The best eyebrow pencils for beginners and pros alike
We’ve even found one for blondes!
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / October 28 2019
Eyebrow makeup is a tricky category to navigate. There are so many options it can be tough to figure out which one is best for you. We’ve covered in detail what each brow product type is best used for - including brow pencils, eyebrow powders, brow gels and mousses, eyebrow waxes and brow pomades - so check our brow product guide if you’re not sure which one is right for you.
If you’ve decided on a brow pencil, which is great for filling in gaps thanks to its fine tip and ability to replicate hair-like strokes - especially at the tail of the brow - then allow us to help you find one that’s worth your money and time.
We’ve tracked down 11 of the best eyebrow pencils in Australia, with reviews.
#11 / NYX Professional Makeup Auto Eyebrow Pencil
The blend of vegetable, soy bean and coconut oils in this brow pencil formula makes it super creamy and easy to glide on for filled-in and defined brows with minimal fuss. The built-in brush can help soften the colour and fine-tune your brow shape, and this bargain buy comes in eight shades.
The review: “This is a great eyebrow pencil! I hate eyebrow pencils which smudge easily and was so pleased to find this eyebrow pencil which has a drier formula. The pen's tip is slightly curved, but is still easy to draw a well-defined line. It is well pigmented. Best of all, it doesn't smudge easily! There is also a small brush at the end of the cover for you to brush your brows to really give you a natural finish. For that great price, there really is nothing to complain about this pen. I love it!” Jillian, SUPERcrew member
#10 / Revlon ColorStay™ Brow Pencil
A retractable brow pencil (buh-bye sharpener!), the waterproof formula stays put for 24 hours and the angled tip is great for created a sculpted brow look. If it’s a softer look you’re after, just blend with the built-in spoolie brush.
The review: “This has been my Holy Grail brow pencil for so long now. I’ve tried others but keep coming back to Revlon. I love the convenience of the spoolie on the end so I can brush and blend the product through my brows as I go. It’s great because if I apply too much colour I can just brush it out and don’t have to worry about my brows looking too dramatic. The retractable brow pencil means I can be lazy and never have to go near a pencil sharpener again. I use the shade blonde and it complements my skin tone and brow colour perfectly. The brow pencil is quite soft and not hard so it’s easy to create the shape you want and lay down the product in the areas you need it (mostly the tail of my brows) and you can lightly skim over the areas you need it less. It lasts all day and I never have to worry about having a bad brow day.” Bree, SUPERcrew member
#9 / Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil
Great for beginners, as the colour payoff is subtle and natural-looking, this kohl pencil is easy to apply and blend, and comes with a handy brush on the lid to tidy up the shade and soften the brow pencil formula.
The review: “Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 004 Black/Brown is the perfect ashy brown tone that suits my complexion and has a handy little brush on the end to blend. Perfect to throw into a travel bag and it lasts all day, even when putting sunglasses on and off.” Kylie, SUPERcrew member
#8 / Maybelline New York Brow Precise Brow Pencil
This drugstore eyebrow pencil has a natural wax formula that is able to create fine hair-like strokes with ease. It also comes with a built-in brush that has a triangular shape to help finesse the brow shape and soften the brow wax for a super natural finish.
The review: “I have actually found it difficult to find a reliable eyebrow product - tattoo style pens are too heavy, crayon style rubs off too easily, and I can never get the right shade or consistency with a pencil. So I have stocked up on these Brow Precise Pencils in Soft Brown! Perfect colour for me. The colour really lasts, holds strong, and looks very natural. It's high quality for a cheap price!” Georgia, SUPERcrew member
#7 / Lancôme Brow Shaping Powdery Pencil
If you’re after a precise yet natural-looking brow pencil, give this one a go. The dual-ended pencil has a powdery, long-lasting formula at one end and a spoolie brush at the other. It’s great for shaping and softly filling in gaps.
