I've always had a weird relationship with my eyebrows. Before I first started plucking them, around sophomore year in high school (which, for the record, was about four years too late as I rocked a serious unibrow), I hated the look of such a severe brow. I felt like it overwhelmed my entire face, like two big caterpillars that had taken up residence on my forehead. Then, of course, there was the decade-long relationship with super skinny brows that had me looking just a bit surprised at all times. In the last year or so, I feel like I've finally hit my stride - they frame my face and are full-ish when filled in properly. Here are the steps I follow:
Step 1: Tweeze. I don't get my eyebrows waxed, so I tweeze stray hairs a couple of times a week so that they stay neat and groomed.
Step 2: Trim. Every month or so, I'll trim my eyebrows by brushing hairs up and snipping the ones that extend beyond the natural shape.
Step 3: Fill in. Using an angled brush, I fill in my eyebrows, starting with the outside first. I try to fill in slowly, so they look natural and not Groucho Marx-ish.
Step 4: Blend. Using the bristly side of the brush, I then brush through my eyebrows a few times to soften the look so it's not severe (as demonstrated on my hand).
Step 5: Gel. I've tried countless gels to try and get my eyebrows to stay in place and not budge (particularly the inside corners that I like brushed upwards) and this one is the only one that works for me.
Step 6: Highlight. Using a dab of highlighting cream, I apply it directly on top of my brow bone to brighten my eyes a bit.