Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Temptalia Asks You


Do you fill in your brows? Why/why not? If so, what do you use?

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169 thoughts on “Do you fill in your brows?

  1. Tigress

    No, I don’t fill in my brows.

  2. Lauren

    No way! I think it looks so fake. I can always tell from a mile away when people have filled in their brows.

    • Maureen

      Sounds like they’re doing it wrong, then.

    • Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

      It doesn’t look fake if you know how to do it. But I agree that I do see a lot of people with very fake looking brows. Fake looking brows is often a result of too dark color and very sharp/defined lines.

    • emi s.

      That’s only badly filled in brows – when people do a good job, you definitely can’t tell.

      I agree that badly filled in brows look awful though.

  3. I think you gave an answer to a different question.

    I don’t fill my brows in.

  4. lp

    You’ve amazing eyebrows, if mine were like yours I wouldn’t bother at all!

  5. Maeve

    The answer to this question doesn’t come up right. It’s about buying makeup for a special occasion. But, I fill in my brows everyday. They’re super blonde, and without something, my face looks unfinished.

  6. Everyday! This is one of my mandatory makeup steps. I have really sparse dark eyebrows so if I don’t fill them in, it is very noticeable! I also find that dark refined eyebrows really makes your makeup look polished. I use eyeshadow and an angled brush to apply. It looks the most natural in my opinion.

  7. I should fill them in because the hairs are really fine and look patchy, but I’m usually too lazy to do so. Plus, I can’t find a really good color to fill them with.

    • Celleste

      Tinted brow gel works great for unifying patchy looking brows. Revlon, Anastasia, and MAC make good ones. I use MAC browset in Beguile every day. It’s super easy and looks completely natural. Thanks to the sheen they even glow a bit in sunlight like real hairs instead of looking cakey, thick, and fake. For special occasions or for nightlife I’ll define them a little more along the arch with an ashy brown powder and angled brush.

  8. If I feel like it. I’m currently growing in my eyebrows, actually, and they’re REALLY patchy–does anyone have any recommendations for a brow/lash growth serum that’s effective but not too expensive? The way my brows grow in naturally, my arch is simply in the wrong location (I have bald spots where they should be!).

    • Avatar of Aleeya Aleeya

      I don’t know any effective serums but about two months ago I started taking Biotin which is a vitamin that promotes hair and nail growth. Since using it my brows are not as patchy and it takes me less time to fill in my brows also my lashes are growing too. Biotin is not a quick fix but you will definitely start to notice results in about 6-8 weeks with daily use like I did. I took 1 5000mg pill per day with my multivitamin.I highly recommend to research it or talk to your doctor before starting and see which amount of dosage is right for you.

    • Annie

      Dhc lash serum ;)

    • quick fix is take a mascara primer and go thru your brows. let dry and shape brows, powder on top of primer. fixs patchiness immediately while growing in hair

    • Avatar of artemis artemis

      castor oil :D i heard it’s good for lashes too, tho kinda oily for that but for brows i guess it’ll be fine

    • Mary

      castor oil is right!! and it’s super cheap

    • Avatar of Cathy Angelcat47

      Brow and Lash Serum with KGF and it’s only $9.50!!You can buy it at Skinactives.com.Their skincare is great,too.

  9. Avatar of Nikita Nikita

    I like to fill them in only to the point of keeping the shape of each as similar as possible, and to minimize spots that look a little too sparse.

  10. Avatar of Aleeya Aleeya

    Yes!! I almost never go out the house without filling in my brows. When I have time, I use Rock & Republic eyeshadow in Tribal with Sonia Kashuk brow brush to fill them in. On the go I will use Ulta Automatic eyeliner in Black Brown or Chocolate depending on the look im going for. Then I seal with Model in a Bottle Brow Gel. Even if wearing makeup or looking “too made up” is not your thing, filled in brows and some lipgloss can really enhance your beauty in my opinion.

  11. Yes I do, just with eyebrow pencil or powder, but very very lightly and just to fill in the sparse areas where I overplucked.

