Brows 101 Series-Powder


“I like your eyebrows today. They aren’t AS powerful as usual.” -my lawfully-wedded husband.

Well, I am here to tell you that men prefer brow powder, I guess?! I could see why because powder gives more of a natural look than the other methods we’ve discussed like pencil and Dipbrow. I would describe it as subtly defined.

Powder is the easiest method for brow definition as it is most forgiving, easiest to control and the most buildable. You’ll need a great powder like Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, a stiff angled brush to apply, and if you don’t have much brow hair, you’ll need to give the powder something to adhere to by using a brow wax.

Watch the tutorial video for full application.

Filling in brows with powder

1.) If you don’t have a lot of existing brow hair, swipe a brow wax through brows to anchor the powder. I skip this step but many brow kits actually come with a wax.

2.) Using a stiff angled brush, grab a small amount of brow powder. If you are using the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, grab more of the lighter shade for the inner part of the brow, the darker as you move outwards. You can also mix the two.

3.) Using small, quick strokes, build from the bottom up, inside to outside, grabbing more power as you go.

4.) Unlike Dipbrow or brow pencil, the texture of brow powder doesn’t provide any hold. For this reason, you may want to set with a clear brow gel.

5.) For a little extra credit, use a flat liner brush and concealer to really sharpen the brow shape. This is a bonus step, for when you have a bit more time and want total brow perfection.

Extra Tips
A lot of women tell me they use an eyeshadow to fill in brows and that’s totally fine too! Just make sure to use a matte shadow-no shimmer, and make sure it doesn’t have golden or reddish undertones.

It takes all shapes of brows to make the world go round and the lovely ladies below are an example of that. If your brows don’t appear to have a natural arch to them, don’t force it and create one. Look at Natalie Portman who has straight brows or Beyonce’s brows which have a more rounded shape.

When you look at the women below, and you’ll also notice that none of them have two perfectly matching eyebrows. Sisters, not twins. I think we all have one “favorite” brow. I know I do!

Check back for the last method in the Brows 101 Series-gel! Thanks so much for reading. You’re awesome and I hope your weekend is rad as hell.



  1. Petra

    05/11/2014 at 3:08 PM

    Thank you for this video. Your eyebrow looks the best this way in my opinion 🙂
    Btw. you have really nice polish, what is it? Thx.

    1. Ivy Boyd

      05/11/2014 at 3:37 PM

      Thank YOU for watching/reading Petra! My nail polish in this video is Wet n’ Wild Heard it Through the Grapevine. I wrote about it here actually

      1. Petra

        05/12/2014 at 1:27 AM

        Thank you 🙂

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