November 25, 2013

DIY Eyebrow Dye Routine

DIY Eyebrow Dye Routine with Eyelure Dybrow

I've always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with my brows and with the rise of Cara Delevigne, it’s natural to have a bit of brow envy!  Sadly they'll probably never be as impressive but I've decided to make a bit more effort maintaining them instead of hiding behind my side fringe.  I do pluck them regularly and fill them in but I've always been curious about dying them.  I'm no stranger to a bit of hair dye but the thought of going into a salon and coming out with scouse brows is more than enough to put me off.  Instead I decided to take matters into my own hands and pick up the Eyelure Dybrow Kit in Brown so I only have myself to blame if things go wrong.  Here’s how I got on.

There’s a few different DIY eyebrow kits out there but as I'm familiar with Eyelure I decided to give theirs a try.  They actually have two kits, a brown one and a black one.  I originally picked up the brown set to be on the safe side but if you are brunette like me the black set might actually be a better if you want a more dramatic brow.  If you have blonde eyebrows or just want to build up the colour more gradually and have plenty of patience, the brown set is for you.

First off, you need to do the patch test.  I know it’s boring and it’s unlikely you'll have a reaction but it’s for the best.  All you have to do is apply a little bit of the solution and dye cream on the back of your ear and if you've had no reaction for 48-72 hours then you're good to go.

From using the dye I've found if you have any sort of oils or anything still on your skin it makes it hard for the dye to cling onto the hair so make sure you wash your face with a non oily cleanser before you begin.

If there’s only a specific area you want to dye you can use a barrier cream like vaseline or something similar but I've never found that I needed it personally.

Now for the dye mixing.  I’d follow what the instruction say, squeeze 2 cm of the eyebrow dye into the container and pour 5 drops of the activating solution and mix with the little plastic stick.  You want a really smooth consistency which doesn't drip when you pick it up.  Just be careful you don’t put in too much of the activating solution when it’s being mixed.

Once it’s all mixed up I take a little bit of the dye on the rounded part of the applicator and spread it over the areas you want dyed.  You can of course use the spoolie to distribute the dye as recommended but I find the dye doesn't go on as well and gets stuck up in the bristles.

Once you've had the dye on for around 2 minutes, simply wipe off with a wet cotton pad and you're done!  Though if the dye wasn't on long enough for you, you can go back and repeat the application and leave the dye on for no longer than 5 minutes until you're happy with the results.

The kit was extremely easy to use and understand so I'd highly recommend it if you're interested in dying your eyebrows at home.  Before my eyebrows were a sort of ashy brown shade but now they suit my darker brown hair much better and look a lot more natural.  The kit is around £7.50 and will last for 12 applications so it’s much more cost effective than getting them dyed at a salon.

Let me know if you've tried this kit or have any eyebrow dying tips to share, I'd love to know.
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