10 Tips for Tinting your Eyebrows at Home
Life can get very busy at times and getting an appointment at the salon may be the last thing on your to do list. At home tint kits can be a life saver when your eyebrows need a bit of TLC, but you do not have the time to go to the salon. It’s also a great way to save a bit of money!
It can be daunting tinting your eyebrows at home for the first time, so make sure you read the instructions carefully. Here are some tips that I found particularly helpful when using the Godefroy Eyebrow Tint:
Before your start tinting, use makeup remover to get all eyebrow products and moisturiser removed; I like to use micellar water as it gets everything off. Use a dry cotton pad to wipe over the hair so it’s nice and dry.
Make sure you have good lighting so you can see exactly what you are doing. If you are tinting your eyebrows in the evening, make sure to use a good artificial light so you can see how dark the colour is. The last thing you want is to wake up with eyebrows that are too dark! Also, it is best to tint your brows over the sink as you can wash any powder or tint away. If you are doing it at a dressing table, put some kitchen towel down so as to not ruin any surfaces as the powder can stain easily. You may find it useful to use a magnified mirror too.
With some tints, like the Godefroy Eyebrow Tint, the development time is very quick, and can take faster than what it says on the packaging. This is because some hair is more porous and takes very well to colour (especially if it is lighter in colour) and so only a short waiting time is needed. Start with applying the tint and leaving it on for 30 seconds and see how much difference it has made. Then reapply if you want it a little darker.
If you have a normal angled eyebrow brush to hand, give it a quick clean, and use that to apply to tint. The smaller the brush the better - you can be a lot more precise. This really helps create the shape that you want and gives a feeling of control like when drawing in your eyebrows.
One big mistake people make is tinting the skin around the hair. Make sure to only apply the tint to the hair as the tint will stain the skin if left on too long. Have some cotton buds to hand, so you can tidy up the edges if you do get tint on the skin. Or get a cotton pad and fold it to a point so you can wipe away any tint. Sometimes you may get tint on your hands – wash this off a soon as you can and be careful of getting it on your fingernails as it will stain them. Fortunately, stained skin is temporary and will stay that way for about 12-24 hours. I find it best to tint my brows in the evenings or on a lazy Sunday afternoon so there’s enough time for any stains to wear off before the next day.
If you are a perfectionist, you may find that it takes you a few minutes to apply the tint evenly and precisely to one brow and by the time you have finished the next brow, it has already tinted it too dark. This is a good tip for those with blonde eyebrows that tint very quickly. I find it easier to do one eyebrow, wait 30 seconds, wipe off the dye, and then repeat on the other brow. This makes sure that I do not get eyebrows that are too dark, or one eyebrow darker than the other.
For some people, using Vaseline is a handy way to control the shape of the area you want to tint and protect the area you do not want to tint. Simply get a small brush, dip it into your Vaseline pot and apply it around the eyebrow hair.
Once you are happy with the colour of your brows, and do not want them any darker, make sure all the dye is gone. You can wipe it away with a wet cotton pad, but sometimes there is a little left, so I like to use micellar water to get it all out.
Naturally, when you dye your brows, they may feel a little dry as some of the oils have been wiped away. I like to use the Godefroy serum to nourish the hair. The oil also helps to remove any dye on the skin.
Tint your eyebrows and then go in with the tweezers. If you shape them afterwards, it will be easier to see which hair you want to pluck/wax - you will be able to see exactly what you are working with.