Dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is tough on its own, but it’s also challenging to find ways to complete beauty procedures on yourself that you used to outsource. Besides waxing your upper lip, doing at-home root touchups, and removing split ends on your own, one minor (but legit) annoyance is being away from your eyebrow guru and missing your regular tints. Thankfully, there are really, really good drugstore tinted brow gel products that give you a faux tint (and brush-up) in a few swipes.
The purpose of a brow tint is to add depth and definition to your natural eyebrow hair color, and it’s something that a lot of people with lighter strands do pretty regularly. Josh Beeler, lash and brow specialist from Shen Beauty, previously told Well+Good that tinting “fluffs up the individual hairs to make them look a little puffier,” and the tint “fills in [spotty] holes to make [brows] look fuller.” Eyebrow gel comes in to do a similar job. “When professional tinting services aren’t available, a tinted brow gel can serve not only to color the hair, but also to give you added volume and hold,” says Joey Healy, celebrity brow expert. Keep scrolling for the drugstore tinted brow gels to buy… none of which cost over 10 bucks.
Healy likes this brow gel because it has fibers in it which latch onto one another for a more buildable look. “They help add volume to the brow,” he says. The teeny, tiny fibers add natural-looking fullness, and the gel works to keep your hair groomed and brushed up all day.
2. Revlon Colorstay Brow Tint, $8
The applicator on the Revlon brow product is extremely fine, which Healy says is key. “This gives you a ton of control and precision,” he says. It comes in four different shades, all of which are smudge-proof so that once they’re on, they won’t budge.
3. E.l.f. Wow Brow Gel, $4
Though this drugstore brow gel only costs four dollars, Healy is a big fan because it does the job. The tip gives you a buildable, fiber-infused gel-wax formula that’s vegan and delivers volume to your brows.
The Maybelline brow gel sculpts and tames while washing pigment over your brow hairs. Plus, it comes in eight shades, which Healy says helps everyone to find their perfect match.
In case you were wondering, here’s what a brow pinching treatment entails: