It seems like everyone wants lush, full brows these days—but not everyone is genetically blessed enough to have them. Add to that the fact that you still may be dealing with some sparse spots leftover from that infamous over-tweezing incident of 2002, and scoring said bushy brows can be more challenging than ever. While filling in your arches with pencils and pomades is a good solution, there are now plenty of over-the-counter brow serums that can deliver long-term improvement. “The latest non prescription brow serums are designed to enhance the thickness of the brow hairs you do have and help stimulate growth in areas that are sparse,” explains Gretchen Friese, a trichologist and BosleyMD stylist.
Our best overall pick is Vegamour Eyebrow Volumizing Serum, an expert-recommended pick that contains both zinc and biotin for results you can see in as little as 30 days. If you’re looking for more dramatic results, consider the cult-favorite Grande Cosmetics GrandeBROW Brow Enhancing Serum, which can fill in sparse brows in a couple weeks with twice-daily use.
Note that brow growth serums take time to work—expect to use for anywhere from three to six months of use to see maximum results, according to Friese. That being said, you should start to see at least some improvement in as quickly as a few weeks, given that the growth cycle of your brow hairs is shorter than for the hair on your head, notes hair health and scalp expert Shab Reslan, an advisor for HairClub.
We conducted hours of research on the best eyebrow growth serums, evaluating each formula on active growth ingredients with proven clinical results, like amino acids and biotin.1We also took into account how long each serum takes to start working, and of course, what those results actually were. After consulting trichologists and hair growth experts, and considering dozens of formulas, we landed on these top-rated picks.
Ahead, find the best eyebrow growth serums and get ready for A+ arches.
Best Overall: Vegamour VegaBrow Eyebrow Volumizing Serum
Who else recommends it? Health.com and PureWow both picked the Vegamour Eyebrow Volumizing Serum.23
Both Friese and Reslan recommend this pick, as does brow expert Azi Sacks. “The formula contains zinc and biotin, both of which are essential for healthy hair follicles,” says Friese, who also lauds it for being vegan and cruelty-free and notes that you can start to see results in as little as 30 days. Reslan agrees, and calls it her, “go-to brow product,” while Sacks notes that results last even after you stop using it.
Price at time of publish: $80
Active Ingredients: Zinc, biotin | Size: 3 milliliters | Dosage: Twice daily for two months, then daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Best Drugstore: CoverGirl Lash Blast Lash & Brow Serum
Despite the popularity of the category, this pick remains one of the few brow serums you can get at the drugstore, making it all the more noteworthy. Biotin, peptides, and castor oil help to thicken, strengthen, and add fullness to both lashes and brows; the spoolie brush applicator makes it equally easy to brush onto both. Also nice: It only needs to be used once daily.
Price at time of publish: $14
Active Ingredients: Biotin, peptides, castor oil | Size: 13.1 milliliters | Dosage: Once daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No
Best Fast-Acting Formula: Grande Cosmetics GrandeBROW Brow Enhancing Serum
“I like that this works quickly, usually within six to eight weeks,” says Friese, who adds that it’s also easy to apply. (Byrdie Email Editor Karli Bendlin is a fan, too, as are plenty of happy Sephora reviewers who rave about the effects.) A combo of vitamins, antioxidants (from botanicals such as ginseng root,1 chamomile flowers, and bearberry leaves), hyaluronic acid, and amino acids work to enhance sparse spots and overall leave brows looking fuller and bolder. Sacks also likes it, pointing out that it delivers good results and doesn’t dry out the hairs.
Price at time of publish: $70
Active Ingredients: Amino acid, hyaluronic acid, glycosaminoglycans | Size: 3 milliliters | Dosage: Once daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No
Best for Sensitive Skin: Pronexa Hairgenics Lavish Lash Serum by Hairgenics
Dermatologist-tested and formulated with botanically-derived ingredients, this is choice for those with allergies, sensitivities, or contact lens wearers, according to Friese. Hydrating hyaluronic acid conditions the hairs, while biotin promotes growth. Per the brand, the best results can be seen after 90 days, though they do offer a complete money-back guarantee if you aren’t totally satisfied with the product.
Price at time of publish: $30
Active Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, biotin | Size: 3 milliliters | Dosage: Once daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Best Conditioning: RevitaLash RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner Serum
“This contains ingredients that I can stand by, such as peptides, lipids, biotin, and green tea extract, which is rich in panthenol to condition and strengthen brows,” says Friese. She also applauds it for being non-irritating and vegan, as well as free of both parabens and phthalates. The product garners rave reviewers from satisfied users, too, who note that while it takes some time, it does, in fact, work. Although this option is a bit pricier than others on this list, we think the clean formula that will not irritate skin justifies the spend, especially if you have sensitive skin,.
