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Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Your Eyebrows Tinted

Whether you recently made a major change to your hair color or you’re just feeling inspired to switch things up, tinting your eyebrows can make an enormous impact on your look. However, you’ll want avoid just slapping on some dye all willy-nilly — they’re front and center on your face, after all.

Here’s what to keep in mind if you’re looking to make a change in your brow color.

Eyebrow tinting can put the finishing touches on a new hair color.

If you’re planning to change your hair color in a very noticeable way — more than a couple shades lighter or darker, or a completely different tone — your natural brow color may not be a great match.

“If I’m highlighting a client’s hair, I’ll lighten their brows a bit. If it’s a single-process root touch-up, I tend to go one to one-and-a-half shades deeper than the target hair color,” says Nikki Ferrara, a celebrity colorist at Serge Normant at John Frieda in New York City. “This tends to showcase both the eye color and skin tone.”

Don’t go too matchy-matchy.

Although it may sound sensible to match your brow color to your hair color, it’s not necessarily the best option. A subtle difference between the two can be much more flattering.

“I would never use the same shade on the eyebrows as I would on the hair,” Ferrara says. “The dyed-to-match look isn’t good!”

Instead, on deeper shades, she’ll use the same color on brows as she used on the hair, plus a 10-volume peroxide to create a subtle contrast. For lighter hair colors, she’ll use an oil lightener on the brows for a minute to make them appear lighter.

Leave it to a pro.

It may be tempting to just pick up some boxed hair color at the drugstore to dye your own brows, but having a professional colorist do it ideal, not only because they have more control over the color than box dye would allow, but because it’s just safer.

“I would advise people to only do this as an in-salon service because it’s super-close to your eye,” Ferrara advises.

Expect to touch them up every few weeks.

Between color fade and brow hairs naturally falling out at the end of their growth cycle, your eyebrows will return to their natural color if you don’t touch them up. They’ll look best if you can have them colored once a month, but if that’s too often for your busy schedule, ask your colorist to do it when you go in for your root touch-ups.

Not ready to commit? Experiment with makeup.

If you’re not ready to dive into dye, you can play around with any imaginable color by using makeup on your brows.

“Using a clean eyebrow spoolie, dip it into a little full-coverage concealer and back-comb the eyebrow hair. Then comb the hair down flat,” says makeup artist Kim Carpluk. “The hair will look like it’s bleached and will hold any brow powder color.” Just apply it as you usually would! It even works with super-colorful eyeshadow, if you’re feeling bold.