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Makeup · September 19, 2018

How to Choose The Right Shade for Your Brows

Blonde Eyebrows

Blondes most likely have a tale or two about when their eyebrow shade went astray, too. Blondes always belong on the lighter shades in the brow color wheels, says Bailey. Choose between a warm or cool blonde shade and pick the tone that mirrors your hair. Warm blondes have more golden undertones, while cools tend to be platinum blondes. Blondes should look for pencil and gel products that allow you to build the color, such as our most reviewed eyebrow product, Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel.

Brunette Eyebrows

Although it may seem easier for the brunettes out there, the wide range of options can still make choosing the right shade a challenge. Always look for a true match or one to two shades deeper than your hair colorbut never lighter, says Bailey. His pick for brunettes is Benefit Cosmetics 3D BROWtones Instant Color Highlights. This light gel will add a glaze to the hair, bringing in dimension and texture, he says. He suggests layering it to get the most naturally full look.

Dark Brunette to Black Eyebrows

For women with dark brown to black shades, sometimes going too dark can look harsh. People with deep brown to black hair rarely want to use a true match because theyre afraid of going too dark, explains Bailey. Apply your brow products with a light touch at first, then use more pressure to intensify the color. Always make sure to match the undertones as well. Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings Tame & Shape Kit in Black-Brown or Soft Black will fill and define your brows while staying put for up to 12 hours. Products with built-in layers, like Brow Zings, are a great option for anyone with dark hair. That allows them to softy fill the entire brow and go back in with the paired product thats more pigmented for areas that need extra support, he says.

Red Eyebrows

As I mentioned, finding the right shade for my red hair has been quite the journey. Often, the shades labeled for redheads arent actually the right fit for me. Stick to neutral-toned brow products, says Bailey. When choosing between the light, medium, or deep shade, match it to the depth of your hair color. If youre looking to add a hint of red to your brows, layer on a fiber gel like Gimme Brow+. My go-to product is MAC Cosmetics Brow Sculpt in Fling, a taupe blonde shade. It darkens my strawberry blonde brows while still looking natural.

Perfectly Groomed

Wanting to add definition without adding color? Look for a clear gel that will set your brows in place. Our go-to picks are Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel and Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel in Clear. Once you comb all the hairs in place, you can then use a microliner like Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil to fill in any small gaps that the hair doesnt cover, says Bailey.


Alexis Bridenbaugh