How To Achieve Feathery Eyebrows Even If Your Brows Are Kalbo

Gone are the days of Instabrows.
PHOTO: (LEFT) Instagram/justineclaudia, (RIGHT) Instagram/haodoyoungo

Gone are the days of Instabrows—perfectly filled-in arches that have zero dimension and texture. It was literally the dark ages of kilay. Now, it's all about the ~*natural*~ look. Enter: Feathery brows, aka the microbladed look. This style is all about making your brows appear as natural as possible by creating thin strokes, following your brow hairs' natural growth. The goal is to make it look like you were born with perfectly bushy arches.

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As you can see from the IG posts above, the brow hairs are brushed up, creating a soft and natural effect. If you were born with bushy arches, it would be reallyyyy easy for you to achieve this!  But what if you were born with light, almost invisible brows? Have no fear! As long as you are armed with the best products, you can still score the feathery brow look.

Soap + Tinted Brow Mascara

Check out how Hao, a beauty enthusiast, has done it. First, she brushed her brow hairs up using a clear bar of soap. This trick instantly volumized each strand. Then, she applied a tinted brow mascara to enhance the brows' color.

Difficulty level: 2

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Brow Pencil

U.S. based makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes is the Queen of Brow Salvation! Here, she used a taupe eyebrow pencil to shape the eyebrow, and drew on hair-like strokes to bald spots. It looks polished and natural at the same time! 

Difficulty level: 3

Fine-tipped Brow Pen

There's hope for over-tweezed brows! Katie used a fine-tipped brow pen to draw hairs and fill in the sparse areas of her arches. Her quick tutorial is educational and therapeutic.

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Difficulty level: 4

Soap + Brow Pomade

Looks like soap is life-changing! YouTube beauty guru Desi Perkins dipped a spoolie brush in a bar soap and used it to push the eyebrow hairs up. The bald spots were then carefully filled in with a brow pomade that matches her natural brow strands. While this method may require lots of practice and patience, the results are simply gorgeous!

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Difficulty level: 5


Now that you've been schooled, here are the eyebrow products you can try to achieve feathery brows on your own.

  1. SZN Clear Full Brows Organic Soap

    The SZN Clear Full Brows Organic Soap is a clear glycerin soap that defines each brow hair without leaving a white residue. It also has castor oil to naturally enhance your eyebrow's fullness.

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  2. Sunnies Face Lifebrow Grooming Gel

    I swear to the brow gods, the Sunnies Face Lifebrow Grooming Gel won't let you down. The tinted brow gel mascara won't leave tacky product buildup on your arches, yet it will keep your kilay groomed for the rest of the day. It can last through humidity, water, and sweat! TL;DR: It's like the Aqua Net Hairspray for brows.

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  3. Benefit Cosmetics 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel

    A single coat from the Benefit Cosmetics 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel tames unruly brows in a flash. The best part? It does stay on for a whole day! It does its job of defining brow hairs so well that it flies off the shelves as soon as it's available.

    Benefit Cosmetics 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel, P1,400, SM Megamall

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  4. Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil

    To draw thin, hair-like strokes, you need a fine-tipped pencil like the Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil. It doesn't need sharpening, and it promises to be budge-proof for 12 hours!

    Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, P1,660, SM Megamall

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  5. K-Palette 1DAY Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner 24h

    The K-Palette 1DAY Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner 24h is a personal pang-kilay favorite of Heart Evangelista, and we totally understand why! This brow liquid can fill in bald spots and help us draw hair-like lines! The result: Soft, youthful-looking arches.

    K-Palette 1DAY Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner 24h, P845, Beauty Bar 

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  6. Maybelline Tattoo Brow Ink Pen

    The comb-like pen helps you create realistic looking "brow hairs." With it's affordable price tag, there's nothing stopping you from getting it! 

  7. MAC Shape + Shade Brow Tint

    The MAC Shape + Shade Brow Tint has everything you need to score feathery arches: A powder on one end to shade the whole eyebrow and a fine-tip pen to fake brow hairs.

    MAC Shape + Shade Brow Tint, P1,450, SM Megamall

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  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade

    Hands down, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade is the best eyebrow pomade we've ever tried. It doesn't budge, and it delivers the right amount of pigment to mimic your brow hair's natural color. 

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  9. Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector

    Makeup artists turn to the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector to transform almost kalbo brows to full, feathery arches. When used with a flat brow brush, it mimics brow hairs and stays on the skin even when exposed to sweat and water.

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