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How to get fuller-looking brows without spending all morning in front of the mirror

Makeup artist Janine Holmes shows off 6 simple steps to perfect eyebrows.

Makeup artist Janine Holmes shows off 6 simple steps to perfect eyebrows.

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Bold, full brows are in right now and their popularity shows no sign of waning. If you grew up in the '90s and over-plucked your eyebrows to the point of no return, you might be left with thin, sparse brows. If you weren't born with the brows of your dreams, they're a little thin after years of tweezing, or starting to thin with age, there is most definitely still hope. With a little makeup you can give the illusion of fuller, thicker looking brows in no time at all. So makeup artist Janine Holmes stopped by The Goods to show off her 6 simple steps to perfect brows.​

Here's what you'll need:

  • Eyebrow brush
  • White eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow that matches the same tone as your brow hair
  • Angle brush
  • Fine point brow liner
  • Clear brow gel
  • Skin-toned eyeshadow or highlighter
  • Eyeshadow or highlighter brush

Here's how to do it:

1. Give them a brush

Using an eyebrow brush, brush your brows up and out to see their natural shape. This immediately gives a lifting effect and helps fluff up the hairs.

2. Map it out

This step doesn't have to be a part of your daily routine but it really helps when you're just starting out and getting to know your brows. Use a white eyeliner to map out the 3 main points of the brow: where it should start, the arch and where the tail of the brow should end. For where it should start, hold the eyebrow brush handle along the corner of your nose and through the inner corner of the eye. Make a dot of where this is with white eyeliner. For the arch, take the brush from the corner of the nose through the eye up to the brow. Make a second dot here. This is the highest point of the brow. To find out where it should end, take the brush from the corner of the nose to the outer corner of the eye and make another dot. Repeat this for both brows.

3. Add eyeshadow

Using an eyeshadow that matches the same tone as your brow hair, use an angle brush and fill in the brow using short 'hair-like' strokes. Make sure to stay within the dimensions mapped out in step 2.

4. Pencil in the sparse areas

Use a fine point brow liner to sharpen up the brow and to fill in the sparser areas that eyeshadow alone wasn't able to fill. Once completed you can remove the 3 points used to map out the brows.

5. Lock it in place

Use a brow gel to lock everything in place.

6. Highlight

Use a skin-toned eyeshadow on the brow bone to highlight and 'pop' the defined brow. A slight sheen to really draw light to the brows.