I'm Awkwardly Growing Out My Eyebrows and This Is the Shading Pencil That's Been Saving Me

Thanks to a very detailed how-to post written by my colleague and good friend Allison, I've decided to take the plunge and grow out my eyebrows.

Allison confidently knows a thing or two when it comes to all things beauty, so, naturally, the process of getting her brows into tip-top shape was fairly seamless.

Me, on the other hand—well, I've always had eyebrow issues. I started out with big, bushy brows as a young kid, and as soon as I discovered a glorious Tweezerman, my problem with having too much hair quickly turned into too little. I plucked and plucked and waxed and threaded for at least seven years straight, and since, I've never really been able to grow my brows to their true potential.

Finally, here I am today, struggling to achieve magazine cover-esque brows with a bunch of stray hairs that are several months overdue in trimming, plucking, you name it. And as the lengthy process continues, I am left in what I would consider an "awkward phase."

girl has her eyes shaded in by way of Burberry eyebrow pencil

Some people can't leave home without their fave lipgloss, others refuse to step out the door without a layer of mascara. I, on the other hand, will not be seen (unless you swing by my house unannounced first thing in the A.M.) without the application of my hefty eyebrow pencil (well, I guess until now. Hello, world!).

I've tried everything from pencils and gels, to brow brushes that apply dark eyeshadow, and nothing boosts my confidence quite like my Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Barley No. 01.

Burberry eye pencil and its packaging

The magical pencil, packaged in a sleek, metallic casing, is specially shaped to follow the length of your brow from start to finish. It goes on incredibly smoothly, and per the pic below, it definitely gives added life to my otherwise-hopeless brows.

girl has her eyes shaded in by way of Burberry eyebrow pencil

Being a Burberry product and all, I'm surprised to find that this bad boy clocks in at only $33 a pop, and it lasts for a generous amount of time. No sharpening needed, as this beauty gadget, which comes with a brush wand on its other side, only calls for twisting.

While I still have a ways to go before the brows are finally ready to be trimmed and plucked, I must say this is a great fill-in (pun intended) in the interim.


Eyebrow pencils are useful for more than just shading in hair! Click HERE to read about using them to create faux freckles.