Natural, full brow makeup in 2 minutes (VIDEOS)

Thin, sparse, or overly bushy brows? These three quick and easy makeup tutorials from pros will give you gorgeous, thick brows that still feel totally natural.

Left to right: Makeup for Jason Wu and Phillip Lim. Imaxtree 

As someone who was born with big brows (we’re talking Princess Diaries-if-Brooke-Shields-married-Groucho-Marx level thickness) it took me a long time to come to terms with the hairy caterpillars above my eyes. As a teen with no YouTube tweezer tutorials to speak of—back in the age of dial up and paper dictionaries—I was left without the proper supplies or know-how to tame them. Instead, I became adept at fending off comments about my Muppet-like brows from other self-conscious teens. (Oh, the joys of high school … )


It wasn’t until a college internship that my brows were rescued by a makeup artist I met on the job. She told me she loved my big natural brows, but they needed some help to reach their full potential. So I nodded along to her light tweezing instructions (just cleaning up under the sides and arches), and wrote down the name of a brow palette (Clé de Peau eyebrow and eyeliner compact, which, though expensive, I still love and use today). After a little trial and error, I had a new found appreciation for my brows: they were natural, but bold.

Over the years, I have become a strong believer in the power of a good brow grooming. I like to think of it as a manicure for your face: it’s something most people won’t notice right away, but immediately lends your gaze some extra polish and poise.

If your brows—even tweezed—give you pause for being unruly, thin or sparse, I’m happy to remind you that now there are YouTube videos for that. So I’m sharing my three favorite recent makeup tutorials to help you achieve gorgeous, thick brows that still feel natural. And all under two minutes so you can get out the door and on with your busy life!

Full and defined

Thin to filled-in

Bushy but beautiful

Natalie van der Meer
Natalie van der Meer

Senior Editor Natalie van der Meer is a former editor for Redbook, Woman’s Day, Reader’s Digest and Allure, covering fashion, beauty, travel, family, book reviews, and much more. She lives in New York City.