Everything You Should Know About The Brow Contouring Craze

Better than fleek.

Caitlin M.
ByCaitlin M.

You might have seen the brow contouring trend creeping up on Instagram (it's huge in the glam beauty blog world!), but chances are you haven't given much thought as to how to actually master the look yourself. Well, we're making it super simple. Here's everything you need to know to learn how to contour your eyebrows at home.

The scoop: Brow contouring is just like any of its contouring cousins. It's based on the idea of using different shades of product to sculpt perfectly angled, dimensional brows.

Why it's necessary: Well, it's not. But don't you want photo-worthy brows? Brow contouring is particularly ideal for those hoping to fake a fuller brow or those looking to add some definition to straighter brows.

How to do it: The process can be as in depth or as simple as you want it to be. But the basic principles remain the same: use darker shades in the middle of your brows, lighter shades on the edges, and concealer or highlighters above and below your brows. Here's a simplified guide:

1) Using a brow powder, outline your eyebrows in the shape you desire. (It's best to use a darker shade here!)

2) Using your darker shade (of powder or pencil), fill in the center of your brow. This should be a bit heavier color than the rest of your brows.

3) Take the darker shade of brow product and apply to the outer ends of the brows. Blend inward and upward to make the colors match.

4) Apply your concealer or highlighter to the top and bottom borders of your brow and blend in. This will help create depth. 

Shop the trend:

Splurge: Urban Decay Brow Box Kit ($30)

Urban Decay Brow Box Kit

This classic brow kit is just what any contouring newbie needs. And with new shades to choose from, brow goals are about to get so much easier to achieve.

Save: NYX Sculpt & Highlight Brow Contour ($9.99)

NYX Cosmetics Sculpt & Highlight Brow Contour

You've got everything you need to master the full look with this two-in-one pen.

Save: Maybelline® New York Brow Precise® Creamy Brow Highlighter ($7.99)

Maybelline® New York Brow Precise® Creamy Brow Highlighter

Contouring has never been easier with this creamy, blendable highlighter.


Natural: Alima Pure Natural Definition Brow Pencil ($18)

Alima Pure Natural Definition Brow Pencil

A natural option to fill in and outline comes from Alima Pure, which boasts a formula so good, you'll never know it's not one of the big guys!


Have you tried brow contouring? Which products are your musts for getting the look?

About the Author
Caitlin M.
Caitlin M.
Runner. Music lover. All things nachos. Follow me on Instagram: @caitlinsmiller