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In the quest for Olivia Culpo-level brow perfection, you’ll need a few things. First and foremost, flawless genetics. (We kid, we kid, but that certainly doesn’t hurt.) In all seriousness, for A+ arches, a professional shaping is always a good move. As is having the right products on hand, from pencils and powders to gels and pomades—or some combination of all of the above.
But you’ll need the right tool, too, namely a brow brush. “Brushes are used to blend makeup and keep eyebrow hairs in place," says Sabah Ferox, a brow expert at London's Blink Brow Bar. "They're necessary to creating the exact brow look you want. A brow brush helps to evenly blend product and make the eyebrows look more natural." Amen to that. Not all brushes are created equal though, and which one you pick largely depends on the product you’re pairing it with, as well as personal preference, obviously.
Ahead, the best eyebrow brushes that will fit every brow want and need.
Choosing a dual-ended tool makes it easy to create any variety of brow looks, and leave it to the eyebrow guru to the stars to come up with one of the best ones out there. Use the straight-cut, flat brush to outline and define a crisp, clean brow shape. (Top tip: it’s also great for applying concealer around your arches to make them pop even further.) And/or use the spoolie end to blend color throughout your brows and groom hairs in place.
A little pricey, but #worthit if brows are the mainstay of your daily makeup look. The synthetic bristles are super high-quality, making this a smart investment, and are choice for creating undetectable, completely natural, hair-like strokes. FYI, because the bristles are synthetic, this works especially well with cream or gel products, since they won’t absorb any of the product like natural hairs tend to. The angled shape is best for creating defined brows, since it makes it easy to create thin lines and fill in empty gaps, says Kristine Cruz, senior makeup artist at Antonio Prieto Salon.
With short, dense bristles, this angled tool is choice for applying and keeping in place thicker pomades or wax-based products. It gives you perfect control for creating the short strokes of color that will help define and shape your brows. Worth noting: Wiping off any leftover product after each use helps maintain the integrity of the bristles.
Powders are choice for adding natural-looking fullness to brows, creating that bushy appearance everyone and their mother wants. Blending in said powder to achieve said natural end results is key, though. Ferox recommends using a sponge applicator to first deposit the pigment, then combing through with this guy to blend, for a more natural look. We also appreciate the slim size, which gives you extra control.
Few brands know brows better than Benefit, as seen in both the products and tools they offer, like this one We heart this particular spoolie because it’s made of custom-blended fibers that seamlessly blend in color and tame even the unruliest of brows. It gets the job done on its own, though for the best brow results, use the angled brush on the other end first. With firm bristles, it deposits powders, creams, gels, and waxes equally well.
If you like to play around with different brow looks, but are also looking to minimize the amount of stuff in your makeup bag, pick up this multi-tasker. Start with the spoolie end: “I start every brow look by combing up the brows with the spiral to see exactly what I'm working with," says celebrity makeup artist Brittany Spyksma. Then, use the tight-packed brush on the other end to groom and shape arches, or add color. The fine comb is also great to use to knock out mascara clumps on lashes.
Angled edges on the sides of this triangular-brush head are perfect for shaping brows with any type of thicker, gel-based product. You can then use the pointed tip to fill in any sparse areas, and intensify the color by dabbing through with the flat surface. The finishing touch? Brushing through everything with the built-in spoolie housed on the other end.
If we had to choose just one desert island must-have brow product to use for the rest of our lives, it would—hands down—be this pencil-spoolie combo. It’s hard to decide which end we like more, but used in tandem, it’s all you need when you want polished, but natural-looking brows. The creamy pencil (available in four shades) glides on easily, while the spoolie blends everything to perfection.
Brushes with natural hairs are best for using brow powders (which also tend to be slightly more goof-proof and make for a more natural end-result than cream products). The other nice thing? They don’t have to be washed quite as frequently as their synthetic counterparts. Still, for many people, the animal factor can be a component, which is why we appreciate that the bristles on this tool are made of cruelty-free boar and badger hair. This one also has just the right level of stiffness and comes with a built-in spoolie for blending.