  12. Avatar of Laurel Laurel

    I use tinted brow gel and it has taken the time it takes to fill in my brows down to like 15 seconds and they never look overdone, which is difficult to achieve when you have black eyebrows and pale skin

    • Amelia

      I have black eyebrows. I like dip down fluid line i use a teeny bit with a thin eyeliner brush.
      Embark shadow from mac also works for me, lightly.

    • Please can you tell me which eyebrow gel you are using? I use an eyebrow pencil and although it does do the trick it can look a little harsh sometimes.

  13. I don’t know if it’s filling in technically, but I sort of comb them with brown mascara, to darken and unify their color – they’re a bit ashier than my hair color so I try to make it match, and I also like a bold brow :)

  14. Tricia

    Sadly. My brows have been the victim of overplucking, so from far away they look nonexistent. I use Anastasia Brow Powder and NARS Coconut Grove eyeshadow.

  15. Annie

    yes, I did way too much trimming to make them thin (used to be the thing when I was in high school) now they are patchy if I don’t fill them in.

  16. I’ve been using anastasia brow powder to do it, but I try not to use too much. I always have a hard time finding a good color since I have red hair and dirty blondish eyebrows.

  17. Amanda Dubs

    Lingering eye brow pencil by Machine

    • Amanda Dubs

      MAC. Stupid auto correct

    • Wendy

      I fill them in a little when I wear full makeup, to balance my makeup and create a uniform brow where my brows are sparse. I use Urban Decay Twice Baked eyeshadow and an Ecotools angled brow/liner brush.

  18. sometimes…I’ve had a hard time finding a good color, because every time I use a shadow or pencil, it looks SO fake. luckily NYX’s Dark Brown shadow is working okay for now…I’m just trying to refine my technique!

  19. Kristine

    On special occasions or when I’m doing certain looks. But on a daily basis-no, i don’t really need it.

  20. Avatar of Kimberly Kimberly

    I have Vitiligo (a skin pigment disorder…haha, might explain my obsession with makeup.) Parts of my eyebrows have no pigment and are white. I have dark blonde/reddish hair…and it was hard to find a color that wasn’t too light or too dark to fill them in and still kinda match. I finally found Clinique’s “Super Fine Liner for Brows” in the shade Soft Auburn. It’s truly fantastic and looks much more natural than anything else I’ve ever tried. One pencil is $13 and lasts a decent amount of time. How can you beat that price?? It has great staying power too; I hope they never discontinue that shade.

  21. Most of the time. I have quite thick and dark glasses so if I don’t fill in my eyebrows they get lost in the glasses.
    I fill them in with powder.

    • Leslie

      Same here! Without real eyebrows on, the top rim of my glasses optically turn into eyebrows…and then I just look like Ernie (of Bert & Ernie). Haha.

  22. Michelle

    Yes! I never used to because I have thick-ish brows. But now I fill in to define a little more. It doesn’t look obvious, and I get alot of compliments on how young I look since I started. They say that fuller brows are associated with youth…

  23. Absolutely! I use a MAC shadow in Omega, Coquette or Cork – depending on the effect that I need. I also have a MAC brow pencil and their Brow Set, so that I can change things up. I choose my method based on what I need to complete my look. No matter what, I don’t go outside of my natural shape by much (a little just under the brow to define is all I need.) I try to follow up by brushing with my spoolie; that makes what I’ve done look natural.

    I’ve benefitted from going to an aesthetician from time to time for brow advice.

  24. Amelia

    Sometimes. I have black eyebrows so I normally use embark shadow from mac or dip down fluid line.

  25. Avatar of Catherine CatherineM

    In general I like my eyebrows, but I have these two patches that need filing in, because my brows are sprase there. I use Mac espresso e/s, because I feel it looks most natural.

  26. Sari

    I fill in my brows every day with Too Faced Velvet Revolver eyeshadow because I love the way dark , defined brows look even when I have lighter hair .

