Mishal Cazmi
Mishal Cazmi
@mishalc

How to find the best brow pencil for dark brows

I have dark (read: black) eyebrows, which makes finding brow pencils a constant struggle. It means that brow pencil shades are always a bit off. Beauty brands tend two offer one of two options: dark brown as the darkest shade, which ends up taking on a reddish tinge on my brow hairs, or black, which can easily end up looking like they were drawn on with a marker. In an ideal beauty world, my perfect shade is an ashy black that would give me natural-looking arches—not too brown, not too black.

In a quest to avoid #Eyebrowfail, I tested out as many brow pencils as I could to find the best ones for dark brows. Here are three of my favourites.

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1. Annabelle Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Waterproof Brow Liner in Ebony
Don’t let the word ‘Ebony’ throw you off. Annabelle’s Brow Liner isn’t as dark as the shade name and the dark greyish packaging is proof of that. It self-sharpens when you twist the cap, which means you won’t be scrambling for a sharpener on a morning when you’re running late (I speak from experience). It also delivers just the right amount of creaminess. Though the shade isn’t as dark as most blacks, exercise a light hand to make sure it looks as natural as possible.

2. Quo Cashmere Brows in Brunette
This crayon-like pencil came to me by way of Glow’s editor-in-chief, Tania Kwong’s enthusiastic recommendation. It has a black-brown shade on one end and a black-grey on the other, giving you some room to experiment if you aren’t quite sure what shade you need (consider it a 2-for-1 deal). It has a creamy texture and the chubby stick size means it’s best for brows that are already full, but just need a little bit of a touch-up. Alternatively, you can use them to really beef up your brows.

3. Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Black
Shiseido’s brow pencil is the most natural-looking one from all the ones I’ve tested. Though the shade is called Natural Black, it goes on as a cool grey, which is great if you want to fill in patches inconspicuously or draw on individual hairs, thanks to the stiff lead. The dual-ended pencil comes with a brush for blending and overall, it has great staying power.

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Annabelle’s Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Waterproof Brow Liner in action.

–Mishal

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Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Black

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Annabelle Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Waterproof Brow Liner in Ebony

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Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Black

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Annabelle Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Waterproof Brow Liner in Ebony