You've decided to scrap the pricey salons and dye your eyelashes at home. Congrats! Eyelash dye is hands down one of the best ways to instantly transform barely-there, translucent lashes into a lush, dark, glossy fringe.
Plus, you'll only have to do it around once a month which is good news for those of us who aren't big on the DIY thing.
And in case you're wondering, it's also pretty darn easy to do. Tinting your lashes can sound intimidating at first, but once you have the steps down, it's a simple process that slides right into your monthly beauty routine.
The only thing you need? A great eyelash tint kit. Here are the top 3 lash tints to go for - and why!
Godefroy 28 Day Mascara
If you've looked into eyelash dye at all - you've heard of Godefroy. They've got the most well-known range of DIY eyebrow and eyelash tints around. Most of their products are solid but when you're tinting your lashes, go for Godefroy's 28 Day Mascara rather than the Tint Kit or the Instant Eyebrow Tint since it'll come with everything you need for the entire eyelash tinting procedure. Convenience is awesome, yes?
Here's what you get: a packet of cream color, a packet of gel activator, an applicator wand, a tiny eyelash comb and eye protectors. It'll also be helpful to be prepared with a magnifying mirror, some Vaseline, Qtips, tissues and disposable mascara wands, in case you find the provided applicant wand insufficient. The applicator wand that comes in the package seems to work great for some and not at all for others - we all have different types of lashes, after all.
As for the process, it doesn't get easier. There is a total of just six steps to get your eyelashes tinted - make sure you do one eye at a time since you actually want to see what you're doing. It does sting if it gets into your eyes (the same sort of sting you feel from shampoo), which can be totally avoided thanks to the gel consistency - no drip, easy to apply.
We especially love how the actual color and activator comes in multi-use tubes with caps so you can use just what you need and save the rest for later, making it super affordable.
The results are also great - keep in mind that you may not get the same sort of super dark, va-va-voom effects as you would from a good bottle of mascara, but it definitely darkens and defines your lashes so that you don't need mascara everyday. Oh, and the color darkens slightly over the next few days following the treatment so that's a lovely surprise 🙂
As for longevity, it easily passes the promised 28 days. Yup, that's like a full month of dark, glossy lashes that don't clump or smudge when you get them wet. Trust us when we say you'll be ordering more.
A few tips in getting the most out of the eyelash dye:
- If you want to go darker, rather than leaving it on for longer than the recommended time, simply do another application. That way, you avoid risking irritation and/or stained skin and you get darker lashes.
- Be a tad more conservative with the activator than the dye 'cause it's the activator that causes the sting if it gets in your eyes.
- If the eye protector pads annoy you, just skip them - instead, apply Vaseline around your eyes. This will prevent the skin from staining.
- If you do get some stained skin in the process, wiping it down with a bit of oil followed by a tiny bit of clarifying shampoo (be careful - this also stings) will get care of that.
Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Laurethe Sulfate, Pyogallol, Ascorbic Acid, CI 77499, Silver Nitrate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ammonia
Strictly Professional Eyelash Tint
It's a complete mystery why Strictly Professional's Eyelash Tint hasn't made a big splash in the US market yet 'cause this formula is one of the best and has been popular for ages in the UK. Their eyelash tint kit is a little simpler in terms of supplies than Godefroy's above but you still get almost everything you need to tint your lashes at home.
In each kit, you get: the tint color, tint developer, an applicator brush and a dish. The applicator brush may look like a dinky little paintbrush thing - but it's actually pretty perfect to use since the texture for this tint is really creamy and the paintbrush allows you to spread it on your lashes quickly and thoroughly.
Thanks to this, this eyelash tint is super time efficient and also makes it really easy to do just root or just tip touchups in a record amount of time whenever you need it.
But where this eyelash tint kit really stands out is its color. If Godefroy's colors were just a tad too light for you or you simply love deep, dark, rich colors for your lashes - this is the perfect tint for you. Expect deep, rich tones that are wonderfully dark - without being that scary, cartoon villain sort of dark.
The color also sticks around beautifully, is water resistant and lasts for up to 6 weeks. In fact, when it comes to lasting quality, this is top-notch, even for those with lashes that don't hold tint too well.
