Many women choose to use an eyebrow pencil to emphasize their eyebrows and draw attention to their eyes. Coloring your eyebrows with the right color can intensify the appearance of your brows and give you a more striking look. Choosing the right shade for your complexion and hair color, however, is crucial to achieving a successful look. Whether you are a fair-haired woman who was shortchanged in brow coloring, or one who wants to cover those annoying white brow hairs that pop up with age, choosing the right shade doesn’t have to be a matter of trial and error.

Choose a pencil in a shade as close to your natural brow color as possible to maintain a natural look, as a general rule.

Pick a pencil in a shade that is slightly darker than your hair to create extra emphasis in the brow area when you have blond hair. Use this darker color sparingly to avoid creating a harsh, made-up look.

Decided on a pencil in a shade slightly lighter than your brows when you have black or brown hair. Intensifying your natural color by going too dark will give you an artificial look, while a lighter pencil provides a look that blends easily with your face without drawing too much attention.

Opt for a pencil slightly darker than your natural shade to cover stray white or gray eyebrows.


  • Choose a waterproof eyebrow pencil to ensure that your handiwork stays firmly in place when you swim or get caught in an unexpected downpour.

  • Obtain an eyebrow pencil sharpener, so you can keep your eyebrow pencil sharpened to a fine point for creating natural, feathery strokes.

  • Use an eyebrow brush or comb to smooth and separate the fine hairs of your brows.