How to Fake Fuller Brows With a Bar of Soap

September 30, 2022
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | by L'Oréal
The Secret to Faking Thick Brows Is … A Bar Of Soap?

If you’re one of the few individuals blessed with gorgeous, thick, naturally full eyebrows, consider us envious. As for the rest of us? We have to work with what we got to achieve the bushy brows of our dreams. Thankfully, faking the look is relatively easy and you probably already own all the products needed to do it with. So grab your spoolie, angled brush and a bar of soap (don’t worry, we’ll explain) and keep reading for an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to use the soap brow method to create a naturally fuller brow look

Apply a Brow Pencil or Pomade 

Even if you went a little too tweezer-happy in your tween days or were born with brows on the thinner side, achieving a bushy brow look is totally doable with a little pomade. Grab your favorite formula— we’ve been loving the NYX Professional Makeup Tame & Frame Brow Pomade — and a thin, angled brush to get started. Pick up the product on your brush and start to fill in sparse areas using light pressure. Remember, it’s easier to add more product than it is to remove it. Follow your natural arch pattern and create feather-like strokes throughout for a higher, thicker brow. 

Don’t have a brush or pomade on hand? You can achieve the same look with a brow pencil, such as the Maybelline New York Express Brow Ultra Slim Defining Eyebrow Pencil

Pro tip: Start applying product in the middle of your brow so the front doesn’t look too heavy.

person applying makeup to eyebrow

Prep Your Soap 

Now onto the fun part. It may come as a surprise, but using bar soap in place of brow gel is actually a great hack. Just make sure you opt for a sensitive skin-friendly bar soap like the CeraVe Hydrating Cleansing Bar to avoid potential irritation. Once you have your product ready, splash a bit of water on top of the bar so it’s easier to work with. Then, grab a spoolie and lightly scrape it over the top of the soap so the brush has a thin coating on it.
hand holding makeup spoolie on top of bar of soap

Brush and Set 

With your spoolie, start brushing your brow hairs in an upward motion. Once you reach the arch of your brow, start brushing on an outward facing slant, rather than straight up. The spoolie will help blend out any clumps of product from earlier and give you a natural blur. Once your shape is perfected, go ahead and press down on the brows with your fingers to set everything in place.

person brushing eyebrow with makeup spoolie

Brighten Up the Brow Bone 

For this next step, pick up your favorite highlighter or concealer to clean up stray marks and define your brow shape. If you opt for a concealer, we recommend using a thin, flat brush along the base of your eyebrow to help emphasize your brow bone. If you want a finish with a little extra pop, buff some highlighter under your arch. We recommend the NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Stick Contour and Highlighter Stick for controlled application.
person applying makeup to eyebrow
Photos: Chaunte Vaughn

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