Beauty Q&A: Can You Dye Your Eyebrows at Home?

June 14, 2022
Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington | by L'Oréal
Beauty Q&A: What Are Some Tips for Dying Your Eyebrows at Home?

Anyone who’s ever drastically changed their hair color has asked themselves the following question: Should I dye my eyebrows to match? And while you certainly don’t have to, sometimes tinting your brows can tie together your whole look. 

But before you go busting out the hair dye and makeup spoolie, there are a few things you should know about at-home brow-coloring. Ahead, Matrix celebrity colorist, George Papanikolas, walks us through the dos and don’ts.

What should people know before dyeing their eyebrows at home? 

You can do it, you just need to be careful not to get product in your eyes as it can cause permanent eye damage. You can use the same color as your hair if your hair and your eyebrows match. Otherwise, you should match the color of the natural brow.

Editor’s tip: You can use a regular at-home hair dye, like L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color, or Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme. We recommend applying the product with a makeup spoolie to allow for more precise application and to avoid getting the dye in your eyes.

Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme

What are some of the risks that come with tinting your eyebrows at home?

Picking the correct shade is the trickiest part. If you go too light, your brows could turn out orange. If you go too dark, they can look inky. Also, it can stain your skin, so don't dye them on a day you plan on going out. 

Do you have any tips for keeping the dye off of your skin? 

Try a skin barrier or stain remover that removes hair color stains on the hairline, ears and scalp after a color service.

If you go to a salon, what’s the process of darkening your eyebrows?

If you are covering gray hair, the dye needs to sit the full 35 minutes to deposit the color. If you are only lightening, though, two minutes to lift is sufficient.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn, Design: Juliana Campisi

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