I barely have brows. I am also guilty of over-tweezing my arches during the early 2000s. I regret that habit with all my heart, and I'm now suffering the consequences. So, I've been creative in finding ways to make my kilay look fuller.
After so much trial and error, this is the routine that finally helped me reach my bushy-eyebrow dreams! I discovered this after watching many pro makeup artists on YouTube and by spying on celeb MUAs during photo shoots. Read on if you want to learn the magical step.
Here's the secret: You need to brush up the hairs with clear eyebrow gel BEFORE the whole kilay routine. This method creates an illusion of thicker, feathery brows and a lifted face—like I was born with a full set of arches. I find that filling in with a pencil alone creates a flat finish, which is far from natural-looking at all.
After brushing the hairs up, I draw thin strokes on the sparse areas using a slim eyebrow pencil or eyebrow ink. This step is essential in creating soft, natural-looking kilay.
Here's the difference:
Sold? Here are some of the best clear eyebrow gels on the market for you to try:
EB Advance All Clear Mascara
Aside from a brow gel, you can use the EB Advance Clear Mascara for your lashes.
All Clear Mascara, P125, EB ADVANCE, Lazada
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
This eyebrow gel will tame unruly brows and keep them groomed for the rest of the day.
Lash & Brow Gel Mascara, P249.75, ESSENCE, SM Megamall
Pixi Brow Tamer Brow Gel
Whether you choose to brush up your brows for a feathery look or use this as a finishing step, its gel formula will never fail you. It will keep the hairs in place for a long period of time.
Brow Tamer Brow Gel, P577, PIXI, sephora.ph
24-HR Brow Setter Invisible Brow Gel
This is a personal favorite! This has been my ride-or-die clear brow gel since I first tried it in 2018.
24-HR Brow Setter Invisible Brow Gel, P1400, BENEFIT COSMETICS, Greenbelt 5
Anastastia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
There's a reason why this is internet-famous! This acts as a clear topcoat and a primer for your brows.
Clear Brow Gel, P1535, ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS, Rustan's Makati
And here are my personal brow product recommendations:
Sunnies Face Lifebrow Skinny Pencil in Ash Brown
The slim tip allow precise strokes. Your brows will never look fake. Plus, this shade will suit dark or light hair color.
Lifebrow Skinny Pencil in Ash Brown, P295, SUNNIES FACE, Glorietta
Bench Beauty Eyebrow Tint in Dark Brown
The trident tip creates a microbladed look. Plus, its formula lasts long!
Eyebrow Tint in Dark Brown, P199, BENCH BEAUTY, SM Megamall
K-Palette 1DAY Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner 24h
This is probably the best eyebrow tint I've ever tried. It delivers the most natural pigment and it doesn't fade even on a sweaty day.
1DAY Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner 24h, P845, K-PALETTE, Rustan's Shangri-la Plaza Mall
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.