The best eyebrow pencils for beginners and pros alike
Fill those bad boys in with the very best
By Team BEAUTYcrew
June 18 2021
Brow makeup can be a tricky category to navigate – there are so many options that it can be real tough to figure out which one is best for you. (FYI, here's exactly how to find your fit)...
But if you've arrived here, chances are that you’ve decided on an eyebrow pencil (which is great for filling in gaps and building brow density with hair-like strokes), so allow us to help you find one that’s worth your money and time.
We’ve tracked down ten of the best brow pencils on the market, so without further ado, here they are...
NYX Professional Makeup Auto Eyebrow Pencil
Defining brows is a total cinch with this fuss-free formula. Its blend of vegetable, soy bean and coconut oils makes for very velvety pigment, and the built-in brush is there to help you soften the colour and fine-tune your shape if you go OTT.
Fenty Beauty Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler
Feel like you've been waiting your entire life for a brow pencil actually worthy of smudge-proof status? Well the search is over; this is it. The super fine tip will ensure extra precision, yes, but it's the fact that the formula won't budge (even when you brush through) and yet still feels delightfully creamy that keeps us adding it to cart.
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil
Great for beginners (as the colour payoff is super subtle), this kohl pencil is a breeze to build and blend with, so there's no need to fear those dreaded 'block-y' brows we've all heard horror stories about. We're big fans of any option with a brush included, too.
Lancôme Brow Shaping Powdery Pencil
If you’re after a precise yet natural-looking finish, 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, so it’s awesome for filling in sparse areas, especially if you're happy with your overall shape.
Maybelline New York Brow Ultra Slim Defining Eyebrow Pencil
If you prefer working with a pencil, but still love a feathery finish, don't stress: the extra slim 1.5mm tip of this one makes building up believable fine hair strokes outrageously easy, and its blonde shade options are legitimately light enough to work a treat.
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; happy to hear it.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
A favourite among brow devotees across the board, it'll turn you into exactly what it's called (spoiler alert: a brow wiz) in no time. Why is it so universally beloved, you ask? The lightweight waxy formula is a dream to apply and blend, and it effortlessly creates fuller brows that still look natural. Plus, it comes in a wide array of shades.
Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil
This fan-fave pencil's colour repertoire boasts an impressive 12 shades, able to complement brows with warm tones, cool tones and neutral tones from blonde to black. But while that's definitely impressive, we must admit the waterproof status and angled tip are still our favourite features.
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
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.
Lana Tarek Microfeathering Pencil
After a brow pencil that’s going to hold up throughout the day? Look no further than this fine-tipped micro feathering pencil from homegrown eyebrow aficionado Lana Tarek. The micro-tip allows you to draw on eyebrow hairs with precision, while the smooth, waxy formula disperses colour evenly through brows. Blend out your handiwork with the spoolie applicator brush to keep those brows from looking OTT and look forward to a set of face framers that’ll look their best regardless of the weather or a sweaty gym sesh after work.