Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to tint your own eyelashes

I have light eyelashes and I don't like waterproof mascara. I use to tint my lashes a lot, but haven't in years. Here are my natural lashes (in natural light)

Here are my lashes after tinting (this pic is in the bathroom, so not as natural light)

I have long lashes that curve up naturally. Those are also my natural eyebrows, as in no plucking or waxing.

Tinting your own lashes takes longer than doing it in a salon because to do it properly you can only do one eye at a time. Be aware this is risky, you need to test your skin to make sure you won't react, you need good eyesight and please be really careful. If any dye gets in your eye, rinse it immediately!

You will need
Eyelash tinting kit. One kit will do multiple applications
Bowl to mix in, a small one you don't mind getting stained

Follow the instructions on your kit carefully!

Step 1

Wipe vaseline under your eye and on your eyelid to prevent staining if the tint gets on your skin. Wet a tissue and either cut or bend the top to sit neatly with the curve of your eye then place it under your eye as shown.

Step 2

Mix the tint/dye as per the instructions in your kit. Mine is 10drops of peroxide to 1cm of colour squeezed from the tube. You don't need a lot of tint.

Mix until smooth, close your eye and apply the tint to your lashes. I do one eye at a time so I can see what I am doing.

Step 3

Fold the tissue over your eye. I do this as it darkens everything and I am less tempted to open my eyes. We always did it this way in the salon when I worked there too. It is more relaxing.

Leave your eye closed and wait for 5 - 10 minutes, depending on your tint and instructions.

Step 5
Grab the tissue and wipe it away from your eye without rubbing it into your eye. Wet more tissues and thoroughly rinse your eye with water to remove all the dye. DO NOT open your eye before all the dye is removed.

Repeat with your other eye.

If at any point your eyes sting, remove they dye and rinse your eyes immediately. 

An eyelash tint costs about $20 in my area. More than the cost of a kit which will do multiple applications.

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