How to Bleach Your Eyebrows

Three Methods:Using Bleach on Your BrowsCreating Your Perfect EyebrowsLightening Your Brows Without Bleach

Lightening your eyebrows with bleach is something you can do at home with a few simple tools and a little time. You'll need to have a steady hand, and the space in which to work. Whether you're wanting to try the dramatic runway look of bleaching your entire eyebrow, or simply using bleach to lighten and shape an unruly eyebrow, bleaching your eyebrows is a process you can do at home.

Method 1
Using Bleach on Your Brows

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    Pull your hair away from your face. You can use a headband or a towel to keep your hair in place, or you can put longer hair into a tight ponytail. This will keep you from accidentally getting bleach on other hair.[1]
    • Even if you have very short hair, pulling it back from your face is a good idea, as stray hairs are likely to distract you.
    • Eyebrow bleaching is very detailed work, requiring your full attention.
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    Clean your face. Removing any makeup, dirt or oil from your skin before bleaching will help your bleaching be successful. To clean the tender area around your eyes, apply a make-up remover, and gently rinse clean with lukewarm water.[2]
    • If you've just had a shower, your skin will be easier to clean. The steam from a shower softens any oil that's clogged in your pores, making it easier to remove.
    • Pat your skin dry with a soft towel or cloth. Rubbing can irritate the delicate skin around your eyes.
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    Mix the bleaching powder and developer. If your hair bleach is one of several popular commercial products, it will contain bleaching powder, liquid developer/peroxide, and an instruction manual for use. You should follow the instructions on how to do the mixing process, which will result in a creme that you can put on your eyebrows.[3]
    • Mix your powder and developer in a glass bowl, or another non-reactive container.
    • Stir it with a cotton swab until it's a smooth consistency.
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    Test the bleach creme on your jawline. Doing a patch test to see how your skin will interact with the bleach will keep you from accidentally injuring yourself. Make sure you only use bleach creme intended for facial bleaching, because the skin on your face is more delicate than other areas.[4]
    • If you have very sensitive skin, use a milder bleach creme that's labeled for sensitive skin.
    • Testing the bleach creme on other body hair may also show the speed at which your hair will lighten, allowing for a more predictable lightening experience when you bleach your brows.
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    Apply the mixture. Usually, commercial bleaching creme comes with a small applicator. You can also use a cotton swab if you've lost your applicator, or your bleaching creme doesn't come with one. You'll need to be gentle, but accurate, as you apply the creme to the eyebrow hairs you want bleached.[5]
    • Don't rub the creme into your skin.
    • Make sure the parts of your eyebrows you want bleached are covered evenly and completely.
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    Keep an eye on the clock. If this is the first time you've bleached your eyebrows, you might want to only leave the mixture on your eyes for a minute or two. Remember that the time that the bleach is on you eyes starts with the very first touch of the bleach.[6]
    • You can always apply more bleach, but once your eyebrows are bleached you'll have to wait for them to grow back before you can reapply.
    • Leave the bleach on your skin for no longer than 10 minutes, no matter how dark your brows are or how light you want them to be.
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    Wipe away the creme from your eyebrows. A warm, wet washcloth is best for wiping off the bleaching product. Be careful not to rub your skin, which may be irritated by the bleach.[7]
    • Make sure to get all the bleach off.
    • Once you've wiped your brows well, look at your eyes in the mirror and check the results. If you need to reapply the bleaching creme, you can do this now.

Method 2
Creating Your Perfect Eyebrows

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    Shape your eyebrows. Using slanted-edge tweezers, pluck your eyebrows into the shape you prefer. Your eyebrows should frame your eyes, and so use your eyes as a guide for how to shape your brows. Your eyebrows should be poised directly above your tear duct, and the high point of your brow's arch should be in line with the outer side of your iris. The other end of your eye brow should end just outside an imaginary line drawn from the outer corner of your eye.[8]
    • Taking a shower or bath before shaping your eyebrows will open your hair follicles, making plucking easier.
    • If plucking is painful, consider applying a topical numbing creme to your brows prior to plucking.
    • Experts recommend refraining from plucking for 3 weeks, in order to avoid over-plucking.
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    Use good lighting and a regular mirror. Magnifying mirrors can overemphasize your eyebrows, and you might pluck too many. Using a regular mirror in a well-lit room is the best way to pluck your eyebrows.
    • Take a step back periodically to see your eyebrows from a distance. This will give you a better sense of what your brows look like to other people.
    • Remember, other people will only be looking at your eyebrows in ordinary light.
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    Know where you will apply bleaching creme. Many people choose to only apply bleach to the tops of their eyebrows, where plucking may result in unnatural looking lines. If you use bleach on the tops of your eyebrows, the result is a natural looking eyebrow where stray or dark hairs are lightened.[9]
    • Bleaching can also be used to lighten any hairs between your two eyebrows.
    • Be very careful whenever applying any chemical near your eyes. If you accidentally get bleach creme in your eyes, rinse with water immediately.

Method 3
Lightening Your Brows Without Bleach

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    Use hydrogen peroxide. If you don't want to use bleach creme, or you want to just try out what lighter brows would be like, try using 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Dip a cotton swab into the liquid solution, and apply it to the areas of your eyebrow you'd like to lighten.[10]
    • Hydrogen peroxide is an easily obtained, inexpensive product that's available in drug stores, pharmacies, or with first aid products.
    • Leave it on for a few minutes the first time you apply it, then wipe it off. If you want, reapply every day, which will result in a gradual lightening of your eyebrows.
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    Lighten your brows with chamomile tea. If you prefer using natural products over chemicals, try combining chamomile tea with lemon juice. To make the tea, pour a cup of boiling water over a chamomile tea bag and allow to steep for 1 hour. Mix in an equal portion of lemon juice, and stir well.[11]
    • Apply with a cotton swab to your eyebrows.
    • Repeat every day to gradually lighten your eyebrows.
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    Color your brows with a pencil or gel. A brow pencil a few shades lighter than your current eyebrow shade will make your eyebrows appear lighter. If your eyebrows are dark brown, try penciling in a warm light brown.[12]
    • You can also use lighter colored eyeshadows around your eyebrows to maintain a lighter look.
    • Brow gel that's several shades lighter than your current shade can also create the effect of a lighter eyebrow.


  • Bleach one eyebrow at a time, rather than both at once. This will help keep the time more consistent between brows.


  • Keep any lightener or bleach away from your eyes. If any bleach accidentally gets into your eye, rinse it out immediately with water. If you feel any discomfort or notice anything unusual in your vision afterward, contact your doctor.

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