The nifty trick for boosting the thickness of sparse brows

Brow Backcombing Will Give Your Sparse Brows More Oomph - Diane Kruger

Hint: It’s a technique you already use to give your tresses more volume

Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / June 01 2018

Do you ever look at your sparse brows in the mirror and just will those missing hairs to suddenly grow and fill in the gaps? Well you can stop wishing because it’s possible to work with what you’ve already got to FINALLY reach your full-brow goals.

Thanks to a little brow backcombing, you can fake thick brows in a matter of minutes.

This trick comes courtesy of the team at Glossier, who shared a super simple how-to video on their Instagram that delivered results that were so impressive we just had to share.

In the video, Kelly from the Glossier marketing team showed exactly how she turns her super light, barely-there brows into a flawless set of bushy brows. It took all of two minutes and she used just the one product. But the real hero was the way she applied the product: it made ALL the difference.  

Firstly, she used a brow product with a spoolie applicator and brushed her brow hairs upwards using light strokes from the inner edge of her brows to the outer end. 

To get her brows looking so on point, Kelly used Glossier Boy Brow in Blond. But since we can’t get Glossier here (we pray to the beauty gods every day that the cult brand will eventually launch here!), we recommend trying one of these brow products instead: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, Rimmel London Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel, shu uemura eyebrow manicure.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

Rimmel London Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel

shu uemura eyebrow manicure

TIP: You don’t want too much product on the spoolie while you work, so scrape off any excess before you begin.

Next, she started from the outer tip of the brow and brushed the spoolie in short strokes across the brow (horizontally), making her way back towards the inner edge.

For the last step, Kelly brushed the brow hairs in an upwards direction again. To finish she tidied up the tail of her brow by gently stroking the hairs back into shape.

The before and after really says it all.

The reason this backcombing technique works so well is it coats both sides of the brow hairs to give them more volume individually, which makes the brows look thicker as a whole.

Simple yet effective. We're in.

If you prefer a bold brow look, take your inspiration from these 12 celebs with envious brows.

How do you make your brows look fuller? What’s your go-to brow product?

Main image credit: Getty

Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.