Monday, September 17, 2012

A brow tinting tutorial: What to do and what not to do!

I have been tinting my own brows on and off using the same dye for years now, so I figured I might as well do a tutorial for people who are curious as to how this is done. Enjoy!

This is the brand and shade of dye I always use, Godefroy's Medium Brown. I purchase it at a local beauty supply but have also seen it for sale on eBay and I've never paid more than $10 for the kit, and it comes with enough supplies to tint your brows four times.

Here is what you'll need:

Vaseline: optional (more on that later)
Godefroy creme developer, mixing bowl, wooden mixing stick, and dye capsule: all of this comes in the Godefroy kit pictured above
A brow brush whose hairs you don't mind coloring
A washcloth you don't mind staining
Materials to keep your hair out of your face, if needed

Start with a clean, dry face (eek!) with your hair pulled/tucked back:

Cover the skin all around your eyebrows with Vaseline. I generally skip this step myself because I don't have a problem with the dye staining my skin and I prefer to tint all the baby hairs around my brows too so they're easier to see (so I can pluck them). However, if you are worried about staining, you may want to do this step:

Now, measure out about a half capful of the creme developer:

Pour that into the tiny mixing bowl. Then carefully (CAREFULLY) open the dye capsule and empty it into the mixing bowl. I recommend that you do this over a clean surface in case you end up doing what I do half of the time, which is spill the powdered contents of the capsule everywhere and have to sweep them off the countertop into the mixing bowl:

Mix it up until you see no more lumps and you have a brown paste.

Dip the brow brush into the brow dye such that it is generously covered:

Paint it on your first brow so you look like Groucho Marx. No, seriously! I first paint in the direction of growth, then dip it in the dye again, then paint against the growth (to make sure the hairs are thoroughly covered in dye on all sides), then dip it in the dye again, then dab more on top just to really coat the brow:

Now set a timer for TWO MINUTES. Dampen your washcloth (not sopping wet, just damp) and then wipe off all the dye when the timer goes off. You may want to rinse the washcloth in between brows.

Here is what I looked like after this point, with just my right brow done (on the left in the pic):

A nice, natural color. This is the color I normally end up with. Now here is where the "what not to do" part comes in. I repeated the steps above on my left brow, but my kitten was being a holy terror so when the timer went off I was chasing him around the apartment instead of wiping the dye off my brow. It ended up being on for about four minutes instead of two, and ended up darker than my right. Rather than having unevenly colored brows, I figured I'd be better off evening them out and just having both be too dark. So I re-did my right brow for another two minutes and ended up with this:

... which is not awful, just a bit darker than I'd intended! So, the moral of the story here is that you make sure you're free of distractions while doing this. If you've got pets or children at home who might be distracting, I recommend doing your brow tinting while someone else is keeping an eye on them or they're asleep so you don't end up with uneven brows or darker ones than you were hoping for. This is not the end of the world for me at all; I don't really mind having a stronger brow look, and I know it'll fade to a more natural color in 1-2 weeks and then fade away entirely in 4-6 weeks.

If you care, here is how they look an hour later (after I've trimmed, plucked, and filled them in - and put on some other makeup too!):

Ahh, much better! (I will post more pictures and a breakdown of this look soon, for anyone wondering about it.)

So, what do you think? Any questions? Have you tinted your brows before, or do you plan to try to now?

Disclaimer: I purchased the product(s) featured in this post myself.


  1. I've never tinted my brows, except for once.

    I decided to bleach them at home to get lighter brows (my brows are naturally dark) - and they ended up turning ORANGE. No amount of filling in would fix it, so I had to go in and get them tinted.

    Your brows really frame your face nicely! And they don't look to dark.

    Thank you for the tutorial! :)

  2. You did a great job.

    When my brows looked too dark, I used just a tad of my hair color for 5 minutes, each time for about 3 times I colored my hair. (I used Redken 10 NW). It's a one step process and I used 20 V peroxide. It worked nicely and didn't turn orange.

    Karin (


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