Eyebrows are one of the most prominent yet commonly ignored parts of our body unless you’re Eugene Levy. In the 2000s we over plucked and now it’s trendy to have big, bushy eyebrows. But, even if you like your eyebrows bushy, they can be clean too.
In the past decade, a lot of attention has been brought to the eyebrows, and rightfully so. So, now we know about the best concealers for right under and over your brows to make them more prominent.
What is eyebrow concealer?
Concealers don’t just cover dark circles and unwanted blemishes under the eyes, they also lift, shape, and improve the general look if applied right. Foundation does an excellent job of making your skin tone even, but it doesn’t highlight as much as a concealer does. This means it is inevitable in your makeup routine.
Most people use concealer underneath their brows to help to shape their eyebrows as they wear other makeup on their faces and around their eyes. It will conceal fine hairs that have popped up and help brows look clean and shaped.
This blog post will cover everything you need to know about the best concealers for eyebrows and placement around your brow bone and brow area in general. It also leaves you with some tips for achieving a look like you have great lighting following you around.
5 Reasons Eyebrow Concealer is Powerful
Makeup artists are skilled professionals who understand the transformative potential of makeup. One essential tool in their arsenal is eyebrow concealer. But what makes eyebrow concealer such a crucial product?
From creating flawless brows to enhancing overall makeup looks, eyebrow concealer plays a pivotal role in achieving a polished and perfected appearance.
1. Define and Shape
Eyebrow concealer helps define and shape brows by concealing any sparse areas or irregularities. Makeup artists use it to precisely outline the desired brow shape, whether it’s arching, elongating, or simply enhancing the natural shape. The concealer acts as a clean canvas, allowing the artist to sculpt and create well-defined brows that frame the face beautifully.
2. Highlight and Lift
Applying concealer around the eyebrows can create a highlighting effect, drawing attention to the brows and lifting the entire eye area. By strategically placing concealer above and below the brows, makeup artists can enhance the natural arch, making the eyes appear more open and awake. This technique adds dimension and brightness to the face, resulting in a fresh and youthful look.
3. Correct and Conceal
Eyebrow concealer is used to correct imperfections and achieve a seamless, polished finish. It effectively conceals any blemishes, scars, or discoloration around the brow area, creating a clean canvas for brow products to adhere to. By neutralizing any unwanted undertones, makeup artists ensure that the focus remains on the brows and the overall makeup look.
4. Flawless Brow Makeup Application
Eyebrow concealer acts as a base for other brow products, such as pencils, pomades, or powders. It provides a smooth surface for the products to adhere to, allowing for better control and precise application. The concealer also helps intensify the color payoff and longevity of brow products, ensuring that the brows stay put throughout the day.
5. Customize and Perfect
Makeup artists use eyebrow concealer to customize and perfect the brow color. By applying a lighter or darker shade of concealer, they can create depth and dimension, enhancing the natural brow color or adjusting it to complement the overall makeup look. This customization ensures that the brows harmonize seamlessly with the rest of the face, enhancing overall beauty and symmetry.
So, the next time you’re working on your brows, take a page from the makeup artist’s playbook and embrace the power of eyebrow concealer to elevate your brow game and enhance your overall makeup look.
5 Ways to Conceal Your Eyebrows
It is often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. If this is true, it means that the eyebrows are the curtains. Whether you’re short on time or not, there are many ways to conceal your eyebrows so they look their best. These will work for almost any skin type.
1. Find the Right Shade of Concealer for Your Eyebrows
As a rule of thumb, a concealer should be one shade lighter than your skin tone, so it blends while highlighting that region above and below your eyebrow. Finding the right shade means you won’t spend too much extra time blending, fixing things, and getting everything balanced.
To discover the best concealer shade for you, test a few of them on your skin until you see one that is bright but not too noticeable. It is also important to experiment with the amount of coverage and texture before making your choice because every concealer is different. When you know what works for you, it becomes easier to walk into a beauty store and come out a few minutes later with the best product for your skin.
2. Shape Your Brows Perfectly
If your eyebrows are well-shaped, applying concealer and everything that comes in between would be more manageable. Shaping helps keep stray hair at bay and creates cleaner lines, which in turn, leaves you with a smoother surface for concealer application.
If you thread or wax regularly, you won’t have to bother with trimming your brows every time you want to wear makeup because threading and waxing take care of it. It’s the same for micro blading – something I’ve done before and absolutely loved.
