One look at social media and we can see that dark eyebrow are very popular, especially when the brows themselves are sculpted into a natural-looking arched eyebrow.
We can appreciate all types of eyebrows, but there’s just something about women who have dark eyebrows.
As beautiful as dark eyebrows might be, not everyone was born with them! If you want to make a statement with your eyebrows but don’t naturally have the perfect shade to do so, read on for 10 tips on how to get gorgeous dark brows.
1. Invest In The Right Products
First things first: if you want perfect arches and depth in your brows, invest in an eyebrow pencil or powder to fill them in.
Choose one that is a couple of shades darker than your actual hair colour for the best results, and use either an angled brush or eyeshadow blending brush to gently place the pigment onto your brows.
2. Pluck With Care
Now, this tip isn’t exactly about filling in your eyebrows with different-coloured powder or pencil – it’s much more important! The best way to get dark looking eyebrows is to simply care for them correctly after you’ve shaped them with tweezers.
By brushing them down with a spoolie every day before applying makeup, you can help keep any stray eyebrow hairs from obstructing their appearance.
3. Consider Microblading
Have no fear: microblading is another way to darken your eyebrows.
A must for those who have sparse or non-existent eyebrows, microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing process that will colour and shape your brows for you – no need to use pencils or powders with this type of treatment!
However, it’s important to note that the eyebrow tattoos created by microblading last only about three years (though touch-ups can be done after six months).
Also, since the pigment is implanted under the skin, not on top of it like regular eyebrow makeup, natural oils can cling to them and lead to crusty residue showing up in your pores if they’re not cleaned thoroughly enough (and even then some staining might still occur).
4. Skip The Sunscreen
While it’s important to wear sunscreen on your face every day, there are times when you might want to leave your skin bare – like during the summer!
If you’re out in the sun for several hours after applying sunscreen, then there’s a decent chance that some of it can rub off onto your eyebrows. And then what happens?
That sunscreen mixes with the pigment in your eyebrow pencil or powder and stains them! This is one of those rare occasions where using no sunscreen at all is better than using one that isn’t “sweatproof” or “water-resistant.”
5. Don’t Touch Them With Dirty Hands
We’ve all been guilty of from time to time: not washing our hands thoroughly before applying makeup to our face.
Makeup brushes and applicators can pick up bacteria from your nails, cuticles, and even palms – and this bacteria has a chance of transferring onto the skin around your eyebrows if you don’t wash your hands first!
The same goes for touching un-sanitized surfaces: always remember to sanitize your phone screen and the back of your computer mouse before swiping across them to touch up your brows!
6. Avoid Using Eyeliner
A mistake many people make is using eyeliner on their eyebrows instead of filling them in with an eyebrow pencil or powder. While it may work for some, it’s better to practice using an eyeshadow that matches the colour of your eyebrows instead.
By using black eyeliner, you run the risk of looking like you have two big “smudges” above your eyes instead of two neatly shaped eyebrows!
7. Stay Away From The Sunscreen
Next time you’re out in the sun, try not to wear sunscreen on or around your eyebrows (see #4). Since sunscreen is known for staining lashes and hair follicles, it can also end up clashing with your eyebrow colour if applied in high amounts (and even in small amounts over time).
8. Be Patient
Building up dark brows won’t happen overnight; they will take some time to get used to! It could take about 2-3 months before noticing significant changes depending on how dark your existing eyebrows are, so please have some patience when starting any new eyebrow routine.
Also, because the results will be subtle at first, you’ll want to keep a close eye on whether or not your new routine is working well for you!
9. Stay Away From The Heat
We all love summertime, but be careful when going outside in the heat! The warmer weather can make it harder to resist sweating – and once sweat mixes with your brow makeup it can lead to a darker colour.
If possible, stay inside whenever it’s extremely hot out or wait for cooler temperatures before leaving the house.
10 . Avoid Putting Alcohol On Your Brows
What could alcohol possibly have to do with your eyebrow colour? Everything, thanks to its ingredients! Alcohol can be drying to the skin around your eyebrows, which in turn may cause them to look darker than usual.
If this happens, try switching over to an alcohol-free moisturizer when applying it to the area!