Changing your eyebrow color — whether to match your hair or create contrast — can be an arduous task. When it comes to dyeing, safety is key. Your vision is important, and hair dyes, designed specifically for use on the scalp, can be dangerous when it comes to use around the eye area. In some cases, rashes, allergies and blisters can develop — with the worst risk being blindness. In lieu of dyeing the your eyebrows, there are plenty of alternatives when it comes to changing brow color — but if you do want to dye them, it’s best to go to a professional.

Eyebrow mascara is an easy and fun way to change up your eyebrow look. Although you can get standard, natural brow colors suitable for blondes, brunettes and redheads, you can also experiment with fun, bold and unnatural colors, such as blue, red and purple.

Using an eyelash primer or setting powder on the brows before applying the mascara will help the pigment adhere to the eyebrows better, so the color will appear more vibrant and true.

Makeup is another great way to define and color brows. Using an angled brush, you can use brow powder or even eyeshadow to add color to the brow, filling in the sparse areas and darkening the appearance of brows overall, depending on the shade used.

To lighten darker brows, concealer can be applied directly on the brow and filled in with a dark blonde brow pencil or powder, or the concealer can be used on its own if that look is desired. Covering brows with a lighter shade of foundation can also help to lighten the appearance of eyebrows.

If you are certain you want to dye your brows, the best place is to go is to a professional. Experienced aestheticians will know what product to use and what is suitable to use on the brow. Typically, the dye will be carefully placed on the eyebrow using a cotton swab and covered with plastic to avoid dye from dripping into the eye area. Make sure a patch test is performed and that the developer used is nothing over 10 volume, to avoid any harsh reactions.