12 Gray Eyebrow Pencils That Blend Like A Dream
It's common knowledge that your hair turns gray as you grow older —including the hair on your eyebrows, too. Other factors like missing particular nutrients in your diet, stress from your lifestyle, or hair pigmentation issues can also contribute to graying hairs — but that doesn't mean that your eyebrows should be sacrificed. There are a slew of gray eyebrow pencils that help you blend those hairs to oblivion (or let them shine), along with some easy tips, too.
“First, match or compliment your natural eyebrow color with the pencil," makeup artist Min Ma, who works with Hailee Steinfeld and Leonardo DiCaprio, says. "I like to use fair, ashy shades and light blondes for fairer skin. The idea is to fill sparse areas and give them a shape without making them stand out too much, especially with gray coloring. Think of your brows as an accessory rather than the centerpiece."
Ma also likes to the use pencils that are larger in diameter instead of the skinny ones because they go on softer and more natural. "Again, it’s not about coloring gray color onto your brows. Instead, give them a shape,” says Ma.
But if you want to let your grays glisten, that's totally fine, too. “I’d leave them be," Ma reflects. "Enjoy them. I wouldn’t pluck because good, youthful brows should look full and natural."
Ahead, see more tips and suggestions from Ma, along with Los Angeles-based artist Michelle Quaranta, makeup artist Joanna Schlip, and Molly R. Stern, an artist whose work can be seen in publications such as ELLE and Allure.
Ma suggests this pencil for blending smooth and natural-looking arches. The Ash color is great for lighter skin tones, but it is also offered in darker shades as well.
The powder in this formula works to fill in bald spots, while the pencil itself helps to add precision to your application.
Also favorited by Ma, this pencil blends in gray hair seamlessly, and the waxy formula helps keep everything in place.
"This pencil covers the gray well, and is affordable in price," says Quaranta
"Sometimes using a lighter brown color to fill in brows and then adding a setting with a shadow provides a very natural all-day look," Quaranta suggests.
"This is an easy to use pencil for quick and simple shaping," Schlip says.
Brow Wiz is "an ultra-slim, retractable pencil for precise detailing and creating hair-like strokes," Schlip says.
"The formula gives you the blendability of eyebrow powder with the precision of a pencil," Schlip shares.
"These shades go on well and wear beautifully for someone who wants to blend the gray with a richer tone," Stern says.
"For more intense coverage, I would recommend a brow pen which deposits more of an ink to the brow shape, such as this one from Ardell," Stern says.