The Best Eyebrow Tinting Kits and Products

Here’s a step by step eyebrow tinting guide, recommended tinting products and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to brow and lash tinting.

Q: What is Eyebrow Tinting?

A: Eyebrow tinting is the application of a special dye, which usually involves mixing color and a developer, to darken light blond brows or to cover grey hair.

Q: How Long Do DIY Eyelash and Eyebrow Tinting Products Last?

A: Eyelash and eyebrow tinting products usually provide rich color for about 4 to 6 weeks. It’s recommended to tint eyebrows about once a month to cover gray hair or to maintain a darker eyebrow color.

Q: What is my Ideal Brow Color? What color would a professional eyebrow tinting expert use on my brows?

A: Professional eyebrow tinting experts agree that blonds should choose no more than 2 or 3 shades darker than their natural color. Brunettes should not go more than a shade or two lighter, and only ladies with black hair should use black. Most women can successfully use the Godefroy light brown or dark brown eyebrow tinting kits by varying how long they leave the tint on the hair. When using the Roux kits for eyebrow tinting at home, there are only two options – brown or black. The brown can be used to match various hair colors, including getting a couple shades darker for blondes, by applying the product for a few seconds and reapplying until the desired shade is achieved. Light blondes will not need to leave the tint on for the full 5 minutes while dark brunettes may need to leave it on a little longer.

Q: What’s the Difference Between Professional Eyebrow Tinting and Home Kits?

A: In general, the same tinting ingredients are used. They consist of a cream color and a developer that must be mixed prior to application, or may come premixed in ready to use capsules. The main differences between professional eyebrow tinting and eyebrow tinting at home is the level of control provided by the person who applies the tint, the variety of color options {especially for unusual hair colors}, and the expertise of mixing formulas suited to sensitive skin. Those with poor vision, unsteady hands, sensitive skin or unusual hair colors may wish to go to a salon for professional eyebrow tinting, however most women can learn how to do very professional eyebrow tinting at home to save money.

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Eyebrow Tinting at Home – Step by Step Guide

1. Cleanse

Before waxing, tweezing or shaping the brows, cleans and exfoliate your face using a non-abrasive exfoliating product. Pat dry and wait until the face is completely dry. Do not apply any moisturizer or facial creams.

2. Protect the Skin

Using a cotton swab, apply a bit of Vaseline or oil to protect the skin above and below the brow to avoid staining. Be careful not to apply oil or Vaseline to the hair you wish to tint. This step is helpful for inexperienced users of eyebrow tinting products {or for those who already have a defined shape and need to apply color to specific hairs}, however it’s possible to skip this procedure once you become adept at applying the tint, or if you choose products that tend not to stain the skin. In part, this will depend on your skin type and level of dryness. Very fair and/or dry skin types will tend to stain easier. If you wish to tint ALL the brow hair before waxing or tweezing, you may choose to add the oil or Vaseline only to the area above the brow so that the fine hairs below the brow will take to the tint. {I highly recommend tinting ALL the brow hair before shaping especially for ladies with fine or light blonde brows who have not been colored or waxed recently. You may be surprised to find you have a lot more hair and that you can choose thicker brow shapes after seeing how much hair you actually have to work with.}

3. Mix the Tint

Mix the tint with the developer {usually using equal parts of each – which is about a pea-size blob of any of the creamy eyebrow tinting products plus an equal amount of developer} in a small glass or porcelain dish {or in the plastic trays included with some kits}. You may skip this step if you’ve chosen to use the Godefroy Instant Eyebrow Tint that offers pre-measured color capsules that are ready to apply. However, you may still wish to place the contents of the pre-measured tinting formula into a small glass or porcelain dish for ease of application.

4. Apply the Tint

Using an angled eyebrow brush, a round eyebrow brush or a clean mascara brush { I personally prefer a rounded mascara-style brush}dab the brush into the mixture in the glass dish and apply to the hair. If you have very fair eyebrows, I suggest coloring all the hair, even those you wish to eliminate later. It’s a lot easier to tweezed or wax the area if you can see the hair you have to work with. Have cotton swabs and/or cotton pads handy to wipe away excess tint from the skin.

5. Time – How Long to Leave the Tint on Brow Hair

If using Godefroy Instant Eyebrow Tint capsules, you’ll only need to leave the color on for about 3 to 5 minutes. The Godefroy Shape & Tint Permanent eyelash and eyebrow tinting kits tend to color the hair in about 2 minutes, however you’ll have to test how quickly the hair grabs the color. {Also, you should always do a patch test to be sure you’re not allergic}. I’ve found that some hair types require up to 5 or more minutes, while others take to the color almost instantly. The Roux Lash & Brow Tint, which are very potent professional eyebrow tinting kits, tend to act quickly and leave rich color, but are a little harder to work with because the tint is strong and can stain the skin if not applied very careful. I also suggest NOT using the application sticks that come with the kits, but instead using a round eyebrow or mascara brush. A brush is easier to control. Also, if using the Roux eyebrow tinting products I suggest quickly applying the color to both brows and not waiting the full time recommended, but wiping the formula off with a cotton pad almost immediately to see the color. If it’s not dark enough, apply a second coat, wait z minute and test again. Do this as many times as required until the desired darkness is achieved. Don’t touch the tint with bare fingers because it stains. Use surgical gloves if you’re new to eyelash and eyebrow tinting or rub a little Vaseline on your fingers. {Do not use black eyebrow tinting kits unless you have BLACK hair.}

