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Archery Brow Putty by Soap & Glory, $12, target.com.
Nicola Dall'asen, beauty writer, @nikkidallasen
What It's Good For: The application brush on this thing is the thinnest and most compact I've ever used—it's ideal for those who like to do some serious line work and shading on their brows in the morning like I do.
What It's Meh For: The putty itself stays put all day and night, but the the way it's stored doesn't allow for much product. It's kept in a little twist-off compartment at the bottom of the brush, so getting the product on the brush is a little more difficult than it has to be.
How to Use It: If you usually use any pomade/gel/putty and brush combination, you'll have no trouble with Archery. Simply dip—or in the slightly pesky packaging's case, scrape—the brush through the putty and draw wherever you see fit. As per my usual routine, I begin with a sharp, bold line at the bottom of my brow and fade it upwards.
Easy Breezy Brow Fill + Shape + Define Brow Powder, $11, covergirl.com.
Nora Menken, administrative assistant, @nmenken
What's It Good For: If you have patchy eyebrows like me, this powder can densely fill them in and stay on. Even when I use brow gel over the powder, it doesn't smudge like the liner I usually use does.
What's It Meh For: This is not the product to use if you're looking for fine lines and precision. It goes on thickly, and a little goes a long way, so if you accidentally use too much you've got to go through another process of wiping away excess powder.
How to Use It: I apply color to the outer edges of my brows, and then very lightly fill in the bottom brow line from the inner corners. Then I use a disposable brow brush to comb my brows up, creating hair-like swipes of powder. Next, I use brow gel to shape and set. And finally, I use a cotton swab and some makeup remover to wipe away stray powder and define my brow edges.