As we cruise to the end of 2015, there’s one beauty prediction we feel confident making: over-plucking is out and big, beautiful brows are in. And if you’re not blessed with Lily Collins-level eyebrows? Luckily for you, there’s an entire world of products made specifically for your eyebrows. Gels, pencils, stencils… the selection is unreal and overwhelming. How on earth are you meant to know which products are really right for you? We’ve tested our fair share, so to help you narrow things down, we created this shopping guide to some of the very best eyebrow products out there. Whether you’ve got sparse spots or just want ‘em to look a little thicker, there’s something here for you.
Maybelline BrowDrama Pro Palette ($11, target.com)
This isn’t the product for you if you want to take all of 2 minutes on your brows, but that doesn’t meant it’s not amazing. This palette from Maybelline is your introduction to “brow sculpting,” which basically just means filling in and setting your brows in place. It includes a tinted brow gel to set your brows in place, a shadow to fill in any empty spots, and a highlighter to dab on your brow bone.
Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil ($38, nordstrom.com)
This brow pencil’s biggest draw is that it has an incredible wear—16 hours to be exact. We’ve tested it out in a variety of settings—working out, rainy days, 98 degree afternoons in the New York City subway—and it does to a great job of actually staying on our faces.
Glossier Boy Brow ($16, glossier.com)
This little brow wand yields extremely natural results, setting, plumping, and lightly sculpting your brows within a few swipes. We tested out the brown shade, and it became an instant favorite. Add in mascara, a balm, and this brow gel, and you’ve got yourself a relaxed and totally manageable look.
PIXI Beauty Endless Brow Gel Pen ($11, pixibeauty.com)
If your main goal is to darken your brows, you’ll meet your match with this gel pencil from PIXI Beauty. It comes in three shades—deep, medium, and light—but each gives incredible and flattering color-payoff. It glides on and blends with ease, but because it’s a gel formula, it wears down quickly. We may have used a bit of a heavy hand and found that the pencil’s precise tip was flat in a matter of days.
Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil ($26, nordstrom.com)
Drawing on brows that actually look like real brows has never been easier. This pencil from Kevyn Aucoin features a very tiny and precise tip that allows you to create faux hairs that will have everyone fooled.
Flower Beauty Complete Brow Kit ($10, walmart.com)
You shouldn’t be limited to wearing only one brow shade. This kit from Flower Beauty features three different shadow colors so that you can blend them together to make something unique or switch it up throughout the week. We’ve blended together the taupe and dark brown colors to make a custom color that perfectly matched our roots.
YSL Couture Brow ($35, nordstrom.com)
It only takes a few seconds to get gorgeous natural-looking brows with this designer spooly. The formula dries within seconds and doesn’t gunk up in your brows. Getting it off is another story, though. Make sure you have an oil cleanser near by—this stuff does not budge.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer ($23, anastasiabeverlyhills.com in January)
This brand is known for dominating the brow game. This new dual-ended pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills, which launches in January, is perfect if bare brows is your main concern. It features an angled tip makes working in that tiny area, and of course, drawing on real-looking brows, much easier. But what really sets this brow pencil apart is that it’s offered in 10 different shades, from taupe to caramel to auburn.
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