If you have never had your eyebrows tinted, you may not realize how it can help make struggling eyebrows appear fuller and help frame your eyes and face. I love the way freshly tinted brows look and I also love not having to fill in my brows; a win-win.
Enter the discovery of a men’s grooming product – Just for Men, to tint my brows at home! The box costs about $9, but you can get 5 uses out of it, which is less than $2 a tint! I have been using the product for years and have converted quite a few friends along the way. It helps save a bit of money and also helps save trips to the salon and that has become critical in our COVID-19 world.
Below you will find all my tried and true tips and steps for getting salon-style brows at home. After years of practice and years of testing different tint colors – you can trust that I have become a Just for Men subject matter expert – which is a coveted title I cannot brag about in another context other than here, in our blog.
What you need to get started:
- Just for Men Mustached and Beard Coloring:
- NOTE: Keep the color developer/color, tray, brush, and instructions. I keep my “tint” kit in a separate cosmetic bag for ease-of-use
- Use our chart to find the tint best suited for you
- Dark-colored washcloth
- Cotton pads – one soaked in face wash and one soaked in water
- Plastic Spoolie – I have used the brush the kit comes with, but it does not work as well as a spoolie. You can use a toothbrush in a pinch!
- Vaseline or some sort of barrier (I use Cerave Healing Ointment)
- Face Shaver – I like the Schick Facial Razors best. The shaver pictured is another brand which I do not like as much.
- Eyebrow Pencil – My HG product is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown.
- Optional: Grooming scissors for trimming brows – this is not something I use every time I tint, probably about once a month
Find Your Shade
Just for Men has tons of color options, which can be a bit intimidating; so I created this chart to help you find the right shade for your tint goal and current hair color.
The Steps to Perfect Brows:
- Clean your face. Wipe eyebrows to ensure no make-up or cleaner residue is left behind.
- Grab items from the Just for Men box that you will need. You will only use a little bit of the color developer and color.
- Keep the color developer, color, and tray for another tint session.
- Generously apply either Vaseline, Aquaphor, or Cerave Healing Ointment to a Q-Tip. This will act as a barrier to ensure tint only tints the eyebrow area.
- Apply ointment to areas you do not want tinted.
- If the ointment gets in to the brow area, the tint will not stay. Use a clean Q-Tip to remove ointment, and then carefully wipe with washcloth.
- Mix Just for Men Color Developer and Color Base in included plastic tray.
- Place a dot about the size of a pea of each and then mix with back of spoolie or the brush included in the kit. Wipe off any excess color from mixing tool of choice.
- If you are not sure how much to use, check out how much I used — a little goes a long way!
- Dip spoolie into color mix and coat generously. Brush back and forth in eyebrow to ensure you get to the hairs under top coat.
- After coating, brush in correct direction of your brows. Make sure you coat the smaller hairs at the front of brow – I feel this is what really makes them look professional.
- Wait the allotted time based on chart above! While I wait I usually clean the spoolie and tray with dish soap.
- You may look like Groucho Marx while you wait for tint to develop – this is totally normal, keep in mind the tint color you see develop on top of brows will not match the color that develops on each hair.
- When time is up – use the soap-coated cotton pad and wipe it across each brow one at a time, then run the water pad across each brow.
- If needed, wet washcloth and run across brows to remove any residue and lightly scrub any tint remaining on skin. Anything remaining on skin will fade quickly when you wash your face.
- Clean up your brows!
- I line my natural brow shape with eyebrow pencil on arch and above brow to create by clean-up guideline.
- Tweeze any hairs outside guideline under arch.
- Pull eyebrow taut and use face shaver (same type I use for dermaplaning, FYI) to very carefully clean up any stray hairs above the top of brow guideline.
- If you are new to face shavers, try cleaning up hairs near ear first to get used to them.
- Admire your brows! Do not use any harsh skincare ingredients near the top of your brows where you used shaver for a day or so to lessen change of irritation.
Check out the step-by-step pictorial. Sorry in advance for the weird mirror face and close-up skin shots!
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