Brow pencils, powders, gels, mascaras, pomades, markers…there are so many ways to groom and fill in your eyebrows that it can be overwhelming to figure out which product is right for you. I personally love the combo of a bit of pencil with some clear gel on top – it’s very subtle and keeps my brows in place all day. It’s really a trial and error situation – I used brow powder for a bit, until my friend told me that I looked the opposite of natural…whoops. With the recent release of Anastasia’s Brow Definer, the one type of brow product that keeps coming up is the angled brow pencil. Keep reading to discover what sets this type of product apart from the rest of the pack, why you should try it and the best slanted pencils on the market!
Most brow beginners tend to reach for a pencil, simply because it’s the least intimidating of brow products. It’s buildable, easy-to-use and it’s very easy to fix mistakes (just blend it out with a spoolie, which is often found on the opposite end of the pencil). Angled brow pencils offer all of those perks, plus extra control, versatility and precision. The triangular tip makes it easy to create the shape, and control the thickness and intensity of the brow. With the tiny tip of a more typical pencil, you draw little hairs that emulate your natural brows. It comes down to a matter of preference.
Anastasia Brow Definer: Anastasia is, without a doubt, the eyebrow master – from the Dipbrow to Brow Wiz, every brow product they’ve released has been game-changing. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that everyone’s raving about the new Brow Definer. It seems very similar to the Brow Wiz – the main difference is the shape of the tip: ultra-slim vs. triangular. In general, if you have full brows and just a few little spots you’d like to fill in, go with the Wiz. If you tend to have a sparser inner brow and want to define the shape of your brows more accurately, try the Definer. Both require very little pressure to work. This is such a pro when it comes to looking for a pencil – pencils that require harsher pressure can pull out brow hairs, causing a cycle that’s very hard to break. The retractable Brow Definer (which is available in 10 shades) comes with a thick spoolie at the end of it, making blending easy and seamless. ($23)
NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel: This duo by fairly new brand NUDESTIX will keep your brows in place from morning ’til night. Enclosed in a sleek case, the set comes with a waterproof brow pencil and long-wearing gel. The pencil has a triangular tip that makes it simple to map out the shape. Use the thinnest point to draw little hairs that will make brows look naturally full. Set it with the gel for more coverage, and to groom and set them into your desired shape. The convenient packaging makes this ideal for traveling. ($24)
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil: This cult product is a holy grail for many…the only slight downside is the high price point. The incredible pencil takes the best benefits of a powder, pencil and pomade to give you an iconic brow product. Like the other products on this list, it has a triangular tip and a little spoolie at the opposite end, but there’s something about this soft and luxurious pencil that sets it apart. It looks so natural, blends beautifully and doesn’t fade during the day…definitely a must-try. ($32)
Etude House Drawing Eye Brow: Would it really surprise you to learn that Korean beauty started the angled brow pencil trend? The beauty innovators have had this product around for years…and at a very affordable price point. This is the standard shape of a brow pencil in Korea, and one of the most popular versions is this one by Etude House. Available in seven colors, their slanted pencil is perfect for filling in sparse brows that need some extra definition. ($3.60)
Pixi Natural Brow Duo: Pixi is a brand that’s been gaining popularity recently for their creative products and affordable price point (the line is carried at Target). Their Natural Brow Duo features a thick, triangular pencil at one end and a matching brow gel at the other. For me, a brow gel is key to a complete brow look – what is the point of filled-in brows if your hairs are unruly and going in different directions. Love that this combines the two products that are necessary for a beautiful brow look – so convenient. ($16)
Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil: I hesitated before adding this to the list because it is so expensive, but the feedback is too good not to include. The blend of wax and emollients in this pencil creates a formula that truly won’t smudge or fade, even in the highest levels of humidity – pack it for your next tropical vacation. For a more natural look, gently use the flat edge of the pencil to map out the shape. For a more precise and defined look, use the pointed tip to draw your brows. Finish off your look with a swipe of the attached spoolie to groom your brows into shape. ($42)
Missha The Style Perfect Eyebrow Styler: Another Korean export, this creamy pencil is perfect for building up your brows. The opposite end features a little sponge that blends out the product to match your natural brow, but the twist is that it is detachable – pull out the sponge tip and you’ll discover a little spoolie you can use to comb your brows into place! ($7)
It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil: The tip of this brow pencil isn’t triangular, but it’s too incredible to not mention. The long-wearing pencil is perfect for covering up any gray hairs and transforming brows into natural, full arches. It’s so creamy and easy-to-blend, plus it’s infused with different vitamins and biotin to condition and nourish brows. ($24)
What’s your go-to brow product? Would you try an angled pencil? Let us know in the comments below!
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