Eyebrow Essentials: The Only Two Products You Need

“Eyebrows: There should be two!”

I’ll give you one million dollars if you can tell me where that quote comes from (without Google!)

Remember that part in Miss Congeniality when Sandra Bullock’s getting the makeover? That’s what Michael Caine says to her esthetician before she starts in on shaping Sandra’s brows.

If you placed that quote, I can’t pay you one million dollars. But I can say that I’ve spent what feels like one million dollars on my eyebrows since age 8, which is when I started waxing my very first uni-brow. For the last 20 years, I have threaded, plucked, penciled, and even applied growth serum to my brows (didn’t work). I have spent way more time and money than necessary worrying about my dumb eyebrows.

The problem with eyebrows is they are kind of like storage closets: often messy and unkempt, but when you clean them up you notice a big difference.

Luckily, the current eyebrow trends are all about the lush, thick, boy-brow. This is excellent news for those of us who do not want to spend our time plucking our eyebrows into oblivion. It is also not-so-great news for those of us who have seared our follicles beyond hope of regrowth after exposing them to a decade’s worth of hot wax. As someone who is intimately familiar with the trials associated with having hair growing exactly where (and where you don’t) want it to, I have identified the top two eyebrow products you need to at least fake a clean, full brow: one gel and one pencil.

If you don’t know when to use an eyebrow gel and when to use a pencil, it’s very simple. Use a pencil when you’re trying to fill in your brows with precision, and use a gel when you’re trying to tame unruly hairs and fill-in your shape all over. I often use both, because I have small spots that I like to fill in but I overall prefer a more natural look. If the idea of an eyebrow shape is as abstract to you as Quantum theory, start with a gel: it’s more forgiving, easier to use, and doesn’t require you to have an artistic vision for your eyebrow shape.

Pencil Recommendation: Anastasia’s Brow Wiz Pencil 

After trying several eyebrow pencils, I’ve decided it’s worth the splurge to buy Anastasia’s Brow Wiz Pencil. This pencil stays in place, even if you have oily skin like me, and doesn’t budge for most of the day. The color looks natural and goes on in a very non-face-paint kind of way. You can buy these at Sephora, or help keep my blog ad-free and snag one here.

Gel Recommendation: Glossier’s Boy Brow 

If you are served ads on Facebook you’ve probably seen the Glossier beauty company pop up at least once or twice. They have a brow gel called Boy Brow that is becoming an instant cult classic. It tames, fills, and refines your eyebrows so they have that natural, boy-ish look that’s so trendy right now. Plus, you can use the brush to make the inside edges of your eyebrows face inward, which is the mark of a perfectly-groomed, natural brow. After using it for about a month, I’d have to say it lives up to the hype.

Update: Since starting this blog I’ve become a Glossier rep, so you can get 20% off and free shipping over $30 on your first order with me! Click here to order. 

So there you have it. For under $40 and minimal use of the tweezers and growth serum, you can stop worrying about those eyebrows and move on to bigger and better things.



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  • Reply
    April 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Thanks for the tips. I’ve always used a brush with powder but I’m going to try that gel. Love your style!

    • Reply
      April 6, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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