You may have heard the saying that eyebrows can make or break your face. Because your brows help to frame your face, it’s so important to continuously maintain their shape by either plucking, waxing, or threading them. Once your desired shape has been achieved, you should define and fill in those bad boys.
I’ve always had full eyebrows so I generally like to use a pencil to lightly define the shape of my brows and then apply a little bit of powder to slightly fill in any sparse areas. Since brow pencils and powders are what I’ve mostly been using, I won’t be talking about any other types of brow products (such as pomade or wax) in this post.
Now let’s get on with my 5 favorite brow products to help frame the face.
Before getting into brow pencils, I never outlined the shape of my brows and only used brow powders to fill them in. Since finding these and using them every day, I’ve been loving the way my brows look!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Eyebrow Pencil is a super popular brow pencil that is highly raved by many and I totally get the hype about it! I love the way this makes my brows look full yet very natural.
I have this in the Ebony shade, which has an ashy, cool undertone and is a great match for my naturally dark brown hair. They have so many shades in this collection that it shouldn’t be a problem finding a perfect match for your hair color.
Extremely Thin Tip: This is one of the main selling points of this pencil! Many other brow products out in the market have trouble replicating this and will often become blunt quite quickly after the first few uses. I find that even with continuous use, the fine end doesn’t flatten out and stays sharp, which I absolutely love.
Produces A Natural Look: The tip of the pencil is also quite solid but requires you to press down the product a little harder onto the skin to draw a line. I prefer this because it helps to create the look of natural, fine hairs without looking overdrawn.
Mini Spoolie: I also really enjoy using the mini spoolie on the other end of the pencil. Having this on the other end of the product helps to reduce the number of products and brushes I need to have on hand which is great especially when I travel.
Short Staying Power: The only problem that I notice with this pencil is the short staying power. It doesn’t last very long and parts of what I draw on in the morning fade within a few hours. Even if I slightly brush my eyebrows by accident with my hand or powder my face with a kabuki brush, it rubs off.
Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil
So if you like how the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz sounds but you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a brow product that won’t last for long, the Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil is an awesome and affordable dupe.
I have this in the shade, Soft Charcoal, which is a very close match to Ebony in the Brow Wiz. This pencil only has 7 shades compared to the Brow Wiz but the selection should still be large enough for you to find your correct shade.
Great Staying Power: What I really like about this product is the staying power, which I feel the Brow Wiz lacks. The Sephora Brow Pencil claims that it’s waterproof. Although I haven’t tested if the product stays on if I go swimming in the pool, it definitely doesn’t budge from the time I put it on to when I take off my makeup at night. Score!
Fine Tip: The tip of the pencil is not as pointy and fine as the Brow Wiz unfortunately but it’s only slightly thicker and still maintains its sharpness after using it.
Before the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil became popular, I was mostly getting by with brow powders and eyeshadows to define my brows. Here are 3 of my favorites!
NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Cake Powder
One of my favorite drugstore brow products is the NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Cake Powder in the shade, Taupe/Ash. This is a cool, ashy brown, which is a great match for dark, brown hair.
I start by using a light hand to fill in the inner corners of my brows with the lighter shade and then use the darker shade for the remaining two-thirds of my brows. I then top off the powder with a little bit of the wax which helps keep my hairs in place all day.
This may only be a powder but it has great staying ability. I like that I don’t have to re-touch my brows during the day until I take my makeup off at night.
NYX Cosmetics Nude Matte Shadow
Another great way to fill in your brows is to use any long lasting matte eyeshadow. If you already have an eyeshadow in your beauty kit that is the correct undertone, you don’t have to go out of your way to purchase a powder that’s just specifically for your eyebrows.
If I run out of my brow products, I always turn to my trusty NYX Cosmetics Nude Matte Shadow in Betrayal, which is a nice cool, dark brown. I love how this shadow doesn’t have any glitter or shimmer in it and no red undertones so it fits perfectly with my dark brown hair.
Essentially, you can use any colored eyeshadow from any brand that you have on hand. It just needs to have the correct undertone to match your hair and enough staying power to last the entire day.
e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit
This kit comes with two colors. The lighter side is a powder while the darker shade is of a waxy consistency.
I use the Dark shade and find that it has more of a reddish brown undertone that I don’t really prefer so I generally like to reserve the use of this when I dye my hair brown or red.
This little compact also comes with a mini dual-ended brush and spoolie, but I find them to be pretty useless. It doesn’t apply the powder and wax with precision so I usually discard it and use my own brush.
These are the 5 brow products that I’ve been currently loving to use when I do my brows. I like to switch up my brow products depending on if my hair is dyed, if I want more natural looking brows, or if I want my brows to be more defined.
Eyebrows definitely help to frame your face so it’s super important not to neglect them and to find the right products to accentuate them when you do your makeup!
What are some brow products that you like to reach for when you do your makeup? Feel free to share!