If you have pale or light-colored hair like I do, I know you’re dealing with eyelashes that look pretty much invisible without mascara. I’ve been doing some research to see how I can darken my lashes naturally and long term, so my eyes don’t “disappear” when I don’t have any makeup on. In other words, I want to wake up in the morning, step out of the shower, get done with an intense workout — whatever — and still have eyes that pop. 🙂
The answer I found might just be eyelash tinting.
With this beauty treatment, your lashes are dyed your chosen color. Typically, it’s the color of your preferred mascara, or you can choose to match a darker shade of your natural hair color. The procedure isn’t permanent — instead, it lasts roughly one month.
Most women who undergo this process also decide to include eyebrow tinting. It’s essentially the same concept. This easily allows you to match your eyelashes with your eyebrows. Adding color with a brow liner also works well, but again, if you’re looking for eyes that really stand out without a stitch of makeup on, tinting might be the right choice for you.
Salon or DIY?
Tinting and dying services are ever-popular in salons. But it’s surprisingly easy to do it yourself at home — and I’m going to walk you through it step by step.
This is a great option if you’re a little self-conscious about salon treatments, and if you want to save money. You could create your own dye with a few simple ingredients.
How to Tint Your Eyelashes
So let’s get going. The first thing you’ll need to do is gather your supplies. You’ll need:
- Henna powder that matches the color you want
- Round cotton pads
- Saline solution
- An unused mascara wand
Now you’re ready to begin:
- Make sure you’re wearing clothes you don’t mind getting stained — or place an old towel over your shoulders to help protect your clothing. Henna can stain clothing permanently.
- Clean your eyelashes and remove all makeup around your eyes. Use soap and water to remove your makeup, no oil-based removers, since the oil can cause a conflict with the dye.
- Place a small amount of the henna powder into a glass bowl (which won’t stain) or a plastic bowl you don’t mind being stained.
- Add a few droplets of water.
- Stir the mixture and add more droplets to produce a paste. You want a fairly thick paste, not a watery mixture, so add water very slowly and just a few drops at a time. If your mixture gets too drippy, throw it out and start over — you don’t want something that can drip into your eyes. After you’ve achieved a mixture with the right consistency, you’re ready to prep your first eye.
- Dab Vaseline around your right eye. Don’t get this product on your eyelashes. The point is to protect your eyes and skin.
- Cut one round cotton pad in half.
- Place the straight edge underneath your bottom eyelashes. It’ll stick to the Vaseline and stay in place.
- Roll the mascara wand into your henna mixture. Make sure you coat the bristles completely, however; don’t overcoat them. You’ll want the same consistency as you’d have if you were using mascara. Start with your lower lashes.
- Apply the mixture to the ends first as they are typically the lightest part of your lashes. Once the ends are coated liberally, return to the pattern you use when applying mascara. Do not close your eye.
- Apply the mixture to your top lashes in the same manner.
- Allow the henna to remain on your lashes for 10 minutes. Do not dab your lashes like you would if you were dying your hair and want to check the progress. This could produce a negative outcome.
- After 10 minutes is up, wet the cotton pads and ring out any excess water. Close your eye and then wipe the cotton pad across your lashes to remove the henna mixture.
- Continue wiping until all the mixture is gone. Once you’ve removed it all, use some saline drops just in case any of the products leaked into your eyes.
- Repeat these steps for the second eye. You can also use the same process for your eyebrows.
Pro and Cons of Tinting Versus Mascara
To assess whether tinting is right for you, start with the pros and cons. The first pro is that it lasts up to a month. However, all you’re changing is the color of your lashes. You won’t achieve lush, fuller lashes like you can with mascara or an eyelash growth serum.
Another advantage is that the most you’ll spend by doing it yourself is around $20. The average price of a salon treatment is $75.
You may be thinking — why go through the trouble of assembling my own supplies, when I can just get one of the at-home tinting kits I see on Amazon? My recommendation is to skip those kits, as many contain dangerous substances such as tar or coal. This is why I strongly suggest using henna, which is chemical free and pesticide free, and non-toxic for your delicate eye area.
If you prefer the kits, however, make sure you review the ingredients. If you find similarities to the same chemicals in hair dye, you should proceed with caution. The reason for this is that some of the chemicals could cause eye damage or blindness. Don’t believe claims that the product is made of vegetables without confirming them.
So try this out for yourselves, and I’d love to hear how it worked for you in the comments below!
Don’t forget, if you need more curl to your lashes once you’ve tinted them, check out my review of the Panasonic heated eyelash curler.