I just saw Disney's 2015 Cinderella. Not a cheaply made movie, but the lead actress (naturally a brunette), whose character is supposed to be blonde, did not have her eyebrows dyed like she did her hair.

I discussed the question with a beautician who said that dying eyebrows can be a little more tricky than dying hair, but still pretty straightforward. She said the typical reason people with dark hair don't dye their eyebrows is that they look strange when they grow in with dark roots (in a way that hair doesn't). But obviously, for film, hair-and-makeup keeps the actors' hair dyed so root color doesn't appear, so they could just as readily keep up with eyebrows.

Here's the star, Lily James, eyebrows not dyed:

Cinderella undyed eyebrows

And, strangely, here's the brunette actress Hayley Atwell playing the brief part of her mother with eyebrows dyed to match her hair:

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    Eyebrows don't typically have to match the hair. Most blondes, even natural ones don't have the same shade eyebrows.
    – cde
    Oct 9, 2015 at 2:09
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    @cde - Indeed: I see natural blondes whose eyebrows are as light as their hair, some with darker eyebrows, and then people with naturally dark hair sporting dark (undyed) eyebrows and dyed light hair.
    – feetwet
    Oct 9, 2015 at 2:24
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    "if she were really committed to the part" I'd don't think color-of-hair is or needs to be a primary aspect of 'commitment to a part'.
    – DA.
    Oct 9, 2015 at 15:27
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    ... not to mention that a lot of natural blondes darken their eyebrows to have more dramatic effect... with blonde eyebrows, they can sometimes blend into your face color, so you look like you don't have eyebrows at all.... which is creepy.
    – Catija
    Oct 9, 2015 at 17:56
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    ... Um... Seriously? Most people don't care.... her eyebrows are barely darker than her hair in that photo you've posted... it's a movie... not reality. Get over it.
    – Catija
    Oct 9, 2015 at 18:04

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It looks like the aim was to try to remain as true to the Disney original artwork as possible. Note that in the 1951 Cinderella, our eponymous heroine has dark eyebrows to go along with her strawberry-blond hair

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And even the earliest concept art for the 2015 film (drawn before an actress was selected) has Cinders with brown eyebrows...

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