An Expert Guide to Tinting Your Own Eyebrows in Self-Isolation
Right now, a lot of people are looking for 'do it yourself' ways to maintain their salon-grade beauty routines, and brow maintenance is the perfect low-touch place to start (right after you hide the scissors, don't cut crisis bangs, people. Just don't). While I suggest using this time to grow out your brows, tinting them will also help you when it comes to plucking any unruly strays or overgrown hairs until you can get back in the salon.
To get the low-down on how best to tint your own brows, I reached out to the lovely brow wiz and Owner and Director of The Parlour Room Clovelly, Natalie Papadopoulos, who's created this simple how-to guide so you can try your hand at tinting your brows while in self-iso.
Keep scrolling for Natalie's how-to guide and to shop her recommended at-home tinting kits.
Step One: Cleanse the Surrounding Brow Area
Using your regular facial cleanser, cleanse the brow area and take off any residue so it's ready to be tinted.
Step Two: Apply Vaseline Around the Eyebrow
If things get a little messy, the vaseline will act as a barrier. Preventing any stains on the surrounding skin. Just apply a little bit above and below the brow.
Step Three: Mix the Tint and Apply Over the Eyebrow
Once you've mixed the tint (you'll only need a small amount here, a little will go a long way — trust us), take your cotton tip and gently apply over the brow.
Pro tip — if any mishaps occur and you get it on the skin, just use the other end of the cotton tip to wipe it away. The vaseline will prevent it from staining.
Step Four: Let Them Sit For Five Minutes
We recommend letting the tint sit anywhere from 5-10minutes. If you're nervous that your brows will go too dark, then just apply for 30 seconds at a time. That way you can monitor the colour. You can reapply as many times as you want to make them darker.
Step Five: Remove the Tint With a Cleanser
Again, using your regular facial cleanser, remove the tint from your brow working from the inside out. Following the direction of the hair. And viola, freshly tinted brows.
Natalie's Top Three Tips For At-Home Tinting:
- Apply a vaseline around the edges of your brows & lashes to act as a barrier, to help stop the tint from staining your skin.
- If you're nervous of your brows going too dark, then apply your tint for 30 seconds, remove it & see how they look. You can reapply as many times as you want to make them darker.
- Remove the tint from the front of the brows first, as i find it helps to avoid any misshaped tint stains from centre of my brows & gives a more gradual even fade.
POPSUGAR Australia's Beauty Tip: If you've got a little heavy handed on the tint and feel like they're a little too dark, give them a few days to fade, after a few cleanses and showers the colour will start to settle. If you really can't handle it, mix a small amount of shampoo and water together and go in with a cotton tip and gently wash out some of the colour.