Eyebrow Tinting: We Tried It!

Brow tinting is on the rise as supermodels like Kate Upton popularize bold brows. We attempt to replicate the look by testing the service for ourselves.

Eyebrow dying eyebrow tinting before after

When you say you want to look like Kate Upton, folks' gazes tend to head a bit further south than your eyebrows. But the model's bold brows were exactly what I had wanted since I'd first noticed that other stand-out feature of hers. In order to steal Kate's look—minus the hours-long ab workouts and boob job, I scheduled an eyebrow tinting with celebrity eyebrow pro Joey Healy.

What is eyebrow tinting? A super quick and easy professional service that uses customized shades to enhance your natural brow color. It’s ideal for women with light blonde or gray-flecked brows or color-treated hair. (And, of course, for those of us who want to look like a bombshell swimsuit goddess.)

How it works: First, the esthetician will cleanse your brows. Then, using a tiny artist’s brush, he will sweep on custom-blended dye in the direction of the hair's growth, working towards the temples. Finally, he will wipe off the dye and repeat the process until achieving the desired color, which should last four to six weeks.

What it costs: Prices for eyebrow tinting typically range from $40 to $75, depending on your location.

Where to get it: Our tester went to Joey Healy Eyebrow Studio in New York City, but brow dyeing is on the treatment menu at spas and salons across the country. For safety, you shouldn’t DIY eyebrow tinting.

Our tester's verdict: While my natural brows are actually fairly thick and dark, prior to dyeing, the puny tail ends disappeared into nothingness and left my eyes looking a little droopy and blah. The tinting picked up those barely-there blonde tips, giving more heft to the entire brow.

One of the best parts of the whole experience turned out to be Joey’s awesome shaping—which, when combined with the tinting, seems to have given me a mini face lift. My newly defined brows make me look more bright-eyed, which translates to needing less makeup to disguise my sleepiness.

Overall, it wasn’t a dramatic, O-M-G transformation, but more like a subtle tweak that makes my brows just look more “done” without the hassle of filling them in every morning.

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