Is eyebrow tinting the secret to perfect brows? Here’s what you gotta know

Natural-looking brows FTW

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I have a confession to make: I hate doing anything to my eyebrows. For real, even combing my arches the tiniest bit or filling in my spare patches is just too much. That doesn’t mean my brows don’t need the help, though—trust me when I say they really do—but I’m also not ready to commit to microblading or brow extensions (like, what if I hate the end result and look weird as f*ck for month?!). So when my coworker—who, BTW, has perfect, natural-looking brows—told me she’s been getting her eyebrows tinted for years, I was very much intrigued. Could an eyebrow tint be subtle enough that I wouldn’t have a complete nervous breakdown, yet make my brows look groomed enough like I actually tried? Could this be the answer to all of my brow woes? I went ahead and found out, learning every possible thing there is to know about eyebrow tinting.

What does eyebrow tinting do?

Eyebrow tinting is preeetty intuitive: It’s a process where semi-permanent dye is smoothed over your brows to shape and define your natural arches. Unlike microblading—which is where itty-bitty hairs are tattooed onto your skin—eyebrow tinting is more about enhancing your natural brows (i.e., a brow tint isn’t going to cover any sparse patches or gaps, but it’ll help define the hair you do have). The process typically takes around 10 to 15 minutes at a salon but will likely take a bit longer if you’re attempting to DIY it at home (more on that later).

BTW: If you’re getting a professional brow tint, you can expect your technician to custom mix the dye to get you the right colour (which is typically one or two shades lighter than your hair colour). If you’re doing an at-home brow tint, you’ll need to buy the shade closest to your natural colour and be extra cautious about how long you’re keeping the formula on (the longer it sits and develops, the darker it’s going to be).

This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.

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