The Best Eyebrow Products at the Drugstore, Don’t @ Us
It’s a truth universally known that a strong brow game is practically a calling card for makeup enthusiasts — it signals to other makeup lovers that you have the basics under control (or have an exceptional brow lady). Good brows don’t come easy, and require a customized cocktail of products — whether that’s a minimal swipe of a tinted brow gel or a complicated combo of powders, pencils and concealers. One of our favorite places to stock up on brow essentials is the drugstore, where the prices are affordable and the products come highly reviewed. We’ve rounded up our favorites ahead, all of which will take your brows to the next level.
This one needs no introduction. Loved by legions of beauty enthusiasts and editors alike, the NYX Micro Brow Pencil is always a topic of conversation whenever we discuss brows. The ultra-thin tip is perfect for coating every hair without creating a false-looking finish, and it has a dual-ended spoolie-and-pencil combo, so you can complete your brow routine with a single product. We tend to hoard these when these go on sale, and we have a feeling you will, too.
Every once in awhile, a product comes along that turns your makeup routine into an art. L’Oréal Brow Stylist Definer is one of those products. Its 0.5mm precise tip allows for high definition and unprecedented control that can give you fuller, natural-looking brows. But just how precise is precise you ask? To give you some perspective, many of those clickity mechanical pencils you used back in grade school are between 0.7mm and 1.3mm, so the answer is very precise. Using it is pretty simple, too: Just outline your brow shape, fill in the gaps with feathery strokes and then use a blending brush to comb upward, following your arch. Do this, and you will legitimately be able to add the title “brow artist” to your resume. If anyone questions you on it, tell them to call us. We got you.
If you’ve been praying for a product that gives you a professional look without the effort of actually becoming a professional makeup artist, then here’s your cue to throw up your hands and say hallelujah. NYX Tinted Brow Mascara sets, tames and tints, so you can say goodbye to the days of a multi-product brow routine. Just swipe the product along your brows until you reach the desired effect, and you’re good to go. Now go forth and preach the gospel of the perfect brow.
Few things are worse than meticulously doing your brows only to have them washed away by a sweaty gym session. That’s where the Maybelline Tattoo Brow Waterproof Gel comes in — a water-resistant gel designed to sculpt and lock your brows into place. The best part is arguably the pointed spoolie tip that allows you to place color without turning your eyebrows into a thick, dark block. Swipe this into your brows for an added boost and comb through with a clean spoolie for a diffused, bushy look.
Sometimes you need a clear brow gel that will firmly hold your brows in place, which is why we always keep a tube of NYX Control Freak Brow Gel in our stash. This cult-favorite brow product is loved by the bushy-browed (read: me) and will layer over your carefully applied pencil strokes without moving an inch.
We love a truly inexpensive beauty product that actually works, so it’s no surprise we keep Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara close. The tinted gel formula has small fibers (sparse-browed babes, this one’s for you!) to fill in your brows as you swipe, and at $3 a tube, it’s the definition of a steal.