How to Safely Dye Eyebrows?

My eyebrows are unnaturally lighter than my hair. I use JFR's Ginger Auburn Eyebrow Pencil because my eyebrows have been bleached out to a blonde/strawberry blonde from my topical acne medication. I love how the pencil looks when applied just right (it matches the pesky, dark red eyebrow hairs I pluck out), but applying it in precisely the right amount is such a hassle and I would love to tone down my makeup routine.

Is there a safe light auburn formula for dying eyebrows out there? What precautions do I need to take to keep my eyesight (dying my blonde lashes would be impossible from what I gather haha)?

TIA!
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I dye my lashes and brows all the time. I use Robert Craig...no peroxide and no fumes...although I still don't think it's safe if you were to get it in the eyes. I don't do anything special to protect my eyes. I am just really careful when I apply it. I use an old (cleaned) mascara brush to apply, leave on about 15 minutes and wash off. Voila...black lashes and dark brows for weeks.
Why don't you just get some cheap auburn or brown mascara, and use it on your eye brows? I know that Max Factor makes an auburn shade. There are also colored brow gels on the market.
I dye my eyebrows regularly right along with dying my hair (I dye about every 4 weeks). I use Revlon Colorsilk. At the end of putting the dye on my hair, I squirt out a little of what is left in the bottle (I like the end of the bottle because it's thicker so it's easier to put on my brows) and then I use a q-tip to apply to my eyebrows. I put it on kind of thick. Then I just leave it on till I am ready to rinse out my hair. I wash it off first before my hair. Works perfectly and have been doing it for years.
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Mint, be careful --- darker brows on redheads don't always look good, or natural.

MAC makes a variety of very natural brow mascaras, and there used to be a "Just for Redheads" makeup line out there; not sure if it still exists.
Why don't you just get some cheap auburn or brown mascara, and use it on your eye brows? I know that Max Factor makes an auburn shade. There are also colored brow gels on the market.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
I think I've tried it before, but either it's too gloppy/thick or too dark. Max Factor's Auburn was an an unnatural-looking red on me (too red and not enough copper/brown).

When applied right, the eyebrow pencil is the most natural-looking quick fix. Plus, I use JFR GingerRed mascara and it's perfect for my lashes. It's not cheap. Oddly enough, the GingerAuburn eye pencil coordinates with it better.
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Mint, be careful --- darker brows on redheads don't always look good, or natural.

MAC makes a variety of very natural brow mascaras, and there used to be a "Just for Redheads" makeup line out there; not sure if it still exists.
Originally Posted by ninja dog

I totally agree. However, my eyebrows are blonde with the least bit of red humanly possible thanks to benzoyl peroxide medicine I've used over the years (and yet the new hairs I pluck out are medium/deep auburn).

I love JFR so much. I should check out MAC too. Thanks for the suggestions.
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As for the hair dye... I'm not brave enough to try a permanent dye LOL.

I was going to try Clairol's Natural Instincts line, but I found out that you have to mix two components together (thus it would be a waste buying a box for one use). I saw some semipermanent dyes at Sally's in little dark bottles but I'm so confused as to what I should try that won't put a huge dent in my wallet or blind me LOL.
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As for the hair dye... I'm not brave enough to try a permanent dye LOL.

I was going to try Clairol's Natural Instincts line, but I found out that you have to mix two components together (thus it would be a waste buying a box for one use). I saw some semipermanent dyes at Sally's in little dark bottles but I'm so confused as to what I should try that won't put a huge dent in my wallet or blind me LOL.
Originally Posted by Mint


If you dye eyebrows, you do have to take responsibility for any mishaps upon yourself, as no manufacturers is going to take any liability. They all say NOT to use it for brows or lashes. However, many people do it anyway, and are just careful. Anything that uses peroxide (all the drugstore colors, even the semi-permanents, use some peroxide usually), and will have fumes that will cause some discomfort if the fumes get in your eyes. That's why I use Robert Craig...no fumes. RobertCraig.com has a "coppery golden blonde" that might work for you.



You start out leaving it on only a few minutes and see how the color works for you. You'd have to adjust the timing to whatever is right with you.

