your brows well. The brows should be clean with no product on
- Wet your soap bar with a little water or setting spray
- Move the spoolie back and forth on the soap until it’s fully coated with product
- Brush through your brows with the spoolie, you want to brush them upwards so they stay in shape. If you prefer a less ‘fluffy’ look, you don’t have to brush them all the way up, go towards the side.
- Once your brows are fully coated with the soap and you are happy with the shape, take your finger and move it upwards, in the direction of the brow hair. This will set them in place. Imagine this movement like a stroking movement, but do this with some pressure.
- Your brows are ready and set in place! If you want to put product in (like pomade, pencil) you can do that either before or after the soap brows technique. Personally I set my brows first and then fill them in if needed.
Make Brows Fuller with Lipstick (Lip Balm)
Gemma Blake, Creative Director at Make-Up Your Mind, shares that the quickest way to fill brows naturally without makeup is to use lipstick (Lip Balm).
- Trim – Use a spoolie to brush your brows directly up. Carefully trim any hairs that are visibly longer than your natural brow shape.
- Tame – This look is aiming to create a natural, but tidy brow. Tweeze the obvious. Never over pluck if you are unsure, leave it, it is better to be safe than sorry!
- Sweep – Brush your brows into place by sweeping up and out, away from the center of your face. Don’t be heavy-handed with your sweep, once they have been brushed up try to resist the urge to brush back down, a light sweep outward should give you the best result.
- Hold – Now it’s time to set your brows, ensuring the maximum hold throughout the day. Top tip: Lip balm has a softer, more natural application. It’s not as severe as brow wax/gel but gives the same lasting finish and also slightly darkens your natural brow.