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Have sparse, thin eyebrows? Or did you get a little overzealous with the tweezers? Then you’ll probably need brow filler for a fuller look. Some of the top lines of eyebrow filler aren’t cheap, however. Many of them run in the $20 range, and still others go up above $30. This is especially irritating if you just need to fill in your eyebrows until they grow back. So below are several ways to make your own natural eyebrow filler.

Cocoa powder brow filler

This is a popular recipe for its all-natural, inexpensive ingredients. It requires two parts cornstarch, five parts cocoa powder and three parts almond or olive oil. Add optional activated charcoal if you’d like a darker color. You can also play around with the amount of cocoa powder to cornstarch for different shades.

Simply start with your oil in a bowl, stir in the cornstarch and then add the cocoa powder and optional activated charcoal to color preference. You can also test the color on your hand as you go. Simply apply to your eyebrows with a small, angled makeup brush.

Pomade brow filler

This recipe, as the name suggests, uses hair pomade as a base product. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a type of heavy grooming paste you’ll usually find marketed towards men, which slicks and styles hair without drying it out. So there’s no reason you can’t use it for eyebrows. For pigment, you’ll need an eye shadow that matches your brows.

Making this is easy. Just crush the eye shadow into a powder and add to the pomade in small amounts until you have the desired shade. Apply the same way as mentioned above.

Eye shadow & mascara brow filler

This homemade brow filler couldn’t get any easier. It just requires an eye shadow that matches your eyebrows and some clear mascara gel. Crush the eye shadow into a powder, and mix it with the clear mascara gel until you get the shade you want. It’s best used after an eyebrow pencil. Apply with a spoolie.

Simple substitutes

Sometimes you don’t even need to go out looking for new products to mix together. Some brushes and an eyebrow pencil will do the trick. Start by brushing your eyebrows with a spoolie in the direction the hair grows. That will allow you to see what really needs filling in.

Fill in the sparse parts with a simple eyebrow pencil (these are crazy cheap, of course). Then you can further fill in your eyebrows by applying pressed powder that matches your hair color. Use a bareMinerals-type product or eye shadow, and apply with an angled, small brush. Then brush through with a spoolie to blend everything.

An optional step is to brush through with a colored gel like mascara to fill in everything even more. Then you can cover your brows with optional translucent powder if you want to really set everything.