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The Best Waterproof Eyebrow Pencils Rated By Makeup Artists

When the humidity hits, it isn’t just mascara and foundation that has a tendency to slip and slide. Whether you use gels, pencils or pomades, brow makeup can often end up where it isn’t supposed to, with neither your eyelids nor even your forehead safe from dubious smudges.

So what do you do when your makeup just isn’t cutting it? Rethink the formula, of course. Waterproof ingredients are the basis of long-wearing, smudge-proof makeup but it can be hard to find brow products that are easily workable, stay put through a sweaty commute and come clean off with a swipe of micellar cleanser at the end of the day.

To make it easier, we enlisted some of the UK’s best makeup artists to lift the lid on the most long-wearing brow pencils out there right now.


Abbie May, professional makeup artist“benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil is amazing because it is slightly angled, so you get a very precise application with it. It’s waterproof, so doesn’t budge, and you can build the product up to make your brows look as natural or defined as you like. It’s available in many shades for pretty much everyone. It’s so easy to use, too. You just twist it up and go.”

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil, $, available at Cult Beauty


Abbie May, professional makeup artist“MAC’s Shape & Shade Brow Tint has a liquid felt tip nib (which is great for defining) as well as a sponge on the opposite end to help blend and set the brows. It really allows you to create a more natural, long-lasting look. It is also available in a great shade range, which is especially useful for those with much lighter brows.”

MAC Cosmetics Shape & Shade Brow Tint, $, available at MAC Cosmetics


Ruby Hammer MBE, makeup artist, beauty expert and brand creator“I love this brow pencil because it is long-lasting and very smudge-proof, but it also comes off when you want it to. Try an oil-infused micellar water or cleanser.”

Maybelline Define-A-Brow, $, available at Amazon


Ruby Hammer MBE, makeup artist, beauty expert and brand creator“This is incredibly long-wearing. When defining your brows, work on the outer edges first to get the shape right, then mimic the hairs in the middle with soft strokes. If you start in the middle, it’s often easy to go too dark or dense, and you’ll likely have to start again.”

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil, $, available at Cult Beauty


Joy Adenuga, global makeup artist“I love how thin the pencil is because it makes filling in gaps and mimicking each and every hair a very easy job. It is one of the few brow pencils that is actually oil-free, which helps the product last longer on the brows and skin.”

HD Brows Browtec, $, available at HD Brows


“Okay, this isn’t exactly a pencil, but benefit’s Ka-Brow! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour is a favourite of mine when working with brides that have very oily skin or tend to get a bit sweaty. I also love the shade range.”Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow!, $, available at LookFantastic


Kenneth Soh, celebrity and editorial makeup artist“The nib is thin but the texture is a little harder than most, which makes it easy to draw super fine strokes. The formula is also slightly waxy, so it stays where it is applied. I love the realistic shade range for all hair colours, too.”

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $, available at Cult Beauty


“This is so user friendly. The fine nib makes getting into the brows and drawing single hairs very simple. The natural shades work well and the stay-put formula is both water and oil resistant.”Suqqu Framing Eyebrow Liquid Pen, $, available at Harrods


Katie Daley, professional makeup artist“Just like benefit’s Precisely My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, this is an incredible product. It’s smudge-proof, slide-proof and totally resistant to water. It’s a really easy pencil to use and comes with a spoolie on the opposite end to brush and groom the brows as you define them.”

Urban Decay Brow Beater, $, available at Urban Decay


Credit: Original article published here.

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