Eyebrows: one of the easiest things on your face to mess up. We’ve all been there – making it all the way through a day only to realise one “tail” has already been smudged off, or all of our brow makeup has faded into oblivion, or our arches were never even in the first place. If you find yourself fretting over your arches pretty much every day, fret not, because we’ve all been there, and it really is a matter of trial and error. Through our hits and misses, at least the NYLON Singapore team has emerged with our below brow picks. Our brows may not be perfect, but at least these products get us pretty damn close.
shu uemura brow:sword
$53 for case + refill; $28 for refill, available at shu uemura stores and counters.
I’ve been using shu uemura’s Hard Formula eyebrow pencil for at least a decade — mainly because it’s so good I refuse to use anything else. This past week I decided to be adventurous and try something new — the shu uemura brow sword…and I love it! Although it’s the same shade as the Hard Formula version I use (seal brown), it comes off less intense and a lot softer. I like that I don’t need to sharpen the triangular tip, and bonus: it has a spoolie at the other end. Anyway, the whole reason I wanted to give this a try is because the pencil end is actually a cartridge, and I can use it without the holder as a nice, short brow pencil that I can bring around in my travel makeup kit. Good tip, right?
– Adele Chan, Editor-in-Chief
Sometimes I indulge myself in feeling like a samurai with this – it’s called a brow sword after all, and armed with it, I can create both precise edges and fill in the gaps between my brow hairs. I’m generally not too fussy about perfectly arched brows, whatever looks natural, so I like that the at, square edge makes for super easy drawing. I can get my brows done in seconds.
– Amelia Tan, Associate Editor
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil
$7.90, available at selected Watsons.
I’d like to think that I have generally acceptable brows without the use of any brow products
thanks to half of my gene pool, but the thought of getting them shaped via threading or waxing just seems like too much effort for me. That’s when this product comes in. It’s highly pigmented and goes on so smoothly that it only takes me about a minute or so to define my arches. While I’ve never had a problem with the endurance of brow products, it’s probably good to add that their appearance is maintained throughout the day, withstanding the humidity, until I remove my makeup when I get home.
– Patrene Mathieu, Designer
NYX Micro Brow Pencil
$15, available at NYX stores, Sephora and sephora.sg.
This has been touted as the best dupe for the famed Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz for good reason. The skinny tip of the pencil makes for great precision work — it’s easy to carve out your desired brow shape, and doesn’t pose as much of a trouble when filling in the sparsely-haired areas at the front of the brows. The formula is one that’s relatively drier compared to other brow products that I’ve tried, but I honestly do prefer it that way because it doesn’t attempt to melt and slide off my face in the treacherous Singapore weather. My only gripe is that the pencil does run out pretty quickly, but hey, it’s only $15 a pop, so that really isn’t too much of an issue.
– Chelsea Tang, Editorial Assistant
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
US$18, available on anastasiabeverlyhills.com.
Do not be deceived by the size of this small pot of pomade, it actually lasted me for ages and I’m not even halfway done with the product. It is waterproof and stays on all day, but I’m thinking of moving on to the Brow Wiz after hearing rave reviews about its precision and ease of use.
– Phyllis Guo, Editorial Assistant
Jane Iredale PureBrow Brow Gel in Clear
$32, available on beautyresourcesstore.com.
Brow pencil aside, I’ve never actually considered other brow products, until I discovered brow gels. My favourite used to be the Urban Decay Brow Tamer, which does a decent job at defining and holding my brow hairs in place, but with daily use, it started drying out the skin around my brows. So when I found out that Emma Watson uses this natural, clear brow gel that’s readily available on Zalora, I added it to my virtual cart faster than my brain could process it. This one by Jane Iredale has a much more hydrating formula than most brow gels because of its glycerin base, but it does the same job and with consistent use, I noticed baby brow hairs sprouting up in areas I assumed were permanently barren. No regrets here at all.
– Jade Yeo, Writer
LANEIGE Eyebrow Cushion-cara
$36, available at LANEIGE boutiques and counters.
Full disclosure: when I first saw this product, I did not expect it to work well at all, since liquid eyebrow formulas tend to be hard to control. Upon trying it though, it instantly joined the ranks of the all-time best brow products I’ve tried – and every other beauty journalist who’s tried it agrees. The liquid-to-powder formula goes on very evenly, and the double-ended applicator makes it even easier to apply. I first fill in the outer half of my brows with the darker shade and using the angled brush, then comb the lighter shade over the entire brow with the bristle end.
– Tami Lai, Associate Editor
K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Liner
$23.90, available at selected Watsons and Sasa.
With the current trend in brow products, now even those who aren’t genetically blessed can have full and arched brows. Grooming my eyebrows has been an essential step in my daily routine since they were first exposed to the world (when I finally grew out my straight-across bangs – I had them for 22 years). Brows can really help to define your face when you have small eyes. This eyebrow liquid has two sides, a brush tip which is perfect for drawing on realistic hairs, and a powder applicator to add more definition. “Lasting” is an accurate label – it even stays on in the rain. Heaven forbid one be left browless.
– Joanne Cheah, Designer
Main image: LANEIGE