Since we all can’t wake up with a pair of Cara Delevingne-grade brows, some of us have to rely on a little help from the beauty department. From pencils to waxes to gels, here are my favorite tools of the trade to suit any brow's preference.
Pencils are the easiest tools to use since you have complete control. They work best when used to correct shapes, fill in gaps, extend tails, and sharpen your arches. Creamy pencils glide on smoothly but are more prone to smudging, while thinner-tipped pencils are all about the details, like filling in those three hairs below your arch that just seem to look a touch on the thin side.
NARS Brow Perfector, $26, available at Barneys New York; Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil, $22, available at Barney's.
Brow gels work wonders for setting your brow’s shape. You don't need much technique, so they're great to throw in your bag for touch-ups. I swear by tinted gels when I’m going for a polished brow look, but be weary of gels that flake or make your brows overly shiny.
MAC Brow Set, $16, available at Nordstrom; Eyeko Brow Gel, $24, available at Sephora.
Powders add volume to your brows but do little to correct their shape. If you already have the structural part down, then reach for a powder to up the volume and add depth.
Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact, $30, available at Shiseido; Claudio Riaz Eye/Brow, $30, available at Barney's.
Less popular than other brow products, eyebrow waxes correct gaps and have serious staying power. These water-resistant fillers come in clear and tinted formulas. I’m a major fan of the wax/powder duos that allow you to introduce as much color as you need.
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Benefit Brow Zings, $30, available at Benefit; MAC Brow Finisher, $16, available at MAC.