Price at time of publish: $110
Active Ingredients: Biotin, peptides | Size: 3 milliliters | Dosage: Once daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Best With Biotin: neuLash NeuBROW Enhancing Serum
You’ve likely heard of biotin as a superstar ingredient in many oral and topical hair health products; the B vitamin works similarly well for your brows. Alongside biotin, there’s also a potent protein complex full of amino acids, keratin,4 and peptides5 to keep your arches strong and healthy, rather than sparse and fragile. FYI, while most brow growth serums are meant to be used once a day, at night, this one should be used morning and night. Although some reviewers note that hair growth was uneven, Byrdie’s Senior Social Media Manager Kelly Gallagher vouches for this biotin-based formula in particular.
Price at time of publish: $100
Active Ingredients: Biotin, amino acids, peptides | Size: 6 milliliters | Dosage: Twice daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No
Best Natural: Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum
It can be tricky to find a completely clean version of a brow serum, but this one fits the bill. The ingredient list touts a litany of good-for-your hair (and skin) oils; think antioxidant-rich argan6 and castor oils to help promote healthier, stronger, fuller brows. There’s also caffeine in the mix to help stimulate hair follicles.7 All you have to do is massage a drop or two into each brow for 20 to 30 seconds.
Price at time of publish: $39
Active Ingredients: Argan oil, castor oil, caffeine | Size: 30 milliliters | Dosage: Once daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
While you can also use this for the hair on your head, it’s not recommended to be used on lashes.
Best Multitasker: Typology Eyebrow & Lash Serum
For those looking for a product that can pull double duty on both brows and lashes, try this multitasker. It’s specially formulated with a combo of plant-based pea peptides plus castor oil and works equally well on lashes and brows. It’s also fragrance-free, vegan, and made with 96% naturally derived ingredients.
Price at time of publish: $23
Active Ingredients: Pea peptides, castor oil | Size: 15 milliliters | Dosage: Once daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Best on Amazon: Arishine Advanced Eyebrow & Eyelash Growth Serum
Biotin, peptides, and keratin are the stars of the show in this dual-purpose formula. A major hit on Amazon, it consistently pulls in glowing, positive reviews. Users rave about the impressive results for both lashes and brows, lauding both how quickly and how well it works. They also repeatedly point out the texture of the formula, lightweight enough to not feel heavy, yet still thick enough that it doesn’t drip or get messy. FYI, this one does need to be used twice daily for best results.
Price at time of publish: $29
Active Ingredients: Biotin, peptides, keratin | Size: 5 milliliters | Dosage: Twice daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Best Budget: Organys Lash & Brow Booster Serum
Broadly speaking, eyebrow growth serums are a pretty pricey product category, making this more affordable option all the more noteworthy. Despite its wallet-friendly price tag, it still contains many of the same effective ingredients as its more expensive counterparts—peptides, panthenol, and plant-based extracts. Brush on the clear formula twice per day, and the brand says you should start to see the effects in as little as 60 days, a claim many happy Amazon reviewers back up, when it comes to an improvement in both brows and lashes; the formula works on both, giving you even more bang for your buck.
Price at time of publish: $26
Active Ingredients: Peptides, botanicals | Size: 7.5 milliliters | Dosage: Twice per day for 60 days, then once daily | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
The Vegamour VegaBROW Eyebrow Volumizing Serum is our best overall pick— recommended by all three of the experts we tapped for this story. We love its combo of effective ingredients and appreciate the easy-to-use, doe-foot applicator. and CoverGirl Lash Blast Lash & Brow Serum are two of our favorites, and the latter is also a rare drugstore option. And while as a general rule of thumb, it can take months for eyebrow growth serums to work,
What To Look for in an Eyebrow Growth Serum
There was unanimous agreement among the experts we spoke with that peptides8, panthenol, biotin, and fatty acids are some of the best.
Is It Dual-Purpose?
If you’re looking to get more value out of a growth serum, seek out multi-tasking formulas that can also work on lashes; many, like Typology Eyebrow & Lash Serum do.
How do eyebrow growth serums work?
As long as the one you choose contains the right types of active ingredients, they can work by both helping to promote new growth and help strengthen the existing hairs to prevent natural shedding or breakage, says Sacks. The big caveat? You need to use one regularly (usually either once daily or twice daily, depending on the formula) and be patient in order to see results, as it can take months. Experts and reviewers say the Grande Cosmetics GrandeBROW Brow Enhancing Serum tends to work on the faster end of the spectrum.
Can you use eyelash growth serum on eyebrows?
Generally speaking, yes, says Sacks, as lash and brow serums do contain many of the same ingredients. (Hence why there are so many products created as two-in-ones.) Plus, if you’re using one that’s dedicated to lashes, you know it’s going to be gentle enough to use on places other than the eye area.