How to Get Salon-Quality Brows at Home, According to Experts
It’s time to get our face forests in check.
If this morning’s reflection looked like a Mia Thermopolis “before” picture in the brow region, coronavirus says hi. Self-isolating has collectively pushed us indoors and out of reach of the beauty professionals we depend on for everything from our nails to our roots to, yes, our unruly eyebrows.
Since there’s no telling just how long this new normal will keep up, it’s high time for us to take matters into our own hands. We reached out to experts Jimena Garcia, Chanel’s first-ever brow artist, and Santiago Garay, owner and artistic director of Brow Society NYC, for their recommendations on the best products for at-home brow maintenance.
Turns out, keeping up flawless brows is actually simple once you have the right tools. See their recommendations below, and say hello to independently realized perfect brows in no time.
- Best Brow Tint Kit: RefectoCil Color Kit
- Best Brow Wax Kit: Completely Bare Bare More Ouch Less Face & Other Sensitive Areas Wax Kit
- Best Eyebrow Razor: Dorco Tinkle Women's Razors
- Best Brow Trimmer: Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Brush
- Best Tweezers: Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
- Best Brow Growth Serum: RevitaLash RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner
- Best Affordable Brow Growth Serum: Briogeo B. Well Organic + Cold-Pressed 100% Castor Oil
- Best Brow Brush: Chanel Les Pinceaux de Chanel
- Best Brow Gel: Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel
Best Brow Tint Kit: RefectoCil Color Kit
This box set may look intimidating, but salon professionals swear by it. “For first timers, when using at home, it’s best to use the light brown,” says Garcia. “This color tints well, and [that] prevents going too dark and looking like Groucho Marx.”
Shop now: $23; amazon.com
Best Brow Wax Kit: Completely Bare Bare More Ouch Less Face & Other Sensitive Areas Wax Kit
“This is good quality wax,” says Garay. “Very easy to use along with simple step-by-step instructions. Microwavable wax strips [are] good for smaller areas such as brows or upper lip!”
Shop now: $15; amazon.com
Best Eyebrow Razor: Dorco Tinkle Women's Razors
Garay calls these “the best disposable razors for unwanted facial hair or peach fuzz. Stainless steel is sharp enough to remove the hair, but it’s still good for uber sensitive skin!” InStyle editors have also sworn by these exact razors for brow maintenance for years.
Shop now: $3; amazon.com
Best Brow Trimmer: Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Brush
Both experts agree on this one brand for brow-grooming trimmers. Garcia says, “The small and fine tip gives you the ability to be precise and not over-trim. It’s all about less, not more, when maintaining at home.”
Garay calls the scissors “very durable ” and adds a pro tip: “Brush the brows down first and snip only the ends of the brow hairs, then comb up and repeat. Avoid over-trimming!”
Shop now: $17; amazon.com
Best Tweezers: Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
Garcia and Garay also agree that Tweezerman makes the best tweezers for plucking brow hairs. “I love these tweezers because the slant creates a glided grip to each hair, it holds firmly on each hair to pull from the root,” says Garcia.
“Top-rated and sharp enough to pull any stray hairs from the root,” adds Garay. “A 25-degree slanted tip is the perfect angle for working against the brow bone.”
Shop now: $15; amazon.com
Best Brow Growth Serum: RevitaLash RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner
With a few weeks at home to work on rehabbing patchy brows, what better time to invest in a growth serum? “I have seen this serum work on so many of my clients,” says Garcia. “It’s a brow saver! You have to be consistent, put it next to your toothbrush and apply it every night before bed time until the tube runs out.”
Shop now: $110; amazon.com
Best Affordable Brow Growth Serum: Briogeo B. Well Organic + Cold-Pressed 100% Castor Oil
Filling in your brows naturally doesn’t have to cost hundreds. Garay recommends using an organic castor oil, which has been anecdotally shown to promote hair growth.
Shop now: $26; amazon.com
Best Brow Brush: Chanel Les Pinceaux de Chanel
A versatile tool to keep in your brow wardrobe is this dual-ended brush. “One side has a sturdy spooley and the other has an angled edge brush to apply all types of brow products,” says Garcia. “You can use it to trim your brows or brush over after you apply your brow serum — this allows the product to be evenly spread and creates circulation for brow growth.”
Shop now: $32; chanel.com
Best Brow Gel: Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel
If a quick color hold-over is all you need, this swipe-and-done gel might be just the thing. “Great product to tie your brows over before getting them professionally tinted by an expert,” says Garay. “Comb a thin layer into brow hairs following the direction of the hair growth.”
Shop now: $46 (Originally $54); nordstrom.com