Eyebrows Tinting: Add-On to Brow Lamination

Find out all you need to know about eyebrows tinting – a quick treatment that darkens your brows. It’s often done as the 2nd part of the brow lamination process.

Eyebrows Tinting - What Is It, How Is It Done & Why Is It So Great?

Image source: Instagram @refreshednrefined

If you want a quick brows enhancement, a brow lamination + eyebrow tint is the perfect solution. It makes the best of your natural brows, lifting them into a unique, trendy shape, and darkening them for extra density.

This combo treatment combines two techniques for short-term brow enhancement and it’s a favorite of people who have thinner or lighter brows than they’d like, but they’re not willing to commit to a cosmetic eyebrow tattoo yet.

But you can get the treatments separately, too.

We’ve covered all the basics of brow lamination in our Brow Lamination Guide, and now we’re answering all your questions about eyebrows tinting.

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What Is Eyebrow Tinting?

Eyebrows tinting is a quick and easy way to darken your brows. It’s a lot like dying your hair.

It combines two effects – it colors the hairs themselves, but also slightly stains the skin underneath for an extra effect. It’s power to thicken the brows lies in the fact that the dye colors all the super-thin baby hairs in the brow arches that are otherwise invisible. The shade left on the skin provides a light makeup look.

That way, a brow tinting gives the brows density, definition and dimension.

The color of the brow tint can be custom-mixed to suit the color of your hair and your wishes.

Who Is Eyebrows Tinting For?Image source: Instagram @tulsabeautybar

How Is Eyebrows Tinting Done?

Again, a lot like dying your hair. It’s done with a special dye intended for brow hairs.

Here’s how professional eyebrow tinting is done:

  • The brows are cleaned thoroughly from any products and sebum.
  • The dye is applied onto the brows carefully. It will slightly stain the skin underneath, so it’s applied in the shape you want your brows to have. Most techs apply a protective cream around the brows to keep the skin unstained.
  • The brow tint is left on for 5-15 minutes. How long depends on the formula and the shade of the dye.
  • The area is cleaned and our brows are brushed into place.
  • An optional serum is applied to gloss them up.

Who Is Eyebrows Tinting For?

Anyone who wants to enhance their brows! The most common clients are those with light eyebrows.

The effects are subtle, so many men like this treatment, too.

There are a few contraindications, though:

  • History of allergic reactions to hair dyes and similar products
  • Eczema, psoriasis or rosacea in the area
  • Cuts or scabbing in the area

Who Is Eyebrows Tinting For?Image source: Instagram @taramonroeesthetics

How Long Does Eyebrow Tint Last?

It lasts 4-6 weeks.

Eyebrow tinting fades gradually, and the fading will start being noticeable after about 3 weeks. Your brows will become lighter and lighter, until they go back to their natural color.

The pace at which they’ll fade depends on your skin type (fading is faster on oily skin), hair type, the products you use, and your lifestyle (swimming in the pool or the ocean can speed up the fading).

How Can I Make My Eyebrow Tinting Last Longer?

To make your brow tint last longer, avoid the following:

  • Keep your brows dry for 12 hours
  • Exfoliating products
  • Anti-aging skincare
  • Rubbing your brows
  • Frequent brushing (keep it down to once a day)
  • Swimming in chlorinated or saltwater (unless you keep the brows dry)

You can find special serums meant for maintaining the brow tint on the market. These products can slightly prolong how long does eyebrow tint last.

Extra Tip: Avoid self-tanners and spray-tan in the area. The tan can react with the dye and the color of your brows can turn into an unattractive greenish.

Can I Wash My Face After a Brow Tint?

Of course, but it’s advisable to wait 12 hours and avoid oil-based cleansers and exfoliating products.

You should avoid excessive sweating and touching or rubbing the area for 24 hours. Your skin could get irritated.

Can I Wash My Face After a Brow Tint?Image Source: Instagram @glowing.and.grounded

Is Eyebrow Tinting Safe?

Yes, if done right.

The potential risks are:

  • Allergic reaction to the dye.
  • Irritation.
  • If the dye is left on for too long, wrong color, hair damage, or skin irritation.

In order to prevent an allergic reaction, you should do a patch test. If high-quality products are used, the risk of irritation is very low, but you can never know with certainty how your skin will react. Professionals will pay close attention to timing, so they’ll know when to remove the dye.

Does Eyebrows Tinting Damage the Hairs?


The dyes used for eyebrows tinting are formulated for brow hairs, and they won’t damage them in any way if they’re used properly.

If left on for too long, the dye could potentially make the hairs brittle, fragile, or even cause breakage. That’s why you should always go to a professional who knows how to perform the treatment.

Can I Do an Eyebrow Tint at Home?

Yes, you can buy a brow tinting kit and DIY it.

This is a more affordable option, since you can use the same kit multiple times. However, store-bought dyes come in only a handful of shades, while a professional can custom-mix a shade for you.

Brow tinting is relatively risk-free, but if you decide to do it at home, make sure to read the instructions carefully and pay close attention to how long you’ll leave the dye on.

How Much Does Eyebrows Tinting Cost?

Done on its own, the price of a brow tint is around $30, but you can find it as cheap as $10, or as expensive as $75.

If it’s an add-on to brow lamination, it’s charged about the same, or a bit less.

Brow Lamination + Eyebrows Tinting = Brow Lift & Tint

Eyebrows tinting is often done as an add-on service to brow lamination. Once the brows are shaped and uplifted, the brow tint darkens them and adds a shade. Many clients go for the combo, since the results are more dramatic, but you can get both treatments separately.

Why Are These Often Combined?

Darkening the brows is the easiest way to enhance them. While brow lamination gives the brows a special shape and texture that can’t be achieved any other way, the brow tint gives them extra definition and depth.

Brow Lamination + Eyebrows Tinting = Brow Lift & TintImage source: Instagram @awestheticsny

How Are They Combined?

When you get the lamination+tinting combo, the treatment is done in several steps:

  • Cleaning the area.
  • Brow lamination – chemicals are applied onto the brows to straighten them, and then fix them into an upwards position.
  • Tinting – a brow tint is applied onto the brows to darken them.
  • Nourishing serum – a nourishing formula is applied onto the brows to give them some moisturization and an attractive gloss.

Some brow laminations formulas are 2-in-1 products that fix the brows and color them at the same time.

How Long Do the Results Last?

The results of brow lamination last around 6 weeks, or as long as a brow hair growth cycle. The shape will gradually relax until it’s lost and the brows go back to their natural shape.

The results of an eyebrow tint become significantly lighter after about 3 weeks. It will probably still be somewhat visible for up to 6 weeks.

Eyebrows Tinting – Main Takeaways

Eyebrows tinting is a great treatment for anyone who wants to enhance and darken their brows, regardless of whether they combine it with brow lamination or not. If you do combine the treatments, you won’t only get a unique shape due to lamination, but also extra definition thanks to brow tinting.



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