How To DIY Full, Natural Brows Like Lea Michele
Gone are the days when hair was sprayed to a crunchy death, when makeup was caked on (a tinted moisturizer gives us that coveted barely-there coverage) and when eyebrows were practically tweezed out of existence. We couldn’t be more excited that full brows are here to stay, and apparently so are celebs like Selena Gomez and Lea Michele.
Get Full Brows Like Lea Michele
Today, you can find bold brow inspiration almost anywhere, from your local drugstore to the red carpet, where celebs like Lea Michele are making their eyebrows appear fuller, healthier and the star of their look. Here, we’re showing you how to fake a full brow you can wear daily with just four essential products. But first, some tips for growing and maintaining that healthy furrow.
Tip #1: Castor Oil Overnight
Castor oil is basically the holy grail of natural hair growth. Pressed from the seeds of castor plant, castor oil contains ricinoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids that condition, strengthen and shine your hair (while you’re at it, you might just want to pour some on your main mane — it makes a super luxurious hair mask when mixed with yogurt). If you don’t have castor oil on hand, olive oil works too.
Tip #2: Grow Em’
Work a brush through your brow hairs (We love the Ardell Duo Brush, $18 for 3) to get your arches to look full. There are two different ways you can brush; follow the natural curve of your brow and brush at an angle, or brush straight up for more of a statement.
Tip #3: Fake Em’
This step may seem counterintuitive but I promise it is necessary: you want fuller brows but not unruly brows! Tweeze any stray hairs that are dramatically outside the natural shape of your eyebrows.
Warning: your brows are going to look over the top until you get through the rest of the steps, so stick with it. Fill in and thicken your eyebrows with a powder using the angled side of a duo brush. We like the Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings Pro Palette ($39). It comes with a variety of shades — great for all skin tones and hair colors — and even has all the brushes you need inside. For application, add a small amount of powder to your brush and apply it to your brows in elongated strokes (brush just above where your brows naturally end) in the direction that your hairs grow. I am using the powder for dark brown hair because I want the extra drama.
Use a brow gel like the one by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($22) to comb through your brows again. This will blend the powder in a more natural way, set the shape of your brows and keep them in place throughout the day. Be sure to stroke the hairs in the direction they are growing.
The Glossier Boy Brow ($17) is a creamy wax that's a great addition to your beauty routine. I used a little wax to blend my brows with the powder and piece out my hairs to make them appear more natural. If you don’t have a brow wax, you can use your brow gel on a brow brush to get the same emphasis.
To make your eyebrows stand out even more, use a concealer like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat ($38) as a highlighter around your brows. Gently apply with the brush and blend in with your fingers being careful not to smudge any of the powder that you applied.
The result is a full, healthy looking brow that’s more pronounced but not too dramatic. It’s the perfect final touch to your everyday makeup routine.
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