Tutorial | How to Dye Your Own Eyelashes

How to dye your own eyelashesHow to dye your own eyelashes

Some beauty treatments should always, always be done in a salon, by professionals who know what they’re doing. (Cutting your own hair is a prime example of this…)Others, though, you can do equally well in the comfort of your own home, for a fraction of the price you’d pay a salon – and one of these is eyelash/eyebrow dyeing.

Now, as regular readers will know, I have been cursed with pale, almost translucent eyelashes since I was born. Without mascara, I actually look like I don’t have any eyelashes at all, and because that’s not exactly a look I aspire to (and it makes me look like I’ve been in some terrible, eyelash destroying accident), as soon as I discovered it was possible to have my lashes dyed, I’ve been doing it.

how to dye your own eyelashes: before

(I actually do have some dye on the very tips of my lashes in these photos: I normally re-dye my lashes every few weeks, so it rarely gets the chance to grow out completely – my natural lashes are even paler than this.)

I’ve had my eyelashes dyed at more salons than I can remember. Cheap ones, expensive ones, in-between ones… The results have varied. Sometimes it’s been great, sometimes it hasn’t made much of a difference. Sometimes it’s been cheap, sometimes it’s been expensive. Almost every time, my eyes have stung horribly because of dye getting into them and I’ve emerged from the treatment looking like I’ve been up crying all night. After a while, I worked out that eyelash dyeing is one of those things that it’s just easier to do yourself, and given how quickly my eyelashes grow, it’s most definitely cheaper.

Here’s my guide how to do it*…

1. Ask yourself if you really need an eyelash dye

While eyelash dyeing has been great for me, and makes a big difference to the way I look (at least without makeup), it’s something that will only be useful to those of you who have naturally pale eyelashes. It’s not like mascara (despite the name of the product shown above!): it won’t make your lashes thicker or longer, or curlier – it will just make them darker. And if they happen to be dark already, well, you’re not going to see much benefit to this – or, indeed, any benefit. Just as hair dye doesn’t magically make your hair longer, thicker or curlier, eyelash dye won’t do those things either: you need mascara for that, and if you’re looking to lengthen, thicken or curl your lashes, you’ll STILL need to use mascara once your lashes have been dyed.

So, who does eyelash dyeing benefit? People like me, who have pale/almost translucent lashes, and who want to be able to go without mascara sometimes, without looking like they don’t actually HAVE lashes. I also find dyeing my lashes makes my mascara look more polished, without the blonde roots I tend to have if I leave my lashes natural.

Colorsport 30 day mascara

How to dye your own eyelashes with Colorsport 30 Day Mascara

2. Choose your eyelash dye

There are tons of different eyelash dyes out there, but for the purposes of this post I’ll be using Colorsport 30 Day Mascara in black.  This also comes in brown if you want a more natural look: personally, I like my lashes to be as dark as possible so that when I go to the gym and don’t have any makeup on, I still look like I actually HAVE lashes. To be honest, I don’t think there’s a huge difference between brown and black dye, but it’s up to you to decide which colour is best for you.

*IMPORTANT*  Colorsport recently changed the formula of this product: I purchased the box shown just last week, and it’s in the “old” style that I’m used to, but you should be aware that not all eyelash dye from this brand will work the same way, so make sure you read the box first! Most of the other brands I’ve tried work in exactly the same way this one does, and it’s by far my preferred method to dye my own lashes, but it’s not the only one, so as I say, check the box before following this tutorial.

3. Do a patch test

This is a dye, and as with any other dyes, it’s really important to do a patch test 24 hours before you use it, and to repeat the test every time, regardless of whether or not you’ve done it before. You’ll find instructions for the patch test in the box, but it basically involves following the mixing instructions below, and then applying to the skin on your underarm (or any other unobtrusive place) rather than to your lashes.

4. Mix the eyelash dye

how to dye your own eyelashes

How to dye your own eyelashes

Inside the kit you’ll find:

1 tube of eyelash dye cream
1 plastic mixing wand
1 bottle of developer liquid
1 plastic mixing tray

First, squeeze some dye from the tube onto the tray. I use about 2 inches. Next, add a couple of drops of activating solution and stir until the mixture is thick and gloopy. Be careful not to add too much solution – if it’s too runny it’ll be hard to apply and won’t make much of a difference to your lashes. You want it to be thick enough to stay on the wand, and on your lashes so one or two drops of activating solution is enough.

how to dye your own eyelashes

How to dye your own eyelashes: mixing the eyelash dye

4.Apply a barrier cream

First, some preparation. If you’ve never done this before (and even if you have, to be honest), you WILL make mistakes. Those mistakes will involve getting dye on your eyelids, face and God knows where else, and while I’ve always found that it just washes right off and doesn’t stain the skin, it’s best to be safe, either by applying some kind of barrier cream (Vaseline will do fine) around your eyes, or by using the paper “shields” that come with some of the kits.

