Makeup products, like eye shadow, mascara and eyeliner, all help highlight and darken eyebrows. Eye shadow is the easiest product to use for highlighting the eyebrows because it doesn’t clump or mat the brow hair. Mascara and eyeliner can also be used to create a defined look.

Highlight Your Brows With Eyeshadow

Pick an eye shadow color similar to your eyebrow or hair color. Remember that eye shadow appears one shade darker when applied.

Apply the eye shadow to a small, angled makeup or liner brush.

Brush the eye shadow onto your eyebrows, starting near the center and working toward the outer edge.

Focus your attention on thin areas of your eyebrow, such as the outer edge and the underside of the brow. Use firmer brush strokes to apply more makeup on these parts of the brow.

Highlight Your Brows With Liner

Use an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil one shade lighter than your eyebrow hair. Eye liner appears much darker on the eyebrows than eye shadow, so apply the eyeliner lightly.

Place the eyeliner or brow pencil near the center of the eyebrow and use quick, light strokes, working toward the outer edge.

Use a cotton swab or piece of tissue to lighten the brow highlight if the color is too dark. Gently blend the color into your eyebrows using small, circular motions.

Highlight Your Eyebrows With Mascara or Gel

Use a specially formulated eyebrow gel or your current mascara, to help add thickness and color to your eyebrows.

Brush mascara gently over the brow line, being careful not to get any on the skin. Pay special attention to the outer edge of the brow so it doesn’t clump or mat.

Apply clear or tinted eyebrow gel the same way you would shadow, liner or mascara. Begin near the center of the eyebrow and work toward the outer edge. Use short, quick strokes, being careful that the brow hair doesn’t clump or mat.

Brush your eyebrows with a soft bristled eyebrow brush to loosen any clumped hairs.


  • Practice highlighting your eyebrows with makeup before you plan on going out. You don’t want to make your eyebrows too dark or end up being unhappy with the results right before you leave.