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How to Lighten Eyebrow Color

Updated April 17, 2017

When a woman changes her hair colour to a lighter shade, she may want to lighten her eyebrows also. "The key is to make sure your eyebrows are a shade or two darker than your hair colour," according to Phyllis Li at the website Makeup For Life. Lightening dark eyebrows a shade or two can make you face seem softer and make your new hair colour look more natural.

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  1. Put an old towel around your shoulders and one down on the floor underneath your feet if the room is carpeted.

  2. Apply facial bleach to the eyebrows with the applicator that came with the bleach kit. Start with the thickest part of the eyebrow and move the applicator to the thinnest part. You can buy facial bleach at a beauty supply store or in the make-up aisle at a grocery store.

  3. Wipe any drips of bleach off of any part of the body other than the eyebrows or surface with a wet cotton swab. This will prevent burns to the skin or stains to a surface.

  4. Check the colour of your eyebrows after two minutes to ensure they have not processed too quickly and have reached the desired colour. Wipe away a small amount of the bleach with a cotton swab if you cannot see the changes to the colour.

  5. Remove the bleach immediately when the manufacturer's recommended time has passed. Wipe the bleach off the eyebrows with a cotton swab that is wet with cold water. Start with the eyebrow that you applied the bleach to first, and use a gentle sweeping motion.

  6. Sweep another wet cotton swab over the eyebrows after the visible bleach is gone to ensure you have completely removed the bleach.

  7. Apply a hair conditioner to your eyebrows, gently rubbing it in to moisturise the hairs.

  8. Tip

    Avoid abrasive soaps on the eyebrows for a couple of days, because the skin around them may be dry or irritated.


    Do not leave the bleach on the eyebrows for a longer time than recommended by the manufacturer. Never put bleach in your eye or on your eyelashes.

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Things You'll Need

  • Facial bleach kit
  • Towel
  • Cotton swabs
  • Hair Conditioner

About the Author

Maude Coffey retired after 10 years working as a professional body modification artist in the tattoo industry. She is certified in principles of infection control and blood-borne pathogens. Coffey received additional training and classes, such as anatomy, jewelry standards and aftercare, from the Association of Professional Piercers. Coffey aims to educate about safe tattooing and piercing practices while writing for various websites.

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