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Lighten your brows to flatter your face

I find it funny that many things once considered major faux pas by the beauty industry, have now become trendy thanks to celebrities who aren’t afraid to break the fashion mold. A perfect example of this is the way many celebrities now wear their eyebrows. The trend of overly-arched eyebrows has seemingly taken a back seat to bold eyebrows that emphasize contrast and color, more than shape. Although deciding to rock the natural shape of your eyebrows has pretty much become a non-issue, one thing that’s still hotly debated, is whether or not you should wear dark eyebrows with light hair.

Just like the hair on your head, your eyebrows can greatly influence the way you look. For example, if you have brown eyes, lightening your brows slightly can make your eyes pop, while darkening them can actually make your eye color appear darker. But what about the influence your eyebrows have on your face as a whole. Unless you’re model Cara Delevingne or singer Rita Ora, rocking eyebrows that are too dark can be extremely unflattering, and even make your face appear harsher.

If you plan to have your hair professionally lightened and you’re not sure whether or not your eyebrows are too dark for your new hair color, don’t be afraid to ask your colorist. She can lighten your eyebrows when she dyes your hair. If you’re planning to dye your hair at home, you have a few options for safely lightening your naturally dark eyebrows:

– Use an at-home bleach kit, such as Sally Hansen Creme Hair Bleach For Face & Body or Jolen Creme Bleach Kit

– Fill in your brows with a lighter eyebrow pencil

– Apply a tinted brow gel to your eyebrows

Here are a few shade tips:

Platinum or Blonde hair: 1-3 shades lighter is recommended, depending on your complexion. Use a soft brown, taupe, beige, or dark blonde eyebrow pencil/brow gel.

– Light or medium brown hair: 1-2 shades lighter is recommended. Avoid using anything lighter than a soft brown or taupe pencil/gel.
– Dark brown or black hair: 1-3 shades lighter is recommended to give you a softer look without losing the definition of your brow against the dark hair. Use a brown, dark brown, or charcoal pencil/gel.
– Red hair: 1-2 shades lighter is recommended. Use a brown, dark brown, espresso, or auburn pencil/gel. Depending on the shade of red you dyed your hair, you can also match your brows to your hair color.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing