DIY brow tints are an easy way to try something new without shelling out cash at the salon. Here are three DIY eyebrow tint recipes you can do with ingredients from home.
The art of eyebrow aesthetics has become bolder with more options for self-expression than ever. And you don’t have to feel constrained by arbitrary beauty trends to get creative with your brows. This guide provides several recipes for DIY tinted eyebrows and even a recipe for lightened brows that will provide you the tools to tone yours exactly how you’d like them to be.
Reasons to try tinted eyebrows:
- They can add a naturally bolder look to your face without the added effort of applying makeup.
- Even if you already have full, dark brows, a tint can add more dimension to the tails, define your arches, and add more fullness.
- A darker brow can also draw more attention to your eyes and bone structure.
Here are three recipes for DIY eyebrow tints you can do at home. Before you get started, have a look below at how to prepare your eyebrows for DIY tints.
#1 DIY Coffee Eyebrow Tint: Subtle Brown
Looking for a quick, easy, and natural DIY eyebrow tint recipe? Look no further than your kitchen for some coffee. This recipe works best on those starting with lighter eyebrows. It also works well as a test-run to see how you’ll end up liking the results as this subtle tint will only last about two to three weeks.
Ingredients for your DIY coffee tint :
- 2-3 tablespoons of finely ground coffee
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil and/or honey
- Mix the coffee with a teaspoon of olive oil and/or honey. The mixture should be the consistency of a thick paste.
- Apply the paste to your eyebrows using either your clean hands or a fresh utensil such as a small spoon or beauty applicator.
- Let the paste sit on your eyebrows for about 30 minutes.
- Wash the paste off from your brow area.
#2 DIY Henna Eyebrow Tint: Amber-Brown or Dark Brown
Henna, a dried powder made from the plant Lasonia inermis, has long been used for beauty. It is well known for its use as a temporary skin dye for body art and is similarly used for hair dye. Try the following recipe if you want to achieve an earthy amber-brown tone on your DIY tinted eyebrows. Henna powder can also be found in darker shades of brown without red tones. This tint will last about four weeks.
Henna can be found at some beauty stores, specialty food stores, or online (like this organic henna powder available at Amazon**). It’s important to note that some people may have allergic reactions to henna powder, so it’s best to sample a small amount on a small patch of skin to see if you’ll have a reaction.
Henna DIY brow tint: ingredients
- One tablespoon henna powder
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Add the henna powder to a small mixing bowl.
- Slowly add drops of lemon juice to the henna powder while carefully stirring until you reach the consistency of a thick paste.
- Let the paste sit in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes and up to 20 hours.
- Apply the paste to your eyebrows and let it sit for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours. The longer the henna sits, the darker the tint will be.
- Wash the paste off with lukewarm water.
#3 DIY Eyeshadow Brow Tint: Any Color
An eyeshadow-based DIY eyebrow tint allows for a wider range of colors that can be used to darken and enhance your brows. It also allows you to use any eyeshadow you may want to get rid of if the shade is more compatible with your brows than your lids.
If you have dark brows, it’s best to go for an even darker eyeshadow color so the tint can actually make a difference. If you have light eyebrows, it’s possible to experiment with a wider range of colors if you want to add a pop to your look. Make sure you create a darkly pigmented dye with plenty of eyeshadow so your DIY eyebrow tint will last longer – because the color will fade with time.
Note: One should be wary of trying just any eyeshadow in this tint recipe because makeup often contains harmful substances such as synthetic preservatives, colors, etc. If you’re unsure of the quality of your eyeshadow, there are many online sources that delve deeper into their ingredients. EWG, for example, provides ratings for many different makeup brands. We recommend buying all-natural products only.
Using Eyeshadow for DIY Tinted Eyebrows: Ingredients
- Preferred eyeshadow
- 2 tablespoons (homemade) aloe vera gel
- Break up the eyeshadow with a toothpick or brush.
- In a small bowl, mix the eyeshadow powder with the aloe vera gel. The mixture should be the consistency of a thick paste.
- Apply the paste to your brows and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Wash the paste from your brow area.
Tip: For more on the benefits of aloe vera and how to incorporate it into your beauty routine, take a look at our article “Fresh Aloe Vera on the Face: How to Use, Benefits, Side Effects.”
How to Prepare Eyebrows for DIY Tint
- With a cotton ball, pad, or clean cloth, disinfect the eyebrow area with rubbing alcohol. Be careful not to get too close to the eyes.
- Starting from top to bottom, brush your eyebrows with a fresh eyebrow spoolie (the small, round brush similar to the ones that come in a tube of mascara). This will ensure all eyebrow hair will run cleanly in the same direction so that the dye will evenly coat each hair.
- Create a border around your eyebrows with a thick plant-based oil such as coconut oil. Painting a border with coconut oil or another similar oil will help keep the tint only within the brow region. This will help ensure the dye will not get on parts of the skin you don’t want to be tinted.
- Pick your preferred DIY tinted eyebrow dye from the recipes above and apply with clean fingers, spoolie, brush, or other small applicator starting from the inside corner of your eyebrow and painting outwards.
- Keep the dye in place for the recommended time.
- Clean the dye from your brow area with a gentle face wash.
Eyebrow Tint Aftercare
To make sure your DIY tinted eyebrows last as long as possible, have a look at the following tips:
- Avoid touching or rubbing your eyebrow area and eyes for 24 hours after applying the dye.
- Avoid sunbathing for 24 hours, as this can fade the tint.
- Avoid swimming and saunas for 24 hours.
- Do not use oil-based makeup remover as this can quickly cause your eyebrow tint to fade. Instead of using an intensive shop-bought makeup remover, try making your own DIY makeup remover at home.
A follow-up DIY eyebrow tint application can take place in another 2-4 weeks depending on when you want to darken your brows again.
How to Lighten Your Eyebrows
If you’ve attempted a DIY eyebrow tint and aren’t a fan or merely want to lighten your brows, here’s a natural recipe intended to lighten those hairs. This is meant to be an alternative to bleach, so it won’t give you perfectly white eyebrows but can bring you down several shades lighter. This recipe uses a combination of sunlight and lemon juice to result in lighter eyebrows.
DIY brow lightening recipe: Ingredients
- Lemon juice
- Mix equal parts lemon juice and water.
- Apply to the brow area with a cotton swab or makeup brush.
- Sit back in the sun and check your eyebrows every 30 minutes until they have reached your desired shade.
- Wash your eyebrows with face wash.
We hope these ideas have inspired you to try something new and make a bold statement with your eyebrows through a DIY brow tint or helped you with a lightening recipe.
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