Despite the onslaught of bleached brows we’ve seen on the runways, we think it’s pretty safe to say you’re more of a natural brow kind of gal. And we have celebs like Lily Collins, Sofia Vergara, and Solange Knowles to thank for the fact that the bushy and bold brilliance of the heavy brow isn’t going out of style any time soon. “There is something very sexy and feminine about a strong eyebrow,” says Lauren E. Hack, hairstylist and co-owner of LAUREN+VANESSA Salon in New York City. “And adding a tint can bring out your facial features in a way that looks great on every woman.”
But what brow colour is right for you? Follow this guide to find your perfect match (and have them coloured at the salon or try tinting them at home). Looking for eyebrow tattoo salon? Look no further,Cosmetic Tattoo by rach got you covered.
Choosing a new hair colour is serious business. It’s a journey that starts way before you sit down in your colourist’s chair. Scrolling through Instagram for inspiration, creating a Pinterest board for each possible shade, and reading up on what colours work well with your skin tone are all crucial steps leading up to your salon appointment.
Eyebrow pencils: They seem simple in theory, but if only they were as easy colouring in the lines. And that’s just talking about using them. Throw in figuring out which shade to start with and we all might as well be back in kindergarten.
We enlisted the help of New York City brow specialist Maribeth Madron to demystify the struggle that is eyebrow pencil selection for every hair colour. Before we begin, look at the photo below: On the left, you’ll see natural brows, and on the right, you’ll see a comparison of the wrong and right colours to use. The wrong colour is on the left eyebrow (your left, looking at the screen), and the better colour is on the right eyebrow. Read on for her expert tips.
When it comes to your makeup look, there are quite a few areas you need to master. After you’ve conquered foundation and contour application, perfecting your eyebrow makeup should be next on your list. Your eyebrows can change your beauty look—they help frame and highlight your features, which is why it’s not only essential to use the correct technique, but also to find the right eyebrow colour based on your hair hue—wondering how to match your brows to your strands? Below, find six tips for coordinating your hair colour with your eyebrow colour.
When you’re so focused on switching up your hair colour, it’s easy to overlook your eyebrows, but it’s equally important that the shade of your brows also compliments your new dye job.
“Your hair on your face and around your face should frame and enhance your natural beauty,” says Christine Thompson, co-owner and colour director at Spoke & Weal. “Getting the tones and level right is essential to translating your look, whether it’s soft or strong.”
Amy Clark of Rob Peetoom Salon New York says to make sure the shade of your brows compliments the tones in your hair colour. “My general rule would be to keep it as close to the shade of your hair as best as possible, or one shade darker,” she says. Going too dark can look severe.
And if you have virgin hair, but want to fill in your brows. This advice goes for makeup products, too. Daniel Chinchilla, celebrity makeup artist and owner of Chinchilla Brows recommends brow powder for a soft, natural look, and a pencil if you’re going for definition.
So, what colour is right for you? Keep scrolling for a complete breakdown on the best eyebrow shade for your hair.
Whether you’re a beauty junkie or makeup novice, when it comes to finding the right brow product, things can get tricky.
Do you go for a gel, pencil, pomade or powder formula? Do you brush up, brush out, fill in sparse areas or the whole lot? And the age-old question: what eyebrow shade is right for you?
Because let’s face it, with a hundred thousand different skin tones and a plethora of hair shades out there, choosing your eyebrow shade isn’t as simple as ‘blonde or brunette.’Want to know more about our eyebrow tattoo services?
“People are looking at brows as an extension of their hair,” says the makeup artist Kate Lee, who has transformed the arches of clients like Rooney Mara and Keira Knightley. For those en route to finding their ideal hair and brow colour combination, discovering the right match can be tricky. Lee suggests experimenting first with temporary brow colours, like Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel, and filling in lightly with a Chanel Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil for added depth. “It’s instant gratification,” she explains. “Take a selfie, look in the mirror, and make sure it suits you.”
Once you’ve settled on a shade, New York City colourist Aura Friedman, whose clients include everyone from Carolyn Murphy to Caroline Polachek and Sky Ferreira, says the only rule for dyeing your eyebrows is to match warm tones with warm tones, cool with cool. That, and be prepared to return to the salon at least once every four weeks—even more often if you’ve gone lighter (though Lee notes that a tinted brow gel will see you through any awkward salt-and-pepper transitional moments).
