We all know the struggle of trying to rush out of the house with less than 15 minutes to spare for your makeup. You need your eyebrows to look on fleek, or at least symmetrical (even as you keep muttering to yourself that eyebrows are supposed to be sisters and not twins). The trick to ramping up your brow game is contouring, which can sculpt your eyebrows in five minutes or less.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow, $40

All you need are an angled brush – we’re partial to Mac Cosmetics’ cult fave in 266, $38 – and a multi-shade powder palette like Dior’s Diorshow All-in-Brow 3D, $102, or Mac Cosmetics’ Brow Duo, $41. You can opt for a dual-ended pencil like Make Up For Ever’s Pro Sculpting Brow, $40, which also comes complete with a nifty nylon fibre brush at one end for tidying up stray strands. Powder products, as opposed to creamier concontions, are easier to manage and simulate the look of real hairs better.

Mac Cosmetics Brow Duo, $41

Step 1. What you do is to fill in the darker hue starting from the centre of your brow, using fleeting flicks to feather it outwards for depth and dimension. The stronger shades from the Mac Cosmetics and Make Up For Ever palettes are perfect for building body where you need it most, so apply with a stronger hand at the inner corners and gently peter it out to the ends. Never draw a thick broad band across the entire brow, as this can come off as severe and strangely stilted.

Dior Diorshow All-in-Brow 3D, $102

Step 2. Laid down your base? Good. Now switch to the lighter hue in your palette and use short, swift strokes to etch in the inner and outer contours of your brow, where the “baby” hairs are softer and more faint.
Buff and blend this lighter hue into the darker body of the brow so there’s no discernable demarcation between the two. Finish with a smidgen of sealing shine-boosting wax from Dior’s Diorshow All-In-One Brow 3D palette to “freeze” the follicles in place. And you’re done!

This subtle interplay between light and dark makes for a multidimensional, more natural-looking brow, while retaining the thickness that’s a hallmark of Korean-style eyebrows. Makes sense, right? Oh, and don’t be too precious about getting your brows to square up just so, too; there’s a lot to be said about finding beauty in the perfect little imperfections.

So, quick recap: To bring your brows to life, keep the centre darker and the edges lighter, then blend until virtually undetectable. Perfect!

Text: Eugene Quek, Her World Plus / Additional text: Cheryl Lim