How to Groom and Primp Sparse Brows

There’s something about a bold brow—eyebrows are essential to conveying emotion. With a bold brow, happy looks happier, sexy looks sexier, and confused looks, well, more confused. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to have been born with a perfect face-framing feature. If your eyebrows are on the thinner side, there are a few tricks you need to know to properly groom and primp brows to get a naturally bold look. Just follow these steps and you’ll be saying a whole lot more with just a lift of an eyebrow!


For those of us with thin brows, it’s important to let them grow out as much as possible before grooming. Once they get a bit shaggy, start with this first essential step.

Step 1: Comb

Using an eyebrow comb, brush your brows upward so that the hairs stick up past your natural brow shape.

Step 2: Trim

Gently hold scissors against your skin and snip the hairs that fall above your natural brow. Continue to comb and trim until the hairs fit neatly within your natural brow shape. Be sure to use professional brow scissors like these.

Step 3: Pluck

Only use tweezers to pluck any stray hairs that fall above or below your eyebrow. For thin brows, plucking directly on your eyebrow is overkill. You can also use tweezers to snag strays between grooming. Make sure to use a professional tweezer with a great gripping slant like this one.


Step 4: Draw a line under your arch

Using a sharpened eyebrow pencil (like Benefit Cosmetics Instant Brow Pencil), draw a thin line along the bottom of your brow, up to your arch. If you’re having trouble finding your arch, it should be in line with the outer edge of your iris.

Step 5: Draw a line along the top of your arch

Now draw a thin straight line starting at your arch, down slightly past your brow. Feel free to exaggerate your arch a bit by drawing the line at a sharper angle.

Step 6: Fill them in

Fill in the front half of your brow by drawing quick, short lines that mimic your brow hairs. Gently draw just past the arch to create a smooth shape.

Step 7: Comb

Use the small brush that often comes with your eyebrow pencil to comb the hairs up and away. This will help blend the pencil with your natural brow as well as align the hairs in the same direction.

Step 8: Highlight

Finish with a swipe of highlighter just below your arch, along your brow bone.

Once you’ve mastered filling in both brows, you’ll notice how they subtly frame your face and make your eyes pop. Add these steps to your daily makeup routine (although grooming should only occur every few weeks, as needed) and enjoy your new and improved bold brows!



Tell us, will you be rocking big, bolder brows this spring and summer?

  • merp

    i actually like her better BEFORE! ha ha 😀 she looks more natural and tan and the bold brow seems to really wash her out…. but she’s obviously beautiful either way <3 i don't know why – i am just not a fan of this huge caterpillar eyebrow craze that's happening the past few years! i'm a child of the 90's…. my eyebrows never grew back! ;D

  • I love this! She looks fresh and I think everyone gets scared of trimming those long strands (I know I do!). Simple and effective for a clean arch!

  • Kylie

    I appreciate this blog as a blonde with thinner eyebrows! It would be great to have full, thick ones, but that’s just not the case. Less maintenance maybe this way? Either way, it’s good to know the balance between letting them grow and (sort of) get more full, and having stray hairs/looking messy!

  • Maegen Kennedy

    Good information on eyebrows. Thanks for the good writeup.Ideas and tips are really effective and helpful. You can use powder with an eyebrow brush — I found it to be the most natural for you eyebrows. I totally agree that just letting them be for a while to grow out is a super important step! Use your small scissors to trim those extra hairs that lie above the brow. Don’t go overboard; this should be simple and subtle. I’ll definitely have to try that product. Although there are many temporary solution for your satisfaction, but fleek brows provides permanent solution known as microblading is less invasive form of permanent makeup. This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. Thanks for the recommendation!