How to Fake Laminated Brows With Makeup

September 27, 2023
Jordan Julian
By: Jordan Julian | by L'Oréal
Person with a blonde pixie cut wearing a green sweater and holding their hands around their face

Eyebrow lamination, a chemical brow-straightening treatment typically done in salons, is one way to achieve shiny, fluffy-looking brows, no matter what your brows look like naturally. The best way to describe brow lamination is like a perm for your brows. The goal is to straighten and sweep your brow hairs up vertically to give them a perfectly shaped look that will stay put for five to eight weeks — no daily grooming required. 

However, as great as it looks, brow lamination can be pricey and is definitely a bit of a commitment. Luckily, you can fake the shiny, sculpted laminated brow look with makeup in just a few simple steps. Ahead, celebrity makeup artist Kasey Spickard walks us through the process.  

How to Fake Brow Lamination With Makeup

Before you attempt to fake the laminated brow look, you’ll need to make sure you have the right supplies. “You want a product with a very strong hold to achieve the laminated look,” says Spickard. He likes to use brow wax, such as the Baebrow Hold Up! Flexible Brow Wax, or a strong-hold gel like the got2b Schwarzkopf Glued 4 Brows & Edges. You’ll also need to have a spoolie on hand.

got2b Schwarzkopf Glued 4 Brows & Edges

Step 1: Shape Your Brows

“Start by brushing through your brows with a clean spoolie with no product to get an idea of the shape you want to create,” says Spickard. Need a new spoolie brush? The NYX Professional Makeup Zero to Brow Longwear Brow Gel has a built-in spoolie on one end. 

NYX Professional Makeup Zero to Brow Longwear Brow Gel

Step 2: Coat Your Brow Hairs With Gel or Wax

To get the signature shine of laminated brows, you should use a clear gel or wax. Once you find one you like, “coat your spoolie with a generous amount of product and brush back and forth through your brows to coat each brow hair on both sides with the product,” says Spickard. Be sure each and every hair is coated to ensure that your brows will stay set in place.

Step 3: Use a Different Spoolie to Shape Your Brows

In this step, you’ll brush your eyebrows upwards to achieve the laminated brow shape. “With a clean spoolie, brush the brow hairs upward and outward while pressing the brow hairs to the skin to achieve the laminated look you desire,” the makeup artist says. “On the outer third of the brows, use your clean spoolie and run it horizontally across the top of the brow hairs for a more groomed, tamed look.” According to Spickard, a common mistake is brushing the hairs in the outer part of your brows up too vertically. “You want an upward and outward shape to the hairs, not just completely vertical.” 

Step 4: Fill In Your Brows With a Pen or Pencil

Finally, “fill any gaps you see with a brow flick-style pen to create hair-like strokes wherever you see sparseness or gaps in the brows,” says Spickard. We love the Urban Decay Brow Blade Ink Stain + Waterproof Pencil for this step.

Urban Decay Brow Blade Ink Stain + Waterproof Pencil
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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