In the age of Lily Collins and Liza Soberano, your brow factor is tantamount to your wow factor. “Full and filled-in” describes today’s most coveted kilay, with the bushy brushed-up brow trend swiftly gaining traction.
Obviously, with great interest comes greater variety. There are so many eyebrow enhancers now available on the market, even we admit that the choices are dizzying. Need help? From powders and pencils to mascaras and pomades, here’s a crash course to your brow defining basics.
BROW PENCILS AND PENS
WHAT THEY DO: These drawing tools mimic real hair strands when applied in short, upward strokes.
BEST FOR: Filling in bald spots caused by overplucking, re-shaping your arches, and thickening brows that are naturally sparse
WE LOVE: Maybelline’s Master Brow Liner, P249, Tony Moly’s 7Days Tattoo Eye Brow, P398, Pop Beauty’s Peak Performance Brow, P790, NYX’s Eyebrow Marker, P630, Eye of Horus’ Ultimate Brow Define, P950
WHAT THEY DO: These eye shadow lookalikes deliver a wash of color to your brows. The effect of powder is softer and more diffused than pencil, but still nice and dense.
BEST FOR: Giving patchy brows a uniform shade, darkening or lightening your brow color to complement your hair, and supplementing the work of your brow pencil
WE LOVE: City Color’s Bold Brow Eyebrow Kit, P245, Pop Beauty’s Brow Shape and Shade, P750, Dolly Wink’s Eyebrow Powder, P650, Lioele’s Mix Eyebrow Cake, P550
WHAT THEY DO: Popularized as “mascaras,” brow gels coat individual hair strands in flattering colors and provide gentle hold to keep your kilay in place. Always brush upwards for a naturalistic end result.
BEST FOR: Tinting fine hairs for a thicker look, taming bushy brows, and giving arches more lift
WE LOVE: Pink Sugar’s Honey I’m Good Brow Gel, P349, Holika Holika’s Wonder Drawing Brow Mascara, P325, E.L.F.’s Eyebrow Treat & Tame, P270, L’Oréal Paris’ Brow Artist Chisel Straight, P400
WHAT THEY DO: These cream-based, paint-on formulas provide opaque color to barely-there brows. The hold in pomades helps you sculpt and shape your brows, as well as fill them in with an angled brush.
BEST FOR: Long-lasting, waterproof brow color and full-coverage artista eyebrows
WE LOVE: Ofra’s Eye Brow Gel, P950, NYX’s Eyebrow Gel, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ DIPBROW Pomade, P1,200, Banila Co.’s Eye Love Cushion 3D Brow, P720
You can see the different effects of each product in the swatches below:
Product layouts: Kat Echon. Swatch: Erika Gue/Cine Escalona.