How to go from fine to full in a matter of minutes
Our brow preferences couldn’t have changed more over the last decade. Gone are the super-sparse brows of the nineties; instead, we’re beefing them up using the best eyebrow makeup money can buy.
But not everyone was blessed with thick, full, Delevingne-esque eyebrows and, sadly, the majority of us have to fake it in the brow department.
While microblading treatments have rapidly gained popularity over the last few years, we wouldn’t blame you if you’re reluctant to spend a few hundred quid on getting your brows filled in. The best eyebrow makeup is a much cheaper solution when looking how to get thicker eyebrows.
From velvety soft pencils that’ll fill your eyebrows in stroke-by-stroke, to thickening pomades and growth-enhancing serums, the world’s your oyster when it comes to formulas and shades.
So where do you start when choosing the best brow makeup?
If you like a thick, dark and defined brow shape, choose a pomade like Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade. It’s a bestseller for a reason, it’s long lasting and gives you perfectly shaped arches.
If you prefer a more natural look, try a clear brow gel (we, like the rest of the world, love Glossier). These will fix your brows in place without it looking like your wearing any product at all.
When choosing a colour, the key is to always go for a duskier, earthier shade of your hair colour – very warm or orange-toned brows look too ‘done’ and unnatural-looking. And ideally, stay within a two shade range – no more than one shade lighter or darker than your current hair colour.
Once you’re clued up on the best eyebrow shapes for your face shape, read on for the Marie Claire approved eyebrow products you can find on UK beauty shelves.
How to fill in eyebrows
Brow beginners may be unsure of how to fill in your eyebrows without them looking too obvious. ‘I map out the brows with three dots and then fill in to create the perfect shape,’ says Tonya Crookes, celebrity brow artist and founder of The Browgal. ‘To find the point at which your brows should start, draw an imaginary line from the corner of your nose, directly upwards.
‘Next, draw a line from the corner of the nose, through the pupil to find the highest point of the brow. The end of the brow should fall in line with the corner of the nose and the outside edge of the eye. Your pencil should be sharp to create hair-like strokes.’
This kit has everything you could need for perfectly perky brows – three different shades, so that the colour won’t look flat, a wax for shaping, a highlighting powder for the brow bone, a brush, a spoolie and that all important pair of mini tweezers.
There’s a reason so many people love this brow pencil – the formula is slightly waxy so not only does it fill in colour, but the angled tip shapes brows as you draw. Comes in four colours that suit all hair colours.
If you love bushy, bushy brows – think Cara Deleveigne and the Olsen twins – then you must introduce this into your arsenal immediately. The spoolie is super fine, meaning it attaches to every hair making the bushiness look really natural. It also stays in place in all day. Also, the shades (like most brand offerings) are done by hair colour, but this is the first brand we’ve seen do a proper redhead one
Benefit are the queens of the brow. When they saw a gap in the market – they didn’t just launch a brow product, they launched a whole collection dedicated to the little sliver of hair above our eyes. This eyebrow powder is exactly what it says on the tin – foolproof. Where do your apply the lighter shade? Well just take a look at the handy guide…
These brow products are your one-way ticket to the perfect arches – because, as the saying goes, if your eyes really are the window to your soul, then your brows are surely the frame…
Over-plucked your brows in the 00s? We don't need to tell you that growing them back is no easy task – they're never quite the same again. Rapidbrow is a growth enhancing, strengthening serum that helps to thicken your brows over time – so if those bottom hairs are coming through a little fine, it'll bolster them up. The bottle says results within 60 days, but we noticed a mark difference in just a few weeks.
Proper bleached brows are one hell of a commitment. Whilst we would love to look like Cara and Bella - we're not sure it's a full time look. So thank goodness for Kat Von D's GENIUS pomade that gives the impression of bleached brows, but does in fact come off at the end of the day with a good cleansing oil.
Take a moment to appreciate the wonder of this product. A tint in a bottle - apply it on top your brows, leave for 20 mins and you, friends, have a three-day wear. For under £13. SOLD.
If your brows are a little sparse, the Wunderbrow formula has tiny little hair-like fibers that attach themselves to hair and skin. #fakeittillyoumakeit
If you haven't tried this AMAZING eyebrow gel - where have you been? Glossier's UK launch was one of the biggest we've seen and this is one of the heroes. Eyebrow gels can either be used for the natural look (this comes in clear) or to beef up an already groomed brow.