Try This Tip for Bangin’ Brows: Use Your Brow Gel BEFORE Your Brow Pencil (or Brow Powder)

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To


Are you ready to have your brow-loving mind blown?


Because it’s about to happen. I am about to blow your mind right now.

OK, are you ready?

Here we go… I want you to give this a try: when you get a chance, try applying a brow gel to your brows BEFORE you use your brow pencil or brow powder, instead of doing it after.

I know it sounds cray, but hear me out. Yes, it’s unconventional, but I’ve been doing it this way this month, and I swear it works better for me than doing it the other way around, where you start with your brow pencil and follow that up with your brow gel.

And here’s why: when I apply the brow gel before using a brow pencil, the gel thickens my little brow hairs and makes them slightly stickier, so that when I then use my brow pencil (or whichever other filler I choose), the product has something more substantial than bare skin and hair to adhere to. The pencil product clings to the hairs and skin better and even lasts longer.

Plus, when I do go the conventional route and start by filling in my brows with a pencil before setting them with a gel, I inevitably end up with bare patches that I end up having to re-fill with pencil again, as the gel inevitably disturbs what I previously did with the pencil, gah!

I don’t know if this is just because of me and the way I do it, but the re-filling doesn’t happen when I start with the gel, so it also ends up saving time and product.

The key is to wait for your brow gel to be almost completely dry (about 80%) before you use the pencil, because if you go in with your pencil while your gel is sopping wet, it’ll just look messy.


I’ll usually apply the gel, then brush my brow hairs into place and wait until the gel is about 80% dry before using the pencil to fill in the sparse spots. Then when I’m done with that, I’ll do a light brush through once more to mellow out any overly dark areas.

By the way, my go-to holy grail brow combo has been Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Gel and Urban Decay Brow Beater (I wear the shade called Neutral Brown) for the past six months, and I think it’s a great combo to use with this method.

Give it a try sometime! I hope you like how it works. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Agata says:

    I have never thought about doing my brows in that order. Def going to give it a try. I also really want to try that UD Brow Beater.
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  2. Agata says:

    Probably. I’m Taupe in Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I’m currently using Maybelline Brow Mascara and I like it but I’m always willing to try something new.
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  3. Erin says:

    Hmmm, I haven’t tried that. Noted!
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  4. Alexis says:


    Side note – I went back to using TF brow pencil. My wallet is crying again. I discovered gels are best as eyeliners and not for my brows!

  5. Tulipthecat says:

    Hmm…I’ll have to try that. I was thinking about that this morning when I was doing my brows because I had this weird part of my brows where the hairs were not behaving and I was thinking brow gel first might of helped.

    By the way, I accidentally put highlighter on before my blush and it does look so much better. Your tip worked great.

  6. jessica says:



    ok I will try it tomorrow.
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  7. hanna says:

    Thanks for the tip. Trying it tomorrow morning!
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  8. Hm, I will try it because you recommended it, but my brow gel is so wet I can see it ending up a disaster.
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  9. Oooooooh I don’t know, I remain a bit skeptical… BUT! I also trust you, so I’ll give it a try tomorrow!
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  10. Shannon says:

    this is crazy (brow) talk!

    Aaaand I can’t wait to try it tomorrow morning 🙂

  11. jules says:

    Trying this. Just started using a brow gel with my powder. I usually use wax, but thought the gel might give me fleek effect, but no. They weren’t working together. Instead they sit like two separate entities.

  12. Lily says:

    Thank you! That’s a great idea and makes total sense. Many times my brow gel erases my pencil or moves it where I don’t want it.Can’t wait to try it.

  13. Tatiana says:

    Hmm, I would never have thought of this, but it makes sense. Might actually make it easier to get some color to latch onto the gray hairs that are starting to show up in my brows.

  14. Ruth says:

    I tried it today with Anastasia’s clear brow gel and Tom Ford’s brow sculptor. Thanks for the tip! My brows are on fleek lol!

  15. Kathy says:

    I use benefits gimme brow so have been doing it this way for a while and it works well

  16. Renee says:

    OMG you are genius, why did I not think of this before…Thank you!!!

  17. denise S says:

    This is the way I always do my brows! After shower I do my facial skincare . Then I apply my brow gel and allow to dry. Meanwhile I put on my body lotion and perfume. Then I fill in my brows with pencil / powder combo. Been doing this for years and it really works well!

  18. Tracy says:

    Thank you thank you! I’ve been trying this since I saw this post and OMG it works great! And it’s so easy!

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