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How To Do Quick and Easy Brows, According to Pro Makeup Artists

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If you’re a makeup ’n’ go kinda girl you’ll want to know things like, how to find an instantly radiant base, tips for creating a quick smokey eye or advice on making your lips and cheeks pop using only one product. 

But what about your brows? Because us five minuters need a quick and easy solution, whilst still wanting them to look well-groomed and fabulous. Please, is that too much to ask?

Here is the very tutorial you’ve been searching for. With tips from experts Stephanie GM and Pilar DeMann, *this* is how to make your brows look done in a flash.  


Step 1: Comb your brows through

According to GM, doing this first can make all the difference to your brows’ overall finish. “Combing through brows before starting to fill them in will help guide you in both what needs filling in and not ending up with a chunky brow,” she says. 

“Combing your brows up, or even along your brow, will show you any gaps, your natural shape and help set the groundwork for the next steps.”

DeMann agrees. “I like to use a spoolie to brush brows up,” she says. “This way, I can see the underlying shape, how long they are and if there are cowlicks.”

You might also find your brow pencil or product comes with its own brush.


Girl showing how to comb eyebrows through before doing makeup

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Step 2: Draw short strokes with your pencil

“With short strokes, you get lighter and buildable coverage,” explains GM. “These strokes mimic hair-like texture instead of pencil marks.” 

DeMann recommends only drawing strokes if your pencil is very, very fine. If not, “use your pencil to create your outline, usually on the bottom edge of the brow, by gently placing the pencil (or a powder) lightly from the bulb to the tail on the bottom edge.” Next, “use your spoolie to soften the line and fluff the colour up and into the brow,” she says. 


Girl showing how to use an eyebrow pencil to do her brows

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Step 3: Blend and fill in the gaps

Go slowly and gently. “It’s always easier to add more than to take away,” DeMann warns.

“If you have used a pencil you can see where you will have gaps to fill in [so you won’t] have to fill in your entire brow,” explains GM.  “One brow is always more angular than the other, so choose which is your favorite shape and follow suit. If you choose the more angled shape add a little more shadow to the top of the other brow where the other is angled.”

And be careful not to go too bottom heavy. “Don’t fill in too much underneath as this will pull your brow down and not compliment your eyes,” she warns.


Girl showing how to blend her eyebrows after using makeup

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Step 4: Use gel to fix in place

According to DeMann, “a tinted brow gel gives a bit of pigment for colour and fiber to build and hold,” she says. GM adds, “brows can have a mind of their own! That’s where a gel comes in to keep your brows in place once you are done.”

So, once you have your desired shape in place, use the gel’s applicator to gently apply the gel upwards and outwards. Use enough force to allow the gel to transfer onto your brows, but be gentle enough so that it doesn’t move the shape you’ve already created with your pencil.


Girl showing how to use brow gel on eyebrows

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And 3 things to remember…

  • Find some balance: “Brows are sisters, not twins,” says DeMann. “I always say everyone has a champion – one brow that is great and one that’s a bit of a straggler. Don’t obsess. It’s hard to do brows yourself. Less is way more. Clean and tamed goes a long way!”
  • Take your time and practice: “You are generally not going to be great at anything new on the first try,” she adds. “But the slower you go, the better your result will be.”
  • Choose the right shade of pencil: “Depending on the look you are going for, I would recommend going with a cool shade of brown (more grey toned) for a less obvious look or matching it to your brow colour if you are looking for a bolder brow,” advises GM.


The takeaway

All it takes for a quick, groomed brow finish is a little brush, shape and hold. You don’t have to draw them on completely, just do short strokes going with your brows’ natural shape, blending and filling in the gaps where needed. 

Remember not to make them too ‘matchy-matchy’ otherwise they might look unnatural, and invest in a really good brow gel to keep them in place all day.


Meet the experts

Pilar DeMann is a brow and beauty expert based in the US, known as “The Eyebrow Queen of Litchfield” She has been doing brows and makeup for over 30 years.


Stephanie G-M is a fashion and celebrity makeup artist who has relocated to Austin with her family after having built her career in London, LA and NY over the last 20 years. She has an extensive portfolio of work and has worked with the likes of Alexa Chung, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cara Delevingne, Elle Macpherson, Suki Waterhouse, Labrinth, Little Dragon and Morcheeba. Having worked at Fashion Weeks in London and New York has taught Stephanie a wealth of skills that she applies to her career on a daily basis.


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The former Beauty Editor of Glamour UK, Philippa has been a beauty and lifestyle journalist for over 16 years, picking up countless tips and tricks from makeup artists, hair stylists, dermatologists and celebrities. In that time she’s written for names like Cosmopolitan, The Sunday Times Style, The Telegraph, Grazia, Refinery 29 and Byrdie. Philippa lives in the UK with her husband, two children and their hyperactive cockapoo, Paddy.

Expertise: Makeup, hair care
Education: Oxford Brookes University

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