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Remember back in middle school, when filling in your foreheads was like a secret trick? Those were the working day — but definitely not our most polished Kodak moments. Then, we blinked and our eyebrow woes were a thing of the past, thanks to color gels, gunpowder palettes, and smooth twist-up pencils. Hell, even the most low-touch makeup customers might lead a clear gel through their arches every morning.
While some of us are pros at this level, and can master a well-traced eyebrow in seconds, determining the right products can still be a challenge, specially when you’re on a fund. As you likely know, we’ve exhilarated the wonders of drugstore locates time and time again, but today we’re be concentrated on only bargain eyebrow products. That’s right: We threw boxes of brow products to the test. After diligent swiping and brushing, we’ve landed on our favorites from many categories. In reality, a lot of them stood up to our favorite prestige formulas.
From bold and wiry to sharp and thin, all kinds of brows proceeded up against these products — and they passed our test with aplomb. Click ahead to discover our favorites.
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With only one stroke of this tapered felt-tip pen, you’ll insure just how flattering and realistic the fluid pigment leaves filled-in eyebrows looking. Even better, it’s totally smudge- and water-proof.
Ardell Stroke A Brow Feathering Pen, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty
This eyebrow marker is just as thickening and long-lasting as the last, but our favorite feature includes one of the shade options — one fit for redheads. Considering how difficult it is for red-haired people to find a forehead product that works for them, this is a victory worth celebrating.
Kiko Milano Eyebrow Marker, $2.9, available at Kiko Milano
Most liquid brow products merely give one felt-tipped prong, but this launching from Maybelline features four. The fork-like marker simulates the same method of a microblading needle — left with brushstrokes of lifelike pigment — minus the scratching pain and scabbing. Simply set, we love it.
Maybelline TattooStudio Brow Tint Pen, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Twist-Up PencilsJust operated out of that prestige favourite? Take this wonderfully-pigmented pencil for a spin and see how quickly your forehead play changes.
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty
One of those pencils you don’t be required to warm up on your hand before using, this one’s loaded with dense pigment at first glide.
Flower Beauty Draw The Line Eyebrow Pencil, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Sure, the pencil is truly smooth, but it’s the opposite culminate that steals the demonstrate. The sponge applicator is covered in a light dust of powder, which adds additional fullness after you develop definition.
Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Define and Fill Duo, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty
With four colouring alternatives, this pencil establishes it easy to find a match.
Palladio Brow Definer Micro Pencil,$ 7, available at Forever 21
This thicker-than-most twist-up pencil appears just as natural as thinner versions — but covers more floor per swipe.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Instant Lift Brow Pencil,$ 2, available at Ulta Beauty
For professional-quality precision at a too-good-to-be-true rate, this fine-tipped twist-up pen is not to be missed.
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Clear GelsFinally, a taming gel that doesn’t construct your foreheads seem as glossy as your lips.
Pacifica Stunning Brows Eyebrow Gloss& Set, $14, available at Ulta Beauty
Medium hold and$ 5? Sold.
Milani Cosmetics Brow Shaping Clear Gel, $4.99, available at Milani Cosmetics
Highly recommended for big-hearted eyebrows, this clear gel hairs every inch of hair in seconds.
Rimmel Rimmel Brow Gel, $3.97, available at Walmart
PomadesOur biggest brow pet peeve? When our products smudge. Luckily, this waxy pomade ensures a long-lasting brow all day.
NYX Professional Makeup Tame& Frame Tinted Brow Pomade, $7.49, available at Ulta Beauty
Pomades can dry up soon, but consider this one the exception. Every time you open it up, feel confident that the formula will be as smooth as when you first got it.
Ulta Brow Pomade, $10, available at Ulta Beauty
Tinted TamersQuite possibly the smallest wand we’ve ever swept across our foreheads, this one’s petite but unleashes intense pigment.
Soap& Glory Archery Volu-Boost Fibre Gel, $14, available at Ulta Beauty
This round wand guarantees a full eyebrow in one spot.
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Eyebrow Mascara, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Have large-scale brows that never seem thick-skulled enough? This inexpensive find genuinely gives the drama.
Catrice Eyebrow Filler Perfecting& Shaping Gel, $5.49, available at Ulta Beauty
The tapered spooly attains brushing on forehead color a little bit easier, especially when you’re trying to reach those sparse edges.
Jordana Fabubrow Shape& Set Gel, $3.99, available at Jordana Cosmetic
Just like your favorite mascara, this pigmented gel ensures a brushed-out seem even Cara Delevingne would ask for.
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty
If you prefer an affordable alternative to Benefit’s Gimme Brow, you’ll adore this. The smaller rod stimulates filling in foreheads — sans powder and pomade — improbably easy.
Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara, $2.99, available at Ulta Beauty
While the pencil is a solid B, it’s the gel that wins an A +. Never worry about depositing a little much pigment with this finely-bristled brush.
Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil& Gel, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty
Powder PalettesSimple and to the point, this powder-and-wax kit attains sculpting those arches a breeze.
Rimmel Rimmel Eyebrow Enhancer, $3.99, available at Target
There are days when we just crave a no-frills product that dedicates us intense eyebrows in seconds.
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit, $3.99, available at Wet n Wild
While the brushes aren’t our faves, the highlighting powder and tinted wax are perfect for a standout look.
Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Eyebrow Palette, $8.49, available at Walmart
Compact and perfect for midday touch-ups, this kit has a lot more than merely cute package. Bonus: It includes mini-tweezers.
Milani Cosmetics Brow Fix Kit, $7.99, available at Milani Cosmetics
Good news: This kit lasts forever. We can’t believe how much product you get for under $10.
Hard Candy Brows Now, $6.67, available at Walmart
Classic PencilsPencils are the O.G. behavior to get the brows of your daydreams, and this peaches-and-cream formula has us remembering why we adored these in the first place.
Maybelline Brow Precise
Shaping Pencil, $5.89, available at Target
This reminds us of the first forehead product we stole from our mother’s makeup bag — and we love it as much today.
Jordana Fabubrow Eyebrow Pencil, $2.99, available at Jordana Cosmetics
Pencils ensure no snowflakes or fading throughout the day — and this one comes in a wide range of shadows for every mane color and complexion.
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Double the pigment, double the fun: This chubby pencil is perfect for the days when you wake up a little too late to fiddle with brushes.
Milani Cosmetics Brow& Eye Highlighters, $6.99, available at Milani Cosmetic
Skipped your last threading appointment? This all-in-one kit induces sure your browbone highlighting is on level, while unruly fuzzs stay in place all day.
Physician’s Formula Eye Booster( tm) 4-in-1 Brow Boosting Kit, $14.95, available at Physicians Formula
Any product that comes with its own sharpener is a winner in our book.
COVERGIRL Brow& Eye Producer Pencil, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Prefer to travel light? This space-saving tool features a pencil, powder, and brow mascara all in one.
NYX Professional Makeup 3-In-1 Brow, $12.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Thanks to its slanting tip, this natural-effect pencil will cut your forehead routine in half. Bonus: The attached spoolie brushing is one of the smallest on the market to make sure pigment is brushed out to feathered perfection.
Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty
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