Maybelline Expert Wear Brow & Eye pencil is supposed to be the best-selling brow pencil in America, I guess, but it’s probably because it’s like $3.75 for two of them. And, frankly, it’s probably really nice for normal people, but I wouldn’t recommend it for people with trich.
The thing about it: it wouldn’t be as much of a problem if I was drawing on my brows from scratch, but because it’s hyper-waxy, when I try to shade my brows it pulls some of them out. Hair sticks to it and comes off. Mostly it’s the older, dead hairs anyway, but again: this wouldn’t be a problem for normal people, but I’m not really willing to let any of my long hairs go. They all matter.
What I recommend: Avon’s Glimmersticks Brow Definer. It’s $3 (less, if you or your mother have an in with an Avon lady). It’s blendable and, for me, can act as both a pencil and a powder for filler. Other trich-pluses: it goes on really easily without pressing hard, which is really nice when your brows are irritated. It’s much, much gentler on those sore spots and growing-in hair than a regular pencil. It’s good for a lot of cover and it doesn’t look as fake as pencil and powder can. It does wear off a little bit more easily, but a swipe of clear mascara fixes that. The clear mascara is also nice for shaping your brows to maximize the hairs you do have, and (at least for me) it sometimes makes your brows less touchable so you’ll keep your fingers off them a while.
It runs out pretty quickly, too, but it’s cheap enough to make up for it—especially since those Avon ladies love to give you bulk deals. Of course, you can order online now, if you have a problem making friends with old ladies.
I do think Maybelline makes a comparable one that I haven’t tried—an Expert Wear Brow & Eye Liner, I think—but it’s $5 or $6. There are a few higher-end varieties I’m going to buy when the semester’s over so that I can compare them all. I might make some youtube videos. Have you ever tried for browtips on youtube? It’s all the kinds of girls with acrylic french nails and betty boop charms on their cell phones. I think we need a new youtube brow voice.