The Best Eyebrow Pencils for Gray Hair
Matching Eyebrows and Hair Color
Recently a friend of ours asked my husband, who is a professional photographer, to take a photo of her for her website. He agreed and we showed up at the agreed time. This only needed to be a headshot so we didn't anticipate being there long. Our friend is in her early 70s with a shock of light gray hair. We get together most weeks for a casual outing, so to see her with a full face of makeup, I was a bit taken aback. It wasn't the touch of lipstick or blusher on her cheeks, it was the eyebrows. White hair, light pink cheeks and lipstick and then POW dark brown eyebrows. Where did they come from?
I knew I had to say something to her because her eyebrows were the main focal point on her face. We went into the bathroom and toned them down with a cotton ball.
Shades of Gray
It was at that point I realized the problems of trying to maintain eyebrows when going gray. It doesn't matter what color hair you used to have all that matters now is that you are now a glorious gray or heading that way. It might be a dark or light gray or a combination of the two, commonly called 'salt and pepper'.
When you stop to think about it, there are many variations in what we generally think of as gray hair or going gray.
For some people, they may have dark hair with streaks of gray and others, such as myself, who have light hair, turning to white.
Although it was thought that you wouldn't get gray hair until you're older, now it is becoming a fashion statement and women are choosing to color their hair various hues of gray. These range from slate gray to smoky blue-gray to a light platinum.
Although the eyebrows don't need to match the color of your hair, they should complement it. Even if you had flowing locks of auburn hair and now you are donning silver ones, let's get a color which will help you look your best.
Best Eyebrow Color for Silver or White Hair
Whether your hair is silver, salt and pepper, white or a combination of them, there is an eyebrow pencil color for you. Now you can buy various shades of gray pencils depending on your color of gray. Before it was a kohl pencil which needed to be rubbed out.
I am a light blonde/white gray and I prefer a light gray pencil. This I combine with a taupe powder blended in to give depth and definition. I just use my taupe eye shadow to soften the gray pencil coloring so it isn't too obvious that I have been filling in gaps.
This is the pencil I use. Although I normally wear my hair with bangs, (fringe) I still like to to know I have a complete look.
This gray color is perfect for my white/blond hair and just adds definition to my face.
I am not one to spend a vast fortune on makeup, so its low price also helps me look smart, but stay within my budget.
Although they offer lots of shades, for me, the No. 5 is the best.
Skin Coloring and Eyebrows
As if thinning eyebrows and gray hair wasn't enough to deal with, our complexion has also changed. Not just the elasticity but also the coloring, where we often would have a pinkish or warm glow, it now can look ashen. This too needs to be taken into consideration when thinking about the eyebrows. If your skin is light, a dark gray eyebrow pencil will look too harsh.
Medical Reasons Why Eyebrows Fall Out
Thinning eyebrows can be a problem for mature women. This can be for a variety of reasons including over plucking or waxing when we were younger. For example, I have a balding patch on one eyebrow where I was stung many years ago and the hairs never grew there again.
There are also some medical problems why eyebrows fall out or become sparse, some of these include:
In the video below, the woman shows you how to line up your eyebrows to get the beginning point, the correct location for the arch and the tail.
Getting the Color Right
Once when visiting my mother, we were getting ready to go out for a dinner. Although we weren't going anywhere fancy, she still wanted to put on some makeup. I had my makeup bag in her bathroom and told her my eyebrow pencil was in there.
Now, my mother had been using an eyebrow pencil for about 60 years so, suffice to say she didn't need to look in the mirror to apply it. It was like signing her name on a check, she had done it so many times, it was second nature to her. Well, she should have looked in the mirror because when she came out and said she was ready to go, my sister and I looked at each other and burst out laughing. She hadn't grabbed my light brown eyebrow pencil, she had used a green eyeliner. Our mother stood before us with a matching pair of green eyebrows, while my sister and were bent double in hysterical laughter.
The Best Eyebrow Pencil Remover
I know there are newfangled makeup removers specifically designed to remove this and that with promises to change my life for the better. At my age, I have heard it all before and quite frankly am too old to believe the hyperbole dreamed up by an overpaid marketing guru. I am the type of person who buys a product and if it works, I stick with it. That is the case with Ponds Cold Cream. It is the only remover I use for eye makeup. It takes off mascara, eyebrow pencil, and eyeshadow. The rest of my face I like to use Dove soap. I personally don't use an astringent as I don't want to dry out my face.
Words to Know
Brow brush: This is used to apply a brow powder and is usually slightly angled and rather stiff. Excellent for adding additional color to those thinning areas.
Brow comb: Used to comb the eyebrows into shape.
The tail of the brow: This is the part nearest the temples and one of the parts which begin to thin and drop out as we age.
Spoolie: This looks like a clean mascara brush. It is ideal to blend together the hairs, powder, and pencil.
Plucking: Removing eyebrow hairs with tweezers.
Eyebrow waxing: Like leg or a bikini wax, warm wax is applied and when removed pulls hairs out in the wax.
Eyebrow threading: Removing multiple eyebrow hairs using a circle of thread.
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