How to Brow: The lowdown on Brow Tinting

Hands up if your brows are one of your most prized possessions. Keeping your brow game strong is as important as eating food and drinking water to stay alive.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but it’s certainly right at the top of the priority list for a tonne of ladies, including us. Which is why, we decided to run a bookmark worthy series of How To Brow ‘edi-tutorials’.

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 1.34.06 PM

To ensure that you are getting the best advice, we brought in local expert and owner of #onfleek brows herself, Merissa Devine from byDevine.


First and foremost, ensure there is no makeup or moisturizer residue on your brows and the surrounding skin, as this will weaken the tint.

Shape around your brows with Vaseline or paw paw ointment – this will be the ‘barrier’ for the tint.

Mix a pea size of antioxidiser and a pea size of your selected tint shade. If you need to mix tints to achieve your desired colour, still ensure it is a pea sized amount – you don’t want to waste tint and want to match the size of the antioxidiser.


I like to use an angled brow brush to line the brows with tint, almost the same way I would fill them with a powder or pomade except with more tint! Starting from the inner corner and filling outward.

Once the brows are filled and completely covered with tint, leave to dye for 10-15minutes, set a timer to be accurate.

Ding* your timer has gone off and it’s time to remove your tint. With a wet cotton tip, run through your brows from the inner corner to outer wing. Once majority of the tint has been removed with the cotton tip, go over with a wet cotton bud until there’s no colour residue visible on the cotton ball and your brows.

Brush your brows, and voila!


Once you have removed the tint, if you’ve found your brows aren’t as dark as you would have liked, just re-do the tint process, ensuring to leave the tint on for a max 5 minutes – you don’t want to over dye or harm your brows!

If (god forbid) your brows are too dark… do not freak out! We’ve all been there, just mix a tiny bit of shampoo and bi carb soda in a little pot and brush through your brows, like your washing them. The bi carb soda will help lighten the colour and the shampoo will help fade the colour out.


A brow tint usually lasts anywhere between 2-4 weeks depending on your individual skin type. Lot’s of exercise causing your face to sweat and the use of harsh skin wash or scrubs can also effect or fade the colour. The good news is, your brows probably need a wax and tidy around this time anyway.

Image via Pinterest.