This British Brow Pencil Works Better Than 90% of My American Products


Paley Fairman

It happened unexpectedly, as my discoveries of extraordinary beauty products often do. I was preparing for a Facebook Live shoot at Byrdie HQ, receiving a quick touch-up from British makeup artist Nilam Holmes Patel. After cleaning up my eye shadow and powdering my T-zone, Patel whipped out a pair of products that stopped me in my tracks: a jet-black pencil and an angular blade. Then, in our photo studio, she started sharpening like an old-fashioned woodworker, pencil shavings falling to the floor.

"What on earth is that?" I asked Patel, my curiosity piqued. "Some sort of eyeliner?"

"Oh no, it's a brow pencil," she responded. "It's from my line back in the UK."

With the freshly sharpened point, Patel began delicately penciling individual brow hairs onto my face. Five minutes later, I looked in the mirror, and where patchy, flat brows once were, there was now a full set of feathered, runway-ready arches.

I'll give you a moment to process: This was a black-as-night eyebrow pencil imported from England and hand-sharpened with a miniature custom knife, which somehow gave me the eyebrows of my dreams. It was like nothing I'd ever seen before. Instantly, I knew I had to have one.

Curious? Keep scrolling to learn more about this game-changing eyebrow pencil: how to use it and how to acquire one yourself.