Gray Hair Blog / September 29, 2020

Got Gray Hair? Here’s How to Make Your Eyebrows Look Their Best

Inside: How gray-haired women can tame and enhance their eyebrows

Women who’ve embraced their natural gray hair often struggle with the question of what to do about their eyebrows.

As a former brunette, I’m used to dark eyebrows that provide a natural frame to my pale face.  But my eyebrows are now speckled with gray hair which (unlike the hair on my head) is coarse and wiry.

My eyebrows have also grown sparser due to years of overplucking and (let’s face it), the natural aging process. 

image of katie sparse eyebrows
My Natural Eyebrows – A bit too warm, and growing sparse due to over-plucking

To make matters worse, every so often, a “wild hair” grows so long that it threatens to give me “crazy Mad Scientist” eyebrows!  That was something I never expected.

It’s all a tad disheartening! But the good news is that there are a myriad of ways to keep your eyebrows looking their best. And all of them can be done at home!

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As you might imagine, eyebrows are a hot topic in the gray hair Facebook groups!

And the most frequently asked question is:

WHAT COLOR SHOULD YOUR EYEBROWS BE WITH GRAY HAIR?

A lot of women wonder if they should let their eyebrows gray naturally or if they should tint them darker.  

Women with auburn or blonde eyebrows wonder if they should color their eyebrows gray to match their hair.  

And some women with naturally dark eyebrows worry that their dark eyebrows present too harsh a contrast against their silver hair.

There’s no one size fits all answer to all the questions of what color eyebrows will look best with your gray hair.  

However, many beauty experts agree that slightly darker eyebrows will give your face more of a youthful appearance, as the eyebrows provide a frame for your face and bring out your eye color.

My role model for great eyebrows is Nikol Johnson. I love how her dark eyebrows pick up the dark undertones of her gorgeous silver hair:

image of woman with gray hair dark eyebrows
Nikol’s dark eyebrows look fantastic and they bring out the dark undertones in her silver hair!

For a lighter brow inspiration, check out Stevie’s eyebrow style. Stevie’s natural hair color was auburn/brown, and now that it’s all silver, she sports pretty pewter brows:

image of woman with light gray eyebrows
Stevie uses a spoolie dipped in castor oil to brush her brows up, and then she applies gray eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked3 palette to her brows using a brow brush.

WHAT SHADE OF EYEBROW LOOKS BEST ON YOU?

To find out what shade of eyebrow looks best on you, it’s best to experiment with different colors until you find one that suits your skin tone.  

A good rule of thumb? Try two shades darker than your natural hair color and go from there!

When trying out different eyebrow shades, be aware that your gray/silver hair may be cooler in tone than your natural hair color, so the eyebrow pencil you’ve been using all these years might be too warm. 

So, it’s a good idea to experiment with cooler shades in ashy tones.

BEST EYEBROW PENCILS FOR GRAY HAIR

A good brow pencil can really enhance your brows, but not everyone likes the more defined look given by a pencil.  Brow powders and brow gels are great alternatives for a softer effect.

If you prefer darker brows, consider trying dark brown, black brown, taupe, or dark gray shades.

Fresh Beauty Studio Skinny Brow Pencil in Medium or Dark Brown

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ebony

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Granite  

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel in Cool Black Brown

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette

Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder in 05 Deep

Anastasia Brow Powder in Taupe

Clinique Brow Shaper in Taupe

Fresh Beauty Studio Skinny Brow Pencil in Taupe

And here’s a lovely gray eyebrow pencil: 
Benefit Goof-Proof Eyebrow Pencil in Cool Gray

If you prefer lighter brows, consider trying light brown, dark blonde, or light gray shades.

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel in Neutral Light Brown

Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder in light platinum/blonde

Essence Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde

Eye Embrace Warm Betty Eyebrow Pencil in Light Gray

Eye Embrace Cool Helen Eyebrow Pencil in Light Gray

HOW TO FILL IN SPARSE EYEBROWS

Many of us find that, as we get older, our once-bushy eyebrows start to fade away.

Why does this happen? The most common causes are hormone imbalances, over-plucking or over-waxing, thyroid conditions, and (simply put) the aging process.

If your eyebrows have grown sparser, check out Maryam Remias’ awesome YouTube video that addresses how to fill in sparse eyebrows.