5. Apply the dye to your lashes

With this particular kit, you’re supposed to apply the dye using the same white plastic stick you used to mix the dye. Some of the other kits I’ve used, however, provide a small ,mascara-style brush with which to apply the eyelash dye. I find this much easier than using the plastic mixing stick, so I’ve saved one of the mascara wands from another kit to use here. If you don’t have one of these, my advice is to clean up an old mascara wand and use that: you can also purchase these brushes in places like Sephora or Sally Beauty.

tutorial: how to dye your own eyelashes

So, you have your mascara wand, you have your barrier cream in place: all that remains is for you to load up the brush with eyelash dye, and apply it in exactly the same way you would apply mascara, being careful to get as close to the roots of the lashes as you can.

how to apply eyelash dye

Be careful while you’re doing this: if it gets in your eyes it WILL sting and you’ll need to wash it out at first. I find I get dye in my eyes much less often when I do this myself than I ever did when I used to go to a salon (in fact, hardly ever), but accidents can happen, and it will hurt! So be careful.

There’s really no special trick to the application here: if you’re used to using mascara, you should find it pretty straightforward, although you’re going o want to take more time over it, obviously, and make sure that you’ve coated every bit of lash you can find. The key difference between applying dye and applying mascara is that while you generally only coat the underside of your lashes with mascara, you’ll have to coat both sides with the dye, making sure you get as close to the roots as possible.

Some tips:

♦  Pay most attention to the top of the lashes, getting as close to the root as you can, so you’re not left with pale roots. I find the best way to do this is to close the eye you’re working on, and kind of roll the mascara wand down the lash, to completely coat it. It can also help to hold a piece of tissue paper under the lash, to catch any of the dye.

♦ Some of the dye will end up on your eyelids, and under the eye: don’t worry about this – as long as you have plenty of Vaseline around the eye, it won’t stain. You’ll obviously want to

6. Wait.

Then you wait.

The instructions will tell you to wait for 5 – 10 minutes before washing the dye off. I generally leave it longer than this – anything from 15 – 20 minutes, to make sure the dye really has time to set. Nothing bad has ever happened as a result of this but you may want to just go for the recommended 5 – 10  minutes, at least to start with.

7. Dyeing your eyebrows

Eyelash dye can be applied to both the eyelashes and the eyebrows. You can use exactly the same process to dye your eyebrows, but if you do, bear in mind that this a larger area, with longer hair, and the dye will be much more obvious – as will any mistakes. For this reason, you should only ever leave the dye on your brows for 1-2 minutes. Any more than that and you run the risk of ending up with jet black eyebrows that’ll look very obviously dyed – not a great look.

8. The results

Having waited the requisite amount of time, all that remains is for you to gently wash the dye off, being careful not to get any of it in your eyes. I used cotton wool pads dipped in water, which I press onto my eyelids and then remove. You should now have perfectly-dyed eyelashes!

after eyelash dye

* Note: I’ve tried to make this guide as comprehensive as possible, but PLEASE read the instructions on the product you buy before using it!


12 Comments

  • Lisa says:

    Where can I get Dylash’s at? I can’t seem to find it.

    • Dollface says:

      Lisa,
      I’m not sure where you’re based, but I buy mine from either Boots or Superdrug (both in the UK). I’ve also seen it on eBay. If you’re not in the UK, though, it’s possible this brand may not be available where you are.

  • judy mcnaughton says:

    I have had to apply it at least three times before it works despite following the instructions my eyebrows do not dye am I buying faulty dyelash kits or are there any other reasons why it does not seem to work. Any suggestions please. Judy

    • Dollface says:

      One thing that may help you is to try leaving it on for longer than the instructions tell you to. I think the instructions tell you to leave it on for 10 minutes, but if you find that isn’t long enough for it to work, it may be worth experimenting (carefully, though!) with leaving it a little bit longer to see if that helps.

  • Rose says:

    Can you still wear mascara after using Dylash?

    • Dollface says:

      Hi Rose,

      Yes, it’s fine to use mascara with it – I always do, because as I said in the post, dyeing your lashes will only make them darker, it doesn’t do any of the lengthening, thickening or curling you get from a mascara!

  • coral says:

    hi hun.. i got sum of the dye in my eyes, it stings and red.. will it be ok..?

  • ashley says:

    Hello, i live in canada and i seen in one of the above posts that I probably wont be able to find any if im not in the UK, do you have any other suggestions? i dont have a credit card so its hard to buy over the internet:(

  • Lauren says:

    I am 13, am i aloud to dye my eyelashes at my age?

  • Mana says:

    I need to show my friend this post. Maybe we can have an eyelash dying party. Though I think the wine should wait til the dye has been removed. Otherwise that might make for a really interesting look.
    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Pea says:

    I just wanted to comment to say – I love dying my lashes and I have naturally dark ones. It does have some benefit to dark lashes, because in my case (and I think for most people) the tips are paler than the rest of the lashes, so I find the dye makes them makes them look longer. As it’s so quick and easy to do it is definitely worth it (in my opinion anyway).

    The difference with yours is amazing, your lashes look fab! :)

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