Many green beauty lovers with translucent lashes have wondered the same thing: Can you dye your eyelashes without dye?
The appeal is undeniable: you get the dark, defined tinted lashes that you crave…without having to mess with eyelash dye near your eye.
Because as great as eyelash tint is, it can also be messy, potentially irritating to your eyes and come with either a big price tag or a huge learning curve. Which means, it’d be great if there was an option to get dark lashes without a dye kit.
So if it possible? Let’s find out…
Can you dye your eyelashes with coffee?
Most of us are pretty dependent on this caffeinated stuff to keep us running but can we also use it as an all natural eyelash tint? It sounds promising at first: coffee is dark and it has been touted to be a way to naturally darken hair.
But alas, when it comes to the lashes, it just doesn’t make a big enough difference to work.
You can brew up the strongest, most concentrated cup of coffee and then apply it to your lashes all day, but the best thing that’s going to happen is your face will smell like a delicious cafe.
Sure, your lashes may appear a bit darker but frankly, it’s just not enough to make a noticeable difference – it’s like a very slightly darker sort of eyelash stain.
Plus, even if that smidgen of coffee tint is worth it for you, you’ll have to do this brew-and-apply process fairly often which can become bothersome.
Can you dye your eyelashes with henna?
Tinting your eyelashes with henna sounds like the perfect, all natural solution for defined lashes. After all, henna not only tints your hair but it also helps strengthen, thicken and nourish each strand. Win win, right?
Reality says different. Tinting your eyelashes can be done, sure, but it’s neither easy or effective.
For starters, henna is grainy and when mixed with water, it becomes mud-like. Applying globs of henna mud to your lashes is harder than it sounds.
On top of that, henna has to stay moist and stay on the hair for at least around 2 hours if you want a deeper color, which is impractical when it comes to your eyelashes.
Overall, if you try it, you’ll find that the majority of the henna application will end up on just the tips of your lashes and since you’ll have to wash it off fairly quickly, it’ll make pretty much no difference to the color of your lashes. Not worth the effort, in our honest opinion.
That being said, henna could be a good option for a natural eyebrow dye – but skip it when it comes to the lashes.
Can you dye your eyelashes with lash tint mascara?
Okay, so coffee and henna are both out of the picture. Are there any other, natural ways to darken your eyelashes?
Enter lash tint mascara.
A lash tint mascara looks exactly like a bottle of regular old mascara – with one crucial difference: it’s all natural. In essence, a lash tint mascara is a lash conditioner that’s stocked with nourishing ingredients like plant extracts, vitamins and oils to boost lash health and protect your lashes from damage.
In contrast to clumpy mascaras that can irritate sensitive eyes, a lash tint mascara does the opposite: it hydrates, conditions and helps your lashes become softer, healthier and fuller while providing a hint of dark color that’s perfect for a “no make up” make up look.
The only downside is that there isn’t a great variety of lash tint mascaras out there – yet. And of the ones that are on the market, there’s only one that is absolutely, positively fantastic: Peter Lamas’s Lash Masque Natural Lash Builder.
You’ll still have to apply it every day but it comes without the clumpy, smudgey, irritating effects of normal mascara. And yes, the tint does help – especially if you’ve got very light lashes.