How to Fill in Eyebrows With a Pencil

Eyebrow pencils come in a variety of shades.
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If your face is a circus, the eyebrows are the ring masters. You can't get away from the fact that the eyebrows define or enhance the shape of your face -- and offer the greatest option for immediate change when you're looking for a whole new look. Unfortunately, we don't all have what it takes to get the thick eyebrows we may desire -- whether it be because of fervent plucking or something more serious, such as health or nutritional challenges. But you don't have to stress your way through dealing with your brows -- pick up your eyebrow pencil and simply give those sparse brows what they need. You'll walk away from the mirror with the look you desire and the confidence that goes with it.

Select the right shade of eyebrow pencil for your eyebrows. If you have dark eyebrows, select an eyebrow pencil that is two shades lighter than your eyebrows' natural color. If you have fair eyebrows, select an eyebrow pencil that is two shades darker than your eyebrows' natural color.

Sharpen your eyebrow pencil with an eyebrow-pencil sharpener so that you get a precise edge.

Hold your skin taut at your temple and then use a soft touch to line the upper edge of your eyebrow, starting from the inner corner of your eyebrow by your nose and then working your way toward the outer corner of your eyebrow by your temple. Then line the underside of your eyebrow in this same manner.

Use short, light and feathery strokes of your eyebrow pencil to fill in sparse or bare parts of your eyebrow.

Blend and soften the color by brushing your eyebrows with a small, wiry eyebrow brush, using short brushstrokes and beginning at the inner corner of your eyebrow by your nose.

  • Use an eyebrow pencil that has a soft, light texture and a dry, matte finish since it will be easier to use and work better than a eyebrow pencil that is hard and waxy.
  • If you have applied too much color to your eyebrow with your eyebrow pencil, you can soften the color by dabbing a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover over your eyebrow.

Lisa S. Kramer is a licensed attorney practicing civil litigation and estates and trusts law in southern Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude. Kramer earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.