best concealer for eyebrows

How to Find the Best Concealer for Eyebrows: Highlighting and Defining Your Brows

When I worked at Sephora, extravagant and thick brows were a huge trend. The Anastasia Brow Pomade sold like crazy, and I had to give an eyebrow tutorial daily. Even though natural brows have been a big trend this year, you’ll still want to pluck and fill them in for a clean look. And if you want to give your brows that natural highlight, you can do so with the right concealer.

Looking for a brow concealer is slightly different from shopping for a concealer to cover up imperfections. I will show you how to find the best concealer for eyebrows, explain why an eyebrow concealer is different from a normal concealer, how to use eyebrow concealer and some of my product recommendations.

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Bottom Line Up Front

If you want a natural brow look, you can use your normal concealer to define and clean up your brows. But if you want an extravagant brow look, I suggest using a separate full-coverage concealer that’s a couple of shades lighter than your natural skin color. That way, the product will define and highlight your brows.

Maybelline Super Stay Liquid Longwear Concealer is the eyebrow concealer that I recommend the most. Even though it’s affordable, it’s long-lasting and offers incredible coverage.

Eyebrow Concealer vs. Normal Concealer

Normal concealers cover imperfections, such as dark circles and blemishes. But you can use concealer for so many different purposes. I like to use concealer to contour and outline my lips. But I learned a useful hack when I worked at Sephora — highlighting my brows with concealer.

Concealers can shape and lift your brows, improving their overall look. Some people use concealer as a hack to cover up stray hairs, but I always pluck my brows before filling them in.

Can you use the same concealer for your eyebrows as you do for your normal makeup routine? Technically, yes. The key is to use a lighter concealer if you want to highlight. I’m pale, so I use a concealer that matches my skin tone.

How to Find the Best Concealer for Eyebrows

If you think you’ll want to get a separate concealer for your brows, there are certain factors you’ll have to consider. Here’s a breakdown of the most important buying points.

Consider Your Eyebrow Product

There are more eyebrow products today than ever. Gels, pencils, pomades, shadows — you name the formula, and there’s probably an option for your eyebrows. The concealer you choose should reflect the type of brow product and any goals you want to achieve.

Let’s take me as an example. I prefer natural brows. I use the Anastasia Brow Wiz since I think it’s the brow product that gives me the most natural-looking eyebrows. As I said before, I use my normal concealer to highlight my brows. The concealer cleans up my brows and gives them a subtle highlight.

But what if you want extravagant-looking eyebrows? I suggest using a gel or a pomade for the most intense pigment. You’ll use concealer to highlight and clean up your brows. Use a lighter concealer that’s either one or two shades lighter than your skin color.

Choose the Right Shade

As I said before, you’ll want to use the same shade of concealer for your brows if you want a natural look and a concealer that’s lighter for an extravagant look. But choosing the right shade of concealer is more complex than this. You’ll need to look at your undertones to find the perfect color.

There are three undertones: cool, warm, and neutral. There are a few ways to find your undertones:

  • The veins in your wrist — green for warm undertones, blue for cool undertones, and a combination of both for neutral undertones
  • Gold jewelry looks best on warm undertones, whereas silver jewelry looks best on cool undertones (both look good on neutral undertones)
  • Wrap a white towel around your face and look at the tint in your skin under natural lighting — blue tint for cool, yellow tint for warm, and green tint for neutral

Long-Lasting

Finally, you’ll want to ensure the eyebrow concealer you use will last a long time. The last thing you want is to spend a lot of time on your eyebrows, only for all of the product to fade away. Most brands will say their concealers are long-lasting, so always read reviews just to make sure. I will also be recommending some long-lasting concealers.

I also suggest knowing your skin type when finding a concealer. I have dry skin, and my face makeup tends to flake off. At the same time, if your skin is oily, the wrong product can slip off of your skin. Few brands will say if their brow products are formulated for certain skin types, so I suggest reading reviews.

How to Use Eyebrow Concealer

Now that you know how to find the best eyebrow concealer, how do you use one? I will outline some steps to use eyebrow concealer the best way.

Step 1: Shape Your Brows

Step one is to always shape your brows. How you shape your brows depends on the product you use and your personal preference. After I brush back my brows and pluck them, I start filling my brows in at the middle and blending outward. If you want an extravagant look, I suggest outlining the shape you want, starting at the bottom of your brows.

I also like to know where my arch is and where my brows should start and end. At Sephora, I learned that the start of your brows should be even to the inner corner of your eye. To find the arch, hold a pencil up in front of the eye pupil and eyebrow. Angle the pencil to the right; your arch is where the pencil hits on your eyebrow. Move that angled pencil in front of the outer corner of the eye. Where the pencil hits your eyebrow is where the brow should end.

