Tutorial, Eyelashes and Eyebrows – How I Dye My Own.

Following my recent post “Summer Ready: The Beauty Products and Routines I Use”, I received several messages asking if I could provide a more detailed step-by-step guide on how I tint my eyebrows and eyelashes.  

I am no expert at eyebrow and eyelash tinting. So, the following is simply what works for me. And, as I said in my ‘Summer Ready’ post, I have had my fair share of allergic reactions. Accordingly, I find it is always better to be cautious when applying anything such as an eyelash/brow tint in this sensitive area. So, here goes:

I usually do the procedure, outlined below, every five to six weeks.  As with most things, this procedure is all about preparation. Whatever dye you use, always do a patch test 48 hours before using. 

We have all seen the horror pics where some poor individual has had an allergic reaction because they have failed to do a patch test, first. I would recommend doing this even if it is a product you use, regularly, because allergic reactions can occur after previous trouble-free use.  I do this, regularly, as a tube of Ellison’s tint can last me over six months. So, whenever I re-stock, I do another patch test, just in case.

The shade I love from Ellison’s is ‘brown’ which is perfect for my colouring. I prefer a cool tone – it particularly works for me. 


Here is my easy step-by-step guide:

  1. To begin the process, I make sure I have removed all of my makeup and cleansed thoroughly because the residue left from makeup can prevent the dye from working as well.

  2. As a barrier, and to stop the tint staining the skin around my brows and lashes, I use petroleum jelly (Vaseline). I apply it with a cotton bud around my brows and lashes, making sure not to go into the brow and eyelash hairs – applying it on my eyelid and under my eye area;

  3. To apply the tint, I use either an old mascara wand or spoolie (see pic) together with a steady hand. I bend the wand of the spoolie to a 90-degree angle. This makes the application a lot easier and less messy – giving me more control when applying the product and making the dye less likely to get on my hands;

  4. I start with my brows, making sure all the hairs are coated by the tint. I then move on to my lashes, brushing the product thoroughly on both sides, under and on top of the lashes – wiggling the wand slightly to get more coverage, making sure the end of my lashes is covered in the tint.


  5. Then, I grab my timer. I leave the tint on my eyebrows no longer than five minutes. I then give my lashes a few extra minutes.  When the five minutes are up, I use a cotton pad to remove the tint from my eyebrows, avoiding my lashes, at this stage. After a few minutes, I gently clean away the tint from my lashes. I then gently clean the whole area around my eyes and brows until the tint is completely removed.

A Review of Aldi – Lacura Larger Than Life Mascara £5.99 (Cruelty-Free)
As we are talking all things lashes and brows, here are my thoughts on this new mascara I bought from Aldi.  I have used Rimmel’s “Extra Super Lash Mascara” on and off, several years.  It is inexpensive and does what it’s supposed to. By that, I mean, it doesn’t end up smudged all over my eyelids, lasts all day and isn’t difficult to remove. 

I have been satisfied with that apart from it doesn’t do anything extra. So, like most people, I am always on the lookout for a mascara that will give me long, luscious lashes and extra volume, in a natural way – the Holy Grail, if you like.  

Some of the mascaras I’ve tried, in the past, end up on my lids and end up in a clumpy mess by the end of the day/evening. Then, there are the waterproof mascaras which are impossible to remove, I find. So, while shopping in Aldi, I came across their “Lacura Larger Than Life Mascara”.  I have read reviews on how good their mascaras are, so I was eager to give this a try, and at £5.99, I was prepared to take the risk.

Here is what I thought of this mascara after wearing it a few times:

This mascara has a thick consistency so I only needed one coating. I found the wand to be overloaded, so I found myself removing the excess, which wasn’t ideal. It did take a few minutes to dry. But I didn’t find any flakiness, once dry. I found the handle design to be a little too chunky, too, making it slightly tricky to manoeuvre when applying. 

Would I buy again?  No, I don’t think so, due to the fact I found the consistency to be a little bit too thick for me. I’m looking for a more natural look.  So, the hunt for the Holy Grail will continue.

Thank you for your time and I hope you have enjoyed reading this post! 

All the products in this post are my own. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. I would also love to know if you have found your holy grail mascara.  

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Take care.

Alison xx

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    • Thank you, Lovely much appreciated and pleased you found it helpful. Enjoy the rest of your week.x

  1. Alison, this was really interesting! I honestly have never considered tinting my eyebrows. I didn’t even really know that was a thing! But with all the white hairs that are popping up with greater and greater frequency in my eyebrows, I am really liking this idea! For now, I have been using a gel and shadow set to fill in my brows. Thanks for sharing this alternative and linking with me.


    • So pleased you have enjoyed my post, Shelbee. It is the easiest thing to do and saves so much on expense. Be very careful to do a patch test though as this area is so sensitive. Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

    • I don’t know if this brand, Ellison’s, is available in the US. One that is, and that I’ve used for a few years, is Godefroy Instant Eyebrow Tint (3 applications in kit). I like making my blonde brows a little darker with the Godefroy light brown. No lash tinting for me, though; my eyes are too sensitive for that. Too sensitive for many brands of mascara, too, even the very expensive ones; one that works for me is Almay. I love your detailed directions and photos, Alison, as well as the detailed review of the mascara. Very helpful. #TrafficJamWeekend

      • Thank you so much, Jean. I’m so pleased you found my tutorial helpful. I totally agree with you regarding being careful using
        products around our eye area, as it is so sensitive. It did take me a good while to find this tint, it is very gentle
        and works for me, and the colour, after a few days seems to fade to a lovely brown colour (should have mentioned this in my post).
        Have a great weekend! xx

  2. So interesting! I’ve never tried to tint my own brows, so I found this post really informative! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Laura. I’m so pleased you found this tutorial helpful, it does save a lot of money being able to do it yourself. xx

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    Try separating cotton pads after cutting into a moon shape and then put over the Vaseline Alison. This will stay in place and the tint won’t get diluted in any way on those bottom lashes. I used to add it on the lid too for clients but that would be difficult to do on your own! xx

    • Thank you for this top tip, Laurie. The petroleum jelly does a great job and I did try using cotton
      pads when I started to dye my own brows/lashes, the problem I found is I move around while waiting
      for the dye to take hold and the pads usually dropped off, so I stopped using them, maybe I hadn’t
      put enough petroleum jelly on so I’ll give it another go. xx

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