Full, natural eyebrows are always a hot topic — having a strong brow game isn’t going anywhere, people, so get used to it! There are endless products out there to help you achieve gorgeous brows, like stencils, dual-ended pencils and pomades, and if that wasn’t enough, I’ve added one more totally unexpected product to that lineup after catching our Senior Style Editor Kate Puhala using a deep purple, sparkly eyeshadow to fill in her brows months ago. I know this sounds crazy — Let me explain!

I was so confused by the words “purple” and “sparkly” describing a product you’d use to fill in your brows on an everyday basis, so I had to ask her what the heck she was doing. As a makeup artist, I have all kinds of weird tricks up my sleeves, but this was completely foreign to me. Kate replied, “What?! This totally works, and I’m too lazy to buy other stuff to do it!” So what did I do? I tried filling my brows with sparkly eyeshadow, and needless to say, I am obsessed and wanted to pass along this little gem of a hack to all of you.


Disclosure: I didn’t use a purple sparkle shadow to fill in my brows. Instead, I went with sparkly medium-brown eyeshadow, specifically the shimmering brown in this Japonesque Color Pixelated Color Eyeshadow Palette ($38) since I have warm undertones in my hair color — Kate has platinum blonde hair, so the deep purple sparkle looked natural on her much-darker espresso eyebrows. The point here is you can go big, stay neutral and everything in between, depending on the look you want.

2-Step Application: Fill in + Brush Out

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    Use a flat, firm eyebrow brush to pick up a small amount of eyeshadow. Apply it to your eyebrows by making small strokes with the brush in the same direction that your hair grows. Then, using a clean mascara wand, comb through the color to make it appear natural and to soften the color.

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    You can see how natural this looks — not what you expected, right? I am still not sure how this is the case, but it absolutely works, and I am forever obsessed with this fill-in hack! You can see how sparkly that brown eyeshadow is in the palette, yet it looks totally natural in my eyebrows.

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    Both done for the final look. Now just imagine me saying, “How you doin’?” in my best Joey Tribbiani voice ;)

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    Now to practice that arch…

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    Let’s be real, you guys: Sometimes, the inner lazy girl in all of us can actually lead us to discover seriously legit beauty hacks like this one. This should serve as a reminder to all of us that the time is always right to come up with beauty moments that can make our lives a little simpler and a lot more fun in unexpected ways!

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