By Valerie Monroe
For nearly 16 years Valerie Monroe was the beauty director at O, The Oprah Magazine, where she wrote the popular “Ask Val” column.
If you’re interested in feeling happier about your appearance—especially as you age—you might like reading what she has to say about it. For more of her philosophical and practical advice, subscribe for free to How Not to F*ck Up Your Face at valeriemonroe.substack.com.
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Alice: As the hair on my head has turned snow white so has the hair on my eyebrows. They have also thinned as I age. Any thoughts on that issue?
Of course I have thoughts! Here’s what I have had to say on the matter.
If your hair is completely snow white and your brows are, too, it’s best to have them professionally shaped (at least once) and then, if necessary fill in any thin spots with a light gray pencil
. But if your brows are partly gray, dyeing them is, as far as I know, your best option. I don’t love tints,
which I find can make me look like I got caught in a sandstorm with vaseline on my brows. I now dye my brows myself, after lots of equivocating about it. It works for me, and it can be done as often as necessary (by which I mean every few weeks). It’s not hard. I use this tint
in middle brown (my hair is blond-ish, gray-ish), which I mix 1 to 1 with this developer
. I mix it on a little flat stick like a tongue depressor. Apply it with an eyeliner brush or a bare spoolie brush (which you can get for free at Sephora if you look like you might buy something). Leave the dye on for around two minutes (NOT MORE) and then wipe off with a damp cotton pad. The more practice you get at doing this the better your results should be, but even when you don’t think you know what you’re doing, if you don’t leave the dye on too long, the results are fine.
You want to be extra careful, of course, to keep the stuff out of your eyes, so load the brush sparingly and take as many passes as you need to cover all the brow hair. It’s really easy once you get the hang of it. Make sure you have uninterrupted time in front of the mirror and pay attention to the timer (I use my iPhone)!
Thanks for your question!
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