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Beauty Video Tutorial: Eyebrows 101


Editor’s note: Every two weeks, our resident video blogger and makeup artist Imani shows you how to create a gorgeous makeup look on a college student budget. In case you missed them, see her past videos, Summer Beauty Tutorial: Bronzed Babe, Eyeliner 101, and Go-to Going Out Makeup Look & Bonus Tutorial.

Eyebrows provide the frame for your beautiful face. Therefore, they need to look good at all times. Since many of you commented on my past videos asking how I did my eyebrows, I made a video dedicated solely to my best eyebrow tips! From shaping your brows to filling in sparse brows, to making it look like you just had them done, I’ll show you how to get flawless eyebrows:

Tips for Getting Those Killer Brows:

As I already said in the video, and may repeat a few more times throughout the article just for emphasis, I do not condone shaping your own eyebrows. There is a BIG difference between shaping your eyebrows and cleaning them up. As I explain in the video, it is really hard to stop once you start plucking and nothing is more heartbreaking than looking into the mirror and realizing you have three eyebrow hairs left.

That said, here are my top four eyebrow tips, which I discussed in the video:

  • Always clean up those little hairs that pop up between shapings, because before you know it, one little hair becomes 10 little hairs.
  • Can’t get to the shop before class on Monday? Fake it with concealer.
  • A clear brow gel will keep them from budging all day.
  • Put down the tweezers and step away from the magnifying mirror.

Tips for Girls with Thin Eyebrows:

I have a personal obsession with eyebrows. My own brows have always been very thick and my mom took me to get them waxed when I was in 8th grade. Ever since then, I’ve been really aware of how eyebrows can completely change your face.

Now, I clearly don’t have issues with thin eyebrows, but I, for some reason, found myself reading up on the care and keeping of eyebrows as though I had none. I know some of you may have problems when it comes to hair growth in that region, but fear not: I have some tricks for you, too:

  • Plucking your eyebrows is not the same as shaving – the hair won’t always grow back the same texture and length. In fact, plucking may damage the hair follicle over time.
  • If you’ve messed up your eyebrows, as hard as it may be, you need to let the hairs grow back in before you get them done. If you just thought “Easier said than done”, go check out my eyeliner video from a few weeks ago. You will see a significant difference in my brows. Let. Them. Grow.
  • If your brows won’t grow back in, come to terms with it, then purchase a stencil kit. I love Anastasia stencils; they truly work and are worth the $65.00 price tag. I know that a few of you just instantly hated me for suggesting such a pricey item, but it’s a small price to pay for beautiful brows. You can also just purchase the stencils for $20 and use your favorite brow powder to fill in.

Before We Go…

Keep in mind not all eyebrows are created equal – you want to try out different products to see what works best for you. If you don’t have luck with eyebrow powders, you may want to try a pencil and vice versa. Experiment until you find your perfect brow technique!

One final note: “Eyebrows are to remain sisters, not twins.” – an old eyebrow proverb.


I know this has been a hot topic in the comments section of my last few videos. So here’s your chance to weigh in: Any more tips? Questions? Did you find the article helpful? What are some of your favorite brow products? What’s your preferred hair removal method? Let me know!

Posted on on August 16, 2011 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , ,

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22 Responses to “Beauty Video Tutorial: Eyebrows 101”

  1. 1
    August 16th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    So, true! I’ve been growing out my eyebrows this summer & my face looks SO much better. I noticed that I was over-plucking when my nose started looking bigger & bigger and my eyes smaller & smaller. Now that my eyebrows are growing back, my eyes stand out and my nose looks tiny :D If you don’t believe me, take a look at this picture of Keira Knightley:
    Someone photoshopped thin eyebrows on her, and you can see that BIG difference that natural eyebrows make :)
    I shudder every time I see women with thin eyebrows. Don’t spoil your beautiful face!
    The proverb you mentioned is spot on! :D

  2. 2
    August 16th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    really informative, loved it! plus I learned what the flat two-sided eyebrow brush is for :)

  3. 3
    August 16th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Great video. Can you do a video of hiding dark eye circles. You know studying for class, test, and hanging out all night, catches up to a college fashionista. I have tried foundation to cover those puffy eyes but I still think I look sleepy at the end of the day. Thanks for the makeup tips

  4. 4
    August 16th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Great article, I’d like to add though, that instead of purchasing eyebrow stencils for $20, you could visit the cosmetics department and have a beauty advisor help you find the right shape to fill them in either for free, or for the price of a brow pencil. :)

  5. 5
    August 16th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Really great post! My eyebrows grow back very fast so I always have to maintain them a lot before I go back to a salon to get them done.

