How to flawlessly tint your brows at home
Beauty trends may come and go, but if the last decade has anything to say about it, defined brows are here to stay.
And whether you like them fluffy, strong, laminated or tattooed, tinting is an essential step in every brow routine, and usually, every brow appointment.
However, with the new salon restrictions surrounding coronavirus, and no signs of change on the horizon, you may need to swap your next monthly style session for your own at-home parlour.
So we reached out to Hannah Mutze, National Brow Artist for Benefit Australia, to offer some expert guidance on how to perform your own brow tint, so that even if you can't leave the house, your face framers need not suffer.
Step-by-step for tinting your brows at home
What you'll need:
- Paw paw ointment or Vaseline
- An angled eye brush
- Cotton tips
- A brow tinting kit
Try: Eylure Pro-Brow Dybrow ($15, ASOS), 1000 Hour Brush-In Lash & Brow Dye Kit or Apraise Eyelash & Eyebrow Tint ($12.95, My Haircare & Beauty)
Important note: Always do a patch test for your tint, applying a small amount to the skin on your wrist or behind the ear 24-48 hours prior.
Step 1. Mix your tint
Most at-home tint kits will come with a colour cream and colour activator liquid that will need to be mixed together to form your tint.
When choosing which shade is best for you, Mutze says, "a general rule of thumb is to stray no more than 2-3 shades darker than your natural brow colour."
"Follow the instructions on the packet to a T", Mutze directs.
Step 2. Prep your skin
As eyebrow tint is a semi-permanent hair colour it can stain the skin, particularly if you're working with a dark colour.
"Apply a layer of Vaseline, paw paw ointment or similar around the entire perimeter of your brows to prevent staining, I use a cotton tip!" says Mutze.
Make sure to avoid the hairs you're hoping to tint.
Step 3. Apply the tint
Most tint kits will come with an applicator, but Mutze says she finds these difficult to create a precise shape.
"I always use a small angled brush instead, preferably a firmer one for added control," she tells us. Cotton tips will come in handy for clean up here too, in case you accidentally apply a little haphazardly.
"Apply the tint neatly on your brows and then leave for 10 minutes or as the product directs," instructs Mutze.
If you're worried about how dark your tint is turning, you can always wash it off with water, check the colour and then reapply if you would like to go darker.
For first timers, Mutze recommends starting slow and building up your colour.
Step 4. Remove
Once the time is up, or you're happy with the colour of your tint, remove the product using water and a cotton pad.
Your tint should now last anywhere between 1-4 weeks, "depending on the depth of colour and your hair type and texture," says Mutze.
Is there anything I can do if I accidentally go too dark?
In the event that your tint turns out darker than you expect, there are a few tips you can try in order to remove it.
"Gently cleanse the area several times using your normal face cleanser or makeup remover (silicone or oil-based work best here) or even a clarifying shampoo," says Mutze.
"If the tint has stained the skin beneath your brows, gently exfoliate your brows with a physical exfoliant to remove."
"You can also try massaging eye cream through your brows to soften the skin, then wiping excess colour and the cream away with makeup remover."
And if in serious doubt about your self-tinting skills, just fake it 'til you make it. "Use a brow gel like Benefit's Gimme Brow+ ($45, Sephora) and just brush through your brows for added definition and fullness," says Mutze.
Image credit: @royalsclinicaustralia
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