Eyebrow Pens: The Best Ones & How To Use Them

Eyebrow pens are loved for their ability to create realistic hair-like strokes and instant fullness. You can use them to extend the shape of your brows or to fill in sparse, patchy areas with ease. The key is to apply them with short, dash-like strokes, taking a light-handed approach for the best results. Sold? From Glossier’s cult formula to Essence’s affordable offering, these are our favourites to try…

Essence The Eyebrow Pen, £2.38

Best For: Anyone on a budget 
Why It’s Popular: This silky pen has a toothed marker that is easy to rake through your brows in upward strokes for extra volume and shape. It’s lightweight too, so you can build upon it without any shadowing appearing on the skin. Make-up artists love it not just for its affordability and efficacy, but the longevity it offers – it’ll stay put until you wash your face. Fans love to use a smattering to create some faux freckles as well. A great all-rounder. 

Available at ParfumDreams.co.uk


Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen, £21

Best For: Hair-like details
Why It’s Popular: This is rich in pigment, but the fine and firm tip makes it easy to apply and ensures you never deposit too much at once. Apply it in deft strokes to define, add depth and mimic the look of hair texture. The formula will quickly latch on without clogging or caking up, and it’s not streaky like some brow gels on the market. Ideal for those who want a fluffier brow with more shaping. Plus, there are nine shades to choose from – covering cool tones to warm – so you’re guaranteed to find a match. 

Available at BeautyBay.com


Glossier Brow Flick, £15

Best For: Brow pen novices
Why It’s Popular: Glossier’s lightweight formula was recommended to us by make-up artist Katie Jane Hughes. It’s great for brow pen novices because the wet formula is very forgiving if you make a mistake – this also means you should give it time to dry. Find a starting point where your brows are sparser, and lightly brush in upward motions for optimum results. If you find it’s quite subtle, you can use a brow powder on top for extra definition, but it’s likely you’ll find the pen alone provides you with enough density. 

Available at Glossier.com


MAC Shape + Shade Brow Tint, £19.50

Best For: Adding dimension 
Why It’s Popular: Combining the benefits of both a pen and powder, this one-stop shop allows you to fill in any gaps with a sheer pigment that clings to every brow hair with no shadowing. Once you’ve finished sculpting, you can then go in with powder, which comes with a spongey tip to add further dimension and lock in your product for the duration of the day. Because it’s so budge-proof, it’s regularly spied backstage. 

Available at LookFantastic.com


Urban Decay Brow Blade Pencil, £20

Best For: Microblading results 
Why It’s Popular: It’s been called microblading’s make-up equivalent, and we can see why. Not only does this pencil deliver razor-sharp precision, it adds extra depth and dimension, creating the illusion of fullness with no smudges in sight. The slimness of the two tips makes it easy to use too. We recommend starting with the pencil to fill in any sparseness, then follow up with the inky end to build up colour in light strokes. 

Available at LookFantastic.com


Rimmel Brow Pro Micro 24Hr Precision Stroke Pen, £6.02 (was £8.99)

Best For: Neatness & precision 
Why It’s Popular: Not only is this affordable, it’s also really easy to use with a fine nib that allows for great precision. Like every other on this list, it’s key to take a light-handed approach as you apply it, although  the formula is quite sheer, so it’s hard to go too far wrong. You may find you need a few coats to build up noticeable density and volume, but gradually you’ll see impressive definition take shape. Each colour is a perfect match too. 

Available at LookFantastic.com


Lime Crime Bushy Brow Pen, £18.50

Best For: Filling in sparse gaps 
Why It’s Popular: Dubbed ‘fluffy brows in a tube’ this covetable pen is a bestseller. A few sweeps create precise, hair-like strokes that last all day without any fading or flaking. Expect a ‘laminated’ effect that’s defined but feathery. Don’t press too hard with this one – it’s very rich in pigment, so take a light-handed approach. If you do deposit too much, run back through your brows with a spoolie brush to even everything out. 

Available at LookFantastic.com


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