These Products Help You Master the "Laminated Brow" Trend at Home and on a Budget
Bold eyebrows have been trending for years, but it was only recently that a handful of services and DIY tricks have surfaced to master the feathered look that's all over Instagram. While some people prefer professional and long-term results (see: brow lamination, which requires perming your brow hairs, or "microfeathering" that's essentially a new and very LA approach to microblading), others rely on a bar of soap to get the brushed-up and bushy effect. In other words, it can feel like there are a lot of hoops to jump through to simply get the kind of arches you've been lusting after.
Lucky for you, you don't have to do any of that (if you don't want to). In fact, we've found the affordable tools that can create the bold effect you're looking for without any of the fuss. Think: glossy brow gels, balmy pencils that lock hairs in place for hours, and microfine pencils that fill in every gap with natural hair-like lines. As an added bonus, not one product is more than $5, and considering how expensive some brow services are — and how unnecessary it may feel to buy soap in bulk to only use a fraction of the bar — this is a huge win.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Shape & Stay Brow Pencil
Most laminated brow looks require some sort of glue to keep the hairs in place. Our alternative: the e.l.f. Cosmetics Shape & Stay Brow Pencil ($2). The translucent formula works like a flexible wax to keep hairs and product in place for hours. Simply draw the pencil through your hairs to ensure they are brushed up in straight and polished lines.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Clear Brow & Mascara
Most people rely on a bar of soap to really get that "laminated" effect. However, you can get the same look with a few careful sweeps of the e.l.f. Cosmetics Clear Brow & Mascara ($2). The clear formula complements all hair colors and never leaves behind unflattering clumps.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Ultra Precise Brow Pencil
A key final step to achieving a perfectly feathered look is to fill in any sparse areas with some color. How you do this is totally dependent on your preferred look. If you're in search of finer, micro, hair-like lines, the e.l.f. Cosmetics Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5) is for you.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Instant Lift Brow Pencil
Need more color coverage? The e.l.f. Cosmetics Instant Lift Brow Pencil ($2) fills in all of your gaps with natural precision. It's just an added bonus that this dual-ended pencil comes with a spoolie brush for grooming!
e.l.f. Cosmetics Lock On Liner and Brow Cream
Sculpt and define your brow hairs with the bold e.l.f. Cosmetics Lock On Liner and Brow Cream ($4). This potted cream is perfect for anyone who prefers a defined budge-proof arch.