Best Eyebrow Makeup for Gray Hair

March 5, 2021 (updated April 12, 2022)

When I decided to grow my hair out gray, I didn’t realize that I would have to switch up my eyebrow makeup too. But it totally makes sense. As I was going from a dark, warm brown to a cool salt-and-pepper, I couldn’t rely on the same warm-toned eyebrow makeup products. Here are three recommendations I am loving rn. 

Lisa trying on eyebrow makeup

By: Lisa Fennessy

IN THIS POST:

I lived with warmed-toned hair my entire life—until I was 39 and started growing out my hair gray

I was so focused on the grow-out process and how I was feeling about myself that it wasn’t until around the 1-year mark that I realized my eyebrow makeup needed some adjustment. 

RELATED: Read how to grow thicker eyebrows with the best brow hair growth serums.

The 1-year mark is also where the length of my grow-out was overtaking the plane of my eyebrows as my gray started to graze my ears—and I think that’s why I started noticing the disconnect. 

I had always opted for warm-brown eyebrow makeup, but now that my hair was coming in salt and pepper, I realized warm brown brows against cool, salt-and-pepper toned hair was starting to look a bit odd. 


Lisa trying on eyebrow makeup

Clean beauty eyebrow makeup for gray hair

So I started playing around with some better beauty brow products that would complement my new look. 

And when I say a “better beauty,” I mean a brow formula that relies heavily on certified organic oils and natural waxes as opposed to ingredients like propylene glycol, polysorbates, EDTA and phenoxyethanol.

RELATED: Check out our No Thanks List for other ingredients we skip.

I also wanted to find that Goldilocks shade that would compliment my gray hair. Something in that brown/black family that was sans any warm or red tones. And not something too dark like a jet black either. I needed something like a dark ash gray or light black. 

After a couple years of searching and testing, I found a couple that work for me so if you have similar coloring, these might work for you too!   

And pro-makeup artists agree

And just to cover my bases, I reached out to a couple of better beauty makeup artists that I enjoy following to see if there were any recommendations I haden’t discovered yet. 

After sharing my two picks, Katey Denno, pro-makeup artist to the stars, confirms, “This is a serious hole in the industry. Those [my picks, below!] are the only two in the clean beauty space that I ever suggest unless basic brown still works with their overall coloring, then I’ll reach for one of the browns from Ecobrow or Plume.” 

And Rebecca Casciano, a clean beauty makeup artist and founder of The Sacred Beauty Collective adds, “I can’t think of one off the top of my head. This is clearly an area for improvement.” Rebecca adds, “Sometimes I can use a blonde one, depending on the person’s original hair color.”

RELATED: Read my gray hair makeup tips here.


Top picks for gray hair eyebrow makeup

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We also have our eyes on Eye of Horus’ pencil too, which may work for people who have an ashy or blonde base. Do you have any eyebrow makeup recommendations for gray hair?

Xo, lisa

REFERENCES:

1. Mayne, Susan Mayne, Ph. D, Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; FDA In Brief: FDA Releases Final Report of Talc-containing Cosmetic Products Tested for Asbestos, March 2020; https://www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-brief/fda-brief-fda-releases-final-report-talc-containing-cosmetic-products-tested-asbestos

2. Shah, Vaidehi; Eco-Business, March 23rd, 2017; What is sustainable palm oil?; https://www.eco-business.com/news/what-is-sustainable-palm-oil/

By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of This Organic Girl. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Wendy

    Hi Lisa,
    What are your thoughts on the brand BeautyCounter? I’ve used a few of their products over the past two years and really like it, but I’m not sure how the brand ranks with other clean beauty product lines.
    Thank you,
    Wendy

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Hi Wendy! They are definitely a better option than conventional makeup and I love the work they are doing to advocate for better regulation in the beauty industry. There are just so many brands I love better which is one of the reasons we don’t talk about Beauty Counter here on the TOG. Hope this helps! xo, Lisa

  2. Reply

    Kathleen

    Did I miss it? My eyebrow are salt and pepper!
    Mascara style brush made for eyebrows does not cover the gray hairs… Help!

    1. Reply

      Lisa

      Hi Kathleen! So, one side of the eyebrow brush will be the spoolie, use that to blend color. The other side is a slanted brush. Use that to apply color. This is the brush I like. Does that help? xo, Lisa

  3. Reply

    María

    Hi Lisa can I get the link of your facebook page ? thanks Maria

  4. Reply

    Susan

    I have no eyebrows at all. I use to have lite ones, where there was a form to follow.
    Please help me!

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Susan! Check out this new brow product by Maya Chia. We’ve tested it on multiple people and it truly works – before and after pics included! xo, Lisa

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