Step 2: Fill Your Brows

After you shape your brows, fill them in. Use your eyebrow product of choice, following how your eyebrow naturally grows. I like to move my pencil upward at the inner corner of the eye to draw little hairs. For the length of the brow, I use a combination of upward strokes and filling in the length of the brow.

If you’re applying an eyebrow product with a brush, such as a brow pomade or shadow, I suggest filling in the length of the brow and feathering the inner corner. In other words, you’re not drawing little hairs but are brushing upward to fill in your brows without any harsh lines.

If you’re using an eyebrow gel, move your spoolie upward. Most people start at the inner corner of the brow, but I like to start in the middle and blend outward. I fill in my inner brows last; the spoolie collects more product when it’s dipped into the gel, so filling it in the inner corner last prevents my brows from being too dark and harsh.

Finish your look by applying a clear gel, if desired.

Step 3: Apply Eyeshadow

If you’re not wearing eyeshadow, you can skip this step. But if you are, it’s a good idea to work on the rest of your eye makeup first. This way, you don’t apply the shadow too far up your brow bone, and your eyebrows look cleaner. I know not everyone applies their makeup like this and this is based on personal preference. I actually apply my eyeshadow before I even fill in my brows, but I understand that most people find it easier to work on their brows first.

Since this is a blog post about using eyebrow concealer, I won’t go into an eyeshadow tutorial. There are so many other great eyeshadow sources here on Glamour n’ Glow, so I suggest checking those out.

Step 4: Apply Concealer

Now we can apply the concealer! There are a couple of ways to do this, depending on how you prefer your brows to look. I prefer natural-looking eyebrows, so I only apply concealer under the brows and in the inner corner. When I do my eyebrows more extravagantly, I apply concealer over the brows, too.

Concealer benefits your eyebrows in different ways. First, it disguises the look of stray hair. I pluck my brows, but I still apply concealer under the brow for a highlight. Some of my makeup colleagues told me they get veins underneath the brow and apply concealer there to disguise the look of those veins. I apply concealer to the inner corner of my eye because I have large pores in that area. Concealer covers them up, giving my brows a more concise look.

If you’re using a brow shadow or pomade to get extravagant brows, applying concealer on top of the brows will also further define and shape your brows. Just be careful not to apply too much concealer and ruin your perfect brows.

This leaves me to my next point — how to apply the concealer. You can either apply the concealer directly to the skin using the applicator or a brush. I apply one small dot under the center of my brow and one dot on the inner corner. Then, I blend those dots in with my finger.

If you would rather use a brush, first take some concealer and apply it to the back of your hand. Use a thin brush and dip it in the concealer. Glide the brush underneath and over your brows. Apply the excess product to your inner corner, if desired. You can wipe the excess off the same brush and blend it in, though I’ve also seen MUAs use a flat brush to blend the concealer.

Additional Tips When Concealing Your Eyebrows

Now that you know how to find a concealer for eyebrows and how to use this product, I want to offer a few extra tips before I list my product recommendations. These will help you further understand what type of concealer to use and better application.

Use a Multi-Tasking Product

There are many multi-tasking makeup products out there. Instead of a concealer, you may want to try those. Multi-tasking highlighters are the perfect example. They’re mainly used to contour, but you can apply these highlights to the brow for highlight and definition. There are also sparkly eyeshadow primers out there.

You can also use a foundation or BB cream instead of a concealer. What I like to do is get those foundation sample sheets and use the lightest shade to highlight my brows and the darker shades to contour. You also don’t need to use a liquid or cream to highlight your brows. I tend to get oily around my brow area, so a face powder can define your brows while also mattifying any oil.

What If You Run Out of Concealer?

Did you run out of concealer and have no time to stop at the drugstore? Some of the advice I mentioned over will apply here. Use a foundation, CC, or BB cream. I always keep those paper foundation samples on hand, so I always have something to use for my brows. A highlighter can also work, so keep an affordable one on you at all times. You can also find tinted and sparkling eyeshadow primers if you want a multi-use product.

Color Correcting Concealer

Do you tend to get some redness around the eye and brow area? If so, you may need a color-correcting concealer.

Sure, applying a green makeup product to your face may seem weird, but there’s a reason why it looks. If you have redness, green is the opposite on the color wheel as red, which cancels out any red tones in your skin. This is also why you may see YouTube MUAs applying an orangey concealer under their eyes. Orange is on the opposite side of the color wheel as purple, so orange cancels out purple tones.

My Favorite Eyebrow Concealers

Are you ready to find your new eyebrow concealer? Here are a few of my product recommendations.

