Blame it on Cara Delevingne, but we're seeing a ton of thicker, fuller eyebrows lately. "Bigger brows have been in for a couple of seasons now, and they're definitely not going anywhere," says New York City makeup artist Mari Shten. "It's a more natural and youthful look, and everyone looks better with fuller brows."
So what if you've already done serious damage with a pair of tweezers and your brows aren't bouncing back? Shten shares her tricks of the trade:
Fill Them in With Powder or Pencil
Use a brow shadow (like eye shadow, but for your brows) to fill in brows for a natural, soft look, says Shten. Using an angled brush, apply the shadow on and right around your brows, without straying too far from your natural hair line. If you have any bigger spots that need filling in—like around a scar—use an eyebrow pencil instead. Apply in thin, light strokes in the same direction your hair grows, almost like you're drawing in the hair, says Shten.
Find the Right Shade
Whether you're using a shadow or pencil, you'll obviously want to pick a color as close to your natural eyebrows as possible (which isn't necessarily the same as the hair on your head). But if you can't find the right match, use a shade lighter, says Shten. This will look more natural than a too-dark hue.
Step Away From the Tweezers
It happens all the time: You go in to just clean things up a bit, but end up going a little (OK, a lot) overboard. Unfortunately, it can take eyebrows anywhere from six to eight weeks to grow out, says Shten—so you should try to abstain from tweezing if you're going for a fuller look. Refrain from using hair dyes on your lashes, too—they can damage the hair even more.