And yes, some people have an arch while others don’t. As you shape, maintain the natural eyebrow shape and curve. This is best for maintenance.
3. Fill in Your Eyebrows
Products like eyebrow pomade, eyebrow gels, eyebrow pencils, etc. are used to fill in bare areas and give your brows form. My pro tip: Focus on the arc’s shape and ensure it is defined and natural. After filling, you can apply a light or clear gel through your eyebrows to ensure the hairs are combed and facing in the right direction.
If you want a feathery look, brush your brow hairs upwards since it boosts your overall appearance. You can experiment with any style you’re comfortable with and change it month to month.
4. Apply Your Eye Makeup
After filling in your eyebrows, it is time to do your eyes. This could be an entire blog post in itself, but the main thing to remember here is to use a primer and/or concealer under your eye shadow.
If you choose to use another highlight aside from a concealer, that’s fine, but your concealer can do all the highlighting. Two birds and one stone!
5. Finish and Clean the Look With Concealer
Applying concealer under and over the eyebrows by blending it with your finger or blender helps to shape and define it. You can use a thin brush to draw a line or use a flatter one to blend the concealer out so that it doesn’t become too distinct or harsh. If you want your look to be more defined, you can apply the concealer around the top of the brows.
This can also hide the redness from waxing, threading, and/or plucking in addition to cleaning up any drop-off from your eye makeup or eyebrow gels and pencils. After framing your brows, keep blending the concealer into the foundation until it’s finished.
Factors to Consider Before Applying Concealer Near Your Eyebrows
Just like we all have different kinds of eye shapes, we also have various contoured brow shapes and styles. Before concealing, here are some factors worth considering.
Find a Suitable Shade of Concealer
When you are ready to make your eyebrows stand out with a concealer, it is essential to choose the shade carefully. As mentioned before, if it doesn’t match your skin, it’ll look awkward. The best bet for eyebrow concealer is to go one shade lighter than your foundation or skin tone. Stay away from darker shades if your skin is light. The right shade helps you hide the hair on your brow effortlessly for a cleaner look.
Find a Suitable Shade of Eyebrow Pigment
Before and after applying the concealer, you want to be sure the pencil or gel on your eyebrows is a similar color to your eyebrows. Match the color as best as you can for a natural look.
The 9 Best Concealers for Your Eyebrows
Now that you know how to conceal your brows and the factors to consider when choosing a good concealer, let’s talk best products in the forms of liquid concealer, pencil concealer, cream concealer, and stick concealer. It’s hard to pick the best eyebrow concealer, but I did narrow it down to nine. Some of these links are affiliate links.
1. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
If you want natural highlights for your brows while hiding tiny stray hairs and hydrating your skin, this is the best product for you. Tarte’s popular concealer is ideal for full-coverage looks and is lightweight. Purchasing a lighter shade is suggested if you’re looking for that extra highlight below and above your eyebrows. You will have a perfect brow with easy effort. It also conceals dark spots so is perfect for beneath your eyes and in your t-zone. This brand comes in a variety of different shades for light and dark skin and will leave you with a soft matte finish.
2. Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer
The brush-on effect makes this highlighting concealer stand out. The applicator is made of bristle-like fibers that allow you to brush the concealer on the intended area and blend. It also has a gel-like consistency that ensures it lasts all day and keeps makeup in place. Makeup junkies love the fact that it is easy to apply and affordable too.
3. MAC Studio Finish Concealer
This concealer is lightweight and gives your makeup a spotless finish. It is also enriched with vitamins A and E to help nourish the skin. It is an ideal choice for highlighting brows and providing full-face coverage for all kinds of skin issues. This finish concealer is lightweight and blends into your skin very well. If you’re looking for sheer coverage, this is a great choice.
4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil
This duo highlighting pencil highlights and conceals the brow and other areas of your face. If you have red patches or dark spots on your skin, grab this one. The matte finish allows your brow to pop and defines the arches. When it comes to brows, you can’t go wrong with an Anastasia product. If you are a fan of concealer pencils, this is a go-to any day, anytime, because it is one of the best options in the market.
