Choosing an Eyebrow Color
The cool palette vs. the warm palette
When thinking about the right color for your eyebrows, its important not only to think about your natural hair color, but your natural brow color and your skin tone. Your eyebrows need to flatter your skin color and bring out your eyes, and of course they ought to at least somewhat match your hair. Many of us color our hair, and plan on continuing to do so—probably with different colors too. So how do we plan for this? The answer is by measuring the warmth (redness) of our skin tones. Look at your skin—is it pale and rosy? Olive and tan? Deep hued and dark? The amount of red in your skin dictates the color palette you should choose from.
There are three major palettes from which you can select your color: Cool, Neutral, and Warm.
The Cool Palette: Colors in the cool palette are designed for those of you who don’t like red in your eyebrows. If you have a very fair complexion, with rosy hues in your cheeks, you probably want to select a brow color from this collection. Colors in the cool palette can appear ash or green looking, but your skin type will warm them to ash and taupe browns.
The Neutral Palette: This palette contains colors with a little more red in them than the cool palette, but less than the warm palette. If your skin is fair but not rosy, or darker with less blue undertones, select a color from the neutral palette.
The Warm Palette: Warm colors are best for skin with less rosy hues and more olive or chocolate tones. If your skin tans easily, is olive, golden, or black, then the warm collection is where you want to select your brow color.
In General: African American clients should choose a color 2 or 3 shades lighter than desired in the warm or neutral palettes because this skin type tends to turn brow colors darker. Hispanic clients should stay in warm or neutral palettes. Asian clients should stay in cool or neutral palettes. Caucasian skin ranges very widely, pay attention to your complexion and your natural brow hair color (if you have it) to select a color from the right palette.
An Important Note on Color Selection: This tool is only for basic guidance when picking your brow color. The only true test is to do to a smear test and rub the color onto your skin. You will immediately see the undertones of your skin blend in with the color, this will give you a real idea of how the color may heal in your skin.