Eyebrows are the frame of the painting that is your face, but there’s literally no reason to spring for some fancy custom frame when you can buy a perfectly good one at Home Depot. Or, not metaphorically, don’t get at a department store what you can get at the drugstore (or a drugstore via the internet). The best drugstore eyebrow pencils — aka the frame in question here — have fine tips that allow for lots of precision, waxy pigments that are easy to work with, and perhaps most importantly, under-$10 price tags. The very best ones, which are rounded up ahead, work just as well as their prestige counterparts, but their wallet-friendly prices make frequent repurchasing much more palatable.
But eyebrows are deeply personal — I won’t even let professional makeup artists touch them, such is the depth of my obsession — so the best brow pencils involve some variations on that basic theme to cater to your particular preferences. Maybe that’s an included gel or powder to layer over the top of your pencil, a small spoolie for blending, an angled tip for achieving an even fuller brow, or a tough-to-find shade to complement your hair color. (Pro tip: Your eyebrows should be a shade or two darker than your hair.)