Thanks to some serious over-plucking in the ’90s, I have sparse eyebrows that refuse to grow in fully. It’s not that new hair doesn’t sprout — it does — it just comes in wiry and in the wrong places, like in between my brows or so far below my arch that it looks like mascara rubbed off on my eyelids.
I’ve tried a lot of different brow fillers, but the one that I like the most is Wunderbrow Brow Gel. It’s a UK brand that up until recently you could only find on Amazon; my mom, who also has sparse brows, is the one who turned me on to it.
It has a lip gloss-like consistency and a lip gloss-like applicator (the whole thing, honestly, looks like lip gloss), and you can either apply it with the brush it comes with (I don’t) or use your own eyebrow brush. The way I put it on is I basically smear it over my entire eyebrow area, then clean it up with a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover and, once it’s dried a little, comb through my brows.
But honestly, the best part about it is it will seriously last for days. I go to sleep with it on (gross, I know) and wake up with eyebrows! If any of it smudged off in the night, all I have to do is quickly fill in any spots with powder (I personally like Benefit’s Brow Zings for this purpose). And while I try not to routinely make it a habit to sleep in my makeup, waking up with at least some eyebrows on has been pretty great in the case of, er, unexpected sleepovers. (Sorry, Mom!)