My eyebrows and I have reached a point in our relationship where I just let them do their thing; they’re wild, free, and living their best life. I tweeze/wax my brows just enough to keep them from growing together and/or into my hairline — both of which they’ll do if left unchecked — and trim them so I don’t look like the man who sold juicers back in the 90’s.
My daily brow routine is pretty simple: I use a pencil or powder to define the shape and fill in sparse spots, brush the hairs straight up, and set them with a brow gel, pomade, or wax for a natural, unfussy finish.
While I love a good clear brow gel, it can sometimes feel like super glue in your brows: some are so intense they’re more difficult to remove than my waterproof mascara at the end of the day. Lately, I prefer something with a softer waxy hold, and on a recent stroll down the drugstore beauty aisle, I found the perfect thing.
FOR TWO DOLLARS.
The Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Brow Shaper is a jumbo clear pencil with natural beeswax, carnuba wax, and castor oil. The ingredients feel nourishing — no dry, crispy eyebrows, please and thanks — and the product gently holds my brows in place all day. It also keeps them moisturized and shiny (which sounds weird, but I dig it) and is super easy to remove.
Castor oil is packed with ricinoleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid, that’s rumored to nourish follicles and stimulate hair growth. If your brows are sparse it’s worth a shot: even if the hair growth bit is hogwash, it’s still naturally conditioning, which will keep the brows you have in tip-top shape.
AND IT’S TWO DOLLARS.
A few of my favorite brow products: powder duo, pencil, trimming scissors, tweezers, sharpener
I use the Color Icon Brow Shaper as a last step in my makeup routine. I apply it generously through my filled-in brows, then use a spoolie brush to comb it through and brush ’em up.
Since it’s a wax pencil, it can be tricky to sharpen, so try popping it in the freezer overnight before you sharpen it.