Yep—Ombré Brows Are a Thing

Updated 05/26/19

We’ve heard a lot of buzz around ombré eyebrows. But when Sally Hershberger’s resident brow expert Robyn Cosio mentioned them on a visit and said they are "the No. 1 technique she applies to her A-list clients," we paused. So what are they? Wouldn’t we all notice a drastic gradient effect on the bulk of Hollywood’s brows? Turns out the answer is no.

What's Up With Ombré Brows?

Ombré may make us think of the hair trend, but it's much subtler on the brow. The process is a blending of color using either brow tint or a pencil. Typically, to appear bolder, the brow is made to look darker at the arch. Think of it as the lowlights you get in your hair, just for your brow. The subtle color transition adds depth to otherwise wimpy-looking brows. It also looks way more natural than some other trends we’ve fared.

How to Ombré Your Brows

Want to DIY ombré brows at home? Blend both light and slightly darker brow pencils, like Anastasia's Brow Wiz ($21). Try setting with a clear coat like Glossier Boy Brow ($18) in Clear.

To get ombré brows, stroke sparingly into the brow, filling in sparse spots and applying the most attention to the arch. 

Brow Goals

Now for some ombré brow inspiration. Check out these images of celebrities who've nailed the trend.

Golden globes 2018 hair side partings: Zoe Kravitz
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Zoë Kravitz

As if she didn't already achieve brow perfection just by being born, Zoë Kravitz makes ombré brows look easy.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid's arch is giving us serious brow envy. Her look is polished and fresh all at once.

Rihanna
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Rihanna

All hail Rihanna. The reigning queen of the makeup industry commands attention. Her subtle brows are exactly how this trend is done.

Kaia Gerber

Even the genetically-brow-blessed can elevate their look with a little ombré. Kaia Gerber, we're looking at you.

Zendaya
 

Zendaya

Swoon. Zendaya's got this brow game on lock.

Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez

The ultimate diva of our lifetime, we can always count on Jennifer Lopez to rock a brow trend like no other.

Semi-Permanent Brow Enhancers

If you'd rather not with penciling in your brows every time you want to achieve this look, semi-permanent ombré shading is offered in some salons. A technician inserts pigment into the skin beneath sparse brows to mimic the look of a powdery brow tint. Microblading is another longer lasting way to amp up your brows daily. This method involves tattooing tiny hair-like strokes into the brows for a naturally full look. Some people like to combine the two procedures.

Each can cost between $500 and $1000, and touchups are needed every one to three years, depending on factors such as how much sun exposure you get and how often you exfoliate.

Important question: Do these procedures hurt? Like with a tattoo, it really depends on your pain tolerance, but a topical numbing agent can be applied beforehand. The discomfort might be a small price to pay for low-maintenance ombré brows.

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