Just like the hair on our heads, the precious strands atop our brow bones are unique—hardly fitting into the "blonde," "brunette," and "black" checkboxes so many makeup brands would prefer to stuff them in. Annoying. (For instance, aside from this majestic gem from brow whisperer, Kelley Baker, I've never once met a "blonde" eyebrow pencil I've liked—and my hair is a blonde as blonde can be.)
Similar to a bad dye job, the wrong shade of powder, pencil, or pomade can leave our arches looking anything but elegant. And really, finding the perfect ratio between shade, texture, and finish can seem like the ask of a century. Who has time for that? No one. After all, when it comes to makeup, we'd much rather experiment with unexpected shades of lipstick, eye shadow, and blush, and not the hue of our brows. (We have the brow evolutions to prove it.)
And if your strands happen to be red, an already tricky job can soon become downright maddening. Is the perfect red eyebrow pencil really too much to ask for? Previously, maybe. But now that we've rounded up seven of the options that represent the crème de la crème, not so much. Keep reading for seven richly red eyebrow pencils to create the impeccable finish you crave.
A makeup artist go-to (it's what Tamah Krinsky used on Madelaine Petsch), this mechanical red eyebrow pencil not only glides effortlessly on top of the skin—a must—it also delivers a believable saturation of pigment for full, feathery eyebrows that never look cartoonish or overdone.
Easy on the eyes (and that tight holiday budget), this pick from Maybelline helps you multitask your way to better brows in seconds. The incredibly thin tip is über-precise, so you'll never have a hair out of place, and the soft spoolie brush blends out the contour for a softened, ever-so-slightly auburn result.
Not that you'll have to (because the formula is long-lasting), but you'll never mind touch-ups again thanks to this glittery cartridge specifically designed to fit Surratt Beauty's Expressioniste Brow Holder ($25). Not only will the mechanical red pencil fill brows to perfection, space-savvy design is also inspired by minimalistic Japanese elegance.
Lasting durability is this eyebrow pencil's prerogative. Boasting a rich copper-inspired hue of red, this 100% waterproof drugstore option from Revlon (a classic) gifts arches with bold crimson appeal.
An expansive color range isn't the only trick up this brow pencil's sleeve. It also happens to be a three-for-one package featuring a retractable pencil, brow powder, and a handy brow mascara for a touch of glossy glamour that will still take you from work to spin in one, brow-blessed piece.
If it's not enough that this gorgeous pencil also happens to be Lucy Hale's personal favorite, it also goes above and beyond when it comes to application (smooth and precise) and finish (dreamy and dramatic). For the perfect wash of red, reach for this eyebrow pencil in auburn.
Great for those with medium to deep red tones, this sleekly designed eyebrow pencil builds up the brow to perfection. The luxe formula is soft, easy to maneuver, and can easily transition from elegant to dramatic in a flash. Plus, the packaging is a dream.