How to Choose the Right Eyebrow Pencil for Your Colouring

2015 has most definitely been the year of the brow. We've known how powerful a strong brow game can be (just look at Audrey Hepburn and Brooke Shields), but while we took an intermission from full brows in the 90s and 00s, Cara Delevigne is most certainly now the epitome of #BrowGoals. And if you're like us, you've watched countless tutorials on how to get just the right shape and arch, however, it's not always exactly clear what shade of eye pencil we should be using. What works for girls with black hair obviously won't work for someone with light brunette hair, so it's important to make sure you're finding the right match. To find out just exactly what shade each hair colour should be using, we turned to Jessica Scantlin, Director of Artistry at Blushington, and makeup artist Monika Crouch of Pierre Michel Salon.

To find out their expert tips, keep scrolling!

Scantlin and Crouch were both unanimous in believing that lighter is better. According to Scantlin, "No matter what, always go a shade lighter. Even with brunettes, I will sometimes use a blonde hue." Similarly, Crouch says that even if you try to match your natural brow colour perfectly, it can still end up looking too dark. 


“For blondes, I usually need to mix in something with a warm undertone so you won't look ashy and grey," says Scantlin. We recommend Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Taupe ($42).


Brunette and Black Hair:

“For brunettes, stick with softer browns—nothing too harsh, and for dark black hair, I'll even use a dark brunette pencil instead of black. If you are a deeper skin tone, you might have to use a black eyebrow pencil and go over the brunette shadow to make it look more prominent, but not overdone," explains Scantlin. For a softer brunette hue, we recommend Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21) in Soft Brown. For black hair, try It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil ($24), a universally transforming pencil. Pretty cool, right?


“If you have any red in your hair, add some red warm tones as well. My secret tip is to use a gold mascara to set the brow products because on anyone it looks like a sheen, so in other words, more hair-like,” says Scantlin. Try using Honest Beauty Brow Filler ($15) in Warm Auburn and E.L.F Glitter Mascara ($9) in Gold.

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