If you’re fed up of filling in your eyebrows everyday, then brow tinting might just be for you. It’s a semi-permanent option that gives you a longer-lasting look, without the need to fork out on expensive (and kinda scary) microblading.
Quick, easy and totally affordable - eyebrow tinting is a win, win situation.
But what does eyebrow tinting involve? Is it expensive and can you do it yourself? We’ve put the questions to the experts and rounded up everything you need to know before getting your eyebrows tinted…
What does eyebrow tinting do?
Eyebrow tinting will semi-permanently change the colour of your brow hairs, giving them a stronger pigment and making them look fuller in the process. According to Jaimineey Patel, Head of Training at Blink Brow Bar, 'Tinting is one of the quickest ways to achieve a thicker, natural-looking long-lasting looking brow '.
First - much like when you’re getting your hair dyed - a base cream or petroleum jelly will be applied around your brow area to stop any of the dye from staining your skin.
Then, the semi-permanent dye will be mixed up before being applied to your eyebrows with a spoolie brush. Some places will custom-mix the tint to get the perfect shade for you, whereas others might achieve the right shade by leaving the tint on for different amounts of time.
As a rule of thumb, you still want to stay 1 or 2 shades lighter than your hair colour. Too matchy-matchy looks a bit weird and anything super dark can look slightly scary.
Make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon says: 'Eyebrow tinting is the quickest way to achieve a thicker, natural-looking brow. At Benefit (where I was previously Head Artist) they custom blend the tint for you to create the most natural colour.'
How long does eyebrow tinting take?
Eyebrow tinting takes between 1-5 minutes (depending on the hair type) before the dye is wiped away and your brows are done! The skin around your eyebrows shouldn’t have been affected by the dye – but if there is any staining don’t panic, this will wash away over the next day or so.
Who can get their eyebrows tinted?
Unless you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in hair dye (much like box colour dye, you’ll have to do a patch test first) eyebrow tinting works for pretty much anyone. Even the brightest of blondes and redheads can get their brows tinted. In fact, Patel thinks they're often the best candidates: 'Tinting is a great long-lasting option particularly for those with light or blonde hair as it can add brows that you never thought you had!'
How long does eyebrow tinting last?
According to Patel, a few weeks. 'Brow and lash tints usually last between 2-3 weeks, but this can vary from person to person depending on your depending on skin type, your skincare routine, and how much you are exposed to the sun (the sun has a bleaching effect).' For most people, a top up monthly is enough.
It will fade away naturally and you’ll barely notice it’s even happening. Then one day you’ll wake up and realise you want them done again!
Does eyebrow tinting damage your eyebrows?
If done correctly, no. Since the tint is semi-permanent and doesn't include bleach it is gentle on the hairs.
Do you need a patch test for eyebrow tinting?
Yes, you need to have a patch test 24hours before. When booking an appointment the beautician should make you aware of this. It’s a bit of a faff and can be annoying if you haven’t factored it in time-wise, but do not skip it, we’ve all seen the horror stories...
The patch test involves having a tiny amount of dye applied behind your ear or in the crease of your elbow and left overnight. It takes all of 30 seconds to do, so just run in and have one done a day or so before.
Where are the best places for eyebrow tinting and how much does it cost?
There are thousands of places offering eyebrow tinting up and down the country. Many of these are at hairdressers, beauty salons and spas. However, if you want a tried and tested eyebrow expert, we love…
Benefit Brow Tint - £13.50
Available in independent boutiques in the UK, having a brow tint at Benefit is quick and convenient, as it doesn’t require an appointment. Just turn up, and as long as you’ve previously had a patch test and have no allergies, you can walk away with perfect brows ten minutes later.
Blink Brow Bars - £17
Blink Brow Bar is another walk-in option that also offers lash tinting and threading. They’re located in department stores all around the UK but if you’re not sure where your nearest Blink is, there’s a handy store guide on their website.
Suman Brows - £25
Forgive us, because Suman Brows is only available to London-dwellers, but she’s the no.1 when it comes to perfect looking arches. Loved by beauty editors and bloggers alike, Suman is a master at micro-blading, but even her brow tint is the best we’ve ever tried.
Can you tint your eyebrows at home?
Yes – you can! If you’re ever in a rush, or like to think of yourself as a bit of a beauty DIY pro, tinting your eyebrows at home couldn’t be easier.
Box eyebrow dyes like Colorsport 30 Day Brow Tint, £8.25 and Eylure Dybrow, £7.50 are available on the high-street, inexpensive and easy to use. Always read the instructions, but most at-home eyebrow tints require a little longer waiting time as the tint isn’t as strong as in salon.
How to tint your brows at home:
Step one: Just like you would at a salon, you first apply a base cream (to help prevent staining) Vaseline is perfect for this.
Step two: Mix up your tint with the tools provided in the kit, and start to paint on the mixture to your brows. Really rub the brush back and forth to make sure every hair is coated, right down to the root.
Step three: Leave the mixture on your brows for around 5-10 minutes, depending on how dark you want the result. Use this time to grab a cotton bud and just tidy up any edges around where you’ve applied the brow tint.
Step four: Wipe off with a clean tissue and voila! Perfect brows at home!
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