Are Powders the Secret to Great Brows?

Caitlin S. Miller

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The secret to fantastic, full brows is one of the most elusive mysteries in the beauty world. Are they attained through a serum, a pencil, a gel, or rather are they something you’re just born with and we should all just give up now? Although this is bound to be a search we’ll continue for years to come, that doesn’t stop us from trying every product under the sun in attempts to locate the Holy Grail of brows. Our latest obsession comes in the form of a eyebrow powders.

These pencil-powder-hybrid sticks have the easy application of a pencil but the coverage of powders more traditionally found in palette form. With tiny applicator tips that allow for precision, any bare spots suddenly look filled. And those already-full areas are only enhanced further. Plus the unique texture of the formula looks infinitely more natural than a sharp pencil or an awkwardly brow-tinted spot of skin (a result we often find from gels). Scroll through to see some of the top options out there!

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Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder ($25,

With four different shades to choose from, this option is great for those looking for a bit of variety. This formula itself is designed to mimic brow hairs and fill in sparse spots, making it a great option for those non-Cara Delevingnes out there.

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Sephora Brow Thickener ($12,

This particular option boasts thickening properties—it has a very fine foam applicator, which can be used to plump up existing hairs. Plus at a only $12, you can get one for home and one for the office. Can you say brows on fleek 24/7?

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Eyeko Brow Magic Brow Boost ($35,

An editor favorite, this magical formula really does live up to its namesake. Tiny 100 percent natural cellulose fibers plump up brows literally in one swipe. Although we love the instant boost, the real star of this show is the formula, which contains botanical extracts and caffeine actually promote growth.

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COVERGIRL Bombshell POW-der Brow & Liner ($9,

A true drugstore find, this liner and brow filler packs a one-two punch. The powder in this stick is soft and light, ideal for touching up brows on the go or adding a bit of smudge to a smokey eye.

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