How To: Lighten Your Eyebrows To Match Your Hair Color

October 22, 2008

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.


  • Reply Karen October 22, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    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.

  • Reply Hameepy October 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    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=)

  • Reply Grace December 30, 2008 at 8:59 am

    where do you get
    T’estimo’s Eyebrow Mascara?
    i looked everywhere… =/

  • Reply Phyllis December 30, 2008 at 10:11 am


    The T’estimo eyebrow mascara is only sold in Asia (I got mine in Hong Kong).

  • Reply markez linda April 30, 2009 at 3:40 am

    I really liked these tips! thanks for sharing! Great Blog.

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