Lucky you! You have the flexibility to either darken or lighten your brows depending on your skin tone and how light you’re going with your hair colour. “We prefer our blondes to colour their brows up to one shade darker,” says Hack. “Darkening brows is great for natural blondes who have light brown hair because the darker tint will colour any blonde hairs, making them appear thicker and more defined.” Bonus: Darker brows help make blonde highlights stand out more—think Sienna Miller, Jennifer Aniston, and Cara Delevingne.
If you’re platinum, bleached brows can look harsh, so Hack advises sticking with a darker brown shade à la Gwen Stefani, Michelle Williams, and Rita Ora.” Light blondes are best suited with a golden blonde hue to add definition without being too dark, medium blondes should go with a light, taupe brown to achieve that same goal, and dark blondes should opt for a rich, neutral brown. “This will make the white in your eyes pop, while still giving you that soft, natural appearance,” says Joey Healy, a New York City brow specialist.
As long as you get the base right with blonde hair, you’ll be golden (apologies…).
If you’ve got platinum, champagne or ashy blonde hair, then you’ll want an equally ashy brow pencil like Dior Sourcils Poudre Powder Brow Pencil in Ash Blonde.
“People tend to feel better about themselves when you can see their eyebrows,” explains Friedman. Natural blondes who have fair hairs can feel free to deepen the shade of their arches, she says, adding that darker brows will act as a frame for the face and enhance your eye colour. “Generally, it will give you the appearance of a lot more brow. It can revolutionize your look,” agrees Lee. Suppose your eyebrows appear too dark against your hair. In that case, Friedman suggests “taking the edge out by softening the colour one level”—an act she deems necessary across the board for brunettes going golden blonde because lightening your brows, even subtly, will warm everything up.
Bleached brows, on the other hand, “are not for everyday life—it’s more for models and people with the perfect bone structure.” So, just because you’ve gone platinum does not mean you have to take your brows there, too. “You’re not going to fool anyone into believing it’s your natural hair colour.”See more of our eyebrow tattoo services.
“For brunettes, darkening your eyebrows a shade or two is ideal,” says Hack. “A groomed, darker brow can define or soften your bone structure and make your eyes appear larger and stand out more like Mila Kunis, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Angelina Jolie.” Light brown-haired gals should go for a rich, neutral brown, says Healy. “You still want to darken, but [you] want to make sure you’re doing it carefully and not too abruptly.” The cooler your shade of brown, the darker your brows should be, which is why Healy suggests a more rich brunette hue for medium-brown hair colour. If you’re more dark brown or chestnut, an excellent espresso shade will give more fullness to your shape. Are you flaunting the darkest dark brown out there? Healy recommends a dark-neutral shade of brunette. “Since the natural hair colour is pretty dark, this will add a touch more of basic brown in there to negate a jet-black appearance,” he says.
“If you’re a-going blonde brunette, I recommend darkening your brows,” advises Friedman, but, conversely, she says, brunettes with brows deeper than their hair colour do not need to book a brow-dyeing appointment. It’s a look she prefers, because “by nature, your brows are supposed to be darker than your hair,” and the more relaxed your shade, the darker your brows can be. A lift in arch tone is only suggested for those looking to soften the fine lines that come with aging or angular bone structure and to take the focus away from thin eyebrows. If your brow shade blends with your skin tone, and over-plucked pair won’t look so pronounced.
Leave those puppies alone, say the pros. “I tend to stay away from black and recommend that my clients not go for this shade when tinting,” says Healy. “It gives somewhat of a harsh look to the brow and can make them a little too overwhelming.” You’re best brow-shade bet if you’re flaunting stunningly dark brows like Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, and Solange? Embrace what you’ve got!
Having black hair doesn’t mean you necessarily want a black brow. If you go too dark, your brows can look a bit blocky and drawn on.
Opt for a cooler medium-toned brown instead. You can always build up the product if you like a darker finish. We want Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus in Brown.
Raven-haired women can follow the simple equation of matching black with black. “Warm eyebrows with black hair read orange and looks weird,” says Friedman. But, she concedes, “Every client is case by case.”