Maybelline Super Stay Longwear Liquid Concealer

Maybelline Super Stay Longwear Liquid Concealer

Maybelline has several concealer options, but this one stands out to me. First, the wand is thin and flat. This makes it easy to apply under and cover your brows, and you’ll just have to blend the product in with your fingers or a brush. The concealer itself is full-coverage and matte, perfect for concealing little hairs, pores, redness, and other imperfections around the eyes. Plus, the concealer doesn’t crease.

At around $11, this concealer is super affordable, and Maybelline is available nearly everywhere. I do recommend getting this concealer in a lighter shade, not just for the highlighting effect but because this product has the tendency to oxidize.

Pros

  • Long-lasting
  • Blendable
  • Formula is silky
  • Mattifying
  • Full-coverage

Cons

  • Oxidizes, buy a couple of shades lighter

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer became famous because it can cover just about anything, including those tiny hairs around your brows and those large pores. Shape Tape has a matte finish, so it’s ideal for those with oily skin.

There are other reasons why I love the Shape Tape Concealer. As with all Tarte products, the Shape Tape Concealer is formulated with skin-loving ingredients such as mango butter, shea butter, and licorice root. These ingredients moisturize the skin, retain elasticity, and brighten the skin.

In other words, the skin around your brows will remain youthful. This concealer is available in various shades, so you can find one that matches your skin or is a shade or two lighter for a highlight. My only complaint is the applicator. It’s a big and bushy brush, not ideal for applying concealer under the brows. I would just apply dots around the brow and blend the product in with either your finger or a flat brush.

Pros

  • Full-coverage concealer
  • Blendable
  • Various different shades

Cons

  • Can oxidize, I suggest choosing a lighter color

Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Brow Pencil

Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Brow Pencil

It should be no wonder why I included an Anastasia Beverly Hills product here. This brand has always been my go-to for brows. I’ve tried all brow products — from NYX to Benefit to Milani, and no brand has better brow products than Anastasia.

Let’s first go over this product. This duo pencil has a highlighter end and a matte end. You use the matte end to define your brows and the highlight end to really make them pop.

Anastasia has a couple of eyebrow concealers, but I like this highlight duo pencil the best. First, I love how this is a multi-use product. You can use it to conceal and highlight around your brows, and you can also use this product to contour. Don’t feel like wearing eyeshadow? Use the highlight color around your eyes and blend.

If you want a sheer concealer, the matte end would be good for concealing minor imperfections, but it doesn’t have the coverage to conceal dark circles or blemishes. Plus, there are only two colors, and there’s a good chance you won’t pick an exact shade that matches.

Pros

  • Dual-sided, it can be used for multiple purposes
  • One shiny end and one matte end to define and shape your brows
  • Applies and blends easily

Cons

  • Only two color options
  • Concealer is only meant to define your eye shape, not cover imperfections

MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Conceal and Correct Palette

MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Conceal and Correct Palette

Not sure which color shade you should use? Just get this full palette! As I’ve been saying, I love multi-purpose products. This one palette has six shades (four concealers and two corrector shades) that you can use for various purposes. You can find a shade that matches your skin color to conceal, a lighter shade for your brows and as a highlighter, and a darker shade to contour.

Do these concealers work? They have a medium-to-full buildable coverage that’s natural looking. These concealers are formulated with antioxidants, are suitable for all skin types, are dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested, and are non-acnegenic.

Pros

  • Multiple palette color options for all skin types
  • Medium-to-full buildable coverage
  • Also helps with color correction
  • Moisturizing and antioxidant-rich formula

Cons

  • Creases
  • Not the longest lasting

L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal

L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal

L.A. Girl is one of the most affordable makeup brands out there. I’m actually shocked by the coverage; L.A. Girl offers medium-to-full coverage, and it really does conceal. The formula is easy to blend and does offer decent coverage. The formula is creamy, so it’s a better option for those who get dry around the brows rather than oily. I’m impressed by the wide array of shades including a few color-correcting shades.

Pros

  • Medium-to-full coverage
  • Creamy formula, perfect for the brows
  • Various different shades
  • Also has color-correcting shades
  • Good for dry and mature skin
  • Extremely affordable — $5!

Cons

  • Too creamy for oily skin
  • Some reviewers complained it looked patchy on their skin
  • Even though it’s affordable, the tube is small

NYX Bare With Me Concealer Serum

NYX Bare With Me Concealer Serum

If you prefer applying concealer with a brush, I recommend this product. The packaging is similar to a foundation — just squirt a little on the back of your hand, dip a small brush in the product, and apply it to your brows. I’m actually using an NYX concealer now for my brows — the HD Studio Photogenic Concealer. I was going to recommend that concealer, but then I saw this one, and I love the packaging.

I do have a love-hate relationship with NYX, but I never had a problem with their concealers. This one is $11 and has a hydrating formula. The formula is medium-coverage, so I wouldn’t use this for the face unless you don’t need a lot of coverage. Because it’s moisturizing, I don’t recommend this product to those with dry skin.

