Brown – that’s the obvious choice when it comes to choosing a colour for your brows. But brown is complex. And it’s not as simple as choosing light brown, medium brown, or dark brown. It’s more like fawn, and hazelnut, and chocolate, and caramel, and royal fudge, and chocolate truffle, and amber, and cappuccino, and Bordeaux, and so on and so forth. Choosing the right colour for your brows is complex, but there’s a new method called the Fitzpatrick test that can help.
The Fitzpatrick test is used by beauticians to pinpoint your unique skin type and shade. It’s basically a means of classifying your skin based on your level of sensitivity to the sun. Colour matching based on the results of your test can be one of the best ways to ensure that you get natural looking results.
There are 6 different types of skin types: Very fair, fair, medium, olive, brown, and black. In terms of sensitivity to the sun, those who are ranked low on the Fitzpatrick scale (fair) always burn and cannot tan. In sharp contrast, those who are high on the scale (black) never burn and always tan.
When it comes to micropigmentation, brow colour can be matched to your skin type for a more natural appeal. Those who rank low on the scale, for example, often look better with lighter brown pigments.
Sounds easy right? But unfortunately there is a little more to it. While the Fitzpatrick scale tells us a lot about our skin tones and what colours go best, there are other factors to consider as well. These include both the undertones of the hair and the skin. Those with pink undertones, for example, may look best with auburn brown brows, while those with olive skin would look better with an ash brown.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go at picking a colour alone – that is what your specialist is for! During your initial consultation your specialist should examine your skin type and undertones, and help make your choosing your browns less complex!