When it comes to eyebrows, we each have our fair share of horror stories. Whether they were over-plucked or aggressively shaded-in, our brows have seen some dark days... literally. Luckily, we're each at a point where we feel confident we've found our holy grail products that work for our morning routines and budgets. At this point, our entire team favors the look of a natural, feathered brow so the "before" and "afters" are subtle (we've posted them below to show you what we mean!), but address small issues that make our brows better, naturally. Here are 10 foolproof brow products that you won't catch our team leaving the house without:
I've gone through a lot of iterations of my eyebrows in the past few years, from over-the-top dark and heavy (I'm embarrassed to share that my friends had to have an intervention with me to tone them down) to...kind of giving up entirely. I feel like I've landed in a somewhat sweet spot where they take minimal effort to do, look pretty natural, and most importantly look consistent on a daily basis. They were the one part of my makeup routine that varied the most - some days they'd look full, feathered, and natural only to appear cartoonish and bold the next. In order to get them lifted since mine have a tendency to go down and appear clumped together (is that a thing?), I brush them backwards with Hourglass Clear Brow Gel before filling them in. I put on the rest of my makeup while they kind of dry and set into place and then very gently go back and fill in with light strokes that mimic the hair growth. The Nars Brow Perfector Pencil is my favorite one I've used. I find that with most pencils you have to really push down to see the color, but even the gentlest amount of pressure gives you the exact coverage you need.
Ahhh brows. Mine are patchy, thin, and barely there, despite my love of a full-on caterpillar brow. In addition to getting them microbladed (which I still love) and dyed every single month, I still need to use a pencil and gel to get them to a place I'm happy with. For some reason, most great brow gels are tinted, but I'm all about some light penciling followed by a clear gel (brunette gel just emphasizes my patchiness, but I need to fill in the holes). I've also had a lot of trouble finding a natural brow gel I love. Considering the fact that a natural alternative can be 10x as expensive as a conventional option ($30 compared to $3), it better be good. I compromised by settling on a paraben-free, although not entirely "clean," option to get the look I want!
Favorite Products: Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Brow Wiz' Pencil in Deep Brown ($21) and Tarteist Brow Gel in 'Clear' ($19)
I was born with dark, thick, and prominent brows which led to an unfortunate incident as a young teen (I shaved my slight unibrow and took off the center half of each eyebrow with it), but has certainly worked to my advantage as an adult (I simply tweeze between my brows and maybe five rogue hairs beneath them). I just need to tame the unruly hairs, so I use Benefit's Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in neutral deep brown for natural, tamed brows.
Favorite Products: Benefit's Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel ($24)
Remember when big brows weren't a thing? I luckily missed the 2000's over-plucking phase, but was nestled in the Twenty-tens, where "doing your brows" meant essentially nothing. For years, I left my medium-brown brows alone, and, while I'm partially grateful that they never suffered from being plucked, hundreds of photos from my life highlight my shapeless, stiff brows to the point where I barely recognize myself. Fortunately, somewhere in my sophomore year of college, I learned how to properly color and shape my brows (after a few tragic trial and errors, which resulted in over-shaded, black brows). I've tried a lot of products on the market, and, unsurprisingly, I am 100% obsessed with Glossier's Boy Brow and their new product, Brow Flick. I am typically swayed by people's opinions and obsessions, but this product truly deserves its cult status. The Flick adds fine hair like marks to areas of my brows that aren't as full, and the Boy Brow colors and shapes to the point of looking like Lily Colins (not really- but I can dream). My whole brow process takes 2 minutes, and the difference is dramatic (to me, at least).
Favorite Products: Glossier Boy Brow and Brow Flick ($30, as a set)
I often don’t do anything to my brows (!), and sometimes just try and push them into a human shape with a clean toothbrush that I reserve for eyebrow emergencies—medium bristles, for those that are interested. However, when I want to make a quick impact, I use Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil Makeup (which is an excellent dupe for the more expensive Anastasia brow pencil). I usually buy a shade lighter than my brow color, and with a few quick flicks of the pencil and spoolie I look more awake, and my eyebrows thank me for taking the additional effort.
Favorite Products: Maybelline Brow Precise ($6)
Don't get me wrong–I love a strong brow, but I'm not willing to spend more than about 20 seconds on each one. I got my makeup done for my best friend's wedding this spring, and after 45 minutes in the chair, my brows were so painted on I literally didn't even recognize myself (and yes... with the help of a trusty Kleenex, I wiped off the super long "tails" she added to restore a sense of normalcy before ruining the bride's photos forever). My brows are naturally darker than my hair color and not thick or thin, so I just need a little something-something to give them some definition. Like Katie, I use Glosser's Bow Brow (in Blonde) and literally just give 'em each a little light brush action and call it a day. It's an easy, relatively inexpensive, low-maintenance product–just the way I like it. The trick is making sure there isn't too much product on the wand before you start; otherwise you may end up with a lot more "bush" than you bargained for.
Favorite Products: Glossier Boy Brow in Blonde ($16)
Like 99% of the population, my brows have seen some rough days. When I first discovered tweezers, I entered a strange, counterintuitive phase where I over-plucked my eyebrows and then (heavily) filled in what was left. I don't know why I thought this looked good and I'd rather not re-visit it; I'm happy to report that since then, I have mastered my "brow game." In terms of maintenance, I no longer thread, wax, or pluck my brows. At all. I've grown to embrace my natural brow shape and simply enhance them with the help of two integral products. First, I brush up my brows with the brush end of Almay's brow defining pencil, then with very light strokes, I fill in just the arches of my brows, where the hair is a little more sparse. Filling in select spots helps me achieve a very natural look. (Another helpful tip for a natural look is to purchase a brow pencil that is a shade lighter than your natural color - I'm a dark brunette and I purchase the dark blonde shade.) The second and final step is a quick brush of RevitaLash brow gel, which I cannot praise enough. If there is one thing you need in your beauty routine, it's this gel. The shades are perfect and buildable, it holds all day, and the best part? It conditions your brows and helps them grow thicker and healthier. It's my all-time favorite, and I'm convinced everyone needs it in their beauty arsenal.
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