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When looking for the best eyebrow makeup for travel, we want something that can last all day and is small, that’s why we’ve found the best waterproof brow pencil selections for your next vacay!


Best Eyebrow Pencil

Written By: Laura Pulling



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The eyebrows can be a pivotal part of your makeup routine to feeling put together, but not all eyebrow products are created equal, and if you want something durable and long-lasting, the best pencils out there are waterproof, which is an important aspect for travel, especially when visiting beach or lake locales, or if you’re going to a humid, hot country. 

Some women love to also use eyebrow gel, which is a fave of editor-in-chief Alex. Yet, it can be confusing to know the difference between gel and a pencil. An eyebrow pencil can help fill in missing hairs, while a gel is used for helping to tame unruly brows and has a slight tint.

Another thing you don’t want to worry about is your makeup melting or washing away when taking a dip somewhere! Luckily brow pencils are generally small, so they won’t take up a lot of space in your travel makeup bag, but which is the top one? 


We’ve looked at the lot, from the best drugstore eyebrow pencil to high-end products to give you, the TFG readers, the best options!



Best Waterproof Brow Pencil




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MAC Shape + Shade Brow Tint


So this MAC eyebrow pencil isn’t a pencil exactly, more of an incredibly fine-tipped felt-tip brow pen containing their special liquid formula. It’s double-ended, having the product pen on one side, and a sponge tip on the other end, which is great for blending.  

Users love this easy to apply MAC brow pencil and share that it’s long-lasting. Some users have found that the pigmentation can be a bit pale, but others say that giving it a good shake helps!

One wearer shares, “This product blends right in with my eyebrow color and enhances them. The pen is easy to use. I love it!”


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Shop: AmazonULTA | Sephora


Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen


Fans previously raved about the Anastasia brow pencil, and while it’s still awesome—it’s not waterproof. This new Anastasia brow pen IS waterproof and is beginning to convert pencil fans. This superfine-tipped pen helps you to build and define brows by micro-stroking with precision application, much finer than a pencil can ever be. The formula is smooth and mimics hairs for a natural appearance. 

One user touts, “I’m not going to lie, I’m loving this. I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a good brow product and as usual, ABH never disappoints. ABH brow pens have a finer tip and the product is coming out more matte on my skin”

Plus we love that you can text ABH to get your perfect color match eyebrow pen too! 


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Shop: AmazonSephora | Kohl’s


Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyebrow Pencils 


This Sephora eyebrow pencil has an ultra-fine tip and a cool feature is it’s retractable, so when you run out, simply twist it to get more color—no sharpener required (and I HAVE been in that unfortunate situation of having a blunt pencil in the middle of nowherenot fun!).  The opposite side has a spoolie end for easy taming and blending. Plus it comes in 10 long-lasting shades.

Users love it, especially its waterproof abilities, with one sharing this review, “The eyebrow pencil Sephora makes is definitely a good bang for your buck. I can attest to it being waterproof as I have worn this to the beach and showered with it on in those outdoor beach showers in Mexico. It’s sweat-proof as well.”


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Shop: AmazonULTA | Walmart


Maybelline Waterproof Microblading Pen 


This Maybelline brow tint pen might sound scary, with the term microblading involved for a DIY at-home product, but it’s not quite the same as the salon treatment! The name comes from the results, with a temporary 24-hour microblade effect from using it! This eyebrow marker has premium ink that creates a natural hair-like look. This set also includes a brow razor for tidying up your brows, to begin with. 

One user explains, “I was looking for a quality brow pencil that is waterproof and sweat-proof, and I finally found it. It’s very simple to use and keeps your makeup on all day long. I went swimming today, it’s still very good, I have fallen in love with it.”




Shop: AmazonNordstrom | Macy’s | ULTA | Sephora


Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil


Goof Proof is the name of this Benefit eyebrow pencil that shows anyone can use it! It has a custom tip with a fine point and wider edge that shapes, defines, and fills brows without making a mess or looking blotchy—perfect for the makeup novice! Plus it’s twistable, so no sharpener needed! Grab this in 12 different waterproof shades to match your brow color.