6. Remove the Tint

using dry cotton pads, remove the excess tint by pressing and wiping in the direction the hair grows. Use a variety of cotton swabs or pads to get as much of the residue as possible. When all visible tint has been removed, use moistened cotton pads to remove the remaining traces. Now you can wash your face in running water and use a facial cleanser, then apply a moisturizer if desired. DO NOT immediately wash your brows in running water because the tint will get in your eyes or spread to areas you don’t want colored. Using cotton pads also protects the fingers from getting stained. If using the Roux formulas, you may want to use surgical gloves from the start, at least for the first few times, until you get the hang of how to apply and remove the tint.

7. Wax, Tweeze and Shape the Brow

now proceed with waxing or tweezing to shape the brow. To get perfect brows, choose an eyebrow stencil and eliminate all hairs outside the outline. For more information see related posts with Tips On How To Shape Eyebrows With Tweezers, How to Pluck Eyebrows, Where To Buy Eyebrow Stencils Kit, how to select the Best Eyebrow Stencil and get free Step by Step Instructions on How to Pluck Eyebrow. Find out what Tools and Products to Prepare Before Starting to Pluck Eyebrows and learn exactly How to Use Eyebrow Stencils.

Recommended Eyebrow Tinting Kits

Eyebrow tinting kits cost between $8 and $35 per kit. The cheapest are the Godefroy Instant Eyebrow Tinting kits that start at around eight dollars for the pre-prepared capsules, or the standard tinting kits that have about five applications and cost around twelve dollars. RefectoCil kits start at around $24 for cream color, developer and mixing dish, but single tubes of color are prices around $12 each. The most expensive kits are made by Roux and provide up to forty applications of professional strength tint and developer. These require a little more skill to use, but offer good value for those who color their eyebrows on a regular basis.

1. Godefroy Instant Eyebrow Tint Permanent Eyebrow Color Kit Eyebrow Makeup

These eyelash and eyebrow tinting kits provide 4 pre-measured capsules, but in most cases, you can use half a capsule and get 8 treatments out of each kit.

2. Godefroy Shape & Tint Permanent Eyebrow Color & Shaping Kit

These eyebrow tinting products are designed to provide 5 applications. Remember, once the developer has been mixed with the tint, it must be used immediately. Do not store pre-mixed product for later use.

3. Roux Lash & Brow Tint

These eyelash and eyebrow tinting kits are strong and provide long-lasting color but may require a little more expertise to use. In some cases the Roux products have been known to stain unprotected skin. For first time users I strongly suggest using Vaseline on areas that do not require tinting.

4. Godefroy 28 Day Mascara Permanent Eyelash Tint Kit Mascara

To learn how to use a similar kit by Godefray, watch the following eyebrow tinting tutorial courtesy of pixiwoo:

BASICS: Brow tinting tutorial

5. RefectoCil Cream Hair Dye Kit – Light Brown No.3.1 – 3pc Kit

the RefectoCil kit includes a 15ml tube of professionally formulated cream hair dye, a 50ml bottle of 3% liquid oxidant plus a glass mixing dish, and costs about $24 for the set, or between $12 and $14 for a single tube of color. Choose light blond, natural brown, light brown, red, chestnut, graphite, black or blue black. You can buy the oxidant and the colors separately if you decide to mix shades to get a more natural tone.

Watch the following RefectoCil official video presentation designed for professional cosmeticians but that offers great instructions for home users as well:

RefectoCil Professional Lash and Eyebrow Tint

Although the video shows a complete eyelash tinting procedure, the same basic principles, and products, apply for eyebrow usage. While the Godefroy and Roux products are designed for home use, the RefectoCil line of products is a professional collection that has now been made available to those who prefer eyebrow tinting at home. Notice the eyelash and eyebrow tinting before and after shots at the end of the video.

The above products are good for both eyelash and eyebrow tinting, however eyelash tinting is a slightly more complicated procedure. Please follow instructions carefully if both the lashes and brows are to be colored.

Editor’s Note: I recommend going to a salon for ONE professional eyelash and eyebrow tinting. It’s good to be familiar with the procedure, understand how your hair and skin reacts, and see the results which later you can duplicate at home. Here’s a professional eyebrow tinting procedure to get an idea of what to expect:

Eyebrow Tinting

What Results can you Realistically Expect from Eyebrow Tinting?

Here is an eyebrow tinting before and after video to demonstrate results you can realistically expect.

Brow Tinting by Benefit is brought to you courtesy of Fashion Times Magazine, and although the commentary is in Italian, the results are clear to see in any language.

Brow Tinting by Benefit

Here’s another video that offers a look at the procedure and gives you a chance to see eyebrow tinting before and after results that are very natural – just a couple shades darker:

Eyebrow Tint (courtesy of West Cheshire College):

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