This eyelash tint is also suitable for sensitive eyes but still take caution to keep it out of your eyes 'cause yes, it will still sting if it gets in!
A few tips in getting the most out of this eyelash tint kit:
- We love the applicator brush that comes with this, but not everyone does. Have some disposable mascara wands handy in case this brush doesn't work for you.
- This eyelash tint kit doesn't come with eye protector pads. You can either use Vaseline to protect the skin around your eyes from staining or whip up some DIY eye protector pads by cutting a pantyliner into curved shapes to fit around your eye.
- If you do get a stain, this color comes off pretty easily from the skin - just wipe it off right away with a makeup wipe or a cotton pad soaked with makeup remover.
Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, P-phenylenediamine, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Resorcinol, M-aminophenol, Diamonophenoxyethanol, CI77449, Hydrogen Peroxide, Disodium Phosphate, Phosphoric Acid, Disodium Edta, Styrenevp Coplymer, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sorbic Acid
1000 Hour Eyelash & Brow Dye Kit
Yet another super simple eyelash tint kit that's great for at home applications, the 1000 Hour Eyelash & Brow Dye Kit is just about the most popular eyelash tint kit on Amazon and it's no wonder why - this stuff is super convenient.
Every kit comes with: the color cream, the color developer drops, and an applicator stick.
And this is where we find the only real downside of this tint kit - the little stir stick is pretty insufficient. It's not the best to actually apply the tint to your lashes - you'll want to get some disposable mascara wands for that - and it also doesn't do a great job mixing the tint so you might not end up with a perfectly creamy mixture to apply to your lashes.
That being said, the dye is nice and thick, which makes the application go smoother and reduces the risk of it getting in your eyes.
One thing you should know: The color errs more on the lighter side so is better for those who're looking for a natural - rather than dramatic - look. The brown black color is more of a dark blonde so only go for that if you have pale hair and prefer a lighter shade. The black goes on truly natural, making your lashes look like you're wearing mascara but not so black to be shocking. But if you like dark, deep colors - go for the blue black.
Oh, and in case you're wondering if the product lives up to its 1000 hour claims...well, it's a big claim. After all, 1000 hours is almost 42 days! So no, 1000 hours is a bit overhyped (although an easy-to-remember number), but it does last awhile. Expect to reapply every 3 to 4 weeks.
A few tips in getting the most out of this eyelash tint kit:
- This eyelash tint can sting a bit even when it doesn't get into your eyes so absolutely make sure you do a test patch before you go ahead and apply it near your eyes.
- Have eye drops handy as your eyes can sting when you wash it off.
- The mixing is a bit of a pain with this product - it's not easy to get the perfect consistency. What helps is those little dental picks that look like mini mascara wands. These have fine enough "teeth" to evenly coat the tint onto your lashes - get some!
Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, p-Phenylenediamine, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, m- Aminophenol, m-Phenylenediamine, Resorcinol, CI 7749, 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
Other Popular Eyelash Tints
As you can see, we're only recommended the top 3 eyelash tint kits at the moment. In case you're wondering why some others - like the popular Refectocil or Roux eyelash tints didn't make it on the list.
Roux Lash & Brow Tint
Refectocil is a pretty good choice - they have a solid range of color, they're fairly affordable and the dye is long lasting. But we wouldn't recommend it for eyelashes. It's harsher than the eyelash tints above and even for those who don't have particularly sensitive skin, it can hurt and sting a lot more than an eyelash tint needs to.
When it gets to the point where you're positively dreading your monthly eyelash tint application, you know it's time to switch to a better, more gentle tint. This is why we recommend keeping Refectocil for your eyebrows and opting for one of the above for your lashes.
As for Roux, it is a bit gentler but the application is inconvenient. Instead of allowing you to mix the tint and apply it to your lashes, you put on one solution first and wait for it to dry and then apply the second solution. Since Roux's tint is already thin, this process increases the risk of the solution dripping into or smudging around your eyes - no bueno.
And to add to the difficult application process, Roux eyelash tint doesn't last. The color, which is light to begin with, stays on for around a week - 10 days max - and then it's the whole shenanigan all over again. Ain't nobody got time for that, especially when the price tag is higher than pretty much every other eyelash tint kit.
So stick with the top 3 eyelash tint kits above - they are the best, at least when it comes to eyelashes.