As someone who used to have fire-truck-colored hair, I know firsthand the difficulty of finding a solid auburn eyebrow pencil. And over the years, I’ve met many like past me who say the same: “where is a goddamn eyebrow pencil for redheads?”
Turns out, there are many out there… you just need to know where to look! I’ve scoured the web and consulted with fellow redheads to find the 12 best eyebrow pencils to pair with your auburn locks.
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We’re starting this off with a 2-in-1, of course! Juwel Cosmetics’ eyebrow pencil comes in many shades, including a gorgeous auburn perfect for darker redheads. Brush your eyebrows into place, fill in, then fluff the color out with the spoolie once more. It holds brows in place with carnauba wax and beeswax, and it moisturizes and nourishes with castor oil.
Redheads who don’t want to go too dark, but still want to look subtle, the ginger color of Wet n Wild’s Color Icon is for you. At $2.99, it’s super affordable – but 114 reviews land it at a 4.6-star rating. Use the thick spoolie for fluffing your brows, then apply the creamy pencil to shape and in sparse spots. Brush the lightweight formula through and let it last all day.
I know I sometimes want super fine lines, both to arch my brows and to fill in sparse areas with hair-like strokes. Enter: L’Oreal’s eyebrow pencil, which has a super fine tip to give you the precision you desire. If you want volume, use the spoolie to diffuse, or keep the lines clean and crisp by simply applying thin and realistic hairs.
Legit nothing worse than a brow coming off as you’re fighting through winter and spring showers, right? Thrive Causemetics agrees with this sentiment, so their brow liner stays in place no matter the weather. On top of that, Thrive uses their Buildable Smart Pigment Technology, which aims to let your natural brows shine through – they’re just elevated with the pencil.
This retractable eyebrow pencil is waterproof for up to 12 hours; cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, AND vegan; and uses carnauba wax to keep them from smudging outside of your defined lines. One/Size also includes a strong helping of vitamin E to help condition and strengthen, so your brows don’t fall out with constant application and removal.
When I started with eyebrows, I used a gel. But when it got hot, it felt like my eyebrows were being squeezed, and I was paranoid about what they looked like. Joah’s eyebrow pencil dries from gel to powder, but it won’t rinse off despite its finish. All browns can work for redheads, so no matter your shade of red, you can fill in your brows.
$3… and over 1,000 reviews raving about how well it works? The Instant Lift Brow Pencil from elf is beloved for both its price and its capabilities. The 2-in-1 factor is nice, but what makes this pencil is its formula. Grapeseed oil conditions, strengthens, and shines, while the vitamin E nourishes and stops breakage before it happens.
ColourPop’s color… pops. At least, it does with their Auburn Brow Pencil. They claim their pencil is mistake proof, so go ahead and mess up, reapply, then give up and buff out – you’ll look fabulous. The color is buildable, so continue to layer until you get your desired red shade. Vegan and cruelty-free, you can feel ethical when wearing the pencil.
Revlon’s pencil won’t make your brows red, but it will fill in the skin behind and surrounding it to give a hint of auburn. It’s ideal for those who don’t want dyed brows, but still want to emphasize their color. It’s phthalate-free and waterproof, lasting up to 24 hours with its combo of waxes and oil. But beware: they do use two types of parabens.
Bright redheads who want to scream about their color, this brow pencil is for you. It comes in subtle auburn, of course, but that Tangerine. That Full Red. Countless Crimson. Those colors that are loud and proud, fitting anything from orange to burgundy. The best part about this pencil: it’s also made for your eyes and lips, making it a 3-in-1. We can’t get enough.
This pencil is filled with oils that other pencils lack. For example, it has castor oil to nourish; jojoba oil to condition and soften; and cottonseed oil to provide an abundance of vitamin E and fatty acids, promoting repairing and strength. While Auburn isn’t vegan, the pencil is cruelty- and gluten-free.
Clean. Clean, clean, clean. Gluten-free and paraben-free, a refusal to use irritating ingredients, and vegan, this eyebrow pencil will make your brows happy – while also staying put all day. Fill, blend, then buff out with the spoolie thanks to a fine tip that is soft enough to do it all. On top of that, it’s recyclable, so none of that plastic ends up in the ocean.
Which eyebrow pencil for you redheads is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!