The review: “For me, this pencil in shade 01 is fantastic. It comes with a brush on the end, so you can give your brows a final brush and your brows look great. The shade is wonderful, and the pencil is great, easy to apply and fill in, and lasts all day.” Ariane, SUPERcrew member
#6 / Maybelline New York Brow Ultra Slim Defining Eyebrow Pencil
The extra slim 1.5mm tip of this eyebrow pencil makes drawing on fine hair strokes a breeze, while the built-in spoolie brush is standing by to groom unruly brows. This is our pick for the best eyebrow pencil for blondes - among the six shade range is a light blonde and blonde shade.
The review: “The fine tip on this is perfect for filling in my gaps with hair-like strokes. The colour glides on beautifully and really stays put. I’m also a big fan of the attached spoolie!” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
#5 / shu uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil
What’s unique about this hard pencil (which has been a cult classic for more than 25 years) is the way its oil-activated formula releases colour pigment upon contact with the oils in your brow hairs for a natural yet defined effect. The wax-meets-powder formula is also long-lasting and smudge-proof.
The review: “The best eyebrow pencil for many years for me is shu uemura hard pencil in 9 because the pencil not only lasts and lasts without ever seeming to run out, but the colour is flattering on so many skin tones. You can create many eyebrow looks with it from natural to filled.” Aneta, SUPERcrew member
#4 / L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Shaper Pencil and Wax
This soft brow pencil and clear wax duo make it easy to tame and fill your brows in one. Plus, the lid comes with a brow brush for the ultimate all-in-one product for perfect brows.
The review: “A creamy pencil on one side to fill in any gaps, and a soft wax on the other to tame your little hairs? You betcha. And at $8, you really can’t go wrong with this affordable eyebrow pencil.” Iantha Yu, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Editor
#3 / Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Anastasia Beverly Hills founder Anastasia Soare is a world-renowned brow expert, so it’s not surprising that the Anastasia Brow Wiz is one of the top-selling brow pencils globally. What makes this one so well-loved is its lightweight waxy formula that is easy to apply, blend and effortlessly creates fuller brows that still look natural. Plus, it comes in 10 shades.
The review: “I love that this lightweight formula doesn’t make my brows look overdone. It’s a cinch to create a more defined shape and fill in any gaps, while still keeping them natural-looking. And the formula lasts all day.” Chelsea Tromans, Beauty Crew’s Contributing Editor
#2 / Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil
It’s no secret that Benefit makes some of the best eyebrow products around, and this is one of their most popular products. First up, it has an impressive 12 shades in the range that complement brow hairs with warm tones, cool tones and neutral tones from blonde to black - as well as a cool grey colour. This waterproof eyebrow pencil lasts up to 12 hours and has an angled tip for maximum versatility, creating thin and wide strokes.
The review: “The best eyebrow pencil is Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil, it starts in the name. This eyebrow pencil is goof-proof for those that hardly wear makeup but need to finish their brows off. The tapered tip is great for precision and the spoolie at the end for blending and brushing to finish you off. I’ll never use anything else.” Anne, SUPERcrew member
#1/ Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
The 1000 five-star reviews on Mecca alone prove that this cult favourite brow pencil is a winner. The unique formula combines all the perks of a powder, pencil and wax in one while the triangular shape delivers a natural-looking finish (the fine tip is perfect for drawing in hair strokes while the wider edge fills in gaps). Bonus: It comes with a built-in spoolie and has nine shades to choose from.
The review: “Maybe I’m just a little heavy-handed, but sometimes I find that an eyebrow pencil can make my brows look blunt or blotchy. Then I came across this guy. I’m not sure whether it’s the formula (it’s like a pencil, powder and wax in one), the colour (I use Ash), or the triangle tip, but my brows always look way more natural, yet full and defined when I use this.” Erin Docherty, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Writer
Are you more of a brow gel kinda gal? No probs. We’ve pulled together a list of the best brow gels, too.
For help choosing the right colour, check out our guide on how to pick the perfect brow product shade.
What eyebrow pencil do you recommend? Please share your review with us below - we’d love to hear from you!
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.