With all the salons shut, I'm sure I am not the only person who looks despairingly at my hair and nails each day, longing for them to look as groomed and sleek as I normally like them to be. This is a personal choice and I know that not everyone chooses to spend their money/time on grooming but for me, looking good and feeling good often come as a package deal. That is not to say I don't also feel good watching Netflix in my pyjamas, but little pampering sessions do give me joy!
I don't like wearing make up every day and I never have, but I do like a defined brow. They frame my features and make me look a bit more put together. So for years now I have tinted by brows at home. As a lot of people will now be crying out for a solution to beauty treatments in lockdown, I thought I'd impart my top tips on how to tint your eyebrows at home.
I use Eyelure dark brown eyebrow tint (affiliate link), as it is great value and has never failed me! I have never had a reaction to it (although you should always do a patch test and read the instructions fully) and it is really easy to use.
How to tint your eyebrows at home
1. Get you ducks in a row
Don't just bowl on in without being ready, you will need several bits and pieces ready before you crack on. Make sure you have ready the instructions fully before doing anything. Then, get a stopwatch, cotton wool pads and water ready and nearby. You don't want to put the dye on and then panic about setting a clock or not have what you need to clean up mistakes.
2. Clean the area
Make sure you are applying the dye to a clean area with no make up or dirt, so run a cleanser over your brows. I often tiny my brows last thing at night before bed so after I have washed my face.
3. Mix the dye
The Eyelure tint comes with a spoolie, the dye cream and an activators solution and you have to mix them together as per the instructions in the plastic tray provided. At first, it might seem like the mixture isn't mixing! But keep at it, and eventually it will form a smooth paste that is thick enough to sit on your brows and not drip all over your face (not ideal).
4. Apply the mixture to your brows
Using the spoolie, comb the mixture gently onto your brows. Start slow and with just a little mixture, and build it up. Don't start with a huge blob, as then the likelihood is it will go over the edges of your brows and onto your skin. This isn't the end of the world, just clean it off with one of the cotton pads you have ready (see why you need them?). Make sure all the hairs are covered.
5. Leave it to develop
The length of time you leave it will depend on you and the your desired effect, but I leave it for 8 minutes out of the maximum 10. This leaves me with enough definition but not so dark that it looks odd with my blond hair! It's worth erring on the side of caution at first and going with less time to be safe.
6. Clean it off
When the timer goes off, use wet cotton pads to clean the mixture off your brows. Make sure you get it all off, and ta da you're done!
It is easy once you've done it, but I appreciate that at home beauty treatments can be daunting at first!
Have a go, and let me know how it goes! If you want to see this in action, I have a video tutorial on my IGTV, check it out here