When it comes to sculpting the perfect set of arched eyebrows, it takes time, patience, and the proper technique to get the job done. And since big, bold eyebrows are seriously on-trend, now is the perfect time to brush up on your technique. Whether you’ve been flaunting full brows since birth or rely on beauty tricks and brow products to fill them out, there’s no harm in learning a few more tips for getting arched eyebrows. So, without further ado, here are 11 eyebrow hacks that will surely level up your makeup look.
EYEBROW HACK #1: PICK THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
First things first, you need to be sure you’re using the right eyebrow makeup products! After all, not all brow products are created equal. Have your pick from our best eyebrow pomades, eyebrow powders, eyebrow pencils, eyebrow plumpers, and more, below.
L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel: Swipe this brow gel on to help thicken and fill out the appearance of your brows for up to 48 hours! It also comes in a blonde shade for those with light brows.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara: This smudge-resistant gel mousse formula glides onto eyebrows to boost volume and set hairs for a natural-looking take on the brushed eyebrow trend.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil: Use this dual-ended tool to help recreate tiny eyebrow hairs, precisely drawing on and shaping your brows for a well-defined look.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil: If you’re new to the whole eyebrow-filling thing, you’ll fall in love with this easy-to-use pencil. Designed with a triangular tip, this eyebrow pencil makes following the natural shape of your eyebrow super-simple, allowing for your most precisely manicured eyebrows.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender: An innovative crayon and kabuki blending brush, simply glide the crayon on and blend out for full eyebrows with a soft finish.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame & Set: If you’re looking for a bolder-looking eyebrow, pick up an eyebrow pomade. Glide this lightweight cream formula onto your skin and eyebrow hairs before blending out with the included spoolie for a defined and styled look.
EYEBROW HACK #2: FIND THE BEST SHAPE FOR YOUR FACE
What may look great on your BFF won’t necessarily look the same on you, and arched eyebrows are no exception. If you’re choosing a new look, base your eyebrows on your face shape.
If you have a round face…choose an angular eyebrow shape. Creating strong lines with your eyebrows can help balance the softness and lack of definition in your face. This can help give the appearance of a more defined bone structure.
If you have a square face…opposites attract! Try a rounded eyebrow shape. Your new curves can help offset a more angular jaw and soften your features.
If you have a heart-shaped face…you’ll want to go with a controlled shape with a high arch. Adding height to your eyebrows can translate into helping lengthen the look of a shorter jaw.
If you have an oval face…you aren’t constricted by too many rules. Since an oval face is already balanced, you don’t have to depend on your eyebrows. Help accentuate your symmetrical shape with a soft angle.
If you have a long face…keeping your eyebrows horizontal can help stop the eye from traveling downward and make your face look shorter. Extend the tails of your eyebrows directly to the side to help add visual width to your face.
EYEBROW HACK #3: REMEMBER THAT YOUR EYEBROWS ARE SISTERS, NOT TWINS
A common mistake people often make when it comes to their eyebrows is attempting to make them both look exactly alike. But remember: Eyebrows are like snowflakes—no two are quite the same. They should look similar—related, so to speak, like sisters, but definitely not twins.
EYEBROW HACK #4: TRY AN EYEBROW STENCIL
Novices to eyebrow shaping and shading can benefit from using an eyebrow stencil. Just place these plastic stencils over your eyebrows and use your preferred eyebrow makeup to fill inside. Remove the stencil when you’re done, and you’ll have the perfect set of arched eyebrows.
EYEBROW HACK #5: CREATE A FADE
The key to sporting perfect arches is to make sure that they aren’t one solid shape or color. Study any (real) eyebrow for a few seconds, and you’ll notice that the hair is generally finer at the front, becoming more concentrated toward the middle and through the tail. To avoid the tattooed-on look, replicate this fade when filling them in. Set the stage with less product at the front of your eyebrows, adding more as you reach the ends and voila!
EYEBROW HACK #6: HIGHLIGHT FOR DEFINITION
When you’re illuminating your face, don’t let your eyebrows feel left out. Use a hint of highlighter on them, too! With a highlighting stick, like one of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Sticks, illuminate just under the arch of your eyebrow. Blend out with your finger or a makeup brush, and your brows will be left looking even more defined!
EYEBROW HACK #7: USE CONCEALER TO SHAPE
Speaking of concealer, if you’re not too skilled in the art of shading, no need to fret! Concealer is an easy fix that works to give your eyebrows a sharper shape and save even the messiest of arches. Grab a creamy concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, and a small concealer brush and get to work. Just place the product along the edges of your eyebrows and blend outward to help redefine them.
EYEBROW HACK #8: DON’T MAGNIFY TOO MUCH
Magnifying mirrors might seem great in theory—but when you use one, all of a sudden, you’re seeing pores you didn’t even know were there and finding the tiniest of hairs to tweeze away. Then, before you know it, you’ve ended up with overly thin eyebrows. A regular mirror, minus the magnification, should be enough for your grooming needs.
EYEBROW HACK #9: FILL IN PRIOR TO PLUCKING
Instead of going into tweezing without a game plan, fill in your eyebrows first. Use an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder to help create the exact shape you want, and then only tweeze the hairs that fall outside of the shape you made. Easy, peasy!
EYEBROW HACK #10: SET YOUR EYEBROWS WIITH BROW GEL
After all the work you put into filling in your eyebrows, we’re sure you want your brow look to go the distance. Top things off with an eyebrow gel to keep your hairs firmly in place.
EYEBROW HACK #11: CLEAN YOUR TWEEZERS
Just like any other makeup tool, you should always clean your tweezers. Since dirt, oil, and other impurities can easily build-up on tweezers, which could lead to breakouts, don’t forget to make regular cleaning part of your beauty routine. Try cleaning your tweezers every time you wash your makeup brushes!
Now that you know all the tips and tricks for getting flawless arched eyebrows, how about learning to do a makeup look to match? Instead of rocking a heavy look, let your eyebrows stand out with a no makeup, makeup routine. Our article, How To Rock The No Makeup, Makeup Look: The Complete Tutorial, will show you the ropes.