Tips To Get Bleached Eyebrows For A Perfectly Balanced Look

Let your inner Kendall Jenner come back to life and get ready to flaunt some washed-out brows.

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Blonde and platinum hair colors are fun, as long as your eyebrows have the same color, too. So, if you want bleached eyebrows that will complement your hair shade, we have some tips to share. Light bleaching will help you lighten the dark hue of your eyebrows and give you a perfectly balanced look.

From Rihanna to Maise Williams and Queen B to Billie Eilish, all our favorite celebs have embraced this bleached look! You can opt for a salon treatment to dye your eyebrows but if you want to know how to safely lighten your black eyebrows at home, check out this article. Keep scrolling for some easy and hassle-free tips that will help you achieve your desired look in no time!

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  • Protection: Protection Avoid direct sunlight after bleaching your eyebrows and use a sunstick on your eyebrows.
  • Double Cleansing: Protection First use a cleansing balm and then a normal facial cleanser for deep cleaning, before bleach application.
  • Light Brows Shade: Protection Go exactly one shade lighter if you want light brown brows. Then, over your bleached brows, apply a dark blonde hair color.
  • Dark Brows Shade: Protection Use a medium or light ashy brown after bleaching your brow hair to achieve a more medium brown color.

How To Prep Your Eyebrows Before You Bleach Them

Before you begin this beauty procedure, it is essential to prepare your brows. Here’s how:

  • Make sure your eyebrows are freshly groomed. Thread, wax or pluck – do your usual drill.
  • Wash your brows with soap and water to remove any traces of dirt or makeup and leave them to dry before you begin.
  • Pull your hair back into a bun or a ponytail.

All set?

Tutorial – How To Lighten Your Eyebrows With Bleach

Woman holding eyebrow brush
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Before you begin, make sure you have all the things you need in place to make the bleaching or lightening process quick and hassle-free.

What You Need

  • Cream bleach kit

Try the Sally Hansen Creme Hair Bleach For Face. It is gentle and gives you quick, consistent results.

  • A glass tray or bowl
  • Wet wipes
  • A hair band

Step By Step Tutorial With Pictures

Step 1: Prepare The Bleach

Step 1 to bleach your eyebrows
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Start by putting a little activator (about the size of a dime) on your glass tray and mix it with the creme bleach until it reaches the consistency of whipped butter, not too thick or watery.

Step 2: Apply The Bleach On Your Brows

Step 2 to bleach your eyebrows
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Use the spatula to coat your eyebrows with bleach. You want each brow to be adequately covered with a thick layer of bleach for even lightening. Set your timer for about two minutes.

Step 3: Wipe Away The Bleach

Step 3 to bleach your eyebrows
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After about two minutes, do a wipe test to see if your brows have reached your desired shade. If they have, remove the bleach and wash your face thoroughly. Apply your regular face moisturizer on the area. If you want them to look a tad bit lighter, go in with some more bleach for another minute.

Here’s what they finally look like!

Final look with bleached eyebrows
Image: YouTube @kandeejohnson

Tips And Precautions: Bleaching Your Eyebrows The Right Way

Here are a bunch of tips and precautions to help you bleach your eyebrows with perfection.

  • Do Not Glob The Bleach On

Remember that applying chemicals near your eyes is dangerous. When you’re applying the bleach cream onto your brows, make sure you don’t glob the product on or get it into your eye.

  • Pick The Right Shade

If you want light brown eyebrows, go precisely one shade lighter. Then, use a dark ash blonde hair color over your bleached brows. If you have black eyebrows and want to end up with a more medium brown color, use a medium or light ash brown color once you finish bleaching the hair.

  • Don’t Leave The Bleach On For Too Long

It is best to leave the cream bleach on for just a minute or two. If you happen to leave it on for longer, your brows will appear more orange or reddish. To eliminate this, you can tone down the color by using ash (green-based) semi-permanent hair color.

  • If Bleach Isn’t An Option, Use Other Alternatives

If bleach cream does not suit you, you can also use natural alternatives like chamomile tea or lemon juice and honey to lighten your eyebrows. You can also apply hydrogen peroxide with a cotton swab to soften your brow color.

  • Use Vaseline As A Shield

Before you go in with the bleach, dab some petroleum jelly around your brows to create a boundary for the chemicals.

  • Proper Lighting Is Key

Make sure you carry out the bleaching process in a room with adequate lighting and use a magnifying mirror during application. This will help you achieve more accurate results.

