TWO QUICK AND EASY WAYS TO FILL IN THIN BROWS FOR A NATURAL LOOKING FINISH

makeup artist Carly Wolk shows us how to highlight, sculpt and define more delicate brows without overpowering them
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makeup artist Carly Wolk shows us how to highlight, sculpt and define more delicate brows without overpowering them
Our model Gillian with before-and-after brows; makeup by Carly Wolk for Estee Lauder

Our model Gillian with before-and-after brows; makeup by Carly Wolk for Estee Lauder

Some of us with thinner, more delicate eyebrows have a tough time with bold, dramatic, painted-on brow looks, am I right? If you're in this camp and you've been looking for tips on how to create polished brows without overdoing it, we've got some great ones from Estee Lauder artist Carly Wolk. In the video tutorial below, Carly shows us a neat concealer trick for faking a more defined arch, and two ways to fill in thin brows that still look natural. One approach results in a softer, lifted look; the other delivers a slightly bolder look that won't dominate your face. Plus Carly shows us what a difference a little adjustment for wide-set eyes can make.

how to fill in thin brows without overdoing it

Here's a recap of the makeup items Carly used in our video:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter

Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter

Carly started with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-on Glow BB Highlighter ($32 at sephora.ca and $28.50 at sephora.com) to sculpt the arch -- that's a new trick for me; I'm into it! 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo Pencils

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo Pencils

She then filled in Gillian's delicate brows with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo pencil ($32.50 at sephora.ca and $27 at sephora.com) which has a highlight shade on one end to create a visual lift under the brow.

Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencils

Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencils -- I love Noir Cendre for my colouring

If you have near-black or black hair and a fair complexion, maybe you have trouble with brunette eyebrow pencils like I do -- they're always too red. My friend Lesa Hannah, beauty director at Fashion Magazine, suggested I try what she uses: the Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Noir Cendre ($33 at thebay.com and $29 at nordstrom.com) -- and it's a win. Plus the pencil has a spoolie on one end for combing through brow hair and blending the colour. Handy.

Now let's recap with some before-and-after images of lovely Gillian.

How to fill in thin brows without overdoing it

Here's Gillian with her makeup-free brows.

Gillian after Carly has lightly filled in her brows.

Gillian after Carly has lightly filled in her brows.

Gillian after Carly has added a little makeup to the inner corners of her brows to make them appear a bit closer together. See how the tiny adjustment subtly alters Gillian's look?

Gillian after Carly has added a little makeup to the inner corners of her brows to make them appear a bit closer together. See how the tiny adjustment subtly alters Gillian's look?

How to fill in thin brows and still look natural

And that little cheat at the head of the brow still looks natural, not like makeup.

If you'd like to have an artist show you what any of these techniques can do for you, an Estée Lauder artist would be pleased to help -- these are part of the brand's signature series 3-minute makeup moves.

What do you think? How about that three-dot highlighter trick for enhancing the arch -- would you do that? And what do you prefer when it comes to brows? A dramatic look  or a softer finish?

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