Happy hump day! I hope your week is going by quickly. We are halfway to the weekend which means half way to catching up on sleep. As I said in my previous post, if there is one thing I’ve come to realize it is that there are truly not enough hours in a day. I cherish sleep now more than ever and try to get every last possible minute that I can. This means cutting down on my morning routine. One way I do this is by wearing minimal makeup to work and, as of recently, means skipping mascara altogether. I do this by tinting my eyelashes at home.
“Tinting” is a fancy word estheticians us for dying your eyelashes. Tinting usually lasts 3-5 weeks and is a great alternative to wearing mascara especially in the summer. Before I learned about eyelash tinting I would not dream of braving a day at work with no mascara. For some, this may not seem like a big deal, but being a natural blonde means I look albino without mascara. Enter eyelash tinting. While tinting does not add volume like mascara or lash extensions it is an effective solution for making your lashes pop, getting that “barely there” makeup look, and saving some shut eye.
I started tinting my lashes while working at a salon about two years ago. At that time, I was receiving a generous employee discount. Once I stopped working there, I soon realized this wasn’t a routine I could afford to keep up. Eyelash tinting can range anywhere from $20-50 depending on the experience level of the esthetician performing the service. This is because professional lash tinting is done with dye specifically made for the eye area, and has some strong chemicals that should only be applied professionally. Since I am ballin’ on a budget with my entry level salary, I decided to research at home tinting. Many people tint their lashes at home with henna. If you’re looking for an easy and cheap way to cut down your morning routine, here is a breakdown of how I tint my lashes at home.
Step 1: In a small bowl, combine the henna powder and a small amount of water, and mix until you’ve reached a thin paste consistency. You don’t want the mixture to be too watery because it will drip.
Make sure your eyelashes and eye area are clean and dry with no makeup or makeup remover residue. Apply a layer of petroleum jelly to the skin around the eyes in order to prevent the dye from getting on the skin. I also used some eye mask cotton pads under my eyes to kill two birds with one stone: moisturize and keeping my under eye free of dye.
Step 3: Dip the disposable wand into the dye and ensure the bristles are thickly coated. Apply the mixture to your lashes just as you would with mascara.
Step 4: Wait about 10-15 minutes for the mixture to dry on your lashes into a clay-like texture. You may look/feel like that one girl in high school who never knew when to stop applying mascara.. this when you know it’s done processing.
STEP 5: Gently use water and a makeup remover wipe to rinse off your lashes. The dried dye may take a little light washing in the sink, but make sure to be gentle with your lashes… and you’re done!
PLEASE EXCUSE MY HEINOUS APPEARANCE
This is a simple and safe way to tint lashes without harsh chemicals or breaking the bank. Plus, who doesn’t love low maintenance makeup? Since discovering this method about six weeks ago, I have tinted my lashes at home two times. Here are the before and after pictures from the first time that I did it. Hope you enjoyed! Have a great weekend. I hope you get to enjoy some much needed sleep and a cocktail (or four) with friends.