How to fill in eyebrows with pencil
August 23, 2019

Eyebrow styles have tended to run from pencil-thin to natural and thick, depending on the decade — the ‘90s, for example, were all about those supermodel-thin brows, while the beginning of this current decade saw the rise of very full, bushy but sculpted eyebrows thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevigne, and other big names. Now, thankfully, there are all kinds of eyebrow styles, from thin to thick and natural to carefully sculpted. But no matter how you’re styling your brows, you should own an excellent eyebrow pencil to help ensure that you’re filling in and fixing up your look. It’s not hard to learn how to fill in eyebrows with pencil, and it’s an even bigger no-brainer to actually own one of these pencils.

People have been using eyebrow pencils to finish off and polish their looks for generations, because they’re fast, easy, and highly effective, whether you’re arching, filling in, and or finely sculpting. Unlike tweezers or scissors, eyebrow pencils have the advantage of being as temporary as you want them to be — one wrong movement with a tweezer might lead to months of awkwardness, but a stray eyebrow pencil stroke can be erased with ease. And honestly, even if you’re doing some tweezing, you should have a good eyebrow pencil at the ready anyway, just in case you need to fill in a bit more than you were expecting. It doesn’t take a great artist to know how to fill in eyebrows with pencil, either — a few strokes here and there can make a world of difference.

All that said, not all eyebrow pencils are created equal — not even close. You need to find eyebrow pencils that are durable but sharpen easily, roll on with precision, and match the color you’re going for (whether that’s natural or something more contrasting is totally your call). MASSE makes it easy to find the best eyebrow pencils to fit your accessorizing needs, because we recommend brow pencils based solely on real reviews from people who have really used them. The last thing we want is people arching their eyebrows in skepticism at our recommendations, so we don’t allow any paid reviews or sponsored posts, either — we are all about honest recommendations that will help you fill in, sculpt, or feather your best brows.

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Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine Shape & Define
$24.00
Benefit Cosmetics
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Brow Definer
$23.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills
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Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil
$45.00
Bobbi Brown
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Retractable Brow Pencil - Waterproof
$12.00
Sephora
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Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
$34.00
Hourglass
Benefit Cosmetics’ Precisely, My Brow Pencil is a two-for-one secret weapon for filling out eyebrows and making them look positively natural. The precision tip allows you to shape your brows with long strokes or fill out your brows with shorter strokes in the direction your hair naturally grows. You can make them look even more natural and soft by using the spoolie on the other side of the pencil. MASSE shoppers say they “absolutely love” this eyebrow pencil, and use it every single day!
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Brow Definer

$23.00By: Anastasia Beverly Hills
Anastasia Beverly Hills hit the nail on the head when they named this eyebrow pencil the Brow Definer, because its versatility makes it possible to shape and fill in your brows no matter the style you’re looking for. This eyebrow pencil has three different edges to make shaping all brows eyes, and MASSE shoppers say it’s even super-helpful for people who barely have eyebrows at all. “It gives a perfect natural but noticeable look to your brows,” one shopper raved.
Whether you want soft and natural brows or bold, sculpted brows, Bobbi Brown’s Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil can make it happen thanks to its dual tip. And whether you choose the slanted, chiseled tip or the blunt edge, you’ll polish and soften your look until it’s just right with the spoolie on the other side. Plus, as MASSE shoppers rave, it lasts forever!
Sephora’s Retractable Brow Pencil comes in ten different shades and boasts both a sharp tip and wingtip comb, ensuring that you can draw and blend your way to natural-looking brows. One MASSE user raves that it’s easy to use and draws fine lines that blend right in with the real brow, while another gushes about this eyebrow pencil’s variety of colors and ability to produce different shades with the slightest change in pressure.
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Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

$34.00By: Hourglass
Usually, an eyebrow pencil is only one of several options for people looking to fill out and sculpt their brows, but the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil from Hourglass combines all the benefits of pencils, powders, and eyebrow waxes. Its triangular tip gives you full control of your look, allowing you to shape, fill out, and sculpt your brows just how you like them. MASSE shoppers uniformly love this eyebrow pencil, calling is spoolie perfect for blending and loving the fact that its work stays put.