  27. John

    Oh yes this is an aboslute must. If I could only pick one thing to “makeup” on my face, it would be my brows because defined, thicker brows really frame and give shape and definition to my face. I use Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Ash with a MAC 266 to fill my brows in. Then I use MAC’s Brow Pencil in Spiked to fill in any patchy areas, and create a more defined brow, but nothing too harsh. This combination of products gives me a completely natural-looking brow that lasts forever; I don’t get any fading after 10 hours. Complete WIN! :]

  28. Maeri

    Yes, because my eyebrow hair is really light can barely
    tell I have any plus I dyed my hair really light so had to start
    filling them since I use shiseido’s intergrate eyebrow powder
    or canmake, kate kanebo, or etude house all which
    look natural and easy to work with :)

  29. Yes! Lingering brow pencil is amazing!

  30. Yes, I use Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Ultimate Brow Kit. It’s very inexpensive, but probably the best brow kit I’ve used!

  31. Annie

    I hv been using anatasia and Chanel crayon sourcil (amazing brows brush) I’d prefer to fill brows than the thick gel browscala (browsmascara

  32. Avatar of Taylor Taylor

    Yes. Nothing makes a bigger difference in my face; I do it every time I wear makeup and I use Anastasia brow powder. My brows are naturally sparse and VERY fair, so I feel I need it.

  33. More often than not, yep. Not so much to fill in any patches, but just to darken them up a bit. My brows have always been very light compared to even my natural hair colour, so they only look worse now that my hair is dyed black. I fill them in with a dark brown powder and set it with a clear gel. Nothing fancy or overdone.

  34. Maureen

    If I’m taking pictures, I do. Otherwise my brows don’t show up as well as they normally do, and I’m very proud of my eyebrows.

  35. Yes, every day- I fill them in with dark brown to match my hair, plus wax.

  36. Avatar of Michelle Michelle

    I fill in my brows because once I have done so, you can actually tell I have eyebrows. My brows look complete, they have a uniform shape and color, and my face looks like less of a “blank slate”- I hope that makes sense. I usually use a Maybelline eyebrow pencil in a blonde shade. Sometimes, if needed, I’ll also use a NYX taupe eyeshadow and angled liner brush. Any brow product recommendations for blonde brows would be greatly appreciated.

  37. Maria

    Yes, at a very young age my eyebrow hairs were falling out due to a severe case of eczema. Thankfully, there have been a lot of improved formulas for brows, and watching lisa eldridge brow tutorials have helped soo much!

  38. I fill in my brows with an Anastasia brow palette I got for xmas from Sephora a few years back. I don’t change the shape or extend them or touch the included stencils, just darken in a little. I think it emphasizes my eyes subtly, particular because I wear glasses!

  39. Chloe

    No, I have plenty of eyebrows without drawing on more.

  40. Kaylabella

    I did when my hair was dark, but since I went blonde, my eyebrows are au natural!

  41. Avatar of Hannah Hannah

    My brows are invisible if i don’t use anything since I have strawberry blonde hair. Anastasia brow powder gives a very natural look. A couple months ago I got my brows dyed and it’s saved a lot of time in the morning.

  42. nitnot

    Yes. I was blessed with sparse, very thin eyebrows. Eyebrow pencils are the earliest makeup I used and I wouldn’t be caught dead without it. In fact, one time we went white water rafting, a friend who has the same (lack of) eyebrows as I brought nothing but eyebrow pencils in our pockets! It was ridiculous and we laughed the whole trip.

  43. Yes. I use a matte dark brown shade, usually the one from the NYX Champagne and Caviar palette and an angled eyeshadow brush.

  44. daphne

    Shu Uemura’s hard (formula) 09 pencil! AMAZINGNESSNESS!

  45. Carrie Ann

    Yes, I fill in sparse areas. I use a Wet ‘n’ Wild pencil in Taupe that costs a dollar at the drugstore. It’s very creamy and the color looks very natural w/ my dark brows. It also lasts all day. Basically, it’s perfection. If I can help it, I’ll never use anything else. :)

  46. Lara

    Yes, with an eyebrow pencil.

  47. I have recently dyed my hair blue so I sometimes colour them blue with gel liner or simply eyeshadow.
    I love eyebrows, and love a filled in brow. For a natural brow I use MAC eyebrow pencil in Stud or a matte grey/brown powder (I like the GOSH brow powder set)
    x

  48. pencil or pencil and powder.