  6. 6
    August 16th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Very helpful!! I’ve always wondered how I could shape my thick eyebrows without overdoing it.

    I have a question though: How can I dye my eyebrows? My eyebrows are black, but my hair is dark brown with some natural highlights in them. It’s a strange combination. People always ask me if I dye my hair since my eyebrows are so dark! Anyways, I’ve tried dying them but they just came out looking awkward. The dye wouldn’t go to all my eyebrow hairs so some would be brown and other would be black! It looked really funky. What do you suggest?

  7. 7
    August 16th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I have eyebrows that are not too thick or thin and have them shaped. I generally pluck out the stray strands that grow, because they’re sparse and that way I only end up going to get them done once in around a year. They look much more natural that way. Also, I’m always scared the woman who threads them will make my eyebrows thin. I prefer thicker eyebrows as well :)

  8. 8
    August 16th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    great tutorial. also, your skin is FLAWLESS! skincare routine video in the future?? :)

  9. 9
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I dont know if she was the one who came up with it, but Michelle Phan uses that quote quite often.

  10. 10
    August 17th, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I tend to have a heavy hand on my eyebrows so this was very helpful. Thanks!

  11. 11
    August 17th, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I have to admit, I have a huge obsession with my eyebrows. I used to have thick bushy brows until I got my first wax. And since then, my eyebrows have always been thin, but lately I’ve been shading them in to make them stand out. And since then, my overall face looks SO much better!

  12. 12
    August 17th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    The biggest BEST tip I’ve ever heard about eyebrows: REMEMBER — Your eyebrows are SISTERS, not twins. :)

  13. 13
    August 17th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    LMAO at the end of the video =D

  14. 14
    August 17th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Great video as usual. Love the concealer tip. Amazing way to stre-ee-eetch out those trips to the shop to get them done. I also get my brows threaded and the first time I went, the brow lady showed me a chart to select the type of look I was going for. AND she handed me a small mirror so as she was threading she would stop for me to look at her progress to make sure we were both on the same page.

  15. 15
    August 17th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I have to ask, how bad does threading hurt? Usually when I go get my eyebrows done I ask them to just use tweezers and scissors since I’m allergic to the wax.

  16. 16
    August 17th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you so much everyone!

    Stephanie- I would seek professional help. Dying your brows is no easy task, but if you want to test out some different shades I would try combing a colored mascara (brown, etc) through your brows to see how it would look. But for dying, I wouldn’t do it at home. :)

    C- When I do a foundation video, I will touch bases on dark circles and discoloration :)

    Danielle- Thank you and I think I could work a skincare video in :)

    Paula- Giiiiiiiiirl let me tell you that it will hurt a lot less than plucking out all the hairs. You are a savage for that! But I may be immune to the pain, but IMO it doesn’t hurt that bad. :)

  17. 17
    August 20th, 2011 at 1:16 am

    I bought the Anastasia brow kit one time, and I think maybe people shouldn’t bother with getting the whole kit. It comes with 4 stencils, but only one of them should really properly fit your face! It also comes with a brow gel (you can get that at any drugstore), a dvd (i never watched it), a “eye opener” pencil (its like a white pencil). As well as a case, brow powder, and a brush.

    I totally recommend the brow powder though, it lasts forever and to me the brunette colour doesn’t look like I painted my eyebrows on.

    It is definitely amazing how eyebrows can change how your face looks though. (As well as eyelashes!)

  18. 18
    October 11th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I actually came back to watch this video again before I started in on my eyebrows, so thank you for this awesome advice!
    Also, threading. Do you recommend it ? How long should I wait before I do it for the first time (as in, how unruly should I allow my brows to get before a visit)? Are any salons better for this than others?

  19. 19
    August 14th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    What about those of us who are blonde? Both my sister and I have eyebrows that are almost invisible. How can we find brow powder that will look natural and yet still darken those eyebrows and define our faces? I know a lot of blondes who have dark roots and dark eyebrows, but we have very blonde roots and blonde brows…

  20. 20
    August 14th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    You’re lucky not to have my eyebrows–ones that, literally, go all the way to the creases of my eyelids, though sparser than what’s on my actual brow bones. My having an actual brow ridge, unlike most girls, makes them look just that much more wild and unkempt than they are when I don’t pluck to leave what’s on my brow. And I look quite angry when I don’t pluck, and find myself more confrontational than I am when I pluck because of the slight way people treat me differently. I mean, I don’t do mine pencil-thin, but it’s not just a handful of hair I have to pluck.

    I’m jealous of all the girls who just need to pluck a few stray hairs in order to shape their eyebrows…

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