The Best Eyebrow Color

Choose an eyebrow color one shade lighter or darker than your hair color.

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Well-groomed eyebrows in the right color can frame your eyes, balance your face and complement your hair hue. But if you go too light, your whole face can look washed out, while too-dark brows can make you appear harsh and overly dramatic. Don’t worry. Choosing the perfect brow color isn’t difficult. With a few simple rules, your brow hue will frame and beautify your eyes, putting the spotlight on you -- not your makeup.


Use your hair color as a guide when choosing brow makeup. If you have dark hair, go one shade lighter than your hair color, recommends Katelyn Simkins, a makeup artist with Premier Image modeling agency in Denver. Light-haired beauties should go one shade darker than their tresses. If you’re a redhead, finding the perfect brow color can be tricky. “Allure” magazine suggests an auburn or chestnut-colored pencil, such as Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil in Auburn. But if you come up empty, pick an ash blonde shade. This hue will work on every women’s brows, according to “InStyle” magazine.

Pencil vs. Powder

Eyebrow pencils are inexpensive and easy to use. For a natural look, be sure your pencil has a sharp point, Simkins advises. “Allure” recommends Maybelline New York Define-A-Brow Pencil, which the magazine says is safe for sensitive eyes and won’t smear or fade away. “Essence” magazine cautions against using powder brow makeup, as it can make your brows look heavy and unnatural, but Simkins says powder can work if you use short, light strokes. Use brow gel to tame unruly brows. Go one shade lighter or darker than your hair or stroke clear gel over your brow pencil.


To give your brows more dimension, “Essence” suggests using two pencils, one a shade lighter than your hair and one the same color as your mane. To avoid over-the-top dark, remove excessive product by brushing the brow with a spoolie, the brush at the end of most brow pencils. Make your eyes really pop by giving your under-brows some attention. Stroke eye shadow on your lower brow bone using a small shadow brush, suggests “InStyle.” The magazine likes Michael Marcus shadow in Envy.


Thinking about tinting your brows to go with your hair color? Think again. Dying your brows can be dangerous. There are no FDA-approved brow dyes, tints or bleaches, cautions “Oprah” magazine. If the stuff gets in your eyes, you could end up with a serious allergic reaction or even lose your sight. It’s not worth the risk. If you’ve colored your hair and want to do the same for your brows, use a brow pencil, powder or gel. They’ve been tested for safety by the feds and won’t harm your peepers.

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