Nothing, and I mean nothing, has changed more in the last few decades than eyebrows. Sure, we switched up the way we wear blush and contour but eyebrow trends have changed drastically. From ultra-thin in the ’90s to the carved-out “Insta-brow” of 2016, those little hairs have been through it all. The best eyebrow pencils are ones that will allow you to rock any look you’re in the mood for. We especially love the current vibe of soft, fluffy brows that are more natural than ever and pretty easy to achieve, too.
Now, if you’re thinking all eyebrow pencils are the same, you’d be mistaken. But ultimately, it comes down to preference. Some favor a micro-pencil for creating hair-like strokes, while others prefer a slanted version for shading and defining. Either way, there’s something for everyone and every brow. Still, we have our favorites. Some are brand new and others are tried-and-true faves. Shop them all, below.
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Makeup By Mario Master Blade Brow Pencil
Master Brow Pencil was inspired by Mario Dedivanovic’s experience working in his father’s shop and sharpening his pencils with an x-acto knife when he was a kid. Fill in your brows with one of the eight natural-looking shades and then blend and feather upward with the spoolie. Take your brows to the next level by then locking in the look with the new Master Hold Brow Gel.
Kosas Brow Pop Clean Dual-Action Defining Eyebrow Pencil
Kosas fans finally have a brow product from their favorite clean brand. Actually, there’s a whole set! First up, this micro triangle-tip pencil to fill in sparse areas. It contains castor oil to nourish brows and Panthenol Pro Vitamin B5 to revive them. After you define your brows, set them and fluff them up with the Air Brow Tinted Clean Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in ten inclusive shades, as well as a clear version.
Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil & Brush
This ultra-thin pencil—in Taupe and Brunette—withstands heat and humidity to keep your brows in check.
Arches & Halos Angled Brow Shading Pencil
This new vegan and cruelty-free brand hawks pro-level eyebrow products, including this angeled pencil available in eight shades.
Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Waterproof Easy Shape & Fill Eyebrow Pencil
There’s a reason we keep going back to Benefit’s easy-to-use wide base pencil. You just need a few strokes to fill in brows and it’s available in 12 shades including unique warm hues.
Huda Beauty #BombBrows Microshade Brow Pencil
Use this waterproof, micro-fine pencil to create those hair-like strokes that look almost microbladed.
L’Oreal Paris Makeup Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil
Folks on TikTok swear by this affordable find and say it’s an exact dupe for options way more expensive.
Haus Laboratories By Lady Gaga: The Edge Precision Brow Pencil
Haus Labs didn’t go small for its first eyebrow pencil. Available in 13 shades, the formula glides easily the pencil doesn’t snap off. (The worst!) Read our full review here.
E.l.f. Cosmetics Instant Lift Brow Pencil
At this price, you might as well get a few shades for the most natural-looking, multi-demensional brow.
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
In nine shades, this pencil goes on soft and powder-y but stays put all day long.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil
Fans swear this is ABH’s most underrated brow pencil. It goes on velvety soft and once pencil lasts a long time.
It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Although there are only four shades of this brow pencil, the color actually darkens as you press down on your skin. Go lighter for a more fair hue.
Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil
An ulta-fine, seriously affordable option in six shades.