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How to Tint Eyebrows: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted by Jess on Feb 22, 2024

Are you a stylist ready to up your game?

If you've been looking for ways to bring new clients to your salon, it might be time to branch into eyebrow tinting! This trend is a mainstay in the beauty industry, heralded for its ability to help brows stand out and look beautiful without appearing unnatural or penciled-in.

Thankfully, the steps to apply eyebrow tint aren't too difficult to learn. However, there is an art to the process! Today, we're sharing a helpful guide that covers all the basics you need to get started.

Woman getting eyebrows tinted

What Is Eyebrow Tinting?

Eyebrow tint is a semi-permanent dye that helps brows look darker and more defined. For clients with ultra-skinny or fair brows, it can be a complete game-changer. With just one application, they can enhance, shape, and improve the look of their brows without undergoing more extensive procedures, such as microblading.

In addition to tinting the long brow hairs, the dye also permeates into the smaller, finer hairs within and around that area. This makes them appear thicker, wider, and longer. As a stylist, you can custom-mix the dye to match your client's natural hair color as closely as possible. Or, they may opt for an entirely different shade altogether!

That's the beauty of tinting eyebrows. You can work with the color to create almost any variation of black, blonde, or brunette your clients prefer. While individuals can tint their own brows at home with DIY kits, visiting a salon is the best way to achieve professional-quality results that last.

The Art of Eyebrow Tint: A Step-by-Step Guide

Tinting has taken both the eyebrow and eyelash industry by storm, and it's smart to join this movement! When you're ready to branch out, here are the steps you need to get started, create the perfect application, and provide your clients with gorgeous looks they'll ask for again and again.


Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

The list of supplies you need to perform eyebrow tinting services isn't extensive. However, there are several items you must have in place before you begin. These include:

  • Eyebrow tint in a range of hair colors
  • No-run brow tint developer cream
  • Acrylic tint mixing dish
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Cleaning pads
  • Application brushes
  • Flocked applicators

At Lash Stuff, we sell each of these items individually, or you can purchase an all-in-one bundle to get everything you need at an economical price! Our Professional Salon Eyelash and Eyebrow Tint Kit With Training includes everything you need to get started! You can use these products to tint both brows and lashes, allowing you to offer even more services to your clients!

Our kits contain Kalentin Vegan tints, renowned throughout the eyebrow and eyelash industry for their superior quality and longevity. These solutions are free of unnecessary additives and known allergens, including para-phenylenediamine (PPD), silver nitrate, and resorcinol, among others. This allows you to offer this incredible service without worrying about your clients having an allergic reaction to the products.

They're also compliant with all industry standards, including those set by the FDA and UAE. In our kit, you'll find five different shades you can mix to create the ideal color, including:

  • Dark blonde
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Blue-black
  • Dark brown

The best part? Our tints come in 30ml tubes, which is roughly twice as much product as standard tint tubes contain! While the exact number can vary based on the stylist and their preferences, most people find that they can get about 50 to 60 applications out of just one tube, averaging around 0.3g of cream for each use.

Black Eyebrow Tint

Step 2: Meet With Your Client

Before you get out your supplies and go to work, it's important to talk to each client about the results they expect to see. Do they want their brows to look thicker and fuller? What about wider or longer?

Take the time to listen to their questions and address any concerns they might have. If they're used to using pencils, powders, or gels to fill in their brows, they might not fully understand how the tinting process works. Listen to their pain points and explain how tinting can help them achieve the look they want.

As you talk about the treatment, be realistic and let them know that while tinting won't add any new brow hairs, it can darken existing ones and make them appear bolder. For most people, this transformation is exactly what they wanted to see!

Some stylists like their clients to come in for an initial consultation, and then schedule their brow tint at a different time. However, as long as you allocate enough time for this visit, you can do it on the same day.

Step 3: Prepare the Brows

Once you're ready to start, the first thing to do is prep your client's eyebrows. Ideally, they won't wear any eye makeup to their appointment so you can start with a clean slate. If they've applied any cosmetics to their eye area, you'll need to remove those products, first.

Use a cotton pad and oil-free makeup remover to gently cleanse their eyes and brows. Wait a few seconds for their skin to dry before proceeding with the next step.

Then, use a white eyeliner pencil to outline the new shape they want their brows to take. Once they're satisfied with the look, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the area around their brows so the dye doesn't stain their skin.

Step 4: Mix the Tint

Sometimes, brow tint will be the perfect shade right out of the tube! However, most stylists have to blend a few different shades to get a close match. Even if you don't plan to mix anything, you still need to combine the tint with the developer cream.

Use your acrylic mixing dish to combine a small amount of each product. Then, use your applicator brushes to apply the tint, being careful to stay inside the lines you marked with the white pencil. Go slow and be as precise as possible, using the existing hairs to help guide you.

If you notice that any tint has started to spread outside of the lines, that's OK! Use a cotton swab to quickly remove the excess.

Dark Blonde Eyebrow Tint

Step 5: Give It Time

Applying the tint is the most time-consuming step. Next, you can sit back and wait! The dye needs time to permeate into the brow hairs, so cover each side carefully with a small amount of plastic wrap.

Darker shades tend to take a little longer to process (up to about 15 minutes) while lighter ones only take around five minutes. Keep a close eye on the tint so you can see when it reaches the desired shade. Once that happens, carefully remove the plastic wrap and take off the dye with a moistened cotton pad.

Step 6: Explain Aftercare

Once your client's brows are done, you'll need to share a few important aftercare tips with them. If they follow these instructions, they can help their tint last for as long as possible. A few points to cover include:

  • Wait at least 24 hours after application to get the brows wet
  • Avoid saunas, swimming pools, and saltwater for at least 48 hours
  • Avoid oil-based eye or brow products
  • Avoid touching the eye area excessively
  • Wash the brows gently and avoid harsh scrubbing

Access Professional Tint Training

As you can see, there's a definite technique to performing the perfect brow tint! While you should be able to get the hang of it relatively quickly, it's important to attend professional training before you begin. Not only will this help you hone your skills, but it also certifies you to provide this service at your salon.

In addition to offering eyebrow and eyelash extension supplies and tinting accessories, we also provide expert-level training! In our course, you'll learn a range of skills that can help you take your salon services to an all-new level. Available services and resources include:

  • Training videos you can watch at your convenience
  • Access to a salon professional to ask questions and learn techniques
  • Comprehensive curriculum that covers brow/lash tinting, lash lifts, product education, and more
  • Step-by-step application instructions

The entire course is available online, so you can complete it at any time or location that you prefer! If you've always dreamed of adding brow or lash services to your salon offerings, this training will give you the knowledge and expertise required to get there.

Woman with perfectly tinted eyebrows

Are You Ready to Offer Eyebrow Tint Services?

By following these steps, you'll be ready to offer eyebrow tint services at your salon in no time! The key is to learn as much as you can about this treatment first, make sure you have the necessary products in place, and then perform your craft. Before long, word will get out that your salon is the go-to place to visit for stunning brow and lash tinting services.

When you're ready to refill your product collection, we're here to help. In addition to expert-quality supplies, we also offer professional training to help you stand out in your space. To learn more and start shopping, create an account today!