Any at-home haircolor is going to be something you mix. That doesn't mean you have to mix it all together at once. A typical box would contain enough to use many many times for just brows...you'd only mix up a tiny amount in a separte container, so the $10 box would last you like a year.

Anyway...just thought I'd clarify about the cost.
There are a couple of no-peroxide lines available at most stores. One is from Clairol, and the other is from L'Oreal. If you go to a Whole Foods or a similar store, you'll probably find other "natural" lines, as well.

Be aware that hair dye is always darker than it looks on the box. The photo on the box is 'shopped to look shiny and glossy, which makes it appear lighter.
There are a couple of no-peroxide lines available at most stores. One is from Clairol, and the other is from L'Oreal. If you go to a Whole Foods or a similar store, you'll probably find other "natural" lines, as well.

Be aware that hair dye is always darker than it looks on the box. The photo on the box is 'shopped to look shiny and glossy, which makes it appear lighter.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy

Also, the samples are done on white hair. With hair that has color, the dye would look darker. Testing is always advisable before dying anything.
If it helps, my natural hair color is dirty blond so my brows are light too. I color my hair strawberry blond (Revlon Colorsilk) which looks more red on me than blond. The Colorsilk makes my brows a little more red and a little darker. The first couple weeks after I color, I don't need a brow pencil but after that I use an auburn pencil just on the inner part of my brow (closest to my nose) just to fill in a tiny bit because even with dying, they are still light and after a couple weeks they are starting to fade out again. But I color every 4 weeks (red fades so quickly). It all looks very natural. Everyone thinks it is my natural shade.
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I use Roux lash and brow tint that I buy at Sally Beauty Supply. It's easy to use, no fumes, and good price. I think I get the kit for about $20 when it's on sale. It can easily last over a year....

It's on amazon for $35 here:

http://www.amazon.com/Roux-Lash-Brow.../dp/B000BPMB2Y
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I use Roux lash and brow tint that I buy at Sally Beauty Supply. It's easy to use, no fumes, and good price. I think I get the kit for about $20 when it's on sale. It can easily last over a year....

It's on amazon for $35 here:

http://www.amazon.com/Roux-Lash-Brow.../dp/B000BPMB2Y
Originally Posted by belicious
I saw that at Sally's and it looks wonderful... The only problem is that it doesn't come in red/auburn or even a light brown color.

Eilonwy: Good suggestion about the health food store dyes. i should check that out.

RCW: Great, thanks for clearing that up for me. $10 is not bad at all. I was expecting it to be pricey, but that's only like $2 more than Clariol Natural Instincts. That shade you posted looks excellent by the way. It's a copper/red instead of a fake Hi-C orange color.

RedNaturalCurls: Thanks for sharing your experience. Are you talking about those super-pale, fine hairs at the inner ends of your eyebrows? They are so tricky to color with a pencil LOL.
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Also, what about those henna-based dyes? I saw one at Sally's that looked really good because henna was the main ingredient. TIA everyone.
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RCW - when you dye your brows with RC, are you careful not to get the color on your skin? I find the color stains my skin if I get it too far down the hairline, so I don't want brown skin under my brows. Or does it not stain there? I'm starting to get a couple of whites in the brows now, so I might try this.

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RCW - when you dye your brows with RC, are you careful not to get the color on your skin? I find the color stains my skin if I get it too far down the hairline, so I don't want brown skin under my brows. Or does it not stain there? I'm starting to get a couple of whites in the brows now, so I might try this.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks

I just slop it on. It doesn't stain *my* skin, but I have very oily skin and nothing ever stains it. On someone dryer skinned, it might stain. If you use a mascara brush, you would probably be able to get it on just the hairs.

RedNaturalCurls: Thanks for sharing your experience. Are you talking about those super-pale, fine hairs at the inner ends of your eyebrows? They are so tricky to color with a pencil LOL.
Originally Posted by Mint
Yep, those are the ones. They seem to lose the color first so usually after the second week I have to use a little pencil on them. It's not too bad. I just lightly run the pencil over them and usually do ok. The rest of my brow holds the color a little longer
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