Users share that it’s easy to apply, blends well, and is long-lasting, with one sharing, ”Stays on even when sweating. Goes on smooth and easyno lumping,” and another agrees, 

“Everything about this product is wonderful. Looks so natural and easy to use with the slanted tip and brush and the other end. Highly recommend this product”

You can also get it in a mini size that’s even more compact for traveling!


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Shop: AmazonUlta Beauty | Walmart | Milani 


Milani Stay Put Brow Sculpting Micro Pencil


This inexpensively priced best drugstore brow pencil is loved by consumers, the Milani eyebrow pencil glides on effortlessly to shape, define, and fill sparse brows that have been overplucked and tweezed. With a spoolie on one end to control and style and a pencil on the other in a water-resistant, long-lasting formula.

One user explains, “Yeah it’s cheap and that throws a lot of people off, but this is actually better than most of the higher-end pencils. It does the same job and the color is perfect and lasts ALL DAY!” But users wish it was made in more than two eyebrow color shades.



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L’Oréal Brow Stylist Definer


Users love this LOreal eyebrow pencil, another cleverly designed gadget, with a retractable tip, making the point super thin for easy to apply strokes that will look natural and sharp. Combined with a spoolie brush on the opposite end, this is the only tool you’ll need for the best brows in town!

One wearer explains, “Easiest and fastest way of filling in my eyebrows! They match my colored eyebrows and make them look very natural. Love this product!”


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Shop: AmazonSephora | ULTA | Nordstrom


IT Cosmetics Mini Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil 


After a sweaty and exhausting (but well worth it) sightseeing day, the last thing you want is to look in the mirror and see half your eyebrow is wiped off. With this IT Cosmetics pencil you’ll have long lasting wear all day long! 

Because this pencil was created with plastic surgeons and dermatologists, it’s not only cruelty free but it’s made from biotin, saw palmetto, and antioxidants to naturally mimic the look of real hair (and cover those pesky grays). The best part? IT Cosmetics matches each purchase with a donation to help women with cancer. 

You can also grab it in a mini-travel size at Sephora, too!




Shop: Nordstrom


YENSA Defining Brow Pencil 


There’s already enough pollution and toxins entering your pores as you travel, so YENSA decided to create a product that enhances your natural look, has skin-loving benefits, and lasts beyond your adventures. 

Their super brow defining pencil has no synthetic fragrances or sulphates, so you can say adios to inflamed skin. The tip provides hair-like strokes to help fill out your brows. 

A happy reviewer says, “Best brow pencil I’ve come across… looks very natural looking and I like that you don’t need a pencil sharpener. I usually only buy bare essentials products because I have sensitive skin, except for this!”

For sensitive skin, long-lasting, and water-resistant, it checks all the marks! 


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Shop: AmazonNordstrom | Sephora | ULTA


Too Faced Pomade In A Pencil Brow Shaper and Filler 


36-hour wear is the new 24-hour, with this Two Faced Pomade brow pencil you’ll feel confident with your lush brows from island to bar hopping (and beyond)! Sculpt and control those stubborn pieces of hair, solve your patchy brow problem, and keep your bold brows on point through rain, snow, or sweat! 

A satisfied wearer exclaims, “Nothing I didn’t love about this product!! The color blended very well, and the pomade stayed put. Tapered edge to line precisely. My go-to now!



Best Brow Makeup Product Comparison Chart


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How to Pencil In Eyebrow


Begin by brushing your eyebrows (like you would your hair!) brush them upward in a straight motion to see where your eyebrows naturally arch and shape. 

Use a sharp pencil tip to draw in short, regular strokes that mimic hairs, filling in gaps for a defined look. 

Obviously practice makes perfect, so when you are learning how to use eyebrow pencil take your time and use a magnified and lit mirror for the best view. 



Watch this video to see how to downsize your makeup for travel!


How to Downsize Your Make Up


Only pack what you think you really will need and use. Watch the video above for tips on how to downsize your beauty products.

However, if something does happen to your makeup or beauty supplies or you forget something, you can buy products at your destination.


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