Happy Maven Reveal Day!
We’re so excited to finally release Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home, our new all-in-one brow tool: one part angled precision brush and one part tinted brow powder. (Learn more and see a tutorial here!)
With four different shades to choose from—Taupe, Warm Brown, Cool Brown, and Rich Brown—Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home is designed to complement the wide array of skin tone and hair color combinations out there, including yours.
And to help you find the right shade for you, our product development team created this handy Brow Color Chart. Just find the row that best represents your skin tone, and cross-reference it with the row that best describes your hair color. Then, consider whether your undertones are cool, warm, or neutral. (Not sure? We’ve got a few tips for how to figure it out here.) BOOM—there’s your ideal arch shade.
A few things to know about this handy little chart:
1. Both shades in the square should work for you. The color suggestions in each square aren’t rules, they’re options. Either shade should work for you—it just depends on the look you’re going for. In most cases, the lighter shade in the box will give you a more natural brow, while the darker shade in the box will give you a more dramatic brow.
2. Factor in your undertones. For example, I am blonde with fair skin, so my suggested shades are Taupe and Warm Brown. My skin has cool undertones (I’m pink, pale, and burn easily), which tips the scales toward Taupe (the lightest shade).
3. Factor in the natural shade of your brows. In general, a lighter brow color will look more natural because it recedes, filling in the gaps between (but not overshadowing) your actual brow hairs. My eyebrows are naturally very light, which seals the deal for me + Taupe. But someone with fair skin, blonde hair, and naturally dark brows may be more suited for the Warm Brown shade. And if I wanted to rock a POWER BROW, I’d totally reach for Warm Brown. (Which is why, full disclosure, I’m ordering both.) Again, it all depends on YOU. (See #1.)
Want a few real-life examples? We gotchu. We asked five Julep staffers across the spectrum to try out the two brow shades recommended for them, to get a real side-by-side (or more like brow-by-brow) comparison. If you’re still not sure which Don’t Leave Your Brows At Home shade is for you, we hope these examples will help!
Meet Cara. She has blonde hair and a fair complexion with neutral-warm undertones. She tried out Taupe and Warm Brown to see which shade suits her best. (She’s also wearing Shelly (It Girl) on her nails, if you’re curious.)
Though she appreciated the more dramatic definition of the Warm Brown brow, Cara decided to go with Taupe for everyday, because it gives her brows a slightly more natural look.
Say hello to the lovely Kat! She tried out Cool Brown and Rich Brown to see which shade best complemented her dark brown hair and cocoa complexion.
Though the difference was actually quite subtle, Kat decided that she liked the look of the Cool Brown slightly more than the Rich Brown. “But if my hair was lighter,” she noted, “I think I would actually choose the Rich Brown to create more of a contrast.” Great tip!
This is Aileen! She has dark brown hair and medium skin with warm-leaning undertones, so she tested out Cool Brown versus Warm Brown to see which she liked best.
Again, it was almost a toss-up. Cool Brown created a slightly more dramatic look, which Aileen liked, but she ended up opting for Warm Brown as her everyday shade.
Ashley has beautiful auburn hair and a fair, freckled complexion, which made her the perfect candidate to test out which shade—Cool Brown or Warm Brown—might suit her fellow redheads best. (And she is wearing Danica (Boho Glam) on her nails, available now as part of the new Paradise Collection.)
Again, both shades worked. Ashley slightly preferred the Cool Brown, because she’s a fan of a darker, more defined brow, but she noted that the Warm Brown shade still worked, especially if you are looking for a subtler fill-in. I was impressed at the way both shades blended seamlessly and even seemed to bring out the red tones in her brows—so lovely!
This is Kate! She has dark brown, almost black hair with a fair complexion, so she tested out Cool Brown and Rich Brown to see which would flatter her bold brows best.
Kate immediately opted for the Cool Brown shade, because her brows are already so defined, and she liked how that shade provided a more natural fill. But it should be noted that she got so many compliments on her left brow that she ended up filling in both eyebrows in Rich Brown. It took a little getting used to, but she eventually admitted a “power brow” totally suits her… at least for the occasional fun night out.
So there you have it! With eyebrows, as with life, it’s all about finding what makes you feel happy, confident, and beautiful, whether that means a natural brow, a power brow, or a brow that exists somewhere in between. No go forth and show off your best brows ever—whatever you do, just don’t leave ’em at home!