DEAR SHOPPING: I finally got my mother turned on to the right shade for her eyebrows about two years ago, Maybelline Charcoal Gray. I bought her a package of two. Now that she has used them, we’ve exhausted ourselves looking for it. I know that Maybelline discontinued this product (great mistake on their behalf). Not all grayhaired people can use the light blond the company suggests. Any ideas?— Kathy, Calif.
DEAR KATHY: Searching for the brow pencil turned up a lot of complaints that Maybelline discontinued this shade. However, Amazon.com (via the Makeup Warehouse) does have the Expert Eyes Twin Brow and Eye Pencils in charcoal gray. It’s a bit pricey $18.38 but this is the shade you’re looking for.
Another option is Aura Cosmetics’ pro pencil, which is available for $8.95 at www.auracosmetics.com, which is based in Kent, Wash. You can also call (253) 854-1366. The website says “this is a light-medium gray and is terrific for gray and silver hair.” It can also double as a smoky eyeliner.