Eyebrow tinting – what is it?

We've got your brows, boo.


by Ben Pulsford |

If you've left your unruly eyebrows in one of the last lockdowns, consider this your intervention. It's 2022 and it's time to show your bashful brows the love they deserve. We're looking at ourselves in the mirror, right now, by the way; consider this a judgement free zone.

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then surely the eyebrows are the window frames that shape and accentuate them? They help invite the world in and tell others who we are and how we're feeling; they can also make us look fierce af.

Metaphors aside, aesthetically, a strong, stunning brow is simply vital.

As with hair, leave your eyebrows to do their own thing and chances are they'll end up wearing you more than you're wearing them, so a management style that's right for you is key.

There are plenty of options for conjuring up thick, statement brows, including brow pencils and brow-growing serums, but more and more eyebrow aficionados are turning to eyebrow tinting on the regs to take their brow game to that next level. This may sound like an bank-breaking choice, but it doesn't have to be; there are plenty of eyebrow tinting solutions that you can turn to at home.

But what is eyebrow tinting exactly? Does it suit all hair types? Where should you start? And 'brow' does it work? The first and last time we'll be making such puns in this article, we promise. If our editor takes this out, we totally understand.

To summarise: we've got your brows, boo.

What is eyebrow tinting?

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Eyebrow tinting is the process of applying a semi-permanent dye to the brows as a means of enhancing and shaping them. As with hair dyeing, this can be done professionally at a salon or at home - if we're being honest, the same risks apply. If you can do it yourself at home, there are some great products out there and the results are fab, but if you want stress-free precision and flawless execution, it's always best to get them done professionally somewhere reputable. Otherwise...

The biggest advantage to choosing (quality) tinting is that the results can last up to several weeks (think choosing waxing over shaving), so you can pretty much cut eyebrows out of your morning routine 🎉. And if you book yourself in for regular tints, you can say goodbye to eyebrow pencils and crayons forever 🙏.

How long does an eyebrow tint last?

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Depending on your eyebrow tinting journey (e.g. the type of dye used, how hard you scrub your face, what type of makeup remover you use, sun exposure etc.), a decent eyebrow tint can last anywhere between three to eight weeks. Generally speaking, your bold brows should be with you for about a month, as long as you don't get them wet for the first 24 hours.

If you're looking to make your new brows last longer, experts advise pairing eyebrow tinting with a keratin treatment.

How do I choose the right colour?

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This one's actually quite simple: your eyebrow colour should match your skin type and an aspect of your hair colour. For a natural look, your new brows should be two shades darker than your hair colour. Go darker if you're looking to bring the DRAMA, but speak to a professional for the best advice.

What do I need to know if I am tinting at home?

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Honestly? Everything. Just a quick browse on TikTok will show you that eyebrow tinting at home can go one of two ways.

That being said, you can maintain killer brows with these at home eyebrow tinting kits and you certainly don't need an NVQ in beauty therapy to use them, but definitely read the instructions carefully.

How do you remove eyebrow tints?

Game over for the brow game? Again, if in doubt, speak to your local eyebrow guru - the pros always know best – but that doesn't mean there aren't tried and tested home solutions to removing eyebrow tints out there.

Using oil-based makeup remover and clarifying shampoo is a good start and be prepared to do some scrubbing.

If you've given your eyebrows a touch up and ended up painting two bolshy boomerangs on your face and have to be somewhere in a hurry, hold off removing them until you're calm and collected. You can actually cleverly cover bold brows using a mineral-based foundation or powder - then deal with battling the beast when you have some you time.

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