8 best eyebrow pencils
Create a high-brow look with a vital make-up accessory
Whether thanks to genetics or over-plucking during your teens, most people need a little assistance to achieve those oh-so-trendy, luscious, Cara Delevingne brows.
For maximum control and a delicate touch, we prefer to fill in with short upward strokes with an eyebrow pencil – and these are some of our favourites.
From the classic pencil to creamier angled applicators, plus built-in sharpeners, spoolies (those eyebrow brushes that look like mascara brushes), highlighters and other clever add-ons, there's sure to be something here that suits the look – and ease of application – you're after.
Just remember the first rule of brows: always draw them on in bright, natural light to avoid the OTT, unnatural look.
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: £15.50, Cult Beauty
This is something of a cult product and gives brilliant results at a very reasonable price. Available in the biggest range we've seen – 10 shades – it is loved by make-up artists including Kenneth Soh for its buildable, feather-light coverage thanks to the precision applicator and soft-but-not-too-soft formula.
2. Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift: £22.50, Charlotte Tilbury
You can always rely on Charlotte Tilbury to produce nail-hitting products, including this brow pencil, which is creamy but light so very natural. It has a thick, angled nib for easy filling and swooping over the arch of the brow, a spoolie for shaping and blending and a built-in highlighter for defining under the brows too. Available in five shades.
3. Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil: £20, Benefit
For absolute precision, the narrow nib of Benefit's twist-up (no sharpener required!) pencil is perfect for drawing individual hairs and is somehow soft enough to not drag on the skin, but is also smudge-proof and waterproof. Available in six shades.
4. YSL Dessin Des Sourcils Eyebrow Pencil: £21, YSL Beauty
This is the most classic of all the pencils we tested and gets the job done without the fancy additions of other brands. The pencil is very soft and kohl-like, easily blended if you go a little heavy, and available in four shades.
5. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil: £29, Space.NK
Hourglass's pencil comes in its signature rich metal packaging, which feels luxe and pleasantly weighty in your hand. Its angled, thick nib (similar to Charlotte Tilbury's) is a mix of powder and wax, meaning it's not at all harsh and helps to tame unruly hairs. Available in nine shades.
6. DiorShow Brow Styler: £20, John Lewis
This application takes a little time, designed as it is to draw individual hairs with a wind-up precision nib, but its natural finish is perfect for those who hate the coloured-in look. It comes in four shades (including a very natural auburn) and has a spoolie in the end for brushing and shaping.
7. Estee Lauder The Brow Multitasker: £21.50, Estee Lauder
Estee Lauder's offering is, as the name suggests, something of a multi-tasker. It has an angled pen, which goes on gently with no pulling on the skin, plus an applicator loaded with powder for filling on the reverse and a spoolie. In five shades from blonde to black.
8. Mac Big Brow Pencil: £16.50, MAC Cosmetics
For the lazy among us, this is perfect for quick filling-in on the go or when you've overslept. It produces thick, luscious brows with one easy swoop and has an inbuilt sharpener at the end so you'll never be caught without one.
The Verdict: Eyebrow pencils
For the lowest price of anything we tested with one of the best finishes, Anastasia's Brow Wiz can't be beaten.
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