How To – Natural looking defined brows

pencil vs powder

As I was reminded by one of my oldest and most brutally honest friends recently, I’ve had quite the journey with my brows (thanks Jessica).


They’ve always been sparse, caterpillar shaped and I was never thrilled with the results of my waxing and tinting. Recently though, I have been getting compliments on my brows almost daily (much to my delight, I don’t think there’s a more flattering compliment) and it’s made me want to share my routine for natural but defined brows.

brow side by side

The first change I made was to switch to threading. I will never go back to waxing. Threading has perfected my brow shape which I always struggled with. I have never been dissatisfied walking out after my threading. I’ve found it to be extremely consistent and it’s actually cheaper (which is just an added bonus as I would still go if it was more expensive).


The second change I made was the product. I initially started with a brow pomade which I did enjoy but found it was far too easy to go overboard which I have a tendency to do.

I then switched to the Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverley Hills or (dupe) NYX micro brow pencil which is easier to find (in Priceline) & more affordable. It’s a wind up retractable pencil with a very small fine tip. This makes it  easy to make small hair like strokes to fill in sparse areas. I still love these however they don’t last me very long and so they end up being a little bit expensive.

I have faithfully been using the Lightshine Brow Kit for about 10 months and have barely made a dent in it. The colours are perfect as they are more neutral or cool toned & now I can’t imagine using anything else. You can use the powders wet or dry and mix between the 2 shades as you please which is helpful for a gradient.

I always start by brushing through my brows with the spoolie on the end of one of the included brushes (kit comes with 2 small brushes and tweezers). I brush all the hairs up and line the bottom on the brow to start making out my shape. Then I brush all the hairs down and do the same thing on the top, although I use the lighter shade on the innermost beginning of the brow to get a less harsh look. I then continue through the brow with the darker shade with hair like strokes with the included angle brush to fill in the shape and concentrate on the empty areas of my brow. I finish with finally brushing through the brow with the spoolie once more and end up with the below.

Brow Kit

Some like to clean up around the brow with concealer, I personally am too lazy for that day to day and am happy with it looking a little more messy for a more natural look rather than carved out perfection (although I also enjoy this).


I hope you’ve found this helpful and try some new things with your brows. They can make all the difference!


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