Do your eyes sparkle like jewels or do they simply get lost in the scenery of your face? Your eyes may be emerald pools, but lackluster brows and nearly invisible lashes can fail to set them off to their utmost potential.
Create "eye opening" appeal and add pizazz to those peepers with a popular procedure known as tinting.
The Best Shaped Plans
Most of us spend hours primping and plucking in order to find that elusive ideal brow shape. After all the brows act as the natural frame for our face. But even the best-shaped brows may not set off the eyes if hair is fine, sparse or pale.
Brow tinting may be your solution.Just like having your hair colored, brow tinting changes the color, adds the illusion of thickness and dimension.
As for eyelashes, most women gravitate towards a black or dark brown tint. If black mascara is already a make-up essential, choosing the black tint may help benefit your overall look. Mascara may serve a necessary purpose of thickening the lashes, but imagine removing your mascara and maintaining definition of the eyes.
For those who prefer that only their hairdresser know their hair color comes from a bottle, brow tinting may be a necessity.
If the hair color des jour is not naturally blonde, the chances that your brows are in sync with your gorgeous new "do" are slim. Overly dark brows combined with blonde hair can look harsh and unsophisticated. Brunettes sporting blonde hair may want to tone down the brows (an exact match isn't necessary) in order to create an esthetically balanced appearance.
As for your eyelashes, once again, it is dependent upon what shade of mascara you prefer combined with which hair color you've selected. Since your colorist will have to perform the eyelash tint (this is not something to try at home), ask for an opinion. After all, it's their expertise you're paying for.
Tinting may be the closest thing to permanent make-up for the brows and lashes. Anyone looking to enhance the eyes while vacationing (who wants to apply make-up on holiday?) or for poolside perfection, eyelash tinting could be just what you are looking for. Imagine that freshly applied mascara look after taking a dip in the pool. And if you fear mascara running during a wedding or date night movie, consider chemically enhancing your lashes.
The Early Bird
There is something to be said about looking freshly made-up first thing in the morning. The look of dark lashes and/or brows could also bring some definition to your complexion on your make-up free days. This alternative to mascara would greatly benefit anyone prone to mascara sensitivity, as well as those dealing with allergies that cause watery eyes and smearing mascara.
Only A Day Spa Away
An eyebrow tint is available at The Hair Color Salon and Spa is $15, and for eyelash tinting is $28. You can get both done for $40. Expect the tint to take about 20 to 30 minutes. While the results may vary, just like regular coloring a touch-up may be necessary between 4-6 weeks.
Lash and brow tinting is not for everyone. If you have an allergy to hair dye or are easily irritated by color additives, this treatment would not be for you. Also, if you are currently suffering with an eye infection skip the idea until it clears up. Your salon or spa technician should also advise you to remove your contact lenses before the service.
Jamie BarberDERMAdoctor Staff Writer