How To Do Eyelash Tinting At Home

Using an Eyelash Dye Kit

My first experience with an eyelash dye kit was when I was a pre-teen and my mom was using it. She dyed my eyelashes for me and I was in love with the results! My eyelashes tend to bleach in the sun, causing them to look short and sparse. Eyelash tinting helped my lashes look naturally dark, which also made them look longer and thicker than my naturally bleached out version allowed.

As an adult, I went in search for my own eyelash tinting kit, and though there are now quite a few different varieties on the market, I was delighted to find the same tried and true Roux Lash and Brow Tint that my mom had been using for years. I'll give you some links to other varieties, but the following are details, instructions and tips for DIY eyelash tinting using the Roux Lash and Brow Tint. (Many tips and instructions work for other brands as well.)

Eyelash Tint Kit Includes:Roux At Home Eyelash Tinting Kit

  • Eyelash Tinting Primer
  • Eyelash Tinting Dye
  • Eyelash Tint Remover (to remove any accidental dye from skin)
  • Skin Guards (to protect skin under they eye from being tinted)
  • Wooden sticks for application

Additional Recommended Purchases:

  • Plastic gloves or finger covers (to prevent dye on fingers)
  • Vaseline, cocoa butter, or some other non-irritating but sticky like substance to place between skin and skin guard so that it will stick.
  • Cotton to place on wooden sticks for application

How To Do Eyelash Tinting: Steps

  1. Wrap some cotton on the wooden sticks for application. These are better than Q-Tips, as they are smaller and more precise - especially if doing lower lashes.
  2. Place Vaseline, Cocoa Butter, or similar product under eye. Be careful not to get it on your lashes.
  3. Secure skin guards under eye by gently pressing it against the Vaseline or cocoa butter. If using, put on plastic gloves or finger guards.
  4. Using the cotton covered wooden applicator, apply eyelash tint primer on all lashes you desire to tint. Be careful not to get it on your skin or in your eye.
  5. Let dry.
  6. For best results, apply a second layer of eyelash tint primer. Let dry.
  7. If you got any eyelash tint primer on your skin, you may apply eyelash tint remover, using a new applicator. Be careful not to touch lashes with it, as it will remove the primer from them as well. Do not get into your eye.
  8. Using a new applicator, apply eyelash tint dye on all lashes you desire to tint. Be careful not to get it on your skin or in your eye. (Note: The eyelash tint dye will appear clear, until it mixes with the eyelash tint primer. When it touches the lashes where the primer has been applied, it will turn black or brown, depending on the color you purchased.)
  9. If any dye is found on your skin, apply eyelash tint remover, using a new applicator. Be careful not to touch lashes with it, as it will remove dye from them as well. Do not get into your eye.
  10. Let eyelash tint dye dry completely. There is no need to apply a second coat, as the eyelash tint primer affects this more than the dye itself.
  11. After eyelash tint dye is completely dry, gently wash eye area. You may see some dye wash off. This is ok. You may use the eyelash tint remover on your skin, if necessary.
  12. Enjoy!

Tips for DIY Eyelash Tinting

  • Don't perform it right before going out. They eye area can sometimes be a little red from the irritation of continued washing. It's not dangerous; just think of how you usually look right after taking your eye makeup off. Let your skin calm a bit before applying makeup.
  • Sometimes you may wake up the next morning and have eye goopies that look like you got a bit of mascara in your eye. Don't worry; this is just the natural cleansing of anything you may have gotten in your eye. Just wipe them out like normal and move on.
  • I sometimes apply a little cocoa butter to the top eyelid as well, near the lashes but not touching. This helps prevent dying my skin if I get clumsy.
  • Always use new applicators for each part of the process.
  • Always allow each layer to dry completely before moving on to the next step. I have sometime rushed this and it simply means that my lashes don't get as dark.
  • If you want darker lashes, it is absolutely worth the second coat of eyelash tint primer, but only if the first coat is completely dry first.

What About You?

Have you ever done eyelash tinting at home? Have you tried eyebrows? What product did you use? Were you satisfied? Any additional tips you can share with us?

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Martha Fling commented on 28-Nov-2015 01:54 PM
I want to thank you for posting these instructions. I have the Roux Lash & Brow Tint, but misplaced the instructions. (I think my cat chewed them up! Found little pieces of paper on bathroom floor the next morning.) Now I can use the tint. Menopause has caused most of my eye brow hairs to disappear or turn gray. I got eye brow tattooed (permanent make-up) in my hair color (brown). But the gray hairs really show up against the tattoo color! The woman who did the tattooing at my hair spa recommended using the Roux tinting kit to help the hairs and tattoo blend together. She used this product on my brows after the tattoos had healed. It was perfect. I love that I no longer need to take time to try and color in my eye brows every day.
But now the gray is showing again. I have been all over the Internet looking for these instructions. I am now going to do both my eye brows and lashes. My lashes are like yours. Very long, but pale from about a quarter inch from the ends. Have to use mascara everyday. I'm hoping with the tint I won't need mascara everyday.
Thank you again. I am going to subscribe to your blog.
Louise commented on 26-May-2018 05:08 PM
I had no idea there is such a big assortment of proucts for that :)
Well I had nothing to dye actually, before I took a course of Cherish Lash serum and my eyelashes grew much longer... Now I can try some of those products
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