For Full, Natural-Looking Brows, Fill in Your Sparse Spots With a Flat Eyeshadow Brush

Published in: Eyes, Makeup Tips/How To

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My new favorite fill-in-those brows trick is to fill in the sparse spots using a flat eyeshadow brush and brow powder or an eyeshadow.


I’m always in favor of, like, evolving and switching up your brow game, because I just think it’s fun to try different products, methods and looks, and this brow look, I feel, is one of the most natural looking. And it’s super duper easy.

brows before and after

The trick is to use a flat eyeshadow brush with a stiff, dense brush head. I alternate between a MAC 239 and a Burberry No. 08 (whatever one is closest and/or less dirty, ha!), and all I do is load the brush with an eyeshadow that’s slightly lighter than my natural brow color.

I use MAC Brun, which is a matte dark brown, and the reason I go with something slightly lighter than my natural brow color is because if I don’t, and I use a black shade closer to my natural hair color, all I can see are BROWS, BROWS, BROWS.

It’s too much.

Using an ever-so-slightly lighter shade tones it down.

brow tools

First, starting with naked brows, I brush a clear brow gel (the new one by Benefit is really great) through the hairs starting on the inner side (closer to my nose) and moving out toward the outer tail. Then I let that dry.

Basically, that gives the eyeshadow something to adhere to, and it corrals the hairs, shapes the brow, and makes it easier for me to see precisely where I need to fill.

Then I load my flat eyeshadow brush and fill in the sparse spots.


That’s it!

The look lasts all day and looks natural in person and in pictures too.

Try it sometime! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Kim says:

    My brows always need filling so I have to give this a try. I’ve been meaning to break down and get some brow gel forever, anyway. 🙂
    PS Holy lime green in that pan! It really pops.

    • Karen says:

      Haha, I NEVER use that color! It’s fun to look at though.

      BTW, if you’re on the hunt for a clear brow gel, the new Benefit one is amazing!

  2. Chris25 says:

    I also used Brun when I used a MAC shadow for brow filling. 🙂 Nowadays I use the Rimmel brow pencil. I’ve also used Stila Espresso in the past.
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  3. That really looks very natural! I don’t really have sparse bits, just the top of my brows are uneven, so I usually use a pencil to draw a line on top of one. Doesn’t look as natural as yours, but it looks way better then leaving one quite a bit higher than the other.
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  4. Jane says:

    I’m with you on using powder for a natural looking brow. I use Bobbi Brown’s Saddle shadow. It’s a medium grey-brown and I use either the angled definer brush (it has a smaller head then the brow brush) or the eyeliner flat brush. I actually need to buy a new shadow, since I am down to the dregs. BTW, Nordstrom Anniversary sale is open to all starting today. Some cool looking stuff.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane,

      Yeah, the Nordstrom Sale! I have to pass this year because I’m saving for a couch, but that’s not going to stop me from drooling over everything, LOL! Are you getting anything this year?

  5. Erin says:

    That’s how I currently do mine. I think it looks natural. I do like a little more oomph for photos though.
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  6. Sandy P says:

    As usual love your tips! Also love the IG photo of you and Connor Claire nose 2 nose. So adorable and wearing UD too.

  7. Eesha says:

    Love your brows 😍😍

    Hmmm… Will try this method for sure.. But, problem is my brows are very eneven and to make them even I am not very confident about this method.. But will try for sure 😊😊
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  8. Nlm8 says:

    Apparently I have been using powder incorrectly! Lol. Thanks for the tips! Question- should I be conditioning my brows with oil?

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