Learning how to tint (and shape) my own brows at home has been on my to-do list for a long time but quarantine has definitely bumped it up on my things to learn list – mine were out of control!
How To Do Eyebrow Shaping and Tinting At Home
I will start by saying that I don’t pluck my brows all that often. And I make sure to give them a good tweezing every month or so but am a little traumatized… I had sperm brows in high school and college and consider myself to be still in eyebrow recovery… to this day I have a few little holes that I fear will never grow back!
These days, I’m definitely of the less is more, as full as possible approach. I get asked how I grew them back in and honestly, the best answer is patience. You have to just let them be, for as long as you can (quarantine would be a great time to start!). I first talked about my “eyebrow journey” in 2013 when I first got them professionally shaped and learned where my arch is and then again in 2015. I’ve been letting them grow for a long time and still have tiny holes I have to fill in. I’ll always be jealous of my sister Becca who never over plucked hers when we were young and has perfectly shaped brows without needing to do much!
The one thing I always do is trim them; they get SO long. But my hair is naturally dark blonde and I have some very light eyebrow hairs so I like to dye them a shade or two darker.
Honestly, I was really scared to do this!
My friend Jackie has been tinting her own brows for a couple years now and she told me everything to buy and how to do it. She also reassured me that a) now is the time to learn, we’re not going anywhere! and b) if you mess up you can put a little dish soap on your brows to fix them if you go too dark. So my biggest tip is don’t stress! It’s much less scary than it seems.
Also, a word about the dye colors as figuring this out can be a little confusing! I ordered three colors: light brown (I got the kit, be sure to get the kit!), chestnut, and graphite. Jackie mixes the chestnut and graphite. The chestnut is too warm on its own so the graphite (which is basically black), cools it down. She recommends a pea size squeeze of chestnut and a rice size squeeze of graphite.
I personally ended up preferring the light brown shade to the chestnut (my personal “formula” is a pea size squeeze of light brown and a rice size squeeze of graphite). I know it is annoying but would recommend ordering a couple different colors to play around and get the right combo.. you can mix them in the little glass bowl that comes with the kit to get your proper color!
Note: I am probably making this sound WAY more complicated than it is. Figuring out your shade is the hardest part, which is why I say order a few shades and play around with them to make your ideal shade.
Eyebrow Shaping Essentials
This kit is essential for tinting your brows as it has everything you need. It contains dye, developer, a brush, and a little mixing bowl! I ordered a few different dyes as mentioned above.
These are optional, but love these for a clean edge/zero unibrow.
A must for both tweezing and trimming, especially if your eyebrow hairs tend to get long (mine do!)
Full transparency – I lost mine and am dying right now… I ordered a new pair during the Sephora sale and am waiting for them to arrive… not so patiently. My own eyebrow hairs are so long right now; it’s killing me!
A given; you don’t need the fancy ones but they definitely make a difference in my opinion!
A good tip is to start by tinting! I noticed that whenever I get my brows done they tint them before they start shaping and this is so smart as then when you go to tweeze/wax/sculpt, all those baby blonde hairs will be darker and easier to get!
Mix up your dye.
Mix the dyes in the little bowl that comes with the kit, and then add in 10 drops of the developer formula.
Apply the dye mixture to your brows.
Once it’s all blended, apply the mixture to your brows and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. I did 5 minutes the first time (again, I was scared!) and it was fine!
Wipe off excess with a cotton pad soaked in water.
It will come off very easily.. I had figured I’d need to use some sort of cleanser but you don’t… just water!
I’m including a video from the brand of dye – this also shows lash tinting which I think is a bit too advanced for me (though shout-out to Jackie, who tints her own lashes too… I AM IMPRESSED!)
And then, it is time for brow shaping!
My shaping advice is pretty rudimentary but again, I really don’t like to do much to my brows shape wise. Less is definitely more. I like a natural and full eyebrow shape, just well groomed!
Wax between your brows.
The first thing I do (and it’s great because you’ve just darkened all of those baby hairs) is use the small Flamingo wax strips in between my brows to give the edges a nice clean look and get all those little brow hairs. It’s amazing how much they pick up and also how clean the edges of your bows will look when you do this.
I line up the strip with the edge of my brow, push down in the direction of hair growth (this is an upward stroke from nose to forehead), pull the skin taut, and then quickly pull the strip in the direction against hair growth (I pull down from forehead to nose!).
You could probably wax the arch of your brow as well but I don’t do that – too afraid!
Then, I just tweeze any stray hairs! As I mentioned above, tinting them before you tweeze makes tweezing SO much easier; it’s easier to see all those baby hairs! I have bad light in my apartment so I do use this lighted magnifying mirror to get a better view.
Carefully pluck one hair at a time, starting from the outer corner and working inward.
I LOVE these tweezers; I always used crappy drugstore brand tweezers for years (and you can, nice tweezers aren’t mandatory but make the job much easier!) but these make the job so much easier. You definitely want to use slanted tweezers; I find them to be the easiest to use.
The last step (and be very careful here!) is to trim your brows. This is what makes the biggest difference for me as my eyebrow hairs can get long long long. But I once was reckless (this was in my early twenties!) and cut a big chunk of my eyebrows and had a bald patch for a couple weeks. I use my spoolie brush to brush my brow hairs up, as straight as possible. I then hold the brush down as a barrier and VERY CAREFULLY snip snip, carefully trimming them!
That’s it! Hope this was helpful!!!