Futuristic New Brow Products That Put Traditional Pencils to Shame

Updated 04/15/19
Isabella Behravan

If you’re a member of the itty-bitty brow committee, you know that a good brow product is worth its weight in gold. And when you find one you like, you tend to stick with it. No problem with that.

Except recently brands have been seriously stepping up their game in the brow tools department. The selection no longer consists of just pencils, powders, and pomades. We now have fibers, temporary tattoos, multipronged liquid pens, and more. Want to bring your brow routine into the future? Keep reading for nine innovative new tools Byrdie editors love!

Not Your Average Brow Pen

Lashfood 24H Tri-Feather Brow Pen $22

“This high-tech new product might look like any old brow pencil from afar. But inch in closer and you’ll see that the tip is actually made up of three brow-hair-thin pens. The three-pronged approach allows you to layer pigment in the most lifelike way. Plus, the formula is a liquid, not a chalky pencil, so it delivers even more natural results. What’s also cool is that the product comes in two finishes: ‘soft,’ which yields a sheer finish, and ‘bold’ for fuller coverage. If you’re skeptical, just check out this amazing photo demonstration on Sephora.”

— Amanda Montell, associate features editor

The Secret to Faking Feathered Arches

Brow Magic Brow Boost
Eyeko Brow Magic Brow Boost $35

“I have to fill in my thin, sparse brows every morning. I’ve gotten used to creating thicker, fuller arches using my trusty Anastasia Brow Pencil ($21) or The BrowGal Brow Pencil ($23). However, on days (well, mostly nights) when I really want to amp things up, I use this magical product from Eyeko. The doe-foot wand is packed tightly with tiny fibers that resemble real brow hairs. I fill in my brows, then brush the product onto any areas that are still looking sparse. The result looks incredibly natural, and it takes me further to my Lily Collins brow dreams.” 

— Faith Xue, editorial director

Brow Tattoos for the Noncommittal

Wunderbrow One Step Brow Gel $22

“‘I woke up like this’ brows are now a reality, all thanks to this semipermanent gel. The stuff comes in a sizeable tube with a spoolie and an applicator. Pro tip: Instead of slapping the gel directly onto your brows, grab a very thin angled brush, like Japonesque’s Professional Angled Brow Definer ($14); dip it into the product; and fill in your brows from there. This will allow for more precision. If you’re afraid of your brows ending up too messy or cartoonish, don’t be. The formula is a gel, not a pomade, so it’s actually pretty light and easy to work with.

Once you’re happy with your brows, put the product down, and behold. The gel truly stays put until you wash it off with the included cleanser. Just avoid scrubbing your brow area with face wash or rubbing your face into your pillow as you sleep, and you will literally wake up with perfectly filled-in brows.” 

— Amanda Montell, associate features editor

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Growth Serum That VIBRATES

The BrowGal Second Chance Brow Enhancement Serum $95

“Brow guru Tonya Crooks would never do a gal wrong, and this growth serum is proof. If you aren’t naturally brow endowed, you need this stuff. It’s packed with a special patented growth formula that you apply not with a regular spoolie but a THREE-SPEED VIBRATING BRUSH. This increases circulation and delivers product straight to the roots. Now, if that’s not brow technology from the future, then I don’t know what is.” 

— Amanda Montell, associate features editor

One Pencil, Three Products

Pro Sculpting Brow 30 0.01 oz/ 0.4 g
Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow 3-in-1 Brow Sculpting Pen $27

“I know, I know—I don’t shut up about this product. But you guys, it’s SO GOOD. It launched in March, and since then, my life (and subsequently my brows) have never been the same. The retractable tip is shaped like a brow brush (angled upward and wider on one edge), so it’s precise without being too precise. I like to look natural, after all. The formula is a pen-powder hybrid (fancy right?), so it basically allows for every single perk of every single brow product that came before it. And, if that wasn’t enough, the middle twists off into a matte highlighter to show off your brow bones (and hide any outlier hairs).” 

— Hallie Gould, senior editor

Easy DIY Brow Tint

Clio Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow $13

“This product requires a bit more research than your average brow pencil. The first time I used it, I didn’t understand it in the slightest. But it all made sense when Angela, the founder of Via Seoul, came into our offices and explained. The marker end of this product actually acts as a temporary brow tint. You use the marker at night on clean, freshly washed skin. It usually takes a few layers for me to build the pigment I want, but it’s well worth it. I go to sleep, and by morning, I’m left with a temporary tint that lasts for a few days.

It's a good gateway for anyone too scared to fully commit to at-home brow tinting, and it’s fairly mistake-free. I love that after applying this product, I can get away with using a lighter hand with my brow pencil for the next few days.”

— Faith Xue, editorial director

Full Arches in a Single Stroke

Black Up Cosmetics Perfect Eyebrows $26

“This brand is fantastic, because it’s the first Parisian luxury range created for women of color. And these one-stroke brow crayons are great—the shape is really unique, sporting an angled edge, which can be used to shape the brows, as well as a pointed tip, which is perfect for recreating individual hairs. Plus, the texture is so creamy; it just glides over the skin. That said, it’s truly waterproof and doesn’t budge throughout the day.”

— Amanda Montell, associate features editor

Lifelike Brow Fibers

Cherry Blooms Instant Fiber Brow Kit With Stencil $39 $27

“I was 120% skeptical when I heard about this product claiming to mimic the look of actual brow hairs—I’ve been grooming my own arches long enough to know that it takes a certain technique and strategic product layering to make them look like the real deal. But this stuff delivers: The fibers really do look like hairs, and they only attach to your existing hair, so you can fill in any patchiness without ending up with Groucho Marx brows.” 

— Victoria Hoff, associate editor

2016's Best Two-Step Tool

Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel $24

“This product is proof that futuristic brow tools don’t have to be complicated. In the same portable tube, you get an angled pencil with a creamy, buildable formula and a strong-hold gel to set it all place. There are no fancy bells and whistles—just effective products designed in a streamlined way. If you ask me, that’s true innovation.” 

— Amanda Montell, associate features editor

What’s your favorite brow product of the moment? Let us know in the comments below!

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