For filling in your brows, these tricks can help:
1. Start in the arches: “Then, work toward the tails and then move toward the front,” Healy says. “I like starting and concentrating the color more toward the center outward and then going really light on the front. This doesn’t mean you have to do the ombre brow, where it fades into darkness, but just make sure that the front of the brow, again, isn’t harsh the way it starts.”
2. Use a light hand: “Go in and make tiny flicks in areas that have large spaces,” Bailey says. “It’s much easier to make thinner strokes with deeper pencils because they are more pigmented. By using a light amount of pressure, the result will leave you with an ultrathin, hair-like stroke. The lighter the shade, the more pressure you have to use to apply, and the strokes get much, much wider.” He also recommends leaving pops of skin between each stroke, which creates a texturized effect.
3. Don’t color it all in: Healy says a mistake people often make is outlining the brow and then filling it in like paint by numbers. “You just want to use the pencil in the places that you need it the most. If you do have a good color match, you can just use it in the front, just use it in the end, just use it on one little gap, but you don’t want to go and just fill in the whole thing like a crayon,” he explains. Use a very light hand in the front.
4. Use a spoolie to blend: “Sometimes with pencils, people try to mimic hair-like strokes by drawing unblended lines in their brow,” Healy says. “It doesn’t look natural; make sure you use the spoolie on the other side to blend. That’s another tip for buying a pencil: Make sure you have a spoolie and that it’s retractable and triangular led.”