If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably spent the past year practicing a hands-off approach to your brows, letting your arches fill in a la Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne. But fuller need not be unruly. We tested every brow gel we could get our hands on and found the five best formulas. Above you’ll find our favourites, ranked from strongest (seriously, the wildest brows will stay in any shape you choose!), to lightest (great for finer brows).
Make Up For Ever Brow Seal ($18)
By far the strongest gel we’ve ever tried, this is perfect for anyone with very coarse brow hairs that tend to go in the wrong direction. Warning: this formula dries stiff, but is well worth it for certain arches.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($22)
Anastasia’s formula is also strong, but slightly lighter than the previous formula. Try this formula if you have wild brows and a strong distaste for a hard-feeling gel.
M.A.C. Brow Set Clear ($16)
M.A.C.’s formula is right in the middle of the spectrum: it’s soft with a medium hold. The formula dries quickly and is very long lasting.
Blinc Eyebrow Mousse ($24) in Clear
This formula is soft and light, great for those with fine brows that need to be brushed (and held) in place, but hold that shape easily.
Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel ($5)
If you just need a little staying power—and want a soft finish—try Milani’s new formula. The light gel softly holds fine brows in place, but isn’t greasy or shiny, like many light formulas can be.