The power is in the pencil.

By Andrea Jordan
Jun 11, 2020 @ 3:29 pm
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They say eyebrows totally transform your face. At least that’s what my makeup-loving momma told me in my teenage years, well before eyebrow cosmetics were even a thing. But now that full, bold, and shaped brows are sought after by many — including me — I find myself searching for all the brow products that will help me achieve Cara Delevingne-like arches.

When it comes to perfecting your brows, there are a few options, from gels to pomades to pencils. My go-to is brow pencil for a few reasons. First, they’re so easy to apply, they’re practically fool-proof — I’d have to be extremely heavy-handed to make my arches look fake with a pencil. They also allow me to customize coverage. I don’t necessarily have sparse brows, but I do like to make them look more defined and shaped. And whether I have 5 minutes before I run out the door or 15 minutes to add detail and definition, brow pencils come in handy no matter what.

If you’re still searching for the right brow product, look no further. I’ve tested dozens of eyebrow pencils and landed on the top formulas that stay put and solve all your most common brow concerns. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly drugstore option, a waterproof formula, or a brow pencil for bold definition, you’ll have no trouble finding your match here.

Here are the 8 best eyebrow pencils you can buy online:

Keep reading to learn more about these popular brow products and see which brow concern each one is best for.

Best Smudge-Proof: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

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Having a brow pencil with major staying power is an absolute must — who wants their brows to look sparse by lunchtime? That’s where this smudge-proof formula from Anastasia Beverly Hills comes into play. It’s a super slim, retractable pencil that makes drawing on hair-like strokes a cinch. Available in 10 shades, it’s also great for buildable coverage and lasts the entire day, making it a win-win in my book.

Shop now: $23; amazon.com

Best Waterproof: Fenty Beauty Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler

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Let’s be honest. Rihanna has nailed every single formula she’s dropped since the launch of her mega-popular beauty line, Fenty Beauty. And when this brow pencil hit digital shelves, I had very high expectations — but, as always, RiRi’s products delivered. For starters, this pencil comes in a whopping 14 different shades, so it’s easy to find a perfect match. Plus, the creamy, smudge-proof formula is completely waterproof, so your arches will be on point whether you’re sweating, swimming, or getting caught in the rain. The double-sided pencil and styler even comes with a paddle brush on one end for easy blending and shaping.

Shop now: $20; sephora.com

Best for Beginners: Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil

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Even though eyebrow cosmetics have become a big part of the beauty industry, there’s no doubt some gals are still timid when it comes to enhancing their arches. So if you’re not sure where to start — or even what exactly to do — this fool-proof pencil is great for beginners. The smooth, smudge-proof formula glides on like butter, which means the pencil does all the work for you. And while it may not have a ton of bells and whistles, a dependable formula and the right shade (this pencil has 12 to choose from) is really all you need to get started. The slanted brow pencil will fill in gaps, add depth of color, and help to shape and enhance your brows thanks to the built-in spoolie brush.

Shop now: $21 (Originally $24); macys.com

Best Multi-Use Pencil: Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Eyebrow Pencil

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If there’s one makeup artist I can count on for making runway-ready looks possible from my bedroom vanity, it’s Charlotte Tilbury. It’s no surprise that this makeup master knows what a good brow is supposed to look like, and that’s why I can’t get enough of the brand’s Brow Lift pencil. Of course, it has a long-lasting, creamy formula to fill in brows, and it also includes a spoolie on the other end for easy grooming. But the middle of this pencil, which comes apart to reveal a highlighter, is where all the magic happens. Highlighter is the runway secret for clean and defined brows — and after one swipe of this highlighter under the arch of each brow, trust me, you’ll never go back.

Shop now: $30; sephora.com

Best for Thin Brows: Urban Decay Brow Blade Ink + Stain Eyebrow Pencil

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For thinning brows with unruly gaps or barely-there hair, you’ll want to go with a brow pencil that adds depth without looking unnatural. This two-in-one brow pencil from Urban Decay has a waterproof pencil on one side and an ink stain on the other, making it the perfect multi-use brow product to shade and fill in sparse areas. The ink stain is like the equivalent of a temporary microbladed brow (minus the pain, of course).

Shop now: $26; nordstrom.com

Best Drugstore Option: Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil Makeup

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Yes, it’s totally possible to find a top-notch eyebrow pencil without breaking the bank — and this drugstore option from Maybelline proves it. The micro-tip is super fine, so you won’t have oversized strokes that give you the dreaded she-definitely-filled-in-her-brows look. Instead, the precise pencil glides on smoothly, allowing you to apply buildable coverage and go as heavy or as light as you’d like. It has a spoolie brush on the other end for easy grooming and comes in 8 different shades for just $5 each.

Shop now: $5 (Originally $7); amazon.com 

Best for Shaping: Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

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Shaping your brows goes beyond plucking, threading, and waxing. When using the proper brow makeup, you can add a new shape and dimension to practically any brow shape. Unlike other pencils, this option from Hourglass Cosmetics has a triangular shape that allows you to draw thick or thin lines with one tool. And the shape of the pencil isn’t the only notable feature — the easy-glide formula uses a unique combination of powder, pencil, and wax so brows look fuller and bolder instantly.

Shop now: $34; amazon.com

Best for Definition: Christian Louboutin Brow Definer

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I’ll never say no to a luxury beauty product, especially if it promises to bless my brows — and this brow-defining pencil from Christian Louboutin did not disappoint. This smooth formula glides on oh so easily and has a matte finish that looks super natural. You can apply the super thin pencil to your liking, brush up with the spoolie on the other end, and then apply some more for a customized level of coverage. Not only will your brows look great, but you’ll also feel like a million bucks after each use.

Shop now: $40; nordstrom.com