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How to draw eyebrows on paper

how to draw eyebrows

Hey there! In this tutorial, I’ll guide you on how to draw eyebrows that look realistic and natural. Learn the art of creating eyebrows that beautifully complement your drawings instead of standing out awkwardly.

Tools You’ll Need

  • H and 2B pencils
  • Mechanical Pencil with 4B Ain (Pentel) Lead
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Canson Bristol Paper

Stroke Quality

Keep your strokes thin for a more realistic look. Maintain a sharp pencil tip with each stroke. Blunt pencils will cause hairs to blend together and lose their individuality.

Stroke Direction and Curve

Avoid the common mistake of drawing eyebrows with uniform strokes. Instead, aim for three main directions: up, down, and from left to right (or right to left if you’re drawing the left eyebrow).


Remember, eyebrows come in various shapes. Experiment with different combinations to achieve your desired look or go with the flow.

Stroke Length

Eyebrow hairs tend to be shorter towards the end of the brow. As a general rule, lighter hairs are shorter than darker ones.

Root Placement

To create a more natural effect, avoid predictable patterns when placing your strokes. Aim for randomness rather than drawing a single row of hairs to cover the entire eyebrow.


Remember, random strokes result in a more natural appearance.

Eyebrow Shape, Length, and Position

Observe how your eyebrows grow along the brow bone. Gently press your fingers along your eyebrow, moving the skin up and down. The brow bone is the area above your eye socket. When in doubt, imagine the eye socket around the eye as a guide for your eyebrow placement.

Eyebrow length varies from person to person, but on average, it is slightly longer than the length of the eye itself. As for the shape, there is no one correct way. Experiment with different shapes while keeping the brow bone in mind.

Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Eyebrows

Before you begin, shade the area above the eye to create a base. This step reduces the amount of shading and blending required later.

Step 1: Shadowline the Eyebrow


Using an H pencil, employ the shadow-lining technique to outline the desired shape of the eyebrow. This technique ensures that your outlines blend seamlessly with the individual hairs you will draw later.

Step 2: Draw the First Row of Hairs

how to draw eyebrows

Using a sharp 2B pencil, start by drawing a single row of hairs on the bottom, going from left to right. Remember that these hairs grow in an upward direction and gradually point downward at the end of the eyebrow.

Step 3: Add a Second Row

how to draw eyebrows

Include one or two additional rows of hairs, ensuring that the hairs at the beginning of the eyebrow are longer than those at the end.

Step 4: Add Unique Hairs


Make small adjustments to the direction and curve of the hairs. Connect some hairs at their ends to add variation. At this point, you can decide whether to add more hair based on your desired eyebrow design.

Step 5: Darken Overlapping Hairs

how to draw eyebrows

Using a sharp 4B mechanical pencil, darken areas where hairs overlap to create depth and visual interest.

Step 6: Draw a Light Row of Hairs at the Top


Draw the upper portion of the eyebrow, starting with a thin and light first row. Gradually increase the thickness and darkness with subsequent rows. Aim for a smooth transition from upward-pointing to downward-pointing hairs.

Step 7: Merge Hairs with Bottom Rows


Add another layer or two of hairs. As the ends of these hairs come into contact with the upward-pointing hairs, let your strokes merge gradually in the same direction.

Step 8: Fill the Middle Portion


Focus on drawing hairs in the middle portion of the eyebrow. Follow the most natural direction that appeals to you. If you used the shadow-lining technique in step 1, you’ll find that it blends seamlessly, eliminating the need to erase it.

Step 9: Touch-ups


Make any necessary adjustments to achieve the desired value or darkness. Use a sharp 4B mechanical pencil to darken overlapping hairs or highlight specific hairs. Be cautious not to overdo it. If you need to make any areas appear lighter, lightly press a sharpened kneaded eraser onto the hair to lift off graphite.

Step 10: Add Light Shadows on the Eyebrow


If you’ve shaded the skin above the eye lightly, use a 2B pencil to add shadows to the eyebrows. Avoid pressing too hard. At this stage, the eyebrow may still appear separate from the face, but we’ll fix that in the next step.

Step 11: Add Light Shadows around the Eyebrow

To create a more integrated look, add shadows inside and around the eyebrow boundaries. For a top light source, draw shadows below the eyebrow and on the sides. Subtle shadows work best, avoiding harsh edges. If needed, use a sharp H pencil to draw very light hairs around the top and sides to blend the eyebrow with the surrounding areas.

And there you have it! Follow these steps to draw eyebrows that perfectly complement your drawings. Thank you for your support and kind messages that keep me motivated to continue sharing my knowledge and experiences. You’re all amazing! 🙂

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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