Sparse-browed Folks, We Got Your Hack!

By Ann Nicole Ng 

Full, thick, bushy brows have a certain je ne sais quoi about them. Therefore, those who are born with such brows (lucky you!), you make me go green with envy. I am not a fan of harsh-looking brows that look obviously filled-in and unnatural, which many of us sparse-browed folks are susceptible to. Thankfully for us, there is always a makeup hack to save the day!

I discovered “soap brows” on YouTube recently and have been incorporating this hack frequently into my brow routine to achieve the natural, bushy brows look. Ever since, I have been a loyal convert. So if you have an extra bar of soap that you’ve saved from a hotel, as well as a clean spoolie, you are all set to try out this hack! If you already have thick and full brows, you can also utilize this hack to set your brows in place.

Before: Sparse, uneven brows

Step 1: Wet a clean spoolie with water or setting spray, and scrape it back and forth on the surface of a clean, dry bar of soap. Waxy bits of soap will be accumulated between the bristles of the spoolie.

Step 2: Comb your brows with the spoolie towards the direction you wish for your brow hairs to stay. For a bushier effect, comb your brow hairs upwards. As I don’t want my brows to look messy, I only comb the front hairs of my brow upwards and then gradually comb the rest of the hairs towards my temple, which is the direction of their natural growth.

Step 3: After setting your brows with the soap, allow it to dry for at least 10 seconds. After which, start filling in your brows, preferably with a slim eyebrow pencil that allows you to create precise strokes that mimics brow hair.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $39

I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown. For more affordable alternatives, I recommend the Colourpop Brow Boss Pencil or the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. Draw feather-like strokes upward at the front part of the brow to create the illusion of more brow hair. Fill in the rest of your brows towards the direction of hair growth, using gentle strokes to prevent harsh lines. With that, you are all done!


Before “soap brow” hack: My brows filled with brow pencil and topped with brow gel. They look fairly unnatural with no depth, with few visible brow hairs peeking through.

After “soap brow” hack: My brows look more natural, bushier, with brow hairs clearly visible and less harsh-looking. Give this brow hack a try to see the results yourself!