The pursuit of full, lush brows isn’t as effortless as you think it is. With a ton of kilay products to choose from and techniques to try, it’s easy to be confused and overwhelmed—resulting in arches that can ruin your whole makeup look.
FYI, your brows can change your entire face, so doing them right is crucial. Check out these techniques and the products to use to get the kilay of your dreams.
BEGINNER: Brow Pencil
For those who are new to makeup, we recommend you use a brow pencil. It will give you the most control when you fill in your eyebrows, and if you make a mistake, it’s also easy to wipe off.
To use a brow pencil, fill in your brows with light, upward strokes, starting at the tail. Concentrate on sparse areas, and make sure that the color is concentrated on the arch and the tail, gradually fading out towards the front of your brows. Run a spoolie through your brows to blend the color in.
Product to try:
Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil
The small, retractable nib of this brow pencil will make it easy for you to draw precise strokes. It also already comes with a spoolie, so you won’t have to buy an extra brush to blend in your brows. Its waterproof formula will also make sure your defined arches stay on all day—even through a sweaty commute.
Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil, P575, Lazada, Watsons, Personal Care Express, The SM Store
ADVANCED: Brow Pen
Inky brow pens can be intimidating, especially if you know you can be heavy-handed with your application. The key is to practice! Brow pens usually have fine tips that can give you a microbladed effect, making your kilay look very natural.
Similar to a pencil formula, use a brow pen to fill in your kilay with light, upward strokes. Concentrate the color at the tail and arch, and be extra light-handed when you get to the front of your brows. Because of the inky formula, you don’t have to blend the color in with a spoolie—just wait for your brows to set and you’ll be good to go.
Products to try:
Maybelline Tattoo Brow Ink
Get hair-like strokes quickly and easily when you use this brow pen. The applicator has three tips so that drawing on your hair becomes a breeze. The formula creates a tattoo effect that will last all day.
Maybelline Tattoo Brow Ink, P399, Lazada
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner
While brow pens might be for those with somewhat advanced makeup skills, the fine tip and translucent formula makes this product foolproof. You’ll definitely be able to avoid overly dark pigment, thick strokes, and messy brows when you use this pen.
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner, P845, BeautyMNL, Beauty Bar, Rustan’s
ADVANCED: Brow Powder and Mascara
Brow powders can be tricky to apply since the product is a lot looser and pigmented compared to pencils—you’ll need to take extra care not to overdo it. Brow mascara will help set the powder in place and even deliver more pigment and fibers for fuller-looking brows. Once you get the hang of it, this could become your fave way to do your arches, since it can easily make them look thick and bushy.
Apply the powder to your brows using a thin, angled brush. Start with light, upward strokes at the tail and fade it out at the front of your brows. Once you’re okay with how it looks, blend the color in with a spoolie. Take a brow mascara and run it through your kilay in upward strokes. Go back to the standing hairs and lay them down with the mascara brush.
Products to try:
CoverGirl Easy Breezy Brow Powder Kit
This brow kit comes with two powders, a highlighter, and a double-ended angled and fluffy brush to give you extra-dimensional eyebrows. Use the dark color for your tail and arch, the lighter color for the front of your arches, and the highlight color on your brow bone.
CoverGirl Easy Breezy Brow Powder Kit, P399, Lazada
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel
For extra lush brows, swipe on this thickening mascara. It promises to volumize, tint, and set your eyebrows in place, so they’ll be thick yet natural-looking. The brow gel also imparts fibers to the brow hairs to beef them up.
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, P1,660, Lazada
EXPERT: Feathery brows
Feathery brows are all the rage right now, and we can see why. They look full, thick, and yet really natural—almost as if you weren’t wearing any brow product at all. This technique will be really great for those who already have thick arches and don’t want to make them look any darker and more matapang.
First, take a brow soap on a spoolie and brush it through your eyebrows, laying down the hairs in upward strokes. Fill in the sparse areas using a fine-tipped brow pen. This will ensure that everything will still look natural. Bring the color back into the hairs using a tinted brow gel.
Products to try:
Brow Magic PH Brow Soap Brow Styling Kit
Brow soap is a relatively new innovation in makeup, and it can help you style your brows while also nourishing them. This one in particular is formulated with castor oil, which is known to help boost hair growth. It also comes with two spoolies and instructions, so you can take the guesswork out of styling your brows.
Brow Magic PH Brow Soap, P295, BeautyMNL
Happy Skin Perfect Brows Long-Lasting Liquid Pen
Draw ultra-fine hairs using this liquid brow pen. It’s formulated with sunflower oil and vitamin B5, so not only do you get naturally sheer and precise brows, but you’ll also get fuller, thicker, and nourished hairs in the long run.
Happy Skin Perfect Brows Long-Lasting Liquid Pen, P399, Glorietta
3CE Eyebrow Mascara
Bring color back to your brows with this eyebrow mascara. It comes in four natural shades, so you can choose the best one to match your arches. It dries quickly without clumps, so it won’t disturb the product you already applied beforehand.
3CE Eyebrow Mascara, P714, Sephora.ph
EXPERT: Brow Pomade
If you want bold, defined Instagram brows, use a brow pomade! There’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to using this product since it’s super pigmented and not easy to correct if you make a mistake. But if you get it right, you’ll be rewarded with thick, dark brows that won’t fade throughout the day.
First, you’ll need to map out your brows. Draw a line that traces the bottom of your brows, and then repeat that step on the tops of your brows. Now that you have the shape down, fill them in, but skip the front of your brows. Use the leftover product on the brush to create a faded effect at the starting point of your brows so that they still look natural.
Products to try:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
When it comes to brow pomades, this one might be the most famous. The award-winning pomade delivers an opaque, matte, and smudge-proof finish that will last all day. FYI, this is a favorite of beauty gurus everywhere.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, P1,255, Rustan’s the Beauty Source
Australis Walk The Line Eyebrow & Eyeliner Brush
Use an angled brush whenever you fill in your brows with brow pomade to ensure precise application each time. This one from Australis has thin, firm bristles that will make applying brow pomade a breeze. BTW, it’s also vegan!
Australis Walk The Line Eyebrow & Eyeliner Brush, P495, Lazada