She makes it look so easy!

FILLING IN SPARSE BROWS FOR GRAY HAIR I MARYAM REMIAS
Watch this video on YouTube.

I love how Maryam points out that you don’t need to make your eyebrows perfectly symmetrical – they should be “sisters, not twins.”

HOW TO COLOR GRAY EYEBROWS

If you prefer a longer-lasting solution to color your eyebrows, tinting your eyebrows is way to go.

Nikol Johnson, the founder of Fresh Beauty Studio created this helpful video all about how to dye your gray eyebrows:

HOW TO DYE GRAY EYEBROWS | DIY | Nikol Johnson
Watch this video on YouTube.

Products mentioned in Nikol’s Video:

Brow Fixx

Skinny Brow Pencil


Brow Serum

If you decide to tint your eyebrows at home and need to figure out what colors to try, remember to look at the dark undertones of your hair (such as the underside of your hair or the tips of your hair) for color inspiration.

TRIMMING GRAY EYEBROWS

If your eyebrows are turning gray, you might notice that they are becoming more unruly

Gray hairs on your eyebrows tend to be coarser than the gray hairs that grow out of your head, which makes them stick up.

Luckily, it’s surprisingly easy to trim your own eyebrows at home.

All you need is a good pair of eyebrow scissors and an eyebrow brush.  I bought this Tweezerman eyebrow trimmer kit and love it!

image of gray eyebrow trimming tools

HOW TO TRIM YOUR EYEBROWS

Brush your eyebrows upward – you can brush your entire brow upward, but if your eyebrows are thinning, you may want to avoid the tail end of your brows and just concentrate on the front part.

Trim the excess hairs that stick out above your brow line.  Use caution and don’t over trim!

Check out this video for trimming techniques:

How To Trim Your Own Eyebrows Tutorial
Watch this video on YouTube.

HOW TO SHAPE YOUR EYEBROWS

Not happy with your natural eyebrow shape?  

There are two ways to create a nice arch by removing unwanted hairs from underneath your browline: tweezing or waxing.

But, as noted above, if you overdo it in your younger days you could end up with sparse eyebrows as you get older. So, proceed with caution!

Tweezing has many advantages:  it’s accurate, it’s cheap, and (if done properly) shouldn’t harm your skin.

These Tweezerman tweezers are consistently rated top-notch by beauty gurus:

Waxing requires more equipment, can interfere with certain medications, can be harmful to delicate skin, and, if done improperly can remove too much hair at once – leaving you with uneven brows.

The big advantage of waxing, of course, is that it’s much faster than tweezing once you get the hang of it.  And it leaves a smoother surface. 

If you prefer waxing, get a home waxing kit to start you off on the right track:

CONCLUSION

As you can see, there are many great and easy ways to groom your eyebrows at home.

If you prefer salon solutions, some women swear by microblading for filling in their sparse brows. And a lot of women think eyebrow threading is superior to waxing and tweezing.

I’m a DIY gal, myself, but those are definite options if you prefer to leave things to the professionals!

Have any more questions about gray hair and eyebrows? Let me know in the comments below!

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6 Comments

  1. Raina Taylor

    My hair is salt and pepper mostly, but my natural color is very dark brown. So two shades darker for me would be black – which looks terrible on me because I have super dark eyes and pasty white skin. Any tips on the brow color that would compliment me the most?

    24 . Oct . 2020 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Raina: It’s so hard to say! If black is too dark for you, maybe just try dark brown or even light brown? And just see what looks best to you and forget these “rules.” Everyone is so different. Good luck!

      26 . Oct . 2020 Reply
  2. Susan

    Thanks Katie! Very helpful! I’ve been struggling with how to do my brows so this really helped! Appreciate all your great information!

    05 . Sep . 2020 Reply
  3. Gigi

    Really helpful! Thanks a Lot!

    28 . Jul . 2020 Reply
  4. Kathy Larson

    Very helpful!

    18 . May . 2020 Reply
    • Katie

      Thank you!

      20 . May . 2020 Reply

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Katie

Katie is the founder of Katie Goes Platinum. After constantly dyeing her hair for over 25 years, in 2018 Katie decided to stop the madness and embrace the gray. Since then, she’s been sharing her favorite gray hair tips, resources, and stories to empower women to feel beautiful during and after their transition to gray hair.