If there is any part of the face that everyone is very sensitive about, it will be the brows, they are the most important part of any makeup routine, get it wrong and watch your makeup look go south. This is why finding good brow pencils to achieve natural-looking brows is very important.
The trend in brow-look used to be to draw and fill, which if you ask there’s nothing wrong with it but the truth is that the new modern way tends to look much softer and very sexy. All you need is to only mimic your natural brow hair and the overall look of your brow will be much fuller and very natural.
Brows are the key to framing the face in any makeup look whether you’re going for a full glam or just a barely there glam look, and nowadays the game has changed where you can simply fill your brows using a tinted brow gel to achieve feather brows (another topic for another day).
When it comes to finding a good brow pencil, I believe the first place to start is ensuring it has a good formula, in the sense that a good brow pencil must be pigmented, matte, contain skin-loving ingredients to nourish the hair and its follicles, longlasting meaning it has to go through hard times of the day with you without giving up, and effortless glides through the natural hair with the thinnest strokes.
This being said, many may ignore that the packaging is not important, but it is when it comes to finding a good brow pencil, the frustration of having to sharpen the wooden version of a brow pencil, with loss of product and money, is enough to pay attention to the packaging, and thank goodness many brands are now coming up with good mechanics in the packaging that allows easy wind-up and down(retractable) to get the best precision pencil (some come with approximately 0.9mm precision) while you enjoy the product you paid for compared to losing all the product in the pencil in the process of sharpening.
In addition, a good brow pencil must also come with a soft brush tip (spoolie) to prep the brow for stroking/flicking. Some come in form of wax which is much better, and some in liquid which can put you at risk of messing up your brows. Finding the right shade is also very important too, for dark skin tones, black browns are usually enough to achieve natural-looking brows without the heaviness of a black shade, except of course you have a rich dark skin tone, while for fair skin, starting with taupe to darker shades will be enough, and then again this is only a rough guide until you truly get to know your brows and what shade goes well with them
When it comes to application, use the brush tip to lift the brow hair upward, then flick/stroke upward following the natural shape of your brows, which is why it’s important to groom your brow before application. Grooming your brow might require visiting your salon for them to be well-shaped, or you can do it yourself using brow razors (if you know what you’re doing). Once the depth of the brows looks like what you want has been achieved, you can then go ahead using a concealer to tidy up the edges for more defined brows, and finish off by gently brushing over it again, using the brush tip. Watch this brow tutorial on how to apply brow pencil
Here are the 6 best brow pencils that will take your face framers from zero to Lily Collins, and you’ll never go back:
Precisely, My Brow Pencil
Bomb Brow Microshade Pencil
NYX Professional Makeup
Micro Brow Pencil 0.5g
Brow Ultra Slim 06 Black Brown
Micro Brow Pencil 0.1g
Insta-fill Brow Pencil