Tutorial: Cover and Redraw Your Eyebrows to Match Your Wig

how to color your eyebrows for cosplay

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Unless you have very light eyebrows to begin with, the only way to truly match your wig color using makeup is by completely covering your eyebrows and redrawing them in a matching color. This method is easiest if you have an eye or brow pencil in your desired color, but you can also use eyeshadow or pretty much any other type of highly pigmented makeup.

covering your eyebrows and drawing new. ones
If you want truly bright eyebrows, you’ll have to cover your real eyebrows and draw new ones.

Generally, this method for coloring your eyebrows is pretty annoying. It can take a half-hour to an hour since you have to wait for layers of glue and makeup to dry. It also uses a lot of product, so if you’re low on concealer or foundation, you might want to go out and get a new bottle before starting.

You’ll want to use this technique before applying the rest of your makeup (with the exception of using a primer). When your eyebrows are fully covered, you’ll apply your foundation and base makeup, then draw your eyebrows over top.

Items you need:

brush your eyebrows up
Prepare your eyebrows by brushing the hairs upward.

1. Brush your eyebrow hairs upward.

The first step is to get your eyebrows ready for gluing. Because of the way eyebrow hairs normally sit on the brow bone, it’s not always possible to get them to lay flat if you glue them as-is. Instead, it’s better to brush the eyebrow hairs upward using a spooly brush. This will give each of the hairs more space to lay flat against your skin without being packed against the other hairs.

smooth your eyebrows with glue
Glue your eyebrows up with a glue stick. If you look at your profile it should be smooth with not extra hairs sticking up.

2. Use a glue stick to glue your eyebrows up.

The goal here is to make your eyebrows as smooth as possible so that you can cover them and make them look like they don’t exist at all. To do this, use a glue stick (any regular old glue stick will work), and glue down your eyebrow hairs. 

Move the stick in an upward motion, the same direction that your eyebrow hairs are facing now. You can use a small painter’s palette knife after applying the glue to further push your eyebrow hairs down. Once the glue is dry, it should only take five to ten minutes, apply another layer of glue to create an even smoother surface.

conceal your eyebrows
Conceal your eyebrows one layer at a time until they are completely covered. This will typically take 3-5 layers of makeup.

3. Coat your eyebrows in a thick layer of concealer

Once all layers of glue are dry, it’s time to start covering your eyebrows. Use a thick liquid concealer and paint over your eyebrows. Then use a blending sponge to pat down the concealer and blend out the edges. Don’t blend it too much because you want the concealer to remain thick where it covers the eyebrow hairs. 

When the concealer dries, add a layer of powder foundation or translucent powder on top. Press the powder down on top of the concealer, try not to rub too much so the makeup will stay in place.

Repeat this process of concealer and powder foundation for three to five layers, or until your eyebrows are fully covered.

use foundation on your whole face
Use foundation on your face and eyebrows to blend them onto your face.

4. Apply foundation to your face and over your eyebrows

Once your eyebrows are completely covered, it’s time to get them perfectly blended into your face. This is when you want to apply your typical foundation routine as usual. When using your foundation, be sure to cover your eyebrows as well so that they are the same color as the rest of your skin. 

When finished applying the liquid foundation, it’s a good idea to add another layer of powder foundation or translucent powder to get your brow ready for adding your eyebrow back in.

draw your new eyebrows
Use an eye pencil or eyeshadow to draw your new, bright eyebrows.

5. Draw in your eyebrows

Finally, it’s time to draw your new, brightly colored eyebrows. If you’re nervous about free-handing the shape of your brow (it can be difficult to get your eyebrows to match), I recommend trying these eyebrow cards. You can hold them against your face and fill them in stroke by stroke to easily create your desired eyebrows.

It’s easiest to redraw your eyebrows with a colored brow pencil or eyeliner. However, you can also use any kind of powder or cream makeup with an angled brush. Whatever you choose, apply the makeup stroke by stroke to try to simulate the hairs of an eyebrow. In the end, you will have a fully shaded brow, but the individual strokes give your new eyebrow a more realistic variation in color that you won’t get if you simply shade in your entire eyebrow.

matching wig and eyebrows
In the end, your eyebrows should match your with exactly.

6. Apply translucent powder to keep your eyebrows in place.

After you’re happy with your new eyebrows, you’ll want to give them a little bit of staying power so they last the whole day. Either spray them with a good sealing spray or use a translucent powder to set your makeup. 

If you used cream makeup for your eyebrows, be sure to press the powder on first before brushing it away. This will help you avoid smudging the makeup.

That’s all there is to it! You can finish the rest of your makeup and put your wig on to see how it looks together.

7. Removing the makeup and glue

When the day is over and you’re ready to remove the makeup and free your eyebrows, first you’ll use a makeup remover to get the majority of the makeup off. If you’re using wipes, be prepared to use two or three of them since you’ll need to remove thick layers of makeup. 

The makeup remover should remove some of the glue, but you’ll probably also have to use some soap and water to finish cleaning your eyebrows. I rub a bar of soap directly onto my eyebrows and use a damp washcloth to clean them off.

Emily Joice

My name is Emily, and I have been cosplaying since my very first convention in 2008. Over the years, I've experimented with all different kinds of cosplay costumes, especially loving the process of creating props and styling wigs. I also delved into cosplay photography, and love exploring how to optimize costumes so they look excellent in photos. Most of the photos you find on this site were taken by me over my years at anime conventions.

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