We’ve been binge-watching Korean TV shows lately. It’s not just the gorgeous no-makeup look that makes us envious.
We also wanted to know how do Korean idols get those perfect eyebrows?
The best brands of American eyebrow pencils are thick and bold. But the best Korean eyebrow pencils are light and powdery for a soft brow.
A soft brow looks natural. It plays a supporting role in point makeup, leaving the focus on the eyes.
If that’s the look that appeals to you, you’re in the right place. Today, we’re reviewing the best Korean eyebrow pencils.
- How to choose the best eyebrow pencil
- How to apply Korean eyebrow pencil
- Best Korean Eyebrow Pencils in 2021
- [Innisfree] Auto Eyebrow Pencil
- ETUDE HOUSE Drawing Eye Brow Pencil
- ETUDE HOUSE Tint My Brows Gel
- [Holika Holika] Wonder Drawing Skinny Eye Brow
- TONYMOLY 7-Day Eye Brow
- Aesthetica Brow Sculpting Duo – Eyebrow Definer/Brow Gel
- CLIO Eye Brow Pencil
- CLIO Eye Brow Gel
- Music Flower Eyebrow Pencil
- Mamonde Natural Auto Pencil Eyebrow Brush Makeup
- Aperire Eyebrow Pencil
- I’M MEME I’M Brow Pencil Micro Thin
- COLORGRAM Artist Formula Auto Brow Pencil
- The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Design My Eyebrow
- MoonKong Eyebrow Pen by Music Flower
- Docolor Duo Eyebrow Brush
- e.l.f. Cosmetics High Definition Powder Loose Powder
- NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
- BANILA CO Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover
How to choose the best eyebrow pencil
Here are some questions to keep in mind as you shop for the right eyebrow pencil.
First, what shade do you want? We recommend getting a pencil that’s one shade lighter than the natural color of your eyebrow. The lighter shade of pencil will give the brow a softer look. (If you choose brow gel, match the color or go one shade darker).
Second, what pencil shape you prefer? For example, you might need to choose between square, oval, round, and rectangular. Using a different format may help you achieve the shape you desire.
Third, does the pencil come with a brush? Many Korean eyebrow pencils have a spoolie brush on the opposite end. It’s handy for arranging the hairs and spreading the pigment to look natural without drawn lines.
And fourth, did you want a waterproof eyebrow pencil? Some brands promise up to a week’s worth of wear. In real-world circumstances, however, it’s more like two or three days.
How to apply Korean eyebrow pencil
You may see reviews complaining that some eyebrow pencil or other doesn’t perform well. Maybe it seems dried out or rubs off too easily. This problem is common when the eyebrows are already coated with moisturizer and makeup.
The trick is to press translucent powder into the brow before trying to apply the pencil. Use a sponge to pick up the powder and pat it in place, starting at the ends and moving inward. (On the other hand, if you’re using brow gel, don’t use powder. Instead, wipe off excess moisturizer, etc., with a tissue. Then apply the gel).
Now, pick up the pencil and shade on top and underneath the brow. Don’t color where there isn’t hair. Then, brush the hairs upward with a spoolie brush. This feathers them and disperses the pigment.
It may take a little practice to get it perfect, but you’ve got to admit it’s fun to play with makeup.
Best Korean Eyebrow Pencils in 2021
[Innisfree] Auto Eyebrow Pencil
Everyone can find the perfect shade when Innisfree has seven colors available.
They range from black to gray with five shades of brown. Yes, that includes dark, medium, and light brown as well as red and blonde shades. Moreover, each color is buildable, meaning you can go darker if you desire.
Users love it because the pigment stays put all day.
Furthermore, this eyebrow pencil is made by an eco-friendly brand that uses natural ingredients. It doesn’t contain parabens, talc, or an artificial fragrance.
The pencil has an angled tip with a retractable head on one side and a spoolie brush on the other. Both ends have protective caps.
