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How to Style Bushy Brows

Whip your fluffy brows into a shape that’s social media worthy.
May 17, 2023

For seasons bushy eyebrows have been trendy, and even though we’ve seen other eyebrow trends, like skinny brows, make a comeback, bushy brows continue to be the preferred look for many beauty lovers. Anyone born with lots of hair up there understands the struggle that having thick eyebrows can be, especially if that hair is also unruly. So while the look may be covetable overall, it’s only desirable when you can whip those eyebrow hairs into a shape that flatters your face. 

Of course with the right grooming techniques and makeup products, you can transform wild, bushy brows into effortlessly full, fluffy brows that are selfie-worthy. Simply follow this step-by-step tutorial below to help you get the look.

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Step 1. Pick Your Shape

Before you start anything, decide on the ideal shape for your eyebrows. Allow your eyebrows to grow for a few weeks before trying to shape them, so don’t pluck, trim or wax them in the meantime. It’ll be annoying at first, but this will give you a thick, full canvas to work with when you decide on your perfect shape. 

Additionally, make sure to choose an eyebrow shape based on your face shape as this will be the most flattering for your overall look. There is a difference in how to shape eyebrows for a round face and how to shape eyebrows for a square face and so on. So choose wisely.

Step 2. Trace Your Shape

Once you’ve decided on the eyebrow shape that complements you best, use an eyebrow pencil to sketch it out. Don’t worry about drawing it flawlessly — your outlined brow shape is just there to serve as a guide for trimming and tweezing. Try the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil Definer to sketch your outline, as it has an ultra-fine tip for precise, defined lines. Feel free to be as heavy-handed with your outline as needed, you’ll be washing it off later anyway.

Step 3. Brush and Trim Your Strands

It’s important to trim your bushy brows to eliminate the issue of stray hairs ending up out of place throughout the day. Start by brushing your brow hairs upward using a spoolie. Then use a small pair of scissors specifically meant for eyebrow grooming to trim any brow hairs that fall outside your outline. Keep in mind that less is more. Trim just a little hair at a time, and remember that you can always trim more as needed. Continue to brush your hairs upward if they fall back in place.

Step 4. Tweeze 

As you can probably guess, the next phase of grooming bushy eyebrows is to reach for a pair of tweezers. Carefully pluck away any hairs that fall outside your outline for a clean, polished brow look. Be sure to tweeze in natural lighting, using a magnifying mirror to guarantee no (stray) hair is left untouched. Always start off slowly with hair removal — you can always take more hair off instantly but you can’t grow it back that quickly.

Step 5. Wipe Away Your Outline

Now that you’ve cut and trimmed your bushy eyebrows to your desired look you can remove the outline you drew on earlier. Use a makeup remover wipe or dip a cotton swab into a bit of micellar water and use it to wipe away the brow pencil.

Step 6. Style With Brow Gel or Mascara

Once the preliminary prep for styling is done, you can tame those brows into your desired look using the best brow products. Because bushy eyebrows are already thick and dense they just need a product that’ll keep them in place day and night. An eyebrow gel or mascara is perfect for this because those products tend to have waxy or balm-like consistencies that offer staying power. Think about it in the same way that your hair gel works to keep your strands up top in place; brow gel keeps your eyebrow hairs styled and set. 

Since your brows are already prominent, use a clear brow gel to set your hairs into place, rather than a tinted one that could overdo their intensity. We love the L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Brow Topcoat, Waterproof Universal Transparent because its quick drying formula is  waterproof, smudge-resistant, transfer-resistant and lasts up to 30 hours. It comes with an applicator brush shaped like a small spoolie so once you’ve applied it, you’re done.

How Do You Make Your Eyebrows Bushy?

If you weren’t blessed with naturally bushy brows that’s okay, it’s easy to fake the appearance of thicker eyebrows. All you need is the right products and to follow these easy steps below.

Step 1. Determine Your Brow Shape

The same way you want to consider your face shape when styling naturally bushy brows, you want to do the same when faking the look of fuller eyebrows. It’s the same concept; what works for one face shape may not be flattering for another so make this your starting point for brow shaping and styling (and pretty much any other makeup technique).

Step 2. Brush Your Brows

Same as you would with bushy brows, brush your eyebrow hair vertically so you can see what you’re working with. This will help you figure out where you have sparse areas that need to be filled in.

Step 3. Fill In Your Shape

Now that you can see where you need more coverage, you can begin filling in your brows to get that bushy look. Start from the inside, making light strokes as you move toward your brow tail. Use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil if you just need a little help making your brows appear fluffier. If you have truly sparse brows, use the L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel, which helps to fill in and thicken the appearance of brows for up to 48 hours. It’s available in eight waterproof, transferproof, smudge-proof, sweat-resistant shades.

Step 4. Blend It In

Using a spoolie, brush and blend the pencil or gel strokes with your natural eyebrow hairs until you get your desired look. The point is to make your brows look thick but also natural, so be sure to blend well.

Step 5. Seal Your Look

This step is optional but important if your eyebrow hairs tend to curl up or end up all over the place by the end of the day. If you used an eyebrow pencil to fill in your brows, follow it up with the aforementioned Unbelievabrow Longwear Brow Topcoat.

Next: 4 Eyebrow Makeup Tips For Men

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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