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BEAUTY LESSONS:

YOUR
DEFINITIVE
GUIDE TO
BETTER BROWS

Few things have the ability to frame your face, define your features, and add an instant lift. Here’s how to make the most of your set.

Written By NATALIA GARDUNO

PHIL POYNTER / TRUNK ARCHIVE

If you once possessed skinny brows (à la Drew Barrymore circa Mad Love 1995), signed up for a Latisse prescription in pursuit of Cara Delevingne’s bold, boyish set, or dabbled in microblading to achieve ultra-stylized Instagram arches, we bring good news: The It brow has officially retired. And custom sets—enhanced versions of one’s natural shape—have taken over.

Naturally, a one-size-fits-all kit isn't going to cut it. From the right spoolie brush for a feathered look to a just-soft-enough pencil for tailored-made strokes, 10 Violet Code-approved essentials for nailing your brows of choice at every stage, right here:

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All the precision and staying power, minus any needles: The dual tip Shape + Shade Brow Tint creates equally legit strokes with one sleek pen. A liquid liner brush fills in patchy spots while the other powder-filled end sets the brow for hours—genius.

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Whether you're looking to mask years of overplucking or add definition, the Brow Sculptor pencil by Tom Ford delivers instant gratification. Mimicking a calligraphy pen, a flick of the slanted tip creates thin to wide strokes, while a grooming brush provides a quick clean up. A handy built-in sharpener and refill come as a bonus. Expect natural-looking volume that's ideal for a feathery look.

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...Put those tweezers down. And invest in a growth serum. We’re partial to this natural version from LASHFOOD. Powered by a Phyto-Medic Complex, it triggers the natural regrowth of thin hair with medicinal herb extracts. Be religious about daily application for serious results.

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A sweep of this pomade from Surratt is enough to lift, shape, and hold every single stray strand in place. Factor in a non-shiny, undetectable finish and you've got a youthful, all-you look in one step.

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About that aforementioned spoolie brush: Yes, you need one. It's simple but essential. Use it to give rebellious hairs a clean sweep, maximize the ones you have, and open up your face. As far as technique goes, brush up for a feathered look and angle a bit outwards to add polish. This classic nylon brush does the job well while softening edges and removing excess pigment.

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Before you give yourself a lift by drawing one on, help create a more believable illusion by going a shade lighter than your foundation above and below your brows. This trick from Charlotte Tilbury defines your features, imparts youthfulness, and opens up your eyes. We like the added benefit of Magic Away's skin-boosting ingredients, like Persian silk tree bark extract and Wild Indigo extract, for extra luminosity.

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Pencil or powder? The ultimate filler debate has finally been solved thanks to LASHFOOD. The brand's Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo pairs a revolutionary powder-to-cream formula (it fastens onto the skin for smooth coverage) with a built-in pencil to refine brows. Topped off with a conditioning serum, it's nourishing, long-lasting coverage with an intensity that’s all up to you.

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The virtues of a structured brow include added depth, definition, and polish. But what really sets it apart (literally) is highlight under the brow. To achieve that, a slanted, dense brush, like this one from Utowa, is your best bet. It can also help deposit pigment for a more intense finish.

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Let's be real here; it's not always possible to get your brows professionally groomed or resist the urge to pluck. Most will advise you to proceed with caution, so do we. But why not take it a step further and invest in a solid pair of tweezers. There's a reason you'll only find Tweezerman tools in artist kits: no one makes them better. You can't go wrong with the perfectly aligned Classic Slant Tweezer, while a finely-tapered Pointed Tweezer will grasp the smallest of hairs. Can't choose? Grab both.

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Solution: Tinted brow gel. It's easy, adds heft, imparts natural-looking color in seconds, keeps hair in place all day, and even camouflages grays. A micro-fine brush on this sculpting gel from Charlotte Tilbury ensures every tiny strand is evenly groomed and colored with volumizing pigment. The secret? The brand's Magic Elasticizing Wax lifts hairs for added fullness with a  blend of vitamin E, castor oil, and natural pigments.