About Eyelash Tint
Eyelash tint is a practical, dual-dimensional product that can add depth and definition to your brows and lashes that might otherwise be lacking. A tint that you can use on both your eyelashes and eyebrows can help to give the appearance of fuller and darker natural brows and lashes.
A fuller appearance can make your lashes look longer, thicker and healthier. At the same time, tint can plump up and define the eyebrows of those with a lighter colour, greying or sparse brow hairs.
People who regularly wear makeup can benefit from lash tint as it saves money but, more importantly, precious time and effort needed to acquire a polished look as you already have a baseline of definition without the daily use of mascara or brow makeup.
So now you know a little about eyelash tint, let’s answer some questions you regularly ask us here at FalseEyelashes HQ.
What is eyelash tint?
Eyelash tint is a treatment much like hair dye explicitly designed for facial hair (eyelashes and eyebrows); in most cases, the tinting treatment is made up of a chemical like Phenylendiamine or Triethanolamine and some other stabilising ingredients that allow you to wash your face, lashes and brows without removing the dye and staining the skin.
How long does an eyelash tint last?
Several factors determine how long your eyelash/eyebrow tint lasts. The longevity of the treatment is affected in the first instance by the condition of your lashes or eyebrows. If your brows and lashes are light, the lash tint may be more effective and last longer than if your brows are naturally grey.
Grey hairs are thicker and require more tint, while blonde or white hairs are porous, requiring less tint to get the best effect. However, the determining factor is how often you wash your face. Just like hair dye, the more often you wash your hair, the faster the colour fades.
All eyelash tinting products come with instructions; these are vital to ensure you get the most out of your product, so while it’s tempting to freestyle, the instructions are worth reading.
Is eyelash tinting safe?
Yes, eyelash tinting is safe. The companies making eyelash and brow tint have spent thousands of pounds and research hours making the product safe. However, lash tinting has some drawbacks.
Conducting a patch test to check if you’re allergic to lash tint is essential. Click the link and read about patch testing. Not everyone is suited to lash and brow tinting; a patch test will help to determine the likelihood of an adverse reaction.
If a professional technician carries out your tint in a salon, they will conduct a patch test first, so you should do the same when eyelash tinting at home.
Following the instructions is vital to avoid irritation and getting the tint in your eye, including over and under-exposure to the tint. The directions will always tell you what to do if you make a mistake or have an accident with the tint.
How to remove eyelash tint from your skin?
If you’re unlucky enough to get tint on your skin, the good news is, it is not the end of the world. While it’s annoying, lash tint is not permanent, and lash tinting kits always have a paragraph in the instructions about removing tint from your skin.
Most eyelash tints can be removed from the skin with an oil-based remover or specialist product. In the event you need some help, here’s our best advice for removing eyelash tint from your skin:
- Dip a cotton bud or Q-Tip into some oil-based eye makeup remover and rub it over the stained area.
- Leave the oil-based removed on the affected areas for a few seconds and then rub away.
- Take a cotton wall ball or cotton pad soaked in warm water and rub it over the stained area to remove the oil-based product.
- If the eyelash tint has not been removed, repeat the process, go back to step one and return to step one until the dye has been removed.
Eyelash tinting at home can come with hiccups but the benefits of fuller longer lashes outway the pitfalls.
Can you use eyebrow tint on eyelashes?
You can use eyebrow tint on your eyelashes, but it’s always better to go for a product specifically designed for eyelashes. Eyebrow hairs are generally thicker than eyelashes. So while eyebrow dye won’t hurt you, the result might not be as satisfactory as it could be.
Can you use eyelash tint on eyebrows? Just as you can use eyebrow tint on your lashes, you can use eyelash tint on your eyebrows. Again, always use the right tool for the job if you want the best results. Some products are dual-purpose; if they are multipurpose, it will always say so on the box.
What colours does eyebrow tint come in?
Eyebrow tint comes in light brown, dark brown and black. Your chosen colour depends on your natural skin colour or desired look. You will probably suit a light brown or mid-brown eyebrow tint if you’re pale-skinned with blonde or grey hair.
People with naturally dark or black hair will suit a dark brown or black eyebrow dye. Eylure makes an excellent eyebrow tint called Dybrow, designed as an expert eyebrow tint. Kiss also makes a brown or black DIY eyebrow kit that makes light work of eyebrow definition.
How to apply eyebrow tint
Applying eyebrow tint is a quick and easy process. One minute, sparse dull brow hairs and the next, fully defined eyebrows that frame your face. Here’s how…
- Prepare your eyebrows by trimming, waxing or tweezing them into shape one day before tinting them.
- Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly above and below the eyebrow to prevent staining from overpainting the lash line.
- Mix your tint and activator and apply with an eyebrow brush or tool in your tinting kit.
- Wait for the tint to take. The time required for the dye to take will be written in the instructions.
- Remove excess tint carefully but thoroughly with a cotton pad, simultaneously removing the Vaseline (petroleum jelly).
Always apply brow dye or tint to clean lashes. If applied properly, the tint should last up to six weeks. Each box of Dybrow states that the products can last up to six weeks, but you shouldn’t take that as a definite as many factors define the product's longevity.