How to tint your brows at home
If you're on the quest for fuller-looking brows, but can't work an eyebrow pencil to save your life, we have a solution: Do-it-yourself brow tinting.
Taking a semi-permanent colour to your own face framers may seem like a daunting task, but with all the right tips in your toolbelt, it can be a breeze.
Tinting your own brows at home can help minimise gaps, add definition - and the best part? It lasts for a month.
So to save yourself time and money hitting the salon, we enlisted the help of Brow Artist, Jazz Pampling, to guide us...
Step 1. Choosing your brow tint colour
If you want to keep your brow hairs the same shade and just add a hint of colour to those tiny fluffy bits (or create more depth), then Jazz says to go for a soft colour like a light brown.
If you’re looking to darken your brows, then opt for a dark brown for a seriously powerful look (a la Lucy Hale). Jazz suggests mixing a light brown and dark brown, as a dark brown on its own may be a touch too dark.
As for when you’ll need to use black, Jazz explains: “There will quite honestly never be a time when you need black in your dye, even if you have the darkest brows. Black will not be their true colour.”
Alas, some things are best left to the experts. If you want to lighten your brows, Jazz recommends going to a professional, as this can be difficult to achieve on your own.
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Step 2. Prep your brows for tinting
Luckily, this step doesn’t take much. Jazz says a gentle cleanse of the area is enough. Then, once your skin is dry, you can apply some Vaseline around your brows to prevent any staining on your skin. Just make sure the Vaseline doesn’t touch any brow hairs.
Step 3. Apply your brow tint
Get your hands on a small synthetic angle brush (like the kind you’d use to apply liquid or cream eyeliner). According to Jazz, the end should be as tapered as possible, because if it’s too thick or bushy, you’re going to end up with a messy result.
In terms of technique, Jazz recommends painting the product on and applying it almost in the same way you would pencil in your brows (so short, feathery strokes).
Step 4. Remove your tint
All brow dyes are different, so the time you'll need to leave it on varies. If it's your first time, Jazz thinks it’s a great idea to start by leaving it on just for a minute or so. Remove it, then assess. If it’s not dark enough, leave it for another one-to-two minutes. It’s better to keep reapplying and slowly build the colour up, rather than be shocked with how bold your brows are from 10 minutes. Most tints can be removed using just a damp cotton pad.
Step 5. Shape your brows
You can shape your brows before or after tinting (it's really up to you). But by doing it second, you’ll have the bonus of being able to visualise the shape of your brow. This can be especially helpful for people with very fair hair. as it helps them to see the hair a little more clearly.
Step 6. Clean up any mistakes
As mentioned, you should apply some Vaseline around your brow hair to protect your skin from staining. Jazz also recommends cleaning up the brow edges with a cotton tip just after you’ve applied the dye. If you do find your skin is stained (don’t worry, it’s not permanent – it takes about 24 hours for the stain to fade), Jazz suggests rubbing the dye back into the skin.
Confused? She explains: “Sounds a little crazy I know, but it’s exactly how your hairdresser removes the tint from your forehead when you have your hair coloured – you just don’t see them do it, because you are usually at the basin. But just remember that tint on tint, removes tint. So rub the tint back into itself and then remove with a wet cotton tip. It will greatly reduce the stain on and around the brow skin.”
A few extra handy hints:
- It can be tough for a hairdresser to dye your brows, as their tint is not meant for the brow area.
- Be careful when tinting your brows after tanning. It can really stain the skin and take longer than the normal 24 hours to fade.
- Brow dye will very temporarily stain your skin, so your brows will look like they’ve been filled in just after you’ve finished the process. This means that they’ll also look a touch darker than they will the following day, so don’t immediately freak out if you think you’ve gone too dark.
Image credit: @royalsclinicaustralia
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