How to Define Your Eyebrows Like a Pro

by Ivy Boyd

How to Define Your Eyebrows Like a Pro

Defining your eyebrows can change the entire look of your face. Here’s how to easily and naturally define your eyebrows with brow powder.


Defining your eyebrows is a crucial, don’t-skip step that can change the look of your entire face. Eyebrows frame your eyes and—depending on their shape—can cause you to look angry, tired and old or soft, youthful and well-rested. I think I know which you’d prefer! Here is how to easily achieve a natural yet defined look with a brow powder. The video tutorial makes it easy to get it right with brow powder.


Here are the steps:
Begin by dipping your stiff, angled brush like the Smashbox Angle Brow Brush #12 into the lighter of the two powder colors. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo offers two shades, and the color selection is excellent. Start with a small amount. We’ll add as we go along.


2. Working in short, upward, hairlike strokes, begin to fill in the inside of your brow. Create a sharp line on the bottom edge to define the shape. This will guide the rest of your application.


3. Next, grab some of the darker powder and start to work outward, building up the middle and tail of your brow. You may need to use a brow brush to align hairs just right, with a comb like the Japonesque Brow and Lash Comb or even an old toothbrush!


4. To set your handiwork and keep brow hairs in place, swipe a brow gel through them. Go easy so you don’t smear your powder. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel works wonders to help the hairs stay in place.


(Want a less expensive version? Try Maybelline’s Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer.)


5. For extra definition and a clean look, use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone and highlight below the brow. This will sharpen your lines and even hide stray brow hairs in need of plucking. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer is easy to apply with a brush applicator.


Remember these guidelines:


  • Follow your natural brow shape. Some brows have a prominent arch; others are more straight, some more rounded.
  • If you’ve never filled in your brows, powder is the easiest way to start. It looks most natural and soft.
  • Work in short, gradual strokes, building your color from light to dark.
  • The beginning of your brow should align with the dimple of your nose. Arch—if applicable—diagonally through the pupil and end at a point determined by holding a brush or pencil diagonally along the outside corner of your nose. Nobody has eyebrows that come in or out as far as they could.


For more makeup tricks and tips from Ivy, go to Wake Up for Makeup.