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I rocked neon eyebrows and they looked pretty great

Ally Hirschlag is a producer/actor/writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and buys way too many toys for her cats. She contributes to several publications, including Bustle, and The Nerve, and enjoys writing about all things woman. In her spar...

What the rainbow eyebrows trend looks like on a redhead

I'm not what you would call a bold makeup wearer. I tend to stick to my three staple eyeshadow colors — black, gray and white — and rarely wear blush or lipstick. However, I love the act of putting on makeup and thus always hope for the excuse to try something really daring.

That's why when I heard colored eyebrows were becoming the trend of the season, I immediately went out and bought a ton of colored pencils with which to experiment. I also made sure to scour Instagram for inspiration before I started drawing all over my eyebrows. After all, you can't just dive into something as extreme as rainbow eyebrows without a bit of a game plan, right? So after a good 20 minutes (OK, an hour) of looking through #colorfulbrows, I (kind of) had a game plan.

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Right off the bat, I noticed the colored brows that look best are the ones that accent a bold hair color. Bright pink brows look particularly good with deep purple hair, for example. My hair is colored, but it's a (in this case) boring natural shade of red, so I was a bit nervous to see how vibrant brows would play against normal-colored hair. There was only one way to find out.

Blue brows

What the rainbow eyebrows trend looks like on a redhead
Image: Aly Hirschlag

I decided to go with blue first, because it's my favorite color, and honestly, I thought it would be the safest. Boy, was I wrong. The blue came out super dark, so I ended up looking like a redheaded Groucho Marx. Also, the fact that I'm the palest person on the planet didn't help matters much. Note to all pale people — dark, cool colors on your eyebrows should be used sparingly, if at all.

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Purple brows

What the rainbow eyebrows trend looks like on a redhead
Image: Aly Hirschlag

I was a bigger fan of purple, because the result was much subtler than the blue. I felt like I could actually walk down the street wearing this, and people wouldn't think I was headed to a kids' birthday party. I liked how the warmer tone complemented my hair color, and while I was hoping for a slightly more intense result, I was happy with the overall effect.

Rainbow brows

What the rainbow eyebrows trend looks like on a redhead
Image: Aly Hirschlag

I had to at least attempt the rainbow brow, because it looks so awesome when it's done well. I decided to start from a brighter color (turquoise) and fade to more subtle colors (blue and pink). I completed the look with pink and gold shadow to help draw your eye back up to the pink in the brow. I was surprised how much I liked the result, and while I probably wouldn't wear it out to dinner, I'd totally rock it at a bachelorette party or an outdoor music fest.

Gold brows

What the rainbow eyebrows trend looks like on a redhead
Image: Aly Hirschlag

I decided to round out the brow experimenting with a soft gold simply because it was the one color I didn't see represented on Instagram. This one was my favorite look, because it really picked up the highlights in my hair and gave me a fairylike, ethereal quality — something for which I often strive. I honestly thought a lighter brow wouldn't look good with fair skin, but I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

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The moral here is, don't be afraid to change up your look, even if you think what you're trying is a little extreme. Makeup is magical, and you never know how cool you could look until you get a bit crazy.

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