Despite the onslaught of bleached brows we’ve seen on the runways, we think it’s pretty safe to say you’re more of a natural brow kind of gal. And we have celebs like Lily Collins, Sofia Vergara, and Solange Knowles to thank for the fact that the bushy and bold brilliance of the heavy brow isn’t going out of style any time soon. “There is something very sexy and feminine about a strong eyebrow,” says Lauren E. Hack, hairstylist and co-owner of LAUREN+VANESSA Salon in New York City. “And adding a tint can bring out your facial features in a way that looks great on every woman.”
But what brow color is right for you? Follow this guide to find your perfect match (and have them colored at the salon or try tinting them at home).
If You Have Blonde Hair…
Lucky you! You have the flexibility to either darken or lighten your brows depending on your skin tone and how light you’re going with your hair color. “We prefer our blondes to color their brows up to one shade darker,” says Hack. “Darkening brows is great for natural blondes who have light brown hair because the darker tint will color any blonde hairs, making them appear thicker and more defined.” Added bonus: Darker brows help make blonde highlights stand out more—think Sienna Miller, Jennifer Aniston, and Cara Delevingne.
If you’re platinum, bleached brows can look harsh, so Hack advises sticking with a darker brow shade à la Gwen Stefani, Michelle Williams, and Rita Ora.” Light blondes are best suited with a golden blonde hue to add definition without being too dark, medium blondes should go with a light, taupe brown to achieve that same goal, and dark blondes should opt for a rich, neutral brown. “This will really make the white in your eyes pop, while still giving you that soft, natural appearance,” says Joey Healy, a New York City brow specialist.