7 Waterproof Eyebrow Pencils That Refuse To Move — Even When You’re Swimming
Picture this: It’s 98 degrees outside, and you're rushing to happy hour before the clock strikes 8 p.m... and naturally, you can't help but wipe the sweat from your brow. Your makeup melts (despite the layers of setting spray you misted on), but your arches stay intact — all because of a waterproof eyebrow pencil that withstands the elements.
"A good brow pencil is essential to your beauty routine because brows bring balance and proportion to the face and eyes," Jared Bailey, Benefit Cosmetics' Global brow expert, tells The Zoe Report. "Even the slightest tweaks to your brows can create a slimming or rounding effect for your face shape." Bailey notes that natural-looking texture and fullness are really in right now, and the best way to achieve this look is to find a microlining brow pencil that has a balanced formula that’s not too hard or too soft.
When it comes to brows, it's important to note that "everyone isn’t blessed with eyebrow hair that is naturally thick or dark in pigment,” celebrity brow artist Giselle Soto says. “They may have plenty of hair in the area, but because the hair lacks the thickness and boldness from the dark color, it’ll automatically make their eyebrows appear sparse.” That’s where a great eyebrow pencil comes in. So to get a strong arch, which is steadily holding the title for the top brow trend this summer, building fullness is key.
Celebrity makeup artist Andrea Tiller notes that first and foremost, starting with the right products is the first step to creating brow thickness. “If you have thinner brows, brush them up with a spoolie and either use a brow pencil or brow ink pen to mimic hairlike strokes until you reach your desired brow strength.” The more you take your time, the more natural they will look at the end. Don’t forget to blend in your pigment with that same spoolie after you are finished with the pencil for the most natural results.
Now, if your brows are already full or even unkempt, creating a strong brow requires a lot less effort. “Usually unkept brows are the best to create a strong brow because you have more hair to work with to create the desired and trendy full brow everyone wants,” Tiller says. All you need to do is tweeze out the strays that really don't belong including any unibrow action and work with the shape. “If you have super long brow hairs, then I would take a spoolie and brush them straight up and trim with small scissors. Don't forget to go over the brows with a waterproof pencil," she adds.
Ahead, shop seven waterproof pencils to get your thickest brows that are pro-proof to stay on all day.
Tiller recommends this pencil and gel duo because it's easy to use. "It's like a fine felt pen, but it mimics brow hair."
Soto recommends this pencil by Benefit Cosmetics because the fine tip allows you to mimic hair-like strokes for a natural finish.
This waterproof brow liner is also great for mimicking brow hairs. Tiller also likes the vast color ranges that the pencil comes in.
This pencil is "foolproof and you can use it to create a fast brow that looks great," Tiller notes.
Goof Proof offers 12 hours of waterproof wear. “I love Goof Proof because it’s functional and easy to use for everyone from a beauty novice to a makeup maven — you literally can’t goof it up! Both pencils are available in 12 shades, the most extensive range in the industry!" Bailey says.
Bailey recommends using a microlining brow pencil that isn't too light or dark to keep brows as natural as possible. This formula stays put on eyebrows, and the defined pencil tip outlines your shape to enhance the brows features.
Lastly, this one is a personal favorite. It doesn't end up all over my face and adds just the right amount of color to my already full brows. I like that the formula is soft and bold and that the pencil doesn't feel like it's scraping my skin off when I apply it.