The Best Eyebrow Pencil

Eyebrow pencils define the eyes but aren't over the top.

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If you’re spending a lot of time blending and applying your eye shadow yet totally ignoring your eyebrows, you are missing out on your beauty moment. Blonde, brunette or redhead -- it doesn’t matter your hair color, you still can use the right color and blendable eyebrow pencil to define your eyebrows to give them a picture-perfect appearance.

Color That Flatters

Choosing an eyebrow pencil shade can be as difficult (or easy) as matching the eyebrow pencil to your hair color. Choose a pencil too dark, and you undermine all your careful efforts to make your hair appear natural. If you use a pencil that’s too light, then there’s little point in using one at all. For most people, your eyebrow pencil should match your hair color. The only exceptions are the extreme ends of the color scale. Women with really blonde hair should choose a slightly darker eyebrow pencil whereas those with very dark hair should use an eyebrow pencil that’s one shade lighter.


Defining your eyebrows isn’t the same as drawing your eyeliner -- you shade the brows instead of lining them. For this reason, you don’t want an eyebrow pencil that has a really dull or blunt end. Instead, a thin to super-thin pencil can help you shade more accurately.

Smear-Proof and Smudge-Proof

An eyebrow pencil has to achieve two things: It has to be blendable yet also smudge-proof. The eyebrow pencil must be blendable because you don’t want to look like you have put a bunch of pencil marks on your face or that you irritated your skin because you had to drag the pencil across your eyebrow. Once you achieve the desired look, the pencil then has to be smudge-proof. You don’t want to touch your eyebrow accidentally and end up with a streak down your face. To keep this from happening, look for a pencil labeled with words such as “smudge-proof” or “smear-proof.” If all else fails, test it out -- if it smears, it’s not for you.

Add a Comb or Brush

A comb on the end of an eyebrow pencil isn’t always necessary, but it can help you to achieve beautifully defined eyebrows that look as natural as possible. An eyebrow pencil with a comb on the other end can help to distribute your eyebrow shading more evenly and to keep your eyebrows in line if they tend to be unruly. After using the pencil, a few strokes with the brush can help to keep everything in place.

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