Eyelash tinting is a process in which dye is applied to the eyelashes to darken them. This can give the appearance of darker, fuller lashes without needing mascara or other makeup products.
Tinting can be done at a salon by a professional or at home using eyelash tinting kits. The process usually takes about 15/20 minutes and lasts about 4 to 5 weeks. Tinting your eyelashes is a great way to save time on your beauty routine, and it can also be useful if you have allergies or sensitivities to makeup products.
If you're considering tinting your eyelashes, here's everything you need to know about the process, and we give you our best tips for making your eyes bigger and makeup ready for party season.
How Does Eyelash Tinting Work?
Eyelash tinting involves dying the hair on your eyelashes with semi-permanent dye. You apply the tint with a small brush to the base of the lashes, then left to develop for a few minutes before being rinsed off.
The tinting dye usually comes in a kit with everything you need for the tinting process, including directions. You can also purchase tint kits here. Our favourites are:
- Lift tint by Eylure
- Eylure Pro lash Eyelash (Black)
How Long Does Eyelash Tinting Last?
Eyelash tinting is semi-permanent and typically lasts 4 to 5 weeks before it starts to fade. The tint longevity will depend on your lash growth cycle and how well you care for your lashes.
To help your tint last longer, avoid using oil-based makeup removers or products around your eyes, and be careful not to press into your eyes too vigorously when cleansing your face. You should also avoid using waterproof mascara, which can cause the tint to fade faster.
If your tint starts to fade sooner than expected, you can always tint your lashes at home again.
What Are the Benefits of Eyelash Tinting?
There are many benefits of tinting your eyelashes, including the following:
- No need for mascara or other eye makeup products
- Saves time on your beauty routine
- Great for people with allergies or sensitivities to makeup products
- Makes your eyes look bigger and brighter
- Lash tinting is a great alternative to lash extensions
How Much Does Eyelash Tinting Cost?
The cost of a lash tint depends on your brand. You should always buy the best product you can afford; the more expensive the tint generally means the dye lasts longer, but not always.
Go for a brand you know and trust - that rule of thumb has always served us well.
Is Eyelash Tinting Safe?
Yes, lash tinting is safe when done correctly. However, some risks are involved with tinting your own lashes at home. If the tint gets into your eyes, it can cause irritation, redness, and watering.
It's essential to follow the directions that come with your tint kit carefully to avoid any accidents. If you're allergic to certain dyes or chemicals, you may be allergic to the tint as it is; after all, tints are chemicals.
If you have your tint professionally done, the technician will perform a patch test, so you should do the same at home.
Should I Have an Eyelash Lift? What is a Lash Lift
If you're tinting your eyelashes but want a permanent elongated look, it's worth considering a lash lift. A lash lift is like an old lady perm for your eyes.
A treatment that uses chemicals to curl your natural lashes upwards, making them appear longer.
Lash lifts last around eight weeks or less and are a great alternative to lash extensions if you're looking for a more natural look. A professional lash lift costs around the same as professional tinting, so it's worth considering having both options if you're going to the salon anyway.
An eyelash lift is not a DIY treatment, and we don't recommend you try it at home. Please leave it to the professionals.
How Do I Tint My Eyelashes at Home?
If you want to tint your eyelashes at home, follow these steps:
- Read the directions that come with your tint kit carefully.
- Perform a patch test on your skin to check for allergies.
- If you're not allergic, proceed with tinting your lashes.
- Using the small brush with your tint kit, apply the tint to the base of your lashes.
- Allow the tint to develop for the time specified in the directions.
- Rinse the tint off with warm water and pat your lashes dry.
- Apply a small amount of castor oil or coconut oil to your lashes to help keep them healthy.
And that's it; you're a tinting pro - you now know everything there is to know about tinting your eyelashes at home. Just remember to be careful, take things slowly and follow the directions that come with your tint kit.
Unless you're confident, we recommend tinting your lashes professionally if you have any questions or concerns. A trained technician can answer any questions and ensure that your lash tint turns perfect.
