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This $10 Amazon eyebrow stamping kit is helping me fake thicker brows

Brow stamping is a more affordable (and less permanent) alternative to microblading

eyebrow stamping

eyebrow stamping

Brittany Anas via Hearst Newspapers

When it comes to makeup routines with the most transformative potential, the power doesn’t rest in a swipe of bold lipstick or the application of a lash-boosting mascara. Rather, as various beauty experts I’ve interviewed over the years have told me, the brows have it. Sculpted, filled-in brows can make the most profound impact even — or perhaps especially — if you’re not wearing any other makeup. 

This bit of beauty advice has always taunted me, as I’ve never been able to grasp the concept of sculpting and shaping my own brows. Left to my own devices (and with artistic abilities that peaked during first grade when we traced our hands to make Thanksgiving turkeys), I’ve misused quite a lot of brow fillers, pomades and gels. I’ve given myself lopsided brows. Brows that left me with a resting facial expression that can best be described as utter shock or grave concern. Brows that were misaligned on two different latitudes of my face. Really, my brows have become my arch enemy. 

I recently came across a TikTok video advertising a brow stamping kit that came with seemingly easy-to-use stencils and my brows — this time, naturally and fittingly —raised. I was interested and ordered this ($9.99) from Amazon to try for myself. As it turns out, I just needed some stencils and a stamp (a little art kit, if you will) to achieve the brows I’ve always dreamed of.

Eyebrow Stamp Shaping Kit
Tyemp
amazon.com
$9.99

Here’s what else you should know about the brow stamping trend. 

Choosing the Right Brow Stamping Kits 

Years ago, I bought eyebrow stencils at a beauty store and they sat in a bathroom drawer unused. This early edition didn’t come with any product (and as a beginner I had no idea what to use — gel, pens, pencils, pomades?) Also, I couldn’t exactly figure out how to align the two-brow stencil to my face while simultaneously applying makeup.

So, admittedly, I was skeptical when I ordered the stamping kit from Amazon, which is why I opted for one that was under $10. It had all the basics: A half-dozen stencils and a stamp. But it also came with a string that could be thread through small holes on the sides of the stamps and worn almost like a headband, freeing up my hands to apply makeup. The stencils even have a center indent that shows where you should align them with the midpoint of your nose so that you can execute the symmetry. Genius, right?  

However, now that I’m a believer, and I plan to make brow stamping a part of my regular makeup routine, I’m eyeing an upgrade to the ($43, Amazon). Unlike the kit that I have, Madluuv’s kit lets you apply one brow at a time with individual stencils. You do have to hold the stencil in place as you apply makeup, but this is a much more do-able task when you’re just working on one brow at a time. Each kit includes one stamp, 5 different stencils, a spoolie to brush through your brows and and a bag to stash all your brow products in.

1-Step Brow Stamp + Shaping Kit
MADLUVV
amazon.com
$43.00

Eyebrow Stamping Tips

Regardless of which kit you go with, you’ll get a good selection of stencils with different eyebrow shapes. You can go with subtle and straight brows or more dramatic high arches. I recommend experimenting with styles to see which you like best, but makeup artists do have recommendations for . So far, I’m gravitating toward something in between, like a soft arch (which is supposed to work best with round faces).

The eyebrow stamping kits also come in a variety of shades, ranging from blonde to taupe to auburn to soft brown and black. The general rule is to stick within a shade or two of your hair color. 

One last thing: The stencils are reusable. To clean them between use, I’ve been wiping mine down with a makeup-removing wipe.

For Me, My Eyebrow Stamp Is Here To Stay

Brows have certainly become a beauty obsession, and to fake thick and full eyebrows, procedures like semi-permanent microblading and permanent tattooing have gained steam. 

But like everything else in fashion and beauty, brows certainly aren’t exempt from trends. When I was in college in the early 2000s, the thin, over-tweezed brows were in. (I’m so glad I didn’t tattoo that style!) Now, bigger, bolder brows like those of model and actress Cara Delavigne are trending. But there are also , like brow perming and eyebrow slits and bleached brows.

For me, brow stamping offers a happy medium. It’s a chance to experiment with different shapes and shades to find the most flattering combination that, at the end of the night, can be wiped away.