  49. I just fill the gaps at outer part. I use Guerlain’s pencil in chatain 02.

  50. G

    Yes I’ve started recently and feel it makes for a major improvement. I use Sourcils de Chanel and a MAC 266

  51. Yes! With MAC Impeccable Brow Pencil in Taupe to define and fill brows in a very natural way…I love it!

  52. Tiffany

    I don’t fill in my eyebrows because my eyebrows are full and very litte spot of missing hair! I’m the girl who under wax and tweeze! I have try it, for me it came out to dark and didn’t the look! That just me!

  53. Tiffany

    I would if I could figure out how to do it and look natural… I have a patch of white hairs in one of my eyebrows and people always comment on it!! The problem is that I have black hair… so I feel like I have to be extra careful with filling them in. Dying them doesn’t work because the dye just washes out…

  54. Of course!! I can live without concealer and foundation as long as my brows are perfect. I like using pencils in light colors even if I have dark hair — MAC brow pencils in lingering or dirty blonde, or the MUFE brow corrector in 0.

  55. Avatar of artemis artemis

    a liiiil bit…with a black gel or cream (dunno) eyeliner and that lil brush..but i don’t put much, actually it looks grey

  56. Naomi

    I don’t need to fill them in. My brows are naturally full so I just got to tweeze them in order to keep them neat.

  57. bubley

    Yes, with an eyebrow pencil, to give them slightly fuller and more natural look.

  58. Yes, I do, every day. My hair is dark, but annoyingly my eyelashes and eyebrows are very light. I use ModelCo EYEBROWS DESIGNER BROW KIT which is an Australian brand. It’s fantastic and the only product I buy again and again.

  59. Kryssie

    Yup. My eyebrows are really light, almost nonexistent from far away. I usually use a no name matte brown eyeshadow or a pencil, it depends on whether i want them to look more natural or more bold.

  60. Julia

    Sigh. This is the one makeup skill (well, maybe besides liquid liner) that I feel like I totally suck at. No matter what I do, or what product I use they look scary and way too harsh when I attempt to fill them in! But my natural borws are way scary too – they are thin and sparse from years of overplucking, and they are too short – they stop growing about 2/3 of the way across my eye!!!

  61. Avatar of Shannon Keen Janine

    No, my brows are naturally thick and have a natural arch to them so I don’t do much to my brows.

  62. tootsie

    I didn’t used to for many years but now I do fill them in every day with Suede by Studio Gear or Lingering by Mac.

  63. Diana

    I have very sparse, patchy brows, like many Asians. At minimum, I run Shu Uemura Brow Manicure through them to give them a bit of body and colour. Most commonly, I also pencil in the patchy bits with a pencil and length the ends, then go over it with a powder (NARS Bali) if I need it to last all day without fading or smudging.

  64. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Rarely…I’m always afraid of ending up looking like Groucho Marx or absentmindedly rubbing my hands across my forehead and ending up with brown streaks across my face!

  65. Yazmin

    When i remember to lol. Because im south asian, i always get mine thread, and i went through a few unfortunate events were in trying to find my go to threading place, i had alot of hairs plucked out in places i wish i didnt. If im due for a threading i wont fill it in as much otherwise it will look like i have huge eyebrows, but when they are newly threaded and all neat and tidy then i will with a variety of colours, for soft eyebrows i use laura mercier brow gel in soft, and when i want a nice defined brow i change between, mac’s espresso, dark edge and brun

  66. I fill in the areas that look sparse with either an eyebrow powder or pencil.

  67. Hanna

    Yes, always, my face looks weird without, haha! I use a Mac Angled brush and Wedge from Mac or Naked from Urban Decay, whichever is closer =D

  68. Marieke

    Yes, I use the lightest shade eyebrowpencil to give my blond eyebrows some color. My face is just naked without. I’ll always be careful, I don’t want big brown brows on my face, it needs to look natural.

