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The One Step You're Missing To Thicker, More Natural-Looking Brows

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I have kalbo brows. I am also guilty of over-tweezing my arches during the early 2000s. I regret that habit with all my heart, and I'm now suffering the consequences. So, I've been creative in finding ways to make my kilay look fuller.

After so much trial and error, this is the routine that finally helped me reach my bushy eyebrows dreams! I discovered this after watching many pro makeup artists on YouTube and by spying on celeb MUAs during photo shoots. Read on if you want to learn *magical* step.

Here is the secret: I brush up the hairs with clear eyebrow gel BEFORE the whole kilay routine. This method creates an illusion of thicker, feathery brows and a lifted face—like I was born with a full set of arches. I find that filling in with a pencil alone creates a flat finish, which is far from natural-looking at all. 

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After brushing the hairs up, I draw thin strokes on the sparse areas using a slim eyebrow pencil or eyebrow ink. This step is essential in creating soft, natural-looking kilay.

Here's the difference:

BEFORE: Using brow pencil alone. Courtesy of Ira Nopuente
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AFTER: Applied brow gel mascara as a base before filling in the eyebrows with a skinny pencil. Courtesy of Ira Nopuente

Sold? Here are some of the best clear eyebrow gels in the market:

EB Advance All Clear Mascara

Aside from a brow gel, you can use the EB Advance Clear Mascara for your lashes.


EB Advance All Clear Mascara, P125, Lazada


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Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara

This eyebrow gel will tame unruly brows and keep them groomed for the rest of the day.

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Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara, P249.75, SM Beauty

Pixi Brow Tamer Brow Gel

Whether you choose to brush up your brows for a feathery look or use this as a finishing step, its gel formula will never fail you. It will keep the hairs in place for a long period of time.


Pixi Brow Tamer Brow Gel, P577, Sephora


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Benefit Cosmetics 24-HR Brow Setter Invisible Brow Gel

This is a personal favorite! This has been my ride-or-die clear brow gel since I first tried it in 2018. 

Benefit Cosmetics 24-HR Brow Setter Invisible Brow Gel, P1,400, Greenbelt 5

Anastastia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

There's a reason why this is internet-famous! This acts as a clear topcoat and a primer for your brows.


Anastastia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, P1,535, Sephora


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And here are my personal pang-kilay recommendations:

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Sunnies Face Lifebrow Skinny Pencil in Ash Brown

The slim tip allow precise strokes. Your kilay will never look fake. Plus, this shade will suit dark or light hair color.

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Sunnies Face Lifebrow Skinny Pencil in Ash Brown, P295, Glorietta

Bench Beauty Eyebrow Tint in Dark Brown

The Bench Beauty Eyebrow Tint's trident tip creates a microbladed look. Plus, its formula lasts long!

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Bench Beauty Eyebrow Tint in Dark Brown, P199, SM Megamall

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

This is probably the best eyebrow tint I've ever tried. It delivers the most natural pigment and it doesn't fade even on a sweaty day.

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K-Palette 1DAY Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner 24h, P845, Rustan's the Beauty Source

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