Pencils! Waxes! Powders! Gels! Considering not much attention was paid above the lids just a few years ago, the market for eyebrow beauty products sure has come a long way. It's come so far, in fact, that it can seem overwhelming. But turn that furrowed brow upside down—we're here to help!
There may be plenty of options to choose from, but it all comes down to what specifically you want to do. Tame unruly hair? You'll want a clear gel. Fill in sparse patches? Go with a powder. Totally reshape, redefine, and reinvent? Sounds like a job for tweezers, a pencil, and—for the bold and the brave—a stencil.
Let's get into it.
Ultra Precision Point Tweezers, $35, tweezerman.com.
We start with what is, of course, the most basic tool of all: tweezers. Chances are, there's already a pair somewhere in the back of your medicine cabinet, but chances are that they're also rusty and blunt. Invest in a serious pair for clean plucking and a long shelf life—Tweezerman offers free sharpening for life!—and work around the edges of your brows for a quick clean-up job. Later, strays!
Instant Lift Brow Pencil, $2, elfcosmetics.com.
The most classic eyebrow tool (your grandmother probably used one before brows came back "in"), the pencil is also the easiest way to quickly fill in brows and lift the shape. This dual-sided pencil allows you to draw in tiny hair strokes to add thickness, and then flip it over to soften and blend with the combing spool.
The Brush + Gel Combo
Brow Definer, $22, and Double-Ended Eyebrow Brush, $36, lauramercier.com.
Here's where things start to require a little bit more of a steady hand. Use the perfectly angled brush to coat brows in this waxy gel formula for fullness and texture that will last all day.
The Clear Gel
Brow Set, $17, maccosmetics.com.
If you're starting to feel overwhelmed by all these options and were just hoping to find something simple to keep your brows in place, this is your product. Clear gel means zero risk, and sweeping the easy-to-use brush up through hairs at a 45-degree angle will give you brows Brooke Shields would envy.
The Tinted Gel
Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker by Chosungah 22, $26, sephora.com.
Buy it first for the grooming capabilities, and second for the funky packaging (or the other way around is fine, too). This tinted, waterproof formula will put hairs exactly where you want them—and keep them there rain or shine.
The All-in-One Fluffer, Filler, and Shaper
Glossier Boy Brow, $16, glossier.com.
Cult favorite beauty brand Glossier doesn't disappoint with their recently released Boy Brow. Once the creamy wax formula thickens, fills, and grooms your arches, you'll realize you don't need much else at all.
Brow Magic Brow Boost, $35, eyeko.com.To take brow beauty to the next level, try Eyeko's Brow Magic Brow Boost. The brush-on powder is made with natural cellulose fibers that cling to hairs to thicken and promote growth.
Brow Wax by Nudestix, $24, beautylish.com.
Similar to the clear gel, this no-mess clear wax will tame even the unruliest of brows. Just pop off the lid, and draw wherever your arches needs a little love.
High Brow Glow Pencil, $22, benefitcosmetics.com
Add a touch of this champagne-pink illuminator right under the arch for an instant luminous brow! Also known as an Arc de Triomphe.
Stencils, $20, anastasiabeverlyhills.com.
Now this is where we get into the scary contraptions! If you're looking for a more dramatic transformation, try Anastasia's stencils. Originally created for an actress on location, these plastic overlays are based on her patented Golden Ratio method to perfectly shape your brows according to your face shape.
Eyebrow Lipocils, $44, talika.com
Do you just flat-out want more eyebrow hair? Then it might be worth checking out something a little stronger and more permanent. Talika's Eyebrow Lipocils is a specially formulated conditioning serum that strengthens brows and supports growth. Apply for 28 days straight and—voila!—thicker, fuller brows.