These Brow Cocktails Are The Secret To Perfect Arches

You don't have to be tracking the latest uptick in viral brow grooming videos to know that a perfect set of arches takes some work. And while a complete overhaul isn't always warranted, most of us do put in effort to keep our sets in tip-top shape. Including, but certainly not limited to, filling them in, locking them in place, and lightly highlighting them.

The fact is, finding the perfect brow routine rarely means using less than two products — and it's the right combination where the magic really happens. Luckily, locking down the right formulas just got a little easier, because we've tapped the pros for the pencils, pomades, and gels they pair up for foolproof arches.

The brow cocktails that the pros swear by for perfect arches, every single time, ahead.
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The Expert: Lexy Lebsack, R29 senior beauty editor

"I find that the best brow results come from first defining them with pencil, then shaping with a strong-hold gel. I go between a few different pencils, but this one from Nyx is my favorite — by far. The shade (Ash Brown) is cool in tone, a must for natural-looking results, no matter your complexion or hair color. I brush 'em up, then draw tiny little hairs."

Nyx Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil, $21, available at Nyx Cosmetics.
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"I can wax poetic about brow gel all day. Why? Because my brow hairs stick straight down, which makes a strong-hold brow gel one of the most impactful products I can put on my face. Make Up For Ever's Brow Seal is strong as hell, Mary Kay's is great if you're on a budget, but my most-recent obsession is this formula from Benefit. It holds crazy well, all without being sticky or shiny. I'll take 10, please!"

Benefit Cosmetics Ready, Set, Brow! 24-Hour Setting Gel, $24, available at Sephora.
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The Expert: Nick Barose, celebrity makeup artist to Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rachel Weisz, and Scarlett Johansson

"I like using MAC's Brow Sculpt. It’s flat and slanted [which makes it easy] to get a general shape and depth. You can fill and darken brows quickly with it and it looks natural — not waxy — so it's easy to blend."

MAC Brow Sculpt, $21, available at MAC.
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"I then brush and set [the brow] with MAC Clear Brow Set to polish it up."

MAC Brow Set, $17, available at MAC.
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"Then I do detail work with soft, feathery strokes using MAC's Penultimate Brow Marker."

MAC Penultimate Brow Marker, $21, available at MAC.
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The Expert: Mi-Anne Chan, R29 beauty writer

"This super-fine brow pencil in Medium Brown is one of the only brow pencils I've tried that matches my dark brown (but not quite black) hair. The thin tip makes it a breeze to draw on natural-looking brow strokes and the soft formula makes it quick and easy to brush through with the attached spoolie. Plus, the color lasts on my brows all day."

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21, available at Sephora.
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"I've been layering brow powder over pencil for years but could never quite put my finger on why. Then, in a recent Master Class with Mario Dedivanovic, the makeup artist confirmed that layering brow powder over pencil gives the brows a more hair-like texture. Now, I never skip this step in my brow routine."

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, $23, available at Sephora.
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"If a brow gel and brow pomade had a baby, it would be Brow Build. I use the unique, mousse-like mascara wand to add volume and texture to my brows after I've filled them in. The formula dries matte and provides light hold while the teeny fibers beef up my sparse brows. The best part? It's a relatively dry formula, which I prefer. Most liquid formulas tend to get all over my skin, but this one is goofproof."

Blink Browbar Brow Build, $29, available at Net-A-Porter.
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The Expert: Molly R. Stern, makeup artist to Reese Witherspoon, Lily Collins, and Bella Heathcote

"I am totally obsessed with my new brow discovery, a line called Kimiko. I love the Super Fine Eyebrow Pencil."

Kimiko Super Fine Eyebrow Pencil, $27, available at Kimiko.
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"First, I use the Kimiko pencil for a fine and delicate brow stroke, then I go over it with YSL’s Couture Brow for hold."

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Brow, $35, available at Sephora.
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The Expert: Sam Sasso, beauty editorial assistant

"Kelley Baker
told me that the difference between faking bold, thick brows — and totally missing the mark — is applying a highlighting pencil first. Once I brush this formula on, my brows are automatically transformed. The sparse areas are slightly more noticeable, thanks to the illuminating formula, which makes it easy to pinpoint where I need to lightly fill in."

Benefit High Brow, $22, available at Sephora.
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"This brown pencil glides on incredibly smooth, which makes filling in my bold brows that much easier. I don't have super thick hairs, but my brows are large — so cheating the appearance of a Lucy Hale look is key. Considering Kelley Baker is the woman behind Hale's brows, I'm convinced this pencil is an absolute necessity. The color is just a shade lighter than my hair, so instead of giving the appearance of a dusty, dry brow, the formula is silky and just ever so glossy (not waxy) that my hairs still look like hair."

Kelley Baker Brows Brow Pencil Duo, $39.50, available at Kelley Baker Brows.
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"Typically, I opt for a clear brow gel, but this tinted formula is one of the only ones I own that doesn't clump or over-distribute the colored gel. This one has the smallest tapered wand I've ever seen and leaves my brow hairs sculpted and dark every single time."

Soap and Glory Archery Volu-Boost Fibre Gel, $9.99, available at Target.
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The Expert: Elisa Flowers, makeup artist

"I often work with very fair models, and I'm a blond myself, so I'm constantly on the lookout for the perfect blond eyebrow products. I like to give pale eyebrows definition and shape with light strokes from MAC Cosmetics Brow Pencil in Fling. This fine-tipped pencil is easy to use, retractable, and is a gorgeous, ash blond color that blends beautifully into light brows."

MAC Eye Brows in Fling, $17, available at MAC.
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"I'll then finish the brows by brushing on a coat of Blinc Eyebrow Mousse in the color Light Blonde to give a bit of volume and hold. Blinc's Eyebrow Mousse locks hairs into place, lasts for hours, and the color payoff is a fresh, pale blonde. The end result is defined eyebrows that look soft and natural, but offer balance to the face without overwhelming it."

Blinc Eyebrow Mousse, $24, available at Blinc.
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