Haunted By Your 2009 Eyebrows? Use These Brow Gels For Volume & Definition

Going through great lengths to achieve the most perfect eyebrow is nothing new. In fact, the big trend has been going on for like, several years. Let us not go back to the Gwen Stefani days, for the sake of everyone’s sanity—and their Instagram follower-to-following ratio. However, despite us caring deeply about sharp arches, thin tips, and plucked-to-perfection strands, we’ve also moved on to embracing those brows that are thicker, bushier, and not so precise. Honestly, praise freaking be, because over-tweezing sucks big time. And if you need illustration of that fact, I will kindly direct you to the current “2009 vs. 2019 challenge” Instagram trend.


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Literally the best part about this trend is seeing the strides we have made in the field of eyebrows. So when trying to avoid your 2009 brows, and when shading with pencils and powders don’t seem to do the trick, that’s when volumizing gels come into the picture. They’re simple, foolproof, and still enhance your natural shape without looking dramatic. Here are 6 tried-and-true brow gels you’ll never go a day without.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows

At first glance, it may look like the brush is too small, but it’s actually just right. The tiny size scoops up the right amount of product you need to add color, definition, and volume without having it look like you used anything at all.

2. Benefit Cosmetics 24-HR Brow Setter Shaping & Setting Gel

This one is amazing because when it says it lasts for 24 hours, it legitimately means it will last all day. I’m talking like, you can get through a hot summer day’s worth of work, stay out all night, and wake up the next day with the same flawless-looking brows. It’s super helpful to use after any other brow products just to ensure your hairs stay put.

3. Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer

There are many reasons why this one is a personal favorite of mine. Not only is it super cheap and available at my nearest Walgreens, but it’s also infused with fibers to provide an instantly full look with little to no effort on my part.

4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel

I will admit that this option is for those who prefer to keep their products on the bougie end. It’s pricer than most, but that’s because you’re actually getting what you pay for here. Rumor has it, this was created for and inspired by the OG Marc Jacobs himself. This super soft brush and colorless gel is everything you need to tame scraggly, long hairs that are in need of staying in check.

5. Glossier Boy Brow

This best-selling cult favorite is my go-to every single day. Everyone keeps raving about it, and well, that’s because once you try it, you won’t be able to help yourself either. It’s ridiculously affordable (bless), adds just the right amount of volume as well as color, thickens brows without making them look like caterpillars, and helps groom little hairs. It’s the definition of game-changer, tbh.

6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel

Anastasia is the queen bee when it comes to eyebrow products. This is the ideal choice if your brows tend to be on the sparse side. For extra shading and volume, you’ll want this tinted gel that helps fill in, define, and still keeps your brows looking natural.


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