How to Fake Perfect Eyebrows

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If you haven’t had the time or cash to splurge on a pro brow shaping, but you need to look pulled-together in a pinch, use this quick trick courtesy of Taylor Chang-Babaian, makeup artist and author of Style Eyes:

The key is to “create a well-defined arch or the illusion of one,” says Chang-Babaian. Do this by filling in your brows focusing on the arch area with a fine-tipped brow pencil.

If your hair is blonde, Chang-Babaian recommends using a pencil that’s one shade darker than your brow hairs, but if you’re a brunette, use a shade that’s one shade lighter. She also suggests using pencils with a slightly ashy or taupe tone. “Colors with too much red in them look fake — unless, of course, you are a redhead,” she says.

Try: Benefit Instant Brow Pencil, $20

And, if you’re not quite sure how to create the perfect shape, cheat by using a brow stencil like Anastasia Beverly Hills Classic Stencils, $20. Just be sure to brush through your brows really well after penciling them in for a more natural look.

Set your brows with clear gel like Urban Decay Urban Brow Styling Brush and Setting Gel, $20 and you’re good to go.

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