How to Draw Individual Hair Strokes Using a Brow Pencil

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
3 Materials
20 Minutes

I’m going to show you how to achieve that gorgeous hair stroke brow pencil look on your eyebrows. I prefer using a pencil rather than a pen as pencils are easier to work with.

If you want to see how I create these soft and natural brow pencil strokes, then keep reading to get my step-to-step guide!

Tools and materials:

  • Thin eyebrow pencil
  • Spoolie
  • Mirror
Comparison between regular and thin eyebrow pencils

1. Choosing the right eyebrow pencil

Before we get started, I’d like to show you the difference between eyebrow pencils. Can you see how minuscule the pencil on the right is?

That’s the type of pencil you should go for; a 0.9mm tip that will give you smaller lines. I'm using the HUDA BEAUTY BombBrows Microshade Brow Pencil.

Drawing on the back of a hand with the brow pencil

It’s the best-sized brow pencil for hair-like strokes! 

How to create different kinds of hair strokes

Also, you can change up the intensity of the lines with either deeper or softer lines where needed. 

Prepping eyebrows with a spoolie brush

2. Prep your eyebrows

First, brush your eyebrows with a spoolie. Like this, it will be clearer to see where you should fill in the gaps. 

Drawing hair strokes at the base of the brows

3. Create the brow pencil strokes

Starting at the base of the eyebrows, create hair strokes straight up with a slight curve to them as you reach the top of the brow. Like this, you’re following the natural direction the hair grows.

I like keeping these pencil strokes quite strong and putting each stroke a little more apart. 

Filling between the lines with a lighter hand

Next, go in and fill in between these lines with a slightly lighter hand. It gives a fluffier appearance. 

Changing the direction of the hair strokes

Once you get a third of the way across your eyebrows, change the direction of your brow pencil strokes. Again, you’re literally following the way your hair grows. I tend to lack fullness on top, so I concentrate more on the top area. 

Tip: Don’t worry if you get any harsh pencil lines as you can always go in with a spoolie brush to soften thems.

Using little flicks to fill in the eyebrows

Next, go in the middle of your brow and make little flicks to fill in any sparse areas.  

Adding hair strokes to the end of the brow

Don’t be afraid to add more strokes to the outer part of your brow to add some fullness to the area. You can also go in with a deeper or darker color in this area to create a lovely ombre effect. 

Using a spoolie brush on the eyebrows

Softly go in with a spoolie, being very light-handed, so your lines look more uniform. 

How to create hair strokes using a brow pencil

Hair stroke brow pencil tutorial

That’s it! Now you know how to draw eyebrows with a brow pencil! It’s pretty easy, and I highly recommend this hair stroke brow pencil look to anyone! It’s easy to work with, and you’ll achieve more natural-looking fuller brows. Good luck! 

Suggested materials:
  • Thin eyebrow pencil
  • Spoolie
  • Mirror

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  • Kimberly Eldridge Kimberly Eldridge on Mar 28, 2022

    This is perfect for me to try, I have a childhood scar running right thru my eyebrow. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Sally Sally on Mar 29, 2022

    I would be snow white, I suspect. I'm trying to go there gradually. It's true. I have a darker, sallow complexion in summer which is not at all compatible with gray hair. After applying mascara, I apply just a touch of dark green eye shadow centered above and behind my upper lashes. I do need a clear, red lipstick and a reflecting blush. Wearing a mask makes it all seem futile.