The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the brows are just as important, especially when it comes to framing your face. Even the slightest adjustment to your eyebrows can have an effect on your overall look, from a plucking session gone awry to a few unruly hairs that are out of place. Those furry lines on our faces have an important job to do! Thankfully, finding the right brow products can assist with your brow game, and the good thing is, you don’t have to break the bank. All you have to do is find the best drugstore eyebrow pencils that can help you achieve perfect, natural-looking brows.
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If you’re wondering where to start, the first step is knowing your brow pencil shade. According to Miles George, a makeup artist who works in Product Development and as an Artistry Educator for E.l.f Beauty, the best thing to do is to use a shade slightly lighter than your natural hair color, but is in the same color family. “For example, if you have black hair, a cool deep brown will complement nicely and give a natural-looking brow,” he says. “For blondes, I will usually choose a shade that is a little deeper than their hair to balance the face. Taupe is often a good choice.”
As for shaping and filling in your brow, George says he likes filling in at the arch, then working toward the front of the brow. This way, you have more control which helps to create a softer, more natural front of your brow. Another tip is to use light pressure to make finer hair-like strokes—it’s easy to go overboard with filling in. “Less is more! Remember, it’s always easier to add more product than to try to remove,” he says. “Try brushing your brows up and out with a spoolie brush after applying a pencil or brow powder to soften the look. This will also blend the color with your natural brows.” Lastly, use a brow gel to set your brows. “If there is one thing I always do for brows, it’s brush in a little brow gel. This makes the brows look clean and polished and help extend the wear of your brow color,” he adds.
Ahead, find 13 of the best drugstore eyebrow pencils that will help you
The best drugstore eyebrow pencils
L’Oreal Paris Makeup Brow Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil — $5.00
For about five bucks, this popular brow pencil will become your eyebrows’ best friend. The super fine tip will help you fake brow hairs, and it’s also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about it smudging throughout the day. Plus, it comes in 10 different shades to ensure a match.
Covergirl Easy Breezy Brow Micro-Fine + Define Pencil — $6.00
Another great, price-friendly choice for a drugstore brow product, this Covergirl pencil has an ultra-fine tip for easy and effective definition. You also don’t have to worry about sharpening it, which means you get more product out of it than other pencils that require sharpening.
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil — $10.00
If you’re not yet ready for microblading, but need serious help with thin, sparse brows, a pencil like this NYX one is the way to go. You’ll be able to draw on a defined shape and fill them in all with this super fine pencil that is made with a vegan and cruelty free formula.
Revlon Colorstay Browlights Pencil — $6.00
Looking for something unique in the brow pencil department? Revlon’s Browlights features a two-toned brow pencil tip that has your actual brow shade on one side and a lighter shade on the other so you can create a defined highlight on your brow bone after shaping and filling in your brows. On the other end you get a lush kabuki brush that helps you blend and fluff the brow so they look natural and striking at the same time.
JOAH Brow Down To Me Precision Brow Pencil — $9.00
If a long-lasting, smudge proof pencil is one of your top requirements for a brow product, add Joah’s Brow Down to your cart, ASAP. The tip easily allows you to create defined, natural-looking arches while the formula ensures it stays on throughout the busiest of days.
Milani Stay Put Precision Brow Pencil — $8.00
Eyebrow aficionados consider this Milani pencil a pretty convincing dupe for one of the most popular brow brand’s beloved products (Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz), so it might be worth trying it for that endorsement alone. Much like other micro pencils, this one will help you get a precise, hair-like finish, but with a formula that’s easy to blend so you won’t accidentally end up looking like Oscar the Grouch.
Arches & Halos Angled Brow Shading Pencil — $13.00
If you couldn’t tell by the name alone, this brand is all about the brows. If thick, fuller brows are your thing, put this pencil on your shopping list. The angled tip lets you create a nice base and angled arch before filling in the brows afterwards with hair-like precision. Now you can get those Cara Delevingne brows you crave.
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