  69. Kristabelle

    Yep, always. I didn’t used to, but Kandee Johnson got me hooked. I use a small angled Crown brush and powder- used to use a dark brown brow powder from Maybelline (my hair is almost black) but lately I’ve been using Naked from UD and like it a lot better- much less harsh.

  70. Becca

    yes I miz buck and naked from the UD Naked palette- but sometimes I’m too lazy…

  71. Avatar of Holly Holly

    Yes. It makes such a difference, at least for my face. I have one little area of hair missing essentially in teh middle of one brow and the other is shorter than the other. So, light strokes using Almay’s pencil makes a remarkable diffrence (I’ve even had people compliment me but can’t point out what is different!). Almay’s is my favorite so far, and the cheapest. I use to use Bare Escenauls, but it got messy and didn’t stay on as long. This somehow looks more natural and I can do in my car (not that I ever advocate that). I still like BEs clear brow gel, but ight shop around.

  72. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    Yes, the inner half of my brows is darker than the outer half (it almost looks like I have two half brows), so I need something to make them look more even. I find that brow powders look more natural than pencils, so I currently use Anastacia brow powder duo in medium ash.

  73. Hi Christine,

    I just started to fill in my brows last week after an unfortunate slip of the hand during a late-night grooming session with one of those facial hair trimmers (!). I noticed that I looked more sophisticated and it brought out my eyes, so now I’m hooked!

    Great job as always with the site!
    -Nicki

  74. Diane Kristine

    Yes. I use MAC’s brow gel in Mink. Too bad it’s limited edition. I bought one, fell in love & bought two back up’s. I have one left, but also tried Anastasia’s brow gel & it works just as well. I love how it gives a natural look & is so easy to apply. Downfall is that it’s not sweatproof, so lately I haven’t been using it unless I know I’ll be indoors.

  75. Friederike

    I do, I use a brow pencil from mac, which matches perfectly and adds just a little bit of defintion.

  76. Avatar of Monique Monique

    No I don’t fill in my brows. I have been blessed with thick eyebrows. I keep them well groomed.

  77. Katie

    I do. I naturally have fine, wispy, sparse eyebrows. They are invisible if i don’t fill them in. I use an eyebrow powder and an angled brush and with a light hand just fill them in lightly to bring them out. It never looks harsh or anything. Eyebrows are such an important part of your face! If you have brows like mine, i really recommend filling them in, it makes a huuuuge difference!

  78. Anne

    Yeah, and it’s usually the only makeup I put on if I’m in a hurry. I have very sparse brows, and filling them in makes a huge difference.

    I usually use this dark grey eyeshadow. Having black hair, I found that grey looks a lot more natural on me than brown.

  79. I have to, because my eyebrows are a really really light blonde, when I was a kid my schoolmates always laughed at me because it looked like I didn’t have any brows at all, and my hair is dark blonde, so it looked really weird. Then I started dyeing my hair black with 16 an then I also started to fill in my brows because it would look ridiculous if I didn’t.

  80. Devi

    Nope. :D My brows are pretty thick and grow really fast. When it comes to my brows, tweezers are my only friend. ;)

  81. Sara

    sometimes i do and sometimes i don’t. my brows are pretty full and bushy, so filling them in makes them look really dark. i try to fill in the spots with a lighter brown shade, but something that is still darker than my skin. Then it’s kind of a compromise. I go between using a too faced shadow that is in their natural palette, and I also have the brown kit from Urban Decay that I use as well.

  82. Leah

    Absolutely. My brows are naturally thin and I think a look is much more polished when people fill them in. I’ve yet to come across a person with perfect brows that don’t need at least a little shaping. I think a lot of people who think that it’s fake looking are either too heavy-handed or use to seeing “sharpie brows” like this ^ ^.

  83. Megan

    I always do. My brows are very full but they are way to blond for my dark brown hair. I use Le Crayon Poudre from Lancome in taupe.

  84. Krista

    I fill in my brows every single day even though I don’t really have to, I’m just really into the strong brows look since I keep the rest of my face to a minimum.

  85. Avatar of Fitrah Fitrah

    No, because that’s no fun.