Pros

  • Moisturizing formula, doesn’t leave skin looking flakey
  • Medium-coverage and natural-looking
  • Versatile liquid concealer that can use for the brows and on the skin

Cons

  • Not many shade options

L’Oreal Color Correcting Crayon

L'Oreal Color Correcting Crayon

Do you only need a color corrector for your brows? This is the product that I recommend. The crayon has a creamy texture and applies easily. It also blends well. I love these crayons for the brow area because they offer the most precise application. They do have decent coverage, and they last a long time.

Even if you don’t need a color corrector, some of these colors are pretty and can accentuate the brow. I love bisque and peach. Just know that these colors may not work for everyone. At the same time, they are around $8; even if they don’t work for you, you’re not wasting significant money.

Pros

  • Various color-correcting shades for all needs
  • Glides on and blends easily
  • Has decent coverage
  • Some of the colors are pretty enough to use on their own

Cons

  • Not a good option if you don’t need a color corrector around the brows
  • These colors may not work for everyone

Revlon Concealer Stick

Revlon Concealer Stick

For my eyebrow concealer, I don’t need anything fancy, glittery, or super full-coverage. A simple concealer to define and highlight my brow area is enough for me. That’s why I’m recommending this simple Concealer Stick from Revlon. It offers medium-to-full coverage. And for $6, you get a good concealer for your money.

The applicator can be difficult to apply around your brows, so I suggest dabbing a brush on the stick part and brushing the pigment on your brows. My only problem with this concealer is there aren’t many shade options, so I just suggest using this stick to highlight your brows and contour. Revlon also has a habit of changing its products and formula.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Perfect for as a brow and contour highlighter
  • Medium-to-full coverage

Cons

  • Not many shade options
  • Complaints that Revlon changed the product/formula

Clinique Even Better All-Over Concealer + Eraser

Clinique Even Better All-Over Concealer + Eraser

Clinique is one of the most popular face makeup brands since their products work really well and offer skincare benefits. I also love how Clinique makes products for all skin types. I have sensitive, dry, and acne-prone skin, so Clinique products have always worked well for me.

This concealer has a lightweight yet creamy formula and blends well. Clinique promises full-coverage wear and 12-hour wear.

There are some downsides to this concealer. First, this is one of the more expensive options on this list. Even though this concealer is formulated with skin-loving ingredients such as vitamin C, many people say they didn’t notice any improvement in their undereye circles.

I’m also reading complaints that this product flakes on dry skin. I have dry skin and have used Clinique concealers with no problems, but everyone is different. I’m also reading that they changed the formula.

Pros

  • Full-coverage
  • Great for many skin types
  • Lots of shade options
  • Long-lasting

Cons

  • Complaints about it looking dry and cakey

FAQs

Question: I want to completely cover up my eyebrows. Can I use concealer for this?

Answer: You can use a full-coverage concealer to make your eyebrow hairs less noticeable, but the concealer won’t completely cover them up. If you want to draw new brows, many people shave off their existing brows. I understand you may not want to do that, so there are other ways to draw new brows without shaving your existing ones off.
What I see most influencers do is glue down their brows. Patrick Starr and T.W. offer probably one of the best tutorials I’ve seen on the topic. I usually go over every step in case you can’t watch the video, but this tutorial is so complex to where it’s just best to watch the video. Patrick Starr is also so funny and entertaining, so this video is just worth it.

Question: I want to use foundation instead of concealer for my brows. How do I do that?

Answer: Put a little bit of the foundation on the back of your hand and dip a small brush in the product. Apply the foundation around the eyebrows.

Question: Do I need a primer for my eyebrows?

Answer: It depends. If you want extravagant eyebrows, you should absolutely use a primer. As with any eye product, eyebrow products are prone to fading. A primer creates a barrier between the pigment and your skin/hair so the eyebrow product will last longer. But if you want a natural or fluffy look, a primer isn’t necessary since you’re not working with a pigmented product. Just use your eyebrow pencil or gel of choice. If desired, you can use a topcoat gel to set your brow in place instead of a primer.

Best Concealer for Eyebrows: Bottom Line

If you want to have extravagant eyebrows, you’ll not only need the right brow pomade or shadow, but you’ll also want a concealer to define and shape your brows. You can use the same concealer that you use to cover imperfections, but some people prefer using a separate eyebrow concealer. If that sounds like you, choose a color that’s a couple of shades lighter than your skin color and ensure that the product is long-lasting.

Out of all of these concealers, I prefer the Maybelline Super Stay Longwear Liquid Concealer. The product is affordable but long-lasting, with a silky and blendable formula.

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