The bold brow trend shows no signs of abating, which, frankly, has been giving us a little anxiety. Not because we don’t love it—we do!—but more because we’ve never really felt like we mastered it. With this in mind we hunted down products that transformed our brows into bolder, thicker, more well-behaved versions of themselves. Like microblading, but without the scary "blading" part! Ahead, the 11 we loved most, and that you need in your makeup drawer asap.
1. To Enhance: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow
Tiny micro fibers packed into this gel grab tight to hairs as you brush its little spoolie over sparse brows. You still might not be able to pass as Cara Delevinge, but just a few swipes and your brows will be thicker and perfectly defined from morning through after-work drinks. And no, don’t worry, the little brow fibers won’t flake off unexpectedly, sprinkling your cocktail with a dusting of hairs. They stay firmly put until you wash them off. Still undecided? The product has nearly 3,000 Sephora reviews and more than 60,000 likes on the retailer’s site.
2. To Enhance: Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer
This tube also holds a brow-boosting formula that fills in patches with volume-faking fibers. A smart spoon-shaped brush lets you comb the color-matched formula precisely, just where you need a little camouflage, while also grooming in the process. Bonus: The price is almost as impressive as the boost it gives to brows.
3. To Enhance: Wunder2 Wunderbrow Eyebrow Gel
You know that annoying person in the office who’s always the last out, making everyone else look bad? Wunderbrow is the beauty product equivalent—but when applied to brows, it turns out, workaholism is far less irritating. Just like the other brow-fillers, this one has color-matched fibers, but these guys stay on for up to three days, thanks to a waterproof formula that won’t rub off.
4. To Tame: Glossier Boy Brow Clear Gel
Just because you’re perfectly happy with the color and thickness of your brows, doesn’t mean they wouldn’t still benefit from a little obedience training. Brushing on Glossier’s cult favorite clear gel will tame your beloved brows naturally, using a creamy wax formula that invisibly keeps them in place.
5. To Tame: CoverGirl Professional Natural Lash Mascara
Same concept as our friend above, but at a third of the price. Technically, this one’s a mascara, but there’s no reason you can’t sweep the invisible formula onto unruly brows to keep them tidy all day.
6. To Define: Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus Pencil and Gel
This is where we get to start indulging our neglected artistic side. Nudestix’s triangle-tip gel makes surprisingly easy work of coloring in sparse spots or just adding a little extra coverage. And there’s something really satisfying about setting the finished product with a sweep of the gel that locks everything in place.
7. To Define: Kevin Aucoin Beauty The Precision Brow Pencil
The name says it all. You’d be hard pressed to find a brow pencil that can be applied more precisely, thanks to a micro-fine point that lets you create a feathery, natural look.
8. To Define: Laura Mercier Brow Powder
Concepts become classic for a reason, as proven by Laura Mercier’s powder brow duo. Dust on this powder to define your brows without looking like you’re trying to define your brows. It’s so subtle, blending gently into sparse spots and darkening brows without (ahem) overshadowing your look.
9. To Do It All: Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Kit
Apply this kit’s waterproof formula using the tiny angled brush to define, lengthen and fill in any sparsity and follow with the tiny spoolie. Its little travel case makes you think, “Ah, how handy for touch-ups,” but trust us, you won’t need to reapply.
10. To Do It All: Tweezerman Mini Brow Rescue Kit
OK, so this is the set we will be carrying around with us—but mostly because it’s so super adorable. A little different from most brow kits, this one lets you perform major maintenance on the go using super-precise Tweezerman mini tweezers. (A personal plea: Please don’t pluck on the subway. It’s gross!) There’s also a styling mousse, grooming spoolie and bonus brow highligher that’ll up your chances that everyone’s eyes will be drawn to your impressive brow artistry.
11. To Grow Brows: RapidLash Eyebrow Enhancing Serum
Maybe you over-plucked. Maybe you just weren’t blessed with thick brows to begin with. Whatever the problem, the peptides and vitamins in RapidLash’s serum are formulated to help boost growth when you sweep it on once daily. One caveat: You’ll have to use it consistently for at least 60 days to see full results.
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