If you've been paying attention, you’ve probably spent the past few years practicing a hands-off approach to your brows, letting your arches fill in à la Lily Collins and Yara Shahidi. But fuller need not be unruly, and clear brow gels can be a dream come true for even the peskiest of eyebrow hairs. (You know the ones.) That being said, just because a clear brow gel promises to coif our arches into near works of art doesn't mean it'll necessarily deliver. Truth be told, we've tried plenty of alleged fan favorites that ultimately fell flat, leaving us—and our brows—slightly confused.
Therefore, we wanted to make it clear which brow gels have actually lived up to their reputation. Curious to see what made the cut? Keep reading for 15 clear brow gels our arches look the better for.
Warning: This isn't your average clear brow gel. Instead, Blinc's beloved formula (wellness editor Victoria Hoff is a fan) is infused with peptides to not only keep brows in place but keep them soft and nourished as well. Plus, the water-resistant formula will stay put through spin class.
One of our biggest pet peeves when it comes to clear brow gels is flaking, and this pick from brow genius Kelley Baker does the opposite. Instead of feeling tacky, hard, or—eek—crusty, it swipes on completely clear, smooth, and mess-free while maintaining our brows' tip-top shape.
When it comes to a good brow game, Anastasia Beverly Hills is usually one of the first brands to come to mind (blame it on the cult-loved formulas and in-depth color range). Thus, it comes as no surprise that the brand's clear brow gel is one of the best we've come across for smoothness and definition. The secret ingredient: chamomile.
Co-created by celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, this brow styler by Lancôme is a true triple threat when it comes to intensifying density, hold, and the shape of your arches. It's also enriched with some of the finer things in life, like rose extract for an extra hit of nourishment.
For natural and flexible hold, brow expert Tonya Crooks's formula never ceases to impress. It plays nice with other brow products like powders and pencils (versus fighting them) and boasts a medium to firm hold that comes in handy during trips to the gym or those inevitable happy hours that go later than anticipated.
According to wellness editor Victoria Hoff, Make Beauty's clear brow gel is #1 when it comes to unbeatable hold. (And since she has amazing brows, we believe her.) It also features moisturizing ingredients like panthenol and hydrolyzed collagen to maintain the integrity of those precious arches.
A primer and conditioner in one, Benefit's BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer is formulated with keratin and soy proteins to take your brows from sparse to "wow". It can be used under as a primer under other brow products, or alone to condition and smooth your brows. Another important tip: Benefit BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer can be used to help brows grow. Just apply some before bed so the product can work overnight.
This gel is formulated to get your brows in boss shape, without feeling crunchy, thanks to it lightweight and flexible hold. (If you have curly hair and used a lot of gel back in the day, then you know what that crunchy hold is like.)
Apply this brow shaping gel in the direction your brows grow and you'll see a defined and sculpted look that will survive your everyday routine.
Indie beauty brand, Beauty Junkees, created this clear brow gel paraben free, gluten free, and cruelty free. The gel dries quickly to a matte finish after application, and keeps your brows tamed from morning to night.
If you're looking for a clear brow gel that adds depth and holds your eyebrows in place, then this vegan brow gel is the answer. Founded under the idea that skin health is of the upmost importance, jane iredale's PureBrow Brow Gel conditions and protects to give you smooth healthy brows.
There's a reason Glossier's Boy Brow is one of its top-rated products. The popular brow gel not only keeps all those little hairs in place, but its creamy wax formula thickens and shapes the brows as well. It's a thin brow person's dream come true.
Glossy isn't just for your lips—this clear brow gel serves as double duty product that can also be used on your lashes. This e.l.f Clear Brow & Lash Mascara delivers glossy, shiny, and healthy results thanks to its long-wearing conditioning agents. And the best part, it's super, super affordable.
No flakes, no stickiness—just a long-lasting mousse that goes on and stays clear and lightweight even after it dries. Its hypoallergenic and loved by makeup artists for its ability to style and shape brows with nothing but perfect precision.
This clear brow gel is like a hair mask for brows. It contains CBD-infused cannabis oil, which hydrates and sets your eyebrows. The gel is also infused with aloe and cucumber extract that provides extra conditioning for the softest, healthiest brows you've ever experienced.
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Erin Jahns and Priscilla Rodriguez.