Keep your strokes fairly thin. I always try to keep the tip of my pencil as sharp as possible for each stroke. Once your pencil starts to become blunt, individual hairs will blur together and eventually disappear as they blend in with each other.
Do not make the mistake of drawing a single row of hairs in an attempt to cover the entire eyebrow. More on that later.
If you think it still looks pasted on, use a sharp H pencil to draw really light hairs around the top and side.
If you want to draw clean, sharp eyebrows, shade the area above the eye and blend it out first before you start. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This step eliminates the amount of shading and blending you’ll have to do later on.
Your ultimate goal is to get a smooth transition from upward pointing to downward pointing hairs.
Do not outline it like the image below. It will be very obvious in your final drawing and a complete pain to erase!
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Use an angled brush and a similarly colored pressed powder to define the shape of your brows even more. “The goal is to really have the most even brows, but try not to overly fill in the inside corners of the brows or make the end points too harsh,” Guilis says.
Before Cara Delevingne, full-browed beauties Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Connelly, and Brooke Shields put mega-arches on the map. But thick brows aren’t just for those born with a naturally perfect pair. Pencils and powders work wonders to bridge the gaps, especially when there’s no time for regrowth. Here, sparse-browed ELLE beauty editor Julie Schott fills in her over-tweezed eyebrows, with help from makeup pro Nico Guilis.
Make slight changes in the hair direction and amount of curve. Join some hairs together by their ends as well.
Add an additional layer or two. As the ends of the hairs start coming in contact with the upward pointing hairs, allow your strokes to slowly merge into the same direction.
If you see any inconsistencies in value or you think you’d like a darker eyebrow, go over some hairs with a sharp 4B mechanical pencil and darken overlapping hairs or individual hairs that you want to stand out more than others.
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Be very careful not to overdo it. It’s hard to erase thin lines. If you do need to erase any hairs or make them appear lighter, pinch your kneaded eraser until it looks as sharp as a knife and then press it directly on the hair to lift a layer of graphite away.
As for the shape, there’s no one correct way. Just play around with different shapes while following along the brow bone.
Can you spot what’s different in the image for this step? I’ve added shadows in the forest of hair. If you shaded the skin as light as mine, use a 2B pencil to shade over your entire eyebrow. Don’t press too hard.
Eyebrow hairs are usually shorter at the end of the eyebrow and as a rule of thumb, the lighter the hair, the shorter it is.
To set the look and hold the hairs in place, comb through brows with a colored gel.
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Time to draw the upper portion of hair. I usually draw the first row really thin/light and then increase the thickness/darkness with the following rows.
Brush through brows again with a spoolie to blend out the color and soften any harsh lines.
Angle the brush from the outside of your nose to the outer corner of your eye to find where your brows should ideally end. “The end of the brow’s point should be at a 45-degree angle from the outside end of the eye,” Guilis says.
Now, add an additional row or two. Remember to draw hairs at the beginning of the eyebrow longer than ones at the end.
When filling in the middle portion of the eyebrow, focus on drawing hairs that flow in the direction that seems most natural to you.
Okay, last step! We just added some shadows inside the boundary of the eyebrow. Now it’s time to draw shadows around the outside. If your light source is coming from the top (like mine), draw your shadows directly below the eyebrow and/or sides only. Subtle shadows will do. Avoid hard edges!
We want to draw hairs that point in 3 main directions: Up, down and from left to right (or right to left if you’re drawing the left eyebrow).
H and 2B pencils Mechanical Pencil with 4B Ain (Pentel) Lead Kneaded Eraser Canson Bristol Paper
I’m not adding any more hairs on the left side of the eyebrow because I don’t know if that will be enough yet. I’ll be able to decide later when I draw the upper portion of the eyebrow.
Dip a fluffy brush in translucent powder and trace around the perimeter of the brows. “This makes [the edges] look sharp and clean,” Guilis explains.
Thick brows aren’t just for those born with a naturally perfect pair. Pencils and powders work wonders to bridge the gaps, especially if your brows have been over-tweezed and there’s no time for regrowth. Here, ELLE beauty editor Julie Schott fills in and defines her eyebrows, with simple tips from makeup pro Nico Guilis.
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Perfectly defined brows help to frame your entire face and to bring out your eyes, with or without additional makeup.
Using short dash-like strokes to mimic your natural hairs, softly fill in any sparse areas with a pencil. “Choose the color that best matches your brows and fill in really lightly so it’s barely there,” Guilis says.
While that’s great for cartoons and manga, it’s quite unrealistic.
In this step, I didn’t add any new hairs. I just looked at which ones were overlapping and used the sharpest edge of my 4B mechanical pencil to darken those areas. This will make the eyebrow look more interesting.
If you used the shadow lining technique for your outline in step 1, you will notice that it has blended in well and there should be no need to erase it.
The structure of this tutorial will be similar to my previous one on eyelashes: examples with explanations and then application in a step by step format.
Eyebrow hairs also come in a variety of shapes such as the ones below. Find the right combination/grouping to get your desired look or just go with the flow.
It’s up to you how you want to design your eyebrow, so you can add more hair if you want.
With an H pencil, use my shadow-lining technique to outline the shape you want the eyebrow to have. If you use this technique, your outlines will blend in perfectly when you draw the actual hairs later.
Eyebrow length varies from person to person, but the average length is only slightly longer than the length of the eye itself.
We’re going to draw hairs going in several different directions. Using a sharp 2B pencil, let’s start by drawing a single row on the bottom and go from left to right. These hairs grow in the upward direction and start pointing downward near the end of the eyebrow.
Place a brush along the side of your nose to find where your brows should ideally start.
At this point, the eyebrow still looks like it’s sort of pasted onto the face. We’ll fix this in the next step.
Slow down and carefully plan the placement of each stroke you make and try to make them as unpredictable as possible. Avoid predictable patterns like the ones below.
Brush brows up with a spoolie brush. This helps you “to see the shape you like and to see where they are uneven,” Guilis says.
With your fingers, put some pressure along your eyebrow and move the skin up and down. You’ll find that your eyebrows grow along the brow bone. The brow bone is the protruding area directly above your eye socket. When you don’t know where to draw an eyebrow, visualize the eye socket around the eye.
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