5. NYX Professional HD Concealer Wand
Yes, this one is just $6! This NYX cosmetics concealer wand may be the best drugstore concealer on the list. If you are searching for an affordable yet reliable product, this NYX concealer has you covered. It is lightweight, easy to wear, comfortable, and doesn’t irritate the skin. The concealer wand makes the application relatively trouble-free, and you can create a customized look in a few seconds. The wand makes for easy application. Note: This product is not recommended for people with dry skin because it has a drying effect. (I have oily skin, so I’m good!)
6. L.A Girl HD Pro Concealer
This easy-to-blend concealer offers medium to full coverage, depending on your preference. The brush applicator helps cover dark circles and minimize fine lines as well as shapes the brows, obviously! It works well for dry skin because it doesn’t get creased or dry out. This concealer has a wide range of shades and provides a color corrector and highlighting shade.
7. Revlon ColorStay Concealer
This stick concealer covers imperfections for a continuously flawless look for up to 24 hours. Using the applicator tip, all you need to do is gently dab the concealer above and below your brows. For optimal results, you can build until your desired level of coverage. This is one of the best drugstore concealers.
8. L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer
This product has tons of positive reviews on Amazon… and yes, it’s just $6. It provides a soft and smooth texture and blends into the skin seamlessly. With the tip, you can provide the most precise application.
9. Clinique All About Eyes Concealer
I love the Clinique foundation I mentioned here in this blog post about foundations for melasma. So, I’m closing this list with another Clinique brand. This concealer is lightweight and lasts the entire day. This concealer blends quickly and handles dark eye circles and effectively, plus it is irritation-free.
More on Concealers to Highlight Your Eyebrows
Now you know concealers can do so much more for your face than you imagined.
- If you run out of foundation, mix some concealer with moisturizer. Boom! You have a new makeup product!
- Do you want your lips to pop? For best results, cover them with concealer before wearing lipstick.
- A bit of concealer on your eyelid makes your eyeshadow last longer. This eye concealer works wonders!
- Looking a little red? Try green concealer. Click here for my favorites for people with hyperpigmentation.
Now, I’m not going to leave you hanging when it comes to making sure your eyebrows look great. Achieving perfectly groomed eyebrows doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a few simple techniques and some handy tips, you can transform your brows into stunning arches that make a statement.
7 Secrets to Perfectly Groomed Brows
1. Determine Your Ideal Brow Shape
Take into consideration your face shape and natural brow structure when determining your ideal brow shape. Use the following guidelines:
- Round face: Opt for a higher arch to create the illusion of length.
- Square face: Soften angles with a gently curved arch.
- Oval face: Embrace your natural shape, enhancing it with minor adjustments.
- Heart-shaped face: Balance the width of your forehead with a slightly rounded arch.
- Long face: Extend the tails of your brows horizontally to create width.
2. Brush and Trim
Using a spoolie brush or a clean mascara wand, brush your brows upward to reveal their natural shape. Trim any long or unruly hairs that extend beyond the desired shape using small, sharp eyebrow scissors. Be cautious and trim small amounts at a time to avoid overdoing it.
3. Define the Shape
To define your brow shape, use an eyebrow pencil or powder that matches your hair color. Start by outlining the bottom edge of your brows, following their natural shape. Then, outline the top edge, creating a clean line. Fill in any sparse areas using small, hair-like strokes, focusing on the arch and tail for a more defined look.
4. Blend and Soften
Using an angled brush or a spoolie brush, gently blend the eyebrow product for a softer, more natural look. Brush through the brows in the direction of hair growth, ensuring that the product is evenly distributed.
5. Set and Tame
Apply a clear or tinted brow gel to set your brows in place and tame any unruly hairs. This step adds definition and longevity to your brow makeup, keeping them in shape throughout the day.
6. Enhance with Highlighter
Hence this entire blog post… To accentuate your perfectly groomed brows, apply a touch of highlighter just below the arch of each brow. This adds a subtle lift and draws attention to the brow bone, creating a more youthful and polished look.
7. Regular Maintenance
Maintaining your eyebrows is essential to keep them looking their best. Schedule regular appointments with a professional eyebrow stylist or consider DIY maintenance. Tweeze any stray hairs that grow outside your desired shape, but be careful not to over-pluck. Remember, less is more.
Grab your eyebrow tools, take a deep breath, and embark on a journey to brow perfection!
What’s the right concealer for you? Do you have a favorite type of concealer? Find me on Instagram at @ChristinaAllDay and let me know which one is your favorite.