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I recently highlighted my hair. How closely do my eyebrows need to match my lighter color?

By Amanda George

Women often ask if it’s okay for the brows to be darker than their hair color. That’s very Scarlett Johansson! It’s definitely a look, but it can be too severe without makeup. So when hair gets lightened, I do usually soften the brows a shade or two if they’re too dark.

On the other hand, when I darken the hair, I generally leave the brows untouched unless they are considerably lighter. In that case, I darken them only a shade or two. Severely dark brows can only be pulled off with the correct skin tone. But if you are a natural girl, you may not want to change your brow color at all.

If you choose to use makeup to darken your brows, powder gives a much more natural vibe than a pencil. Try to find one that matches your new hue or is slightly lighter for the most flattering look.

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Amanda George is the co-owner of the Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, which is frequented by such celebrities as Reese Witherspoon, Lindsay Lohan and Cameron Diaz.
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