Your Eyebrows: who doesn’t love the look of them being bold and defined? In fact, darkening your brows can make the biggest difference in your personal features.
Tinting your eyebrows darker is the easiest way to add some definition for fuller-looking brows in minutes. So, if you have naturally sparse eyebrows, tinting them can temporarily dye them to make it look darker. But, if you regularly get your brows tinted at a salon or purchase at-home chemical treatments, you know it can be a rather expensive procedure. Particularly when the dye only lasts around four to five weeks.
So, why not try an all-natural approach and make your very own dye using ingredients found in your home?
The solution is right there in your kitchen. So, get ready to combine your two favourite things for great brows. Coffee and chocolate!
Allow us to demonstrate how to use the natural dyes from coffee grounds and chocolate to create your own custom blend eyebrow tint to give your brows a temporarily darker hue the natural way.
This can be done safely and effectively at home by mixing these two ingredients together with a few other natural ingredients that are likely to be in every household.
Quick, easy and totally affordable. Keep reading as we show you how.
What Is Eyebrow Tinting?
Eyebrow tinting is the process of darkening brows by giving them a hue of colour using a dye. This will give them a temporarily fuller look, as sparse brows start to look more visible. The dye catches onto the eyebrows hair to create a more solid brow to give it more shape, which can frame and flatter the face.
It can enhance the shape, colour and thickness of your brows without taking away any hairs. The great news is that the dye will start to fade away naturally as your brows grow without leaving patches or spots of colour. So, you won’t even notice it fading until you realize that it’s time to give your brows a pop of colour again.
Why Use Coffee and Chocolate?
Coffee can do more than just give you your morning caffeine fix; it can give your brows a jolt of colour too. Therefore, coffee is a must-try alternative for anyone who is looking for an all-natural eyebrow fix.
It is a non-toxic way to stain your eyebrow hairs as coffee contains natural colouring properties. Pigments from the coffee will grab onto the brow hairs to give your brows a tinge of colour, so you can custom blend your tint to create the colour you prefer. However, it can also do much more than just tint brows. Coffee also stimulates the hair roots by improving its structure and growth. Therefore, the caffeine in it can restore hair growth to prevent sparse brows.
So, if you suffer from wispy, scarce eyebrows, this might be a natural hack for you to try out.
While Cocoa powder is great for making a good hot chocolate on a cold day, that’s not all its good for. Cocoa powder can really sweeten up the way your eyebrows look too as it is also a naturally darkening dye.
Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, cocoa powder is naturally nourishing and beneficial to treat your hair strands. Just like coffee, cocoa powder is brimming with antioxidants that promote hair growth so make you sparse hairs appear fuller.
So, rather than consuming your cocoa powder, we’ll show you how to use it to keep your brows looking on fleek.
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How to Prep Eyebrows before Tinting
For maximum colour payoff, make sure you prep the brows properly before tinting them. Luckily, it doesn’t take much. However, it is essential to prep to make sure it is safe to apply the dye and also to avoid dying unwanted parts of your skin.
Do a Skin Patch Test
People react differently to different types of dyes and ingredients. So, to avoid any nasty reactions, it is important to do a skin patch test before going ahead with the full dye.
The patch test is a way of identifying whether the substance will cause a reaction on your skin. To do the patch test, apply a small amount of dye to your wrist or arm. Leave the dye on for an hour or so and then wash it off.
Once you have washed off the dye, check to see whether you have any reactions or irritation within the next 49 hours. If you don’t experience any reactions, then you are good to go ahead and tint your brows.
Skin Patch Test YouTube Tutorial
Clean your Brows
Make sure your eyebrows are free of any dirt or product before you apply the tint. If there is any leftover residue on the hairs, then the colour will not hold as well. So, go ahead and wash your face thoroughly with a gentle face wash, or use a cotton swab dipped in a little makeup remover and swipe it over your brows to clean them. Don’t forget to wait until your eyebrows have dried completely before moving onto the next step.
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Apply Petroleum Jelly around Eyebrows
To avoid staining unwanted areas of the skin around the eyebrows, apply some petroleum jelly or Vaseline around it. Simply dip a cotton swap in the product and carefully apply it around the areas of the eyebrows that you don’t want the dye to stain. This will prevent the tint from settling on parts of the skin that you don’t want.
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Choose the Right Shade
Before you start creating the tint, think about how dark you would like your brows to be. When choosing what shade your eyebrows should be, try to use your hair as a guide. As a general rule, if you have dark hair then your eyebrows should be 1 to 2 shades lighter than your hair colour. However, if you have light or blonde hair, then generally your brows should be 1 to 2 shades darker than your hair colour. But, it is completely up to you and you should rock the colour that you think suits you best.
Although, try not to make the mistake of matching your brows to be the exact same colour as your hair. This can make your eyebrows look unnatural, so try and avoid it if you are going for that natural brow look.
How to Make the Tint for your Eyebrows
You Will Need:
- Caffeinated coffee grounds
- Cocoa powder
- Coconut oil
Step 1: Add Coffee and Cocoa Powder
Start by mixing 2 tablespoons of coffee with one tablespoon of cocoa powder in a bowl. Be sure to use caffeinated coffee grounds as this gives off a richer colour. The cocoa powder is added to lighten the colour of the coffee, therefore if you want darker brows, to use less cocoa powder and more coffee grounds.
Step 2: Add Coconut Oil
Next, add two tablespoons of coconut oil to the cocoa powder and coffee and mix it well until it becomes a liquid consistency.
Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer that is rich in many essential fatty acids and can promote hair growth to help your eyebrow hairs grow thicker.
However, if you don’t have coconut oil at home you can just use olive or almond oil instead.
Step 3: Add Honey
Add honey will ensure that your dye mixture becomes a sticky paste. This will add some grip to the mixture to ensure that the dye won’t drip or slide off your brows. There isn’t an exact measurement of how much honey should be added; instead just keeping drizzling it until the mixture sticks to your fingers without slipping off.
If the mixture slips, just keep adding more honey until the consistency is right.
Step 4: Mix it well
Mix all the ingredients together well to ensure that the colour deposits evenly through the mixture.
This will prevent certain parts of the brow from being darker than the others and causing patchiness.
Once it is all mixed well together, allow the mixture a few minutes to sit before applying it to let the ingredients really bind together.
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How to Apply the Dye to your Eyebrows
Firstly, start off by brushing a spoolie through your brows to make sure it is combed out well. Then, start applying the dye using an angled brush, starting from the inner corners of your eyebrow and working your way outwards. Apply in light, thin strokes to ensure every hair is covered evenly. Layer the product evenly until you’ve achieved your desired colour and all the hairs have been coated.
If you make any mistakes, don’t worry.
Simply run a cotton swab under some water or dip it in some makeup remover and easily wipe off any smudges. However, if you do want extra precision, mark the outer edges of your brows with an eyebrow pencil so you know where to apply the dye.
Then, just let the dye sit on your brows for around 20 minutes to an hour to allow time to let the dye sink in. Although, the longer you leave the dye on your eyebrows, the darker the tint will be. Once you have left it on for the length of time you like, remove the dye carefully with a wet cotton swab. Avoid using a washcloth, as the dye may stain it.
Enjoy your darker and defined brows. Quick, easy and effective. Just easily make your own dye once again when it’s time for your next top-up.
For a visual demonstration on how to make and apply the dye, just watch the video below.
To learn more about how to groom your eyebrows, click here to read our article on How to Groom Each Eyebrow Type.