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