istockphoto real beautyWith thick, strong eyebrows becoming a coveted beauty trademark, many Asian (and fine-haired) women find it hard to play up a fuller set of brows. While eyebrow tattooing may be a permanent fix, it can be expensive, and well, who really wants to have ink injected into her face?
The good news is that with a little eye shadow and an eyebrow pencil, you can create the illusion of having natural, full brows. The key to getting more defined brows is to find the right shade of eyebrow pencil. Like many Asian women, my eyebrow hair is black, but it doesn’t mean I should opt for a black eyebrow pencil. For a more natural look, you should look into dark grays, charcoal and brown or brownish-black. Brands like Sephora, M.A.C. Eyebrow Pencil, and Shu Uemura’s Hard Formula H6 Eyebrow Pencil are great choices and offer shades from warm to gold tones.

Here’s a small tip from on how to properly fill in your eyebrows: “Fill in the sparse areas of your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil. Again, use featherlike strokes instead of harsh lines since you want the lines to appear as if they are actual hairs. Start at the inner corner of your eye and stroke outward. This is the direction your eyebrow hairs naturally grow. ”

To get a step-by-step guide to creating a fuller effect, check out’s article “Asian Makeup: How to Fill in Sparse Eyebrows.”

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