  • Removing The Bleach

Use a warm washcloth or a wet wipe to remove the bleach gently. Wash your brows with your regular face wash and apply a hydrating moisturizer to the area once you finish.

Shannon, a makeup blogger, shared her post-bleaching eyebrow care routine, stating, “Once wiped away [the bleach] I take a gentle facial cleanser (do not use anything with AHAs, BHAs, Salicylic Acid or any other type of acne treatment), and gently wash the area to make sure I’ve removed all bleach residue from the area. Remember your skin is very open and sensitive right now, especially if this is your first time (i).”

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Use a purple or blue conditioner to remove brassiness from the bleached brows and get the perfect platinum/blonde shade.
  • Faking Bleached Eyebrows

If you aren’t ready to make a full commitment to lighter eyebrows, you can test it out first by faking bleached brows. To do this, brush some concealer onto your brows and then apply a color corrector with a slightly peachy tone. Brush your brows back and forth to ensure full coverage. Finally, set your brows with a translucent powder.

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You may use a white cream shadow on your eyebrows to fake the bleached eyebrows look.

Infographic: Things To Know Before Bleaching Your Brows

The no-brow look keeps making a comeback once every few decades. This time, the bleached brow look has caused quite the stir on the internet. And this happens to be one of those looks that are not easy to digest. The hesitation is understandable, and we are sure you want to know more. Check out the infographic below on everything you need to know before getting your own bleached brow look.

things to know before bleaching your brows (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Your brows frame and shape your face, so it is critical to give them the care they deserve. Bleaching your brows is a simple cosmetic process that will help you achieve a more unified look and avoid the stark contrast between your hair and eyebrows. Remember to perform a patch test (especially if you have allergies or sensitive skin). Even if you have never had a bad reaction to a product, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Your lightened eyebrows are a bold fashion statement that compliments your hair for a beautiful finish. Follow the tips in the article to get perfect bleached eyebrows at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does bleaching my eyebrows involve any side effects?

Not always. However, if you are allergic to bleach, it can be damaging to your brows because the hair on your eyebrows is far more delicate than the hair on your head. It can lead to shedding of hair and breakage for some people. It is always best to do a patch test before you decide to go in with the procedure.

How long do bleached eyebrows last?

You can expect your freshly bleached eyebrows to last for 4 to 6 weeks. After that period you may expect your original eyebrows to be back.

Why do people like bleached eyebrows?

Bleached eyebrows are a bold way to make your brows and eyes stand out from your facial features. It gives you a dramatic eye-catching look, making it very popular.

Should I bleach my eyebrows to match my hair?

Ideally, your eyebrows should be darker than your hair color. But, for the bleached eyebrow trend, you can either match your hair color or opt for contrasting shades like light blonde brows with dark hair. There are multiple celebrities who created bleached eyebrows with blonde hair such as Lady Gaga and Maisie Williams.

How many times can you bleach your eyebrows?

Avoid bleaching your brows more than once every 2-3 weeks to protect the surrounding skin from getting affected.

How do bleached brows change the overall effect of makeup?

Bleached eyebrows dramatically shift your facial features and the overall effect of makeup in the following ways:

  • Emphasize the eyes, making them appear bigger and making their shape and color appear bolder.
  • Provide a high contrast for dark eye makeup looks that appear more dramatic against lighter brows.
  • Soften the eye area which shifts focus to the sharpness of other features. It also adds to the forehead area, giving the face an elongated appearance.
  • Add an extra edge, perfect for gothic or creative makeup styles.
  • Make for an ethereal makeup look when paired with shimmer products.
  • Great for effortless androgynous makeup looks.

Key Takeaways

  • Before bleaching your eyebrows, wash them with soap to clean them of makeup or dirt.
  • Apply the bleach on your brows using a spatula, wipe it after two minutes, and wash your face.
  • Be careful not to get the product in your eye.
  • Do not apply the bleach for more than a minute or two.
  • Apply some petroleum jelly around your brows before applying the bleach to create a shield against the chemicals.
bleached eyebrows

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Learn how to bleach your brows like a pro! Watch this video for a step-by-step tutorial on how you can safely bleach your brows at home, to make them look more beautiful.

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Tiara McKenzie is a highly accomplished bridal makeup artist with over 12 years of experience in the industry. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama, and now calls Charleston, South Carolina, home. Over the years, she has built a sterling reputation for her exceptional skills, meticulous attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to her clients
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