No matter what you choose, Lee cautions, “do not try to dye your brows, especially if you don’t have experience. There are plenty of eyebrow specialists. I would encourage you not to take chances.”
Then you know that the idea of all redheads having naturally red brows is not right. While it can be (in rare instances) the case, most natural redheads don’t have matching red brows. “If your hair is copper red, a slight hint of darker copper in the brows or even a dark blonde tint can soften your looks like Julianne Moore, Lily Cole, and Emma Stone,” says Hack. If your hue is more crimson than copper or cinnamon, Healy suggests a soft strawberry blonde. “It settles the look and complements the natural tone of the hair,” he says. More relaxed, more auburn-toned redheads can get away with a brown arch nicely—think of Isla Fisher, Kate Mara, and Drew Barrymore as your inspirations.
More often than not, natural redheads don’t have red eyebrows, so matching your brows to your hair colour is unnecessary,” says Friedman. Those with a hue that’s more pumpkin than burgundy will be best suited by arches with the smallest hint of copper. Cool redheads, on the other hand, can be coupled with brunette arches that are dark and rich.
You guessed it – red hair is notoriously the hardest to match. Very few people have genuinely red eyebrows, instead opting for an ashier blonde or darker brown shade.
If you’ve got light, strawberry blonde red hair, try a taupe, golden blonde like NYX Professional Makeup Eyebrow Powder Pencil in Taupe, or if your brows are slightly warmer, the Auburn shade is excellent.
If you’ve got grey hair, think like a platinum blonde.
Try a cool-toned blonde like PIXI Natural Brow Duo in Natural Blonde, or if you were naturally very dark, go for a warmer toned medium brown like Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Brooke S.
Tips on Choosing The Eyebrow Color
YOUR BROWS SHOULD BE DARKER
We hate to break it to you, but if you thought that your brows should perfectly match your hair, you might want to think again. Your eyebrows should be darker than your hair colour—unless your strands are pitch black. This is what looks the most natural. So, if your hair resembles the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Brown, use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil in Brunette to fill in your brows. Check out our range of eyebrow tattoo services to help with your problems.
This is also an important tip to keep in mind if you’ve decided to go platinum—bleach blonde brows may be a trend in their own right, but they won’t look natural and will hardly be visible. Instead, stick to a cool-toned, blonde eyebrow pencil, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil in Light Blonde.
BUT DON’T GO TOO DARK
On that note, you don’t want to choose a shade that’s too dark in comparison to your strands—this will only result in a harsh contrast! Instead, choose a colour that’s only one shade darker than your mane.
TAKE YOUR HAIR’S UNDERTONES INTO ACCOUNT
Just as your undertones play a part in what makeup will look best on your skin tone, they also have a role in how you should coordinate your hair and eyebrow colour. You’ll want to choose eyebrow makeup that has undertones that match those of your hair colour. This is especially the case for those with black hair—if your eyebrow pencil has warm undertones, it can leave your brows appearing orange!
If your hair is dyed with the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Natural Black or similar colour, use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil in Black to define your brows. Both the hair dye and brow pencil have cool undertones, which is why this combo works.
REDHEAD’S MAY FIND BROWN IS THEIR MATCH
If you’re a redhead, you may find that eyebrows identical to your hair colour don’t look natural—and that’s normal! Those with red hair may find that shades of brown are better suited for their brows. Just make sure to choose a pencil that has warm or cooper undertones to complement your mane. Are strands close to the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Light Auburn? The L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil in Light Brunette will be your eyebrow colour match.Our exclusive range of eyebrow tattoo services will help you in eyebrow microblading, feathering or hair stroke eyebrow tattooing procedures.
BLACK HAIR CAN GO FOR A SOFTER BROW
Like we said, your eyebrows should be darker than your hair colour—with one exception. Those with black hair may find a deep black colour to appear too harsh, depending on the look they’re going for. If that’s something you can relate to, you may prefer a softer brow. This means you can use a soft black or dark brown pencil to shape your eyebrows, instead of a stark black.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO ROCK GRAY BROWS
One last tip—if you have grey hair, you certainly don’t have to sport grey eyebrows. This light colour likely won’t be as noticeable against your skin and will prevent you from getting that prominent brow look most of us are after. Instead, go for an ashy blonde or brown pencil that’s one to two shades darker than your grey.