The Easiest Way to Pick the Right Eyebrow Color

Victoria Moorhouse
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It’s happened to all of us: you’ve put in tonnes of effort to fill in your brows, only to emerge into natural lighting and discover that you used the wrong color completely. Now those full, luscious eyebrows look totally foreign to your face. But color-matching brow products doesn’t have to be a game of chance. Whether you’re a redhead or a platinum blonde, these makeup tips from pro artist Deanna Melluso will help you take the mystery out of how to find the right brow color for you.

Try natural, soft shades.
Don’t hate us for telling you there isn’t one right way to get the right brow shade. Melluso says it really depends on how you ultimately want to frame your face. With that said, if you want to look like you were born with those babies, pick softer shades that aren’t too harsh and best match the hue of your natural brows. “I believe the best way is not to go to dark or light,” says Melluso. “You should take a brow gel, such as the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel ($22, Sephora) which comes in arrange of colors. You can use that with a pencil that matches your brow shade. I love Tom Fords Pencils ($45, Nordstrom) as the colors are just right for every brow shade.”

But you need to test it out.
Just because it looks like it’s your shade, doesn’t mean it really is. Using a powder or a pencil that isn’t harsh, Melluso suggests drawing on soft strokes in the direction of the eyebrow hair.

You can use two shades.
Melluso says she likes mixing two shades to define eyebrows, as one may be too strong for the overall look. “I usually take a shade that matches the brow, and I enhance it more on the arch of the brow or at the tip,” she explains. “This will make the brows have more of a pop and frame the face with a soft fill.”

Try to find a universal shade.
Even our expert says she has a go-to shade when in doubt. And if you have light brunette hair, take note! Melluso calls out Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil in the Christian Dior Universal Shade ($29, Sephora) for its works-on-seriously-everyone genius.

If you’re a redhead, go for a taupe.
Though its eye-catching and gorgeous, red hair is actually the hardest to match for brow products, notes Melluso. “I find some colors can be too harsh for their soft features,” she proclaims. “You really do not want a red brow.” Instead, she reaches for Kevin Aucoin’s The Precision Eyebrow Pencil in Ash Blonde ($24, Nordstrom), which is “the perfect shade of taupe” for redheads.

Blondes, go for a gel/pencil combo.
Before applying a pencil, Melluso says she often uses Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Golden Taupe ($22, Sephora) on blondes’ brows. “This will fill in the spaces that will look too harsh with a pencil,” she says. Next, she uses the pencil to fill in the rest of the brows. “I then take a pencil like Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Blonde ($45, Nordstrom) and gently feather the color in.”

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