Here’s how I like to think about eyebrows: If your face is the picture, then the brows are the frame. They're that important and deserve extra TLC—which is why in addition to encouraging growth, I always take a couple of minutes to fill them in, even if I’m just heading to the gym. (I’d sooner groom my brows than put on concealer or mascara.)
Which is why it was so mind-blowing to learn that I haven’t been grooming my arches in the most effective way possible. Though I’ve always applied gel from the front of my brows to tail, Maybelline global brow expert Maribeth Madron tells PopSugar that the best way to do this is actually in reverse: starting from the tails and working your way in. This way, she says, you really coat the entirety of each hair, adding more definition and hold—which then means that your arches don’t require as much pencil and/or powder (even less if the gel is tinted).
After putting this theory in action, all I can say is that my routine just got way easier—and that my brows have never looked so good. Nothing beats a game-changing hack that requires no extra cash or effort, right?
Have you tried this method of applying brow gel before? What’s your favorite brow hack? Tell us in the comments below!
Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pomade ($25)
“The best product I’ve been using is the Brow Pomade ($25) from Surratt. It’s not shiny or stiff, like a brow gel, but keeps the brows in place. Love this formula.” — Fiona Stiles
Make your brows bold with Touch in Sol’s ($19).
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The product: Make Up For Ever Brow Seal Transparent Eyebrow Gel ($19)
The hack: Any thick-browed girl is lost without her brow gel, and people rave about Make Up For Ever’s version. But there are secret ways to use this brow gel in your beauty routine. User jem1 says she applies it over her brow pencil to lock it in all day, and then over her mascara to prevent raccoon eyes. Meanwhile, melissa929 says she uses it to tame flyaways and baby hairs along her forehead, especially when pulling her hair into a ponytail. Genius.
Eylure Brow Pencil ($7)
“I always have a brow pencil. I use shadow at home when I do my brows, but this is my touch-up pencil. It’s a dark, dark brown, almost black, Brow Crayon ($7) by Eylure, which is a brand that’s known for making individual lashes. But here’s an insider tip—they actually came out with a large and amazing brow line with waxes, gels, and even stencils and tint kits. It’s amazing!” — Denika Bedrossian
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21)
This ultra-slim pencil is the brow pencil of the future. The twist-up tip fills in any gaps and allows you to create strokes that look like real brow hairs—plus, the waxy formula magically doesn’t smudge or smear in the summer heat. The spoolie on the end for brushing out your masterpiece is yet another plus.
The fix: The bad news? You’ll have to practice patience until that hair grows out again. The good news? In the meantime, this brilliant brush-on product from Cherry Blooms mimics the texture of your brows, clinging to the hair you do have for a very natural, filled-in look.
Pictured: Cherry Blooms Instant Fiber Brow ($34)
Brush them down. Makeup artist Dick Page says this little trick will help you stay true to your natural shape for full brows that don’t look overdone (i.e. overdrawn). Brush your eyebrows down toward your eye, fill them in, and then brush them back into place. Try this trick with our favorite brow pencil, The BrowGal's Skinny Eyebrow Pencil ($23).