How to go from fine to full in a matter of minutes
Our brow preferences couldn’t have changed much more over the last decade. Gone are the super-sparse brows of the naughties; instead, we’re beefing them up using the best eyebrow products money can buy.
But not everyone was blessed with thick, full, Delevingne-esque eyebrows and, sadly, the majority of us have to fake it in the brow department.
While microblading treatments have rapidly gained popularity over the last few years, we wouldn’t blame you for being reluctant to spend a few hundred quid on getting your brows filled in. The best eyebrow products are a much cheaper solution when looking how to get thicker eyebrows.
From velvety soft pencils that’ll fill your eyebrows in stroke-by-stroke, to thickening pomades and growth-enhancing serums, the world’s your oyster when it comes to formulas and shades.
So where do you start when choosing the best brow products? If you like a thick, dark and defined brow shape, choose a pomade like Benefit’s Ka-Brow. The thin angular brush enables you to easily outline and fill your brows out into.
If you prefer a more natural look, try a clear brow gel (we love Bobbi Brown and Glossier’s). These will fix your brows in place without it looking like your wearing any product at all.
When choosing a colour, the key is to always go for a duskier, earthier shade of your hair colour – very warm or orange-toned brows look too ‘done’ and unnatural-looking. And ideally, stay within a two shade range – no more than one shade lighter or darker than your current hair colour.
Once you’re clued up on the best eyebrow shapes for your face shape, read on for the Marie Claire approved eyebrow products you can find on UK beauty shelves.
How to fill in eyebrows
Brow beginners may be unsure of how to fill in your eyebrows without them looking too obvious. ‘I map out the brows with three dots and then fill in to create the perfect shape,’ says Tonya Crookes, celebrity brow artist and founder of The Browgal. ‘To find the point at which your brows should start, draw an imaginary line from the corner of your nose, directly upwards.
‘Next, draw a line from the corner of the nose, through the pupil to find the highest point of the brow. The end of the brow should fall in line with the corner of the nose and the outside edge of the eye. Your pencil should be sharp to create hair-like strokes.’
These brow products are your one-way ticket to the perfect arches – because, as the saying goes, if your eyes really are the window to your soul, then your brows are surely the frame…
Best for: Thickening and shaping.
Despite barely being in the UK for a year yet, Bow Brow is already one of the leading cult eyebrow products. It thickens, darkens and fixes brows in place, and the conditioning formula never completely ‘sets’, so your brow hair always look soft and natural. Unless your brows are very, very sparse, you won’t need to fill them in with pencil or powder before applying this. It’s THAT good.
Best for: Super defined, thick-looking brows.
This velvety pomade is excellent at both filling in brows and sharply defining them, with a neat angled brush that keeps its shape. Long-wearing and easy to apply, if you’re the kind who likes a bold brow, this one’s for you.
Invented by legendary brow expert Tonya Crookes, the Browgal’s pencils are soft and velvety for the perfect filled-in brow strokes. It also comes with the added bonuses of a concealed spoolie and eye pencil sharpener lid, making it ideal for travel.
Best for: Brow growth.
Over-plucked your brows in the 00s? We don’t need to tell you that growing them back is no easy task – they’re never quite the same again. Rapidbrow is a growth enhancing, strengthening serum that helps to thicken your brows over time – so if those bottom hairs are coming through a little fine, it’ll bolster them up. The bottle says results within 60 days, but we noticed a mark difference in just a few weeks.
Best for: Filling in sparse brows.
Anastasia Beverley Hills have created a thing of beauty in this brow pencil. Soft and velvety, the thin nib is perfect at filling in sparse brows, stroke by stroke, for a natural and defined brow overall. All of the shades are cool and dusky, so you can trust that your brows won’t look warm or obvious.
Best for: Natural-looking brows.
This clear formula can be worn alone, to shape your eyebrows without looking like you’re wearing product, or over the top of pencil or powder to set your look. Enriched with wheat germ protein, it will also help to strengthen the hairs of your brows and encourage growth. Bonus!