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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 totally change your beauty look—they help frame and highlight your features, which is why it’s not only important to use the correct technique, but also to find the right eyebrow color based on your hair hue. Wondering how to match your brows to your strands? Below, find six tips for coordinating your hair color with your eyebrow color.
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. In fact, your eyebrows should actually be darker than your hair color—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.
This is also a noteworthy 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.
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 color that’s only one shade darker than your mane.
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 color. You’ll want to choose eyebrow makeup that has undertones that match those of your hair color. 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 a similar color, 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.
If you’re a redhead, you may find that eyebrows identical to your hair color 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. 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 color match.
Like we said, your eyebrows should be darker than your hair color—with one exception. Those with black hair may find a deep black color 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.
One last tip—if you have gray hair, you certainly don’t have to sport gray eyebrows. This light color 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 gray.
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