Since platinum hair became a thing, it seems that most of the best bottle blondes have decided against lightened brows in favor of a darker, bolder eye frame. Even the definitive brows of the moment, propped up by Ms. Delevingne, are kept brunette despite her not-so-brunette hair. After all, isn't the consensus that the deeper and fuller your brow, the younger you look? But what of the raven-haired ladies in search of a little contrast? Well that's where there're makeup products—so everyone can have options.
The Non-Permanent Method
Try subduing your brows with a blonde eyebrow pencil, gel, or pot. It’s a small, fresh change that can take a little weight out of your smoky eye, soften a dark lip look (Rooney Mara [4-5]), or just keep you out of the dreaded brow rut. Try for six, serious strokes—two to cover the sprouts, two to go up towards the arch, and two to finish out the tail.
For a more serious disappearing act, mix a full-coverage concealer, white luminizer, and matte golden pigment to fake your bleached brows. The concealer should be very creamy, almost liquid; it needs to coat the hairs without adding a lot of gunk. For this, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer does the trick. Mixing it with a yellow pigment is optional, but try adding an opalescent white highlighting cream, like Lush Feeling Younger, to add sheen—hair should reflect light, and the concealer will really mattify things.
Or, The Permanent Method
Bleach! Stacey Nishimoto is the expert on this. Instead of full-on bleaching the hairs, she simply warms them by applying Sally Hansen's Creme Hair Bleach (1/4 teaspoon of the powder activator and then 1/2 teaspoon of the cream) for increments of 5 minutes or so. For more on her technique, click here.
What else will keep you out of that brow rut? All of our Brow Month stories right this way.
Photos by Mathea Millman.