Before the celebrity brow expert removed most of my eyebrows, he tried to convince me to tint them. He explained that much of my brow was made up of thin, pale hairs and tinting them would make my brows to look fuller. This sounded reasonable but tinting is big step– and not something you do the first time someone works on your brows. Given that Mr Eyebrows left me with a thinly rounded circa 1930 brow line, I was really glad I had stood my ground. Darker thin brows would have been even more obvious and unattractive.
But the experience pushed me to get some good answers to related brow questions. For example what is the best color brow with grey hair or should your brows match your red hair? All good questions and all require full scale tinting. Until I started my eyebrow series my knowledge was limited to tweezing, waxing and dying grey brows. I now realize there is much more to learn:
* With grey hair, virtually every expert I interviewed warned against matching the brows to the hair. They recommended changing the grey to medium brown and that calls for tinting. Pencils, powder and gels would just not cover the grey. Tinting lasts 2-3 weeks, as the eyebrow hairs naturally turn over. To keep the color as long as possible, avoid oil based products like moisturizers around the brows.
* Natural redheads often have blond or reddish blonde brows. These brows will look beautiful lightly enhanced with a dark blond pencil or powder. If they turn white, you will need to tint them to dark blonde. For red hair by design don’t match your brows to your hair. Go a bit darker with a medium brown. Be sure to avoid eyebrow make-up or dye with auburn tones.
* Natural blondes can slightly darken pale brows either with cosmetics or a tint. Born again blondes or brown hair with blonde highlights look beautiful with dark blonde or light brown brows. In other words the brows should be one or two shades darker than the hair. Unless your brows are very grey, you can get this color with soft pencils, powders or gels.
* Naturally dark brown or black hair usually is accompanied by beautiful thick dark brows. Its a perfect combination as it is ( eg any random Kardashian), but as time passes natural hair color fades. If you need to start to cover grey, most experts recommend that the brows need to be tinted a shade or two lighter.
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I’m not really ready to pull the trigger and tint my brows. I’m still trying to get the shape under control and tinting sounds so permanent especially when the shape is just not there yet. My attmepts to draw in a stronger brow line were pretty awful. I’m going in another direction and I have made an appointment for eyebrow enhancement. It works much like eyelash extensions, with individual hairs applied to my skimpy brows. Pictures to follow.