ETUDE HOUSE Drawing Eye Brow Pencil
This pencil has a slanted triangular tip. The wide side makes it quicker to fill in your brows. With the thin edge, you can do precise strokes. The other end is a spoolie brush to shape each eyebrow perfectly.
The pencil won’t melt or smudge if it gets hot outside. Plus, the pigment is buildable, allowing you to choose how dark and thick you want to go. It’s infused with vitamin E to keep each hair healthy.
What’s also nice is that you won’t need a sharpener. The pencil auto rotates to expose the tip.
Choose from seven colors, including multiple shades of brown and gray.
ETUDE HOUSE Tint My Brows Gel
Even though these are reviews of K-beauty eyebrow pencils, we included Korean brow gel, too. The gel provides long-lasting color to existing eyebrow hair.
Moreover, it has green tea, panthenol, and black bean extract to condition the brow and keep it thick and strong.
There are five shades available that naturally fade after a few days.
How do you use Korean brow gel? Plan on applying it before bed and letting it sit overnight if you want intense color. Otherwise, it will need a couple of hours to dry.
Begin by applying a thick layer on the eyebrows. Do it on clean, dry skin without any moisturizer or makeup. A thick layer is helpful because it will be easier to remove. But clean up any extra off the skin with makeup remover and a swab to avoid staining.
After two hours or more, carefully peel off the gel without pulling out the hairs. Then, don’t wash if you don’t want to fade the color.
[Holika Holika] Wonder Drawing Skinny Eye Brow
If you have thin brows and plenty of patience, you need this eyebrow pencil. The point is only 1.5mm in diameter. It’s extra slim for drawing individual hairs.
What’s more, it’s smudge-resistant for up to twenty-four hours.
TONYMOLY 7-Day Eye Brow
Although this brand’s packaging is usually extra-cute, their waterproof eyebrow pencil is all business. It was developed to last up to a week without fading. In real life, users say it lasts three days or so before it needs a touchup.
To get the most out of it, wash and dry the brow, and don’t apply moisturizer at first. Use the skinny tip to fill in gaps and shape the eyebrows. Wipe off any mistakes quickly. Once the color dries, it stands up to cleansing and swimming.
It features soybean and rosemary to soothe inflammation and condition the hairs. There are two shades available.
Aesthetica Brow Sculpting Duo – Eyebrow Definer/Brow Gel
If you can’t choose between an eyebrow pencil and brow gel, here’s the solution. It’s a two-ended applicator with a pencil on one end and a spoolie brush with gel on the other. It promises to give you full, lush brows.
It comes in five shades, including natural black, deep brown, brunette, auburn, and true blonde.
How do you use it? Begin by outlining the brow and filling it in with the pencil. Then, unscrew the brush and use the gel to blend and set the color. Brush upward for best results.
Both products are vegan, talc-free, and paraben-free. They contain castor seed oil and other natural goodies for plenty of hydration and shine.
CLIO Eye Brow Pencil
Don’t be afraid of this eyebrow pencil. It may be called “Kill Brow”, but it’s very easy to use. Choose from five shades, including reddish-brown, pink-brown, and blondie brown.
The pencil has a hexagonal shape and a hard texture for precision strokes without clumping. The brush at the other end is shaped compactly. Plus, there’s a pencil sharpener, too.
CLIO Eye Brow Gel
Hopefully, you won’t mistake this eyebrow gel for mascara, even though the packaging is similar. It’s highly-pigmented and long-lasting.
The color is waterproof and won’t smear. Happily, it doesn’t clump, either. But be careful, because it dries fast.
There are six shades that users say look delicate and natural. In most cases, there’s no need to use a pencil at all.
Music Flower Eyebrow Pencil
This dual-ended pencil has one ultra-fine tip and one angled waxy tip. The fine tip is only 1.5mm in diameter, ideal for individual strokes to fill in thin spots.
Meanwhile, the wide tip with a flat edge is softer and offers a diffused finish.
Both ends are retractable. The only downside is that there is no brush included.
