How To: Lighten Your Eyebrows To Match Your Hair Color

So you have recently dyed your hair and your eyebrows are now a totally different color! *gasp* Before you start freaking out, take a look at British it model Agyness Deyn and singer Gwen Stefani. With their light blonde hair and significantly darker eyebrows, they are living proof that you don’t have to match your eyebrows to your hair color completely to look cool. The key is to make sure your eyebrows are a shade or two darker than your hair color. An exact match would look too matchy-matchy and fake.

How To Lighten Your Eyebrows

* Bleaching
This can done with facial bleaching creams, eyebrow dye tints and some people even apply the same hair color they use on their hair with a mascara wand. Whatever you use, make sure you pick the right product and be very precise with the timing and the application (you are going to be applying this close to your eyes and you don’t want any mishaps!) If you are a beginner, please go visit a salon and get them done by a professional instead.

* Eyebrow Powder/Powder Eyeshadow
Powders give a more natural effect so if your eyebrows are not really that dark to begin with, try changing the color with an angled brush dipped in an eyeshadow or eyebrow powder that matches with the color you want. I do this all the time with Jane Magical Mushroom eyeshadow whenever I dye my hair brown.

* Eyebrow Gels/Tints
Eyebrow gels and tints are more suitable for those with darker hair. I love T’estimo Eyebrow Mascara (~$10) for a more dramatic effect and MAC Brow Set in Beguile ($13.50) for a natural look.

Extra Tip: Try getting your eyebrows threaded or giving them a tweeze before you lighten them. It is a lot harder to change the color if your eyebrows are dark AND bushy.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Personally I wouldn’t recommend Asian to bleach their brows. It usually just look fake and unnatural and when new brows grow out, it just look awkward. I got an advice from some Asian makeup artists that if you want you brows to appear lighter, trim your brows and apply a lighter eyeshadow like you suggested. MAC Brow Set works great for my and it softens my pretty black brow hair even though my hair is pretty darn dark.

  2. thanks for the rec for Mac browset/beguile. i really don’t want to bleach my brows, but i really want to lighten them a tad cuz they are too black for my brown hair, so i hope this works=)

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