The Best Eyebrow Brushes for Your Strongest Brows Yet

Bold brows coming right up.

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Whether you fill in your eyebrows religiously, tint your eyebrows, or swipe a bit of eyebrow gel across them every morning, you're coming into contact with one of the best eyebrow brushes. These indispensable makeup tools can help craft your ideal brows, whether you opt for a gel, a powder, or a pencil. "An eyebrow brush is used to help you fill and shape your brows," explains celebrity makeup artist Amrita Mehta. "It helps fill gaps within the brows and make them look full and shapely, and it can used with a powder or pomade to help evenly disperse product throughout the brush while filling in."

Still, not every brush is built the same. Which is why I've consulted makeup artists and reached into my own makeup bag to bring you the best eyebrow brushes of all time, along with advice on how to use them.

The Best Eyebrow Brushes

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Do I Need an Eyebrow Brush?

Whether you like a full, filled-in brow or a natural look, one of the best eyebrow brushes can be of benefit. "You can use eyebrow brushes with a pigmented gel-like product or a transparent one just to make them look brushed and clean," says Miller. She adds that if your brush has a spoolie on the other end, that can help control hairs and evenly distribute the formula.

How to Use an Eyebrow Brush

Once you find a pomade, gel, or powder, that matches your hair color, you're off to the races. In terms of technique, "It’s all about how you hold the brush," says Miller. "You want to place your hand closer to the brush head, but towards the middle of the brush itself. Hold it as gently as possible and don’t press too much." Be sure to create short, hair-like strokes rather than treat your brows like blocks you're coloring in. Remember: A little goes a long way.

"Start with less product on the bristles and dip/add more as you go to avoid overly harsh brows," adds Mehta. "I like to brush through my bare brows and groom them with a spoolie first to pinpoint what needs to be filled in to create a more natural and fluffy brow."

woman with great strong eyebrows from eyebrow bruhs

Brush all your brow hairs up before filling them in. This will help identify sparse areas and gaps.

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What's the Best Type of Eyebrow Brush?

Flat Angle Brushes

"Flat/ angle brushes are mostly used with pomades and pigments to give your brows that chiseled defined look," explains Miller. "You can draw on brow hair by brow hair, or you can just use it to help you get the brow shape that suits your face the best."

Mehta, who has worked on editorial campaigns, music videos, and runway shows, has a tried-and-true system for using these brushes. "I like to dip the angle tip into the product, then work it into the bristles by making a couple of initial strokes on the back of my hand before starting on my brows," she says. "Make short, feathery strokes using the shape of your brow as a guide."

Spoolie Brushes

Once Mehta is done using the angle brushes, she likes to "blend the strokes out with a spoolie to create a soft, diffused look." She explains that a spoolie helps to guide, groom, and shape your eyebrows. "It combs through your brow hairs to disperse product and tame any unruly brow hairs to create a more polished brow," she adds.

Miller adds that spoolies are great for low-maintenance or no-makeup looks. "It’s a great tool to use with some transparent eyebrow gel on no-makeup days to make your eye area look sharper and more put together," she says.

How to Clean Your Eyebrow Brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes helps them last longer, keeps your formulas from mixing, and keeps acne and irritation at bay. "I love using a brush soap or a fragrance-free bar soap to wash my brushes," says Mehta. "I work the soap through the bristles, then rinse with warm water. I’ll reshape the bristles with my hand, then lay the brush flat to dry to avoid any water getting into the barrel."

Meet the Experts

Mirta Miller
Mirta Milla

Mirta Miller is a makeup artist and content creator who specializes in beauty trends and honest reviews of popular beauty products. She has over 18 million followers on TikTok and over one million on Instagram, and is currently based in Croatia.

Amrita Mehta
Amrita Mehta

Amrita Mehta is a professional makeup artist who has worked with celebrities, on editorial shoots, and backstage at runway shows. Over the course of her career, she has worked with big names like Pat McGrath and Patrick Ta, and has most recently collaborated with Maybelline. Originally from San Francisco, she is currently based in New York City.

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, politics, culture, and fashion at Marie Claire and at publications including The New York Times, HuffPost Personal, Bustle, Alma, Muskrat Magazine, O'Bheal, and elsewhere. Her personal essay in The New York Times' Modern Love column kickstarted her professional writing career in 2018, and that piece has since been printed in the 2019 revised edition of the Modern Love book. Having studied history, international relations, and film, she has made films on politics and gender equity in addition to writing about cinema for Film Ireland, University College Cork, and on her personal blog, Before working with Marie Claire, Gabrielle worked in local government, higher education, and sales, and has resided in four countries and counting. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, and spent two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy.

Deeply political, she believes that skincare, haircare, and sexual wellness are central tenets to one's overall health and fights for them to be taken seriously, especially for people of color. She also loves studying makeup as a means of artistic expression, drawing on her experience as an artist in her analysis of beauty trends. She's based in New York City, where she can be found watching movies or running her art business when she isn't writing. Find her on Twitter at @GabrielleUlubay or on Instagram at @gabrielle.ulubay, or follow her art at