Remember the early noughties when everyone's eyebrows were thinner than toothpicks? Well, bold, bushy brows have brazenly taken their place and we are not mad about it.
Even if we're hearing that thin brows could be on their way back in, we want our brows to be fluffy, thick, and natural-looking, pls.
One thing we've recently been obsessed with is brow lamination and we're not the only ones. A lot of celebs including Molly-Mae Hague, Laura Whitmore and Dua Lipa are huge fans of brow lamination and have shared their results on the ol' Gram.
But if you can't get to a salon or you frankly CBA with all the faff (we feel you) the next best thing is hard-working brow gel. It gives you the same brushed-up look without the semi-permanent results.
What's more, it only takes a few strokes to see Insta-worthy results.
Check out: 10 of the best brow gels 2022
The very best brow gels 2022
Gimme Brow is known for giving just the right amount of colour, lift, and volume to brows making it HUGE NEWS in the beauty industry. In fact, make-up wizard Jamie Genevieve hailed her 'go-to' for fluffy brows. What's more, it's available in 10 different shades. We also need to give the brow setter an honourable mention if you're looking for a clear alternative, we've got some serious love for it.Review: "This product is perfect for the days where you're in a rush, but need to tame those brows! Whilst it is a small product, it lasts ages and can be carried on the go. You don't need to use it with any other brow products as it gives a fuller, fluffy brow effect."
Anastasia Beverly Hills is the go-to brand when you need make-up for your brows. This clear brow gel holds your hairs in place, doesn't leave residue and gives your brows a fuller and thicker appearance. Plus it's Anna Vakili's favourite brow gel to use so you can't really go wrong.Review: "This is the best eyebrow gel I've ever used. It really holds the brows in place ALL day. Will repurchase."
We couldn't compile the best brow gels without including Glossier's cult-favourite Boy Brow. It gives you the fluffiest, groomed brows that last all day. We love. Plus the brush is small and precise, meaning you can lay down all your brows (even those short stubborn ones).Review: "I wore this to a festival and it stayed on through infinite sweat there. After the festival, I got hit by a car on the side of the road and after getting pulled out from under a car and going to the hospital the only intact part of my makeup when I left the hospital was this brow product." This might be our favourite product review of all time, tbh.
REFY is the beauty brand founded by influencer Jess Hunt and its revolutionary eyebrow products are loved by everyone from Jesy Nelson to Molly-Mae Hague. This easy-to-use clear formula gives brows a 'freeze effect' and we are huge fans. Review: "After reading so many positive reviews and seeing so many fabulous results I decided to give it a try myself and I can say it works wonders. The brow sculpt works amazing on my stubborn eyebrows, I would highly recommend it."
For brows that wow, this brow mascara promises to give a sleek and structured look. This one is perfect if you don't want a clear gel and instead want to darken your brows so they're brown. Review: "Perfect product for me. I wanted something subtle that didn't look obvious that I had coloured in my eyebrows but I needed something on my brows to emphasise them a little. This was the perfect subtle touch to my brows that I was looking for. Super easy to apply, non-sticky solution. Love it."
You can't really go wrong with NYX, can you? It's cheap, cheerful and this eyebrow gel promises to tame and control your hair all day. The brush on this wand is pretty big so if you're in a rush - this is going to be your go-to.Review: "Love this eyebrow gel! Super easy to apply, dries really well and does also hold the eyebrow in that shape for a long while. You can either apply it as is or draw your eyebrows in with a pencil and then apply the gel after. Looks really nice and lush. Overall great price for the quality. A lot better than expensive brands that I've tried."
A long-wear brow gel that lasts for DAYS - even though you should be taking your make-up off every night but still, you never know. This brow gel is perfect for filling out short and sparse brows. Review: "Excellent product, you can put as much or as little on your brows as you like, stays put all day, Brunette was the perfect choice for my colour brows! Very pleased with this product."
Fancy feeling boujee? This product coats, shades and shapes each hair for that Insta-worthy definition. It's also available in four different shades which are perfect if you want to darken your natural brow colour.Review: "This brow gel is a game-changer. The application is simple. It adds so much to your brows in such little time. I had never feathered my brows out until I received this product. I'm glad I did receive it because I will continue feathering my brows from now on."
Urban Decay is the best at waterproof products and the Brow Finish eyebrow gel is no different. Once you've applied this to your eyebrows you don't need to think about them again because it keeps them in place for up to 16 hours. So even if you're sweating buckets, your brows should stay in place.Review: "I love this. My favourite brow product. It lasts all day and doesn't get flakey."
Super lightweight and easy to apply, the Fluff It Up brow gel by Brows by Sarah is another staple product. It contains anti-ageing benefits and promotes hair growth, so you can expect Hailey Bieber-esque fluffy eyebrows all summer long.Reviewed by Marina Avraam, Commercial Content Writer: What I adored about this product is that it's so easy to use, and doesn't have that annoying crunchy or sticky feeling that I've experienced with other gels. I just brush it through my brows before applying pencil, and it's a sure bet that they'll stay in place all night long. Love.
How to apply brow gel
There are a few different ways how to use a brow gel and it really does depend on the results you're after.
Some prefer to use a brow gel as the initial step in their brow routine, so they can then simply follow with an eyebrow pencil to fill in any gaps. This is great for anyone who wants their brows to look seriously up-brushed.
Others prefer to pencil their brows and then use a brow gel as a final step to set them.
You can also use a brow gel on its own if you're looking for a more natural look or you're already blessed with thick brows.
To apply, simply comb through the gel your eyebrow hairs in the direction you want them to stay. Adding a wiggle motion to the stroke can ensure that your eyebrows are fully coated with the product.
Fluffy brows, incoming 🔥.
Now! More news!
Molly-Mae has previously spoken out about laminating her brows and confessed, "The laminated brows are really cool, a very brushed up, lifted brow.
"I've tried the soap brows before actually but I don't really like carrying a bar of soap around with me in my bag, it feels a bit strange.
"But yeah I use a lot of brow gel - the Benefit brow gel is incredible."
And it's in our top list, of course.