What Else can you do if Eyelash Tinting isn't Your Thing?
If tinting is not for you, there are other ways to achieve the look of fuller, darker lashes. Mascara and false eyelashes are two popular options.
Use mascara: Mascara can give your lashes instant volume and length, and many different formulas are available to suit your needs.
If you're hoping for a longer-term solution, Lash Extensions might be right for you. Lash extensions are applied individually to your natural lashes to give the appearance of longer, thicker lashes.
What are Lash Extensions, and How Do They Compare to Lash Tint?
Lash extensions are single strands of synthetic lashes glued to your natural lashes. The false lash extension will stay in place until your natural lash sheds, usually every 4 to 8 weeks.
Lash tinting is a semi-permanent solution that dyes your natural lashes and typically lasts 4 to 5 weeks.
Both lash tint and lash extensions can give you the appearance of fuller, darker lashes; however, they achieve this look in different ways. Lash tinting works by dying your natural lashes, while lash extensions are applied individually to each lash.
Extensions and tinting are optical illusions, creating the appearance of longer, fuller lashes, but what if your lashes are weak or have fallen out due to illness or neglect? The answer may be false or fake eyelashes.
What are False or Fake Lashes?
False, faux or fake eyelashes are generally strips of synthetic lashes that are applied to your natural lashes with glue. False lashes come in various lengths, thicknesses, and colours to suit your needs.
Applying false eyelashes is generally a two-step process: First, press the lash strip on your lash line with glue and press the band into place.
Once the strip is in place, you can apply mascara if desired. Fake eyelashes can be worn for a day or night out and are typically removed before going to bed.
Some people prefer false eyelashes over tinting or extensions because they are temporary and can be easily removed at bedtime. People with alopecia or illness-related issues often use false or faux eyelashes to recreate their look.
Makeup and False Lashes that Can Enhance your Eyes Without Tinting your Lashes
If you're not ready to tint your lashes, there are other ways to enhance your eyes. Try a smokey eye or cat-eye look with some false lashes and winged eyeliner.
Winged eyeliner isn't easy, but with the help of a stunning pair of House of Lashes (Wing It Mini), you create the look even if your hand is a bit shaky. Watch this YouTube video and follow the instructions for a classic cat's eye flick made easy.
There are also lash serums that can help you achieve longer, thicker lashes without tinting or extensions. These serums typically contain biotin, an essential vitamin for healthy hair growth.
Serums we love are as follows:
- Rapid Lash Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancing Serum
- Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner
- GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum
Hopefully, we've covered all the things you can do to your eyes to make them look more defined, all the tips for your beauty routine that are semi-permanent and not considered makeup in the general sense. One thing, though, is don't forget your brows.
You can go through all the effort of having your eyelashes lifted and tinted, but if you forget to look after your brows, they can ruin the overall polished effect.
Bushy, overgrown brows are not a good look for anyone and can make you look untidy and unkempt. If you don't have the cash (or the time) to go to a salon for professional brow shaping, invest in a good pair of tweezers and do it yourself.
These are the tweezer and accessory kit we recommend:
- Eyelash Emporium Set Piece Straight and Curved
- Eyelure Brow Comb Tweezers
There are also some tremendous tinted brow gels on the market that can help to tame unruly brows and give them a bit of colour and definition. We recommend:
- Kiss Tidy DIY Kit - Black
- Eylure Brow Tint Permanent
- Eylure Brow Stencils
Brow stencils are a great way to change your brow colour temporarily. You can also use them to tint your brows in a way that compliments your lash tinting.
If you have lighter hair, tinting your brows darker can really make your eyes stand out and give you a sultry, glamorous look. Darker brows also help frame your face and make you look more youthful.
If you're unsure what colour to tint your brows, we recommend having a professional do it for you first, so they can match the colour to your hair and skin tone.
We hope you enjoyed our beauty summary. Let us know if there's anything else you'd like to know - we can't promise to answer every comment, but we will try :)