Eyebrows are one of the most precious features on our face. Paying attention to the shape of our brows is crucial, only because of how they frame our face and features. The decade has increased demand for intentionally bushy, yet somehow still clean-looking eyebrows. (If you've found yourself down a YouTube rabbit hole trying to master this art, you're not alone.)
The trick that most people don't realize that can make a significant difference in eyebrows is using concealer to highlight them. Concealer isn't just to cover unwanted blemishes or dark circles under the eyes—it helps shape and lifts brows, usually with only one application. The more defined and lifted your brows look, the more bright and rested you'll appear. Keep scrolling for our tips on how to use concealer for perfectly shaped eyebrows.
Step 1: Find Your Shade
As a general rule of thumb, concealer should be a shade lighter than your natural skin tone, as it needs to blend into your skin while still serving as a highlight. Finding the right concealer shade for you will ultimately result in fresh-looking makeup without having to put in too much effort.
To find your concealer shade, test out a few on your skin until you find the one that brightens yet appears the most natural, avoiding any shade that looks obvious. It's also important to experiment with the texture of the concealer and level of coverage. Knowing if you prefer sheer, medium, or full coverage is vital when choosing a concealer you're going to wear every day.
Step 2: Get Your Brows Shaped
When your eyebrows are in their best shape, everything from shadow to concealer looks that much better. Shaping your brows will help with stray hairs (to create cleaner lines and a smoother surface for concealer application), and if you have waxing or threading done regularly, they should maintain their shape well. It's always important to pay attention to your arch, as this is a crucial focal point for your brows. If you have light-colored hair that doesn't show, you can always have your brows tinted to enhance the color. If you find your eyebrow hair is too long, you can always trim it down using a small pair of scissors.
Step 3: Fill Them In
Eyebrow pencils, pomade, gels... you name it, these are all products you can use to fill in areas that are sparse and create your brow shape. Focus on the shape of your arch first, making sure it's defined and natural. When you're done filling in your brows, brush a brow gel through them to make sure hairs are all pointing in the right direction. Brushing brows upward will help create that coveted feathery look, as well as lift the overall appearance of your eyes (making you look more awake). If you find your eyebrows are sparse, there are a few things you can do to help revive hair growth. I'm lightly filling my eyebrows in with Lime Crime Bushy Brow Pen ($20).
Step 4: Apply Your Eye Makeup
Apply whatever eye makeup look you want, whether it's a smoky eye or just a few softly hued shadows for a natural, everyday look. Just one update: Instead of applying a shimmery shadow under the brow, keep the skin under your brow bone bare. Your concealer is next and will act as the main highlight.
Step 5: Finish With Concealer
Applying a light layer of concealer under the brow with a brush or lightly blending it with your finger will bring instant shape and definition to your eyebrows. You can use a thin, angled brush directly under the brow to draw a line, or a more flat concealer brush to blend the concealer out, so it's not as noticeable.
Lightly tap your brush onto the concealer to start, and then apply it under the brow bone. I'm using Clé de Peau concealer ($70).
Creamy pot and stick concealers are easier to work with when it comes to shaping your brows. Liquid concealers bleed into your brows more easily, and powder concealers won't create the same definition.
If you feel you need more definition, apply the concealer around the top portion of your eyebrow, too. This is also a great way to conceal redness from waxing, plucking, or threading. Once you've framed the entire eyebrow with concealer, continue to blend until it's finished.
Once you've framed the entire eyebrow with concealer, continue to blend until it's finished.
The End Result
The end result is naturally highlighted, shaped eyebrows. For sharper definition, line the shape of your brows using a pencil and highlight with a concealer that's two shades lighter than your skin tone (as opposed to one shade lighter).