Choose from three basic shades, from light brown to black.
Mamonde Natural Auto Pencil Eyebrow Brush Makeup
We love automatic brow pencils because there’s no need for a sharpener. This one has a smooth texture with just enough pigment for beautiful results.
Use the brush end of the applicator to smooth and shape the eyebrows. Then it’s easy to add color and filled with the slanted brow pencil.
There are three shades: black, brown, and light brown.
Aperire Eyebrow Pencil
Here’s another retractable auto-pencil that never needs sharpening. The round pencil “lead” is only 1.5mm thick, which is ultra-slim. It will let you draw natural-looking eyebrows that stay put without smudging.
The pigment is smear-resistant, coating each hair with color and providing the brow with incredible definition.
At the other end of the pencil is the spoolie brush for shaping each eyebrow and distributing the pigment.
Choose from gray-brown, natural brown, or medium brown.
I’M MEME I’M Brow Pencil Micro Thin
As they describe it, this pencil provides “hair-like strokes”. It has an ultra-fine tip that won’t need sharpening. But since it’s extra fine, it’s prone to breaking if the user presses too hard.
The oil-absorbent pigment stays put all day, but it has a soft texture that blends easily.
COLORGRAM Artist Formula Auto Brow Pencil
Although there’s no black, this pencil comes in five shades of brown. They range from yellowish to grayish, brown with a tinge of red, deep brown, and light brown hues.
Each color has an angled tip for either thick or thin lines. And each applicator has a spoolie at the opposite end.
The hard pigment texture won’t clump or smudge, but it goes on easily all the same.
The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Design My Eyebrow
Reviewers like the triangular tip of this eyebrow pencil. It also comes with a brush.
Unlike some Korean eyebrow pencils, this one has a thick, heavy texture reminiscent of American brands.
MoonKong Eyebrow Pen by Music Flower
Do your own microblading at home to make your brows look fuller and more defined. This kit includes an applicator, stencils, tweezers, and an eyebrow razor.
There are four colors available, including chestnut, brown, gray, and black. Use the pen to fill in the eyebrows just like a regular eyebrow pencil. If you make any mistakes, you can erase them with an oil cleanser or makeup remover.
Once it dries, the formula is waterproof and smudge-resistant.
Docolor Duo Eyebrow Brush
It’s convenient to have an extra eyebrow brush. At some point, you may want to wash the one you’ve been using, or the original may get damaged or lost.
It’s also necessary if you didn’t get a spoolie with the eyebrow pencil.
This best-selling eyebrow brush has two usable ends. One is a spoolie, and the other is a fine-textured angled brush.
Reviewers are pleased that it has a soft yet firm texture, and it doesn’t shed.
e.l.f. Cosmetics High Definition Powder Loose Powder
Remember at the beginning of the article where we said you could use translucent setting powder to help the eyebrow pencil pigment stay put?
Well, this inexpensive powder is perfect for the job. You can also use it to reduce shine on the rest of the face. It has a soft-focus effect that blurs large pores and lines.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
Is it possible to have a cowlick in an eyebrow? If the little hairs won’t stay in place, you can tame the arches with this clear gel.
When it dries, it’s not sticky. It plays well with Korean eyebrow pencil pigment.
It also doubles as a transparent mascara.
BANILA CO Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover
If you’ve been struggling to take off eye makeup, this Korean cleansing balm solves the problem. It’s the first part of a two-step cleansing regime, or the double cleanse.
Scoop the balm from the container with the spatula and massage the gel where it’s needed. It dissolves longwear and waterproof makeup in seconds.
Once you wet the skin, the balm emulsifies. Then, it’s easy to rinse with tepid water, or you can wipe it off with a tissue.
A Korean eyebrow pencil creates a natural-looking soft brow. With a little practice, you can have lush eyebrows that are the ideal color and shape.
We hope our reviews of the best K-beauty skincare products helped you find something new to try today. If you love what you found, please come back and tell us about it.