  86. Leslie

    YES. Eyebrows are the one thing that make my face look polished and put together. I overplucked them as a teenager and although they’ve grown back to a decent thickness, they’re sparse and patchy. It doesn’t help that I’m NC20-25 pale and have jet black hair.

    Step 1: Brush through with a spoolie to get out any foundation that gets caught in the hairs.
    Step 2: Smooth over with MAC’s Brow Finisher. This step is essential because I’m super oily, and the oil will just dissolve most brow powders after 3-4 hours. The wax really helps keep the powder in place most of the day.
    Step 3: I rotate between 3 brow powders depending on how heavy I want my brows to be: Copperplate eyeshadow, BareMinerals Brow Color in Brunette, and Illamasqua Brow Cake in Vehement. The BareMinerals powder is the only one I can get away with not using wax first…it has the best wear of any powder eyebrow product I’ve used. Then I’ll fill in with a 208 (much better than a 266, more control).
    Step 4: Lightly go over with Anastasia Brow Gel in Brunette.

    This seems like a lot but I’m pretty good at it, so it takes me around 2 minutes or less. If I’m going out dancing or know I’ll be sweating alot for a long period of time, I’ll forgo the last 3 steps and just use MUFE’s Eyebrow Corrector in No. 4. That stuff is bulletproof.

  87. S

    Yes! I’m Chinese & have typical Asian brows. I use a variety of products, depending on time: MAC Brun shadow, Rimmel brow pencil in black/brown, Vincent Longo brow in black (not really black, more charcoal). I just fill in lightly, & it looks pretty realistic.

  88. Laura

    Yep, a bad salon waxing incident left the middle third of one brow totally bare (and it still hasn’t grown back more than 2-3 hairs years later), so now I “connect the dots” and fill in the other one to match.

    • Laura

      Oh, I forgot to mention I use the Wet N Wild Ash Brown brow kit. The lighter-colored powder is perfect for me!

  89. Avatar of Renee renee

    yep! about a year ago i had a tragic overplucking accident, so i fill ‘em in with milani’s brow fix kit. it was a life saver!

  90. Avatar of Marian Marian

    Yes, I do. I prefer a powder for a soft look.

  91. Courtney

    I have really light blonde hair and my brows are basically invisible b/c they are also blonde. I’ve tried darkening them in but it always looks fake. Also, one of my brows is higher than the other so it looks odd. I’d love to be able to fill them in and have it look right but it just doesn’t work for me.

  92. I definitely need to fill in my brows cause if I dont, they cant really be seen

  93. Betsy

    If I’m getting really dressed up and full makeup, I’ll use a little bit of Lingering. But day to day I usually don’t, People always tell me I have great brows, so I guess I don’t NEED to fill them in..

  94. Not *really*, they’re a bit sparse at the centre from over-tweezing (I can never decide what to do) but the rest of my brow is pretty full. Mostly I just “tame” them.

  95. Avatar of T Violet Lee

    I do. I have red hair but my eyebrows are a light strawberry blonde and even closer to skin color than real blonde would be. I use MAC brow shader in Auburn to lightly fill them in so I don’t look like an alien.

  96. Anita

    I do just because I have brown hair but, like, blonde eyebrow hairs XD so I fill them in with an ashy brown color, currently the NYC brow filler (which they don’t sell anymore :() and then sometimes some eyebrow wax. And sometimes I use the maybelline eyebrow retractable pencil thingies.

    • I still have blonde eyebrows from when I was a kid. I think an number of people that started off blonde but turn auburn do as well. XP

      That being said I HATE were they landed completly on the ridge of my brow bone. I hate my Man Brows/Neanderthal brows! But there so thin that plucking them into a different shape is impossible as well. So I chose to leave them alone and not make them more prominent …. I wish I could get a brow lift half the time or just shave them off. lol

  97. Jiestine

    i dont (; simply because my brows arent sparse and theyre very dark.

  98. Dana

    No, I don’t. However, I don’t have sparse brows or patchy areas. If I did then I probably would fill them in. I currently just use a clear brow gel to keep them in place.

  99. I do fill in my brows. One botched waxing and you have no choice!I use MAC Omega and Copperplate.