7 Ways to Make Your Brow Tint Last Longer
Eyebrow tinting is a treatment that involves dying your brow hairs to enhance, shape, and define your eyebrows. An eyebrow tint can speed up your morning beauty routine, accentuate your facial features, and complement your hair color, among other things. According to the pros, a brow tint typically lasts around three to six weeks, depending on your aftercare routine and how fast your hair grows.
To make your eyebrow tint last longer, here’s everything you need to know about taking care of your brows — before and post-tint.
#1: Visit a Brow Tinting Professional
If you want long-lasting results, it’s always a good idea to go to a professional. Unlike DIY eyebrow tinting kits, a professional can help you achieve the best possible color match (and customize a shade if needed) for the most natural-looking results. What’s more, the professionals typically use better quality products than what you’ll find in your local drugstore. In other words, the hair dye they use is more likely to stand the test of time over an at home brow tinting color.
It might cost a little more, but it’ll be worth it when you get the brows of your dreams!
#2: Ask for Vegetable Dye, Not Henna
Brow tinting beginners are better off starting with vegetable dyes instead of henna-based dyes. Not only do vegetable dyes last longer than other types of dye, but they’re also typically safer than henna brow dyes which have been known to cause chemical burns.
You can discuss your safest options with the professional performing your brow tint. They should be able to advise you on your best options. And make sure you let them know if you have sensitive skin or a skin condition!
#3: Keep Your Brows Dry
Prolong your eyebrow tint by keeping the brow area dry for at least 12 hours after the treatment. Some say the longer you wait, the better the color will stick to the eyebrow hairs. If you can, try to wait 24 hours — or even better, a couple of days — before washing your face to prevent your brow tint from fading.
You can keep your face clean by temporarily swapping out your cleanser for a toner. Simply soak a cotton pad in your cleansing solution, and swipe it across your face and neck, avoiding the brow area.
By waiting as long as possible before washing your brows, you allow the color to set and ultimately lengthen its lifespan.
#4: Stay Out of the Sun
Sun exposure can make color fade, so it’s best to stay out of the sun — at least for the first few days after your tint. When you do go outside, cover up with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Remember to apply plenty of sunscreen too, which will also help protect your brow color from fading.
It’s also important to stay out of the pool when you’re freshly tinted as chlorine can shorten the wear of your tint!
#5: Hydrate Your Brows
Keeping your brows moisturized can prolong the longevity of your brow tint. Opt for a lightweight serum to nourish your brow hairs and prevent the color from fading. We recommend Rainbow’s Hydrate Serum, a featherweight formula of hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, and vitamin B5 to drench dry skin in lasting moisture. Besides making the color last longer, the serum also makes your brows look extra smooth and glossy. You can even double it up as a brow gel. The only difference is that it deeply conditions your eyebrows, too.
For best results, apply a thin layer of serum to your brows daily. This formula will also help prep them for smooth makeup application. Whether you’re using eyebrow pencil or powder, it’ll look way more seamless when applied to moisturized brows.
#6: Stop Exfoliating
Since exfoliation buffs way dead skin cells, it can also speed up the fading of your brow tint. To prevent this from happening, avoid exfoliating for at least the first three days after getting the tint. And try to limit exfoliation as much as possible. You can still exfoliate your face and neck, just make sure you avoid the area around your brows.
In general, you want to avoid any harsh skincare products that could potentially shorten the longevity of your eyebrow tint, including acids, scrubs, and harsh makeup removers.
#7: Step Away from the Spoolie
Brushing your freshly tinted brows might be extremely satisfying, but over-brushing can actually lift your tint and contribute to color fading. To achieve your perfect brows, gently brush them in place and follow up with eyebrow gel to set them in place all day long. You can also try applying a tinted brow gel to add some color to your brows if they’re already starting to fade.
Alternatively, avoid using a spoolie altogether, and use your fingers to gently brush them into place.
#8: Touch Up with Brow Pencil
If it’s been a few weeks and you’re looking to extend the lifeline of your brow tint until your next appointment, you can try touching them up with a few beauty products, such as a brow pencil, brown mascara, and shadow. Focus your attention on touching up the areas where your natural eyebrow color comes through.
As great as eyebrow tinting is for darkening your natural hair and accentuating your features, the effects don’t last long. If you’re looking for longer-lasting results, opt for another treatment like microblading, which can last anywhere between 18 and 30 months.
Another option is brow lamination. Like tinting, it only lasts up to six weeks. However, it works by creating the illusion of fuller, more defined brows without the use of semi-permanent dye.
Eyebrow tinting is a popular treatment, and a great way of making the most of your natural brows. The only downside is that it doesn’t last very long. Fortunately, you can make your brow tint last longer by following the above pre- and post- care tips. By taking good care of your freshly tinted brows, you can easily make your tint last for six weeks, or maybe even a little longer.