Beauty trends come and go but many experts speculate that soap brows are here to stay. Unlike the thin brows that were vogue in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, creating naturally full and fluffy brows with a laminated look is pretty low maintenance.
You can achieve this look using the “soap brows” method. Essentially, the grooming technique involves the use of soap. Don’t worry, it’s cheap and easy to do.
In this short guide on how to do soap brows, I will help you gather all the supplies you need and walk you through the process.
Table of Contents
- What You Need
- Step-by-Step Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions
What You Need
1. Eyebrow pencil or powder
To prevent smudges, use a waterproof product.
2. A toothbrush or a spoolie
A spoolie is a small mascara wand. Alternatively, you can use a toothbrush.
3. Transparent glycerin soap
Glycerin is one of the most crucial brow soap ingredients. Any brand works. If you’re seeking a soap brows Sephora brand, though, it is not available as of this writing.
Prepare enough to wet your brush.
1. Fill in the sparse areas with an eyebrow pencil
Using an eyebrow pencil or powder, fill areas of the brows that are less dense.
You may have seen soap brows tutorials that instruct the reader to apply the soap before laying powder or eyebrow pencil. However, the opposite works better.
According to Mind Body Green, putting the eyebrow pencil after the soap is applied can make it difficult for the color to stick. Plus, the powder can appear darker.
2. Put some soap on the brush or spoolie
Start this soap brows tutorial by wetting your brush or spoolie with water.
Keep in mind that the brush/spoolie should not be soaking wet. Next, dab the brush/spoolie on the glycerin eyebrow soap bar to form a pasty lather.
What happens if the soap gets too wet? Well, eyebrow expert Joey Healy explains in this Cosmopolitan article that too much water can produce suds.
Optional: Take a selfie prior to applying the soap to your brows so you can compare the before and after look!
3. Brush the soap onto your brows
Get soap brows paste using your brush/spoolie then start brushing your brows with it.
For a gorgeous feathery look, comb your brows in an upward motion. You can start from below the brow as demonstrated by Youtuber Linda Hallberg.
Start from the head of your brow. This should be the one closer to your nose, where the hair is denser. Then, move towards the tail.
Repeat the process on the same brow until you are satisfied. You can work on the other brow afterward.
4. Adjust the direction of your brows if needed and let them dry
You probably still want to refine your fluffy soap brows.
If your brow hairs look a little too bushy, this IPSY article suggests brushing your brows horizontally.
Swipe the brush from the head of the brow towards the tail. You can move horizontally or in angled directions.
You can experiment as long as the soap is still wet. Once the soap dries, the brows will be locked in place.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I use as an alternative to soap?
If you’re thinking of doing soap brows without soap, there are other products you can try. This Super Great article shares four alternatives:
- Hair gel: In terms of pricing, hair gel is cheaper but the product itself is stronger than brow gel.
- Brow wax: This product lets you shape your brows easily and ensures the hair stays in place.
- Brow lamination: Besides making thin brows look bushier, this is a great option if you want something more long-lasting. Brow lamination can typically last up to 8 weeks!
- Mascara primer: Commonly used for lashes, the mascara primer can hold brow hairs in place effectively, and thus help you achieve the Ashanti Charice brow soap look.
Is the soap eyebrows method difficult?
Thankfully, you don’t need to be an expert to make DIY soap brows but there is some learning curve at the beginning.
Makeup artist Teresa Marie Guzman’s advice is to get to know the soap to use for soap brows, especially how it works on your hair. As with any skill, practice makes perfect!
Can I apply glycerin soap on my brows every day?
Indeed, the soap brow trend makes us all want to sport bushy feathery brows every day. However, experts say that it is important to give this part of your face some time off.
Remember, glycerin soap is a cleansing agent. In the Mind Body Green article, the founder of Brow Code Mellanie Marris says that the product can affect your skin.
If you are looking for an alternative, Marris recommends brow gel.
As demonstrated in this tutorial on how to do soap brows, it only takes four steps to make your brows look thick and fluffy.
Just ensure that the sparse areas of your brows are filled in powder or eyebrow pencil. Next, create a paste with glycerin soap and water to comb your brows. Once you’re happy with the way your brows look, let the paste dry.
With practice, I’m sure that you will be able to create beautiful, well-defined, and featherlike brows.