The one big-impact beauty treatment you can do at home for under $2.

I know at-home beauty feels very lockdown era; however, as the cost of living keeps going up, we are seeing across the board that luxury beauty treatments like manicures, eyelash lifts and expensive hair salon visits are some of the first things to go as we try to save money where we can.  

And while going to the salon to be pampered is a fun experience, sometimes it can also feel like there isn't enough time in the month to fit all the eyebrow, hair, nail, laser and lash appointments. 

If you're working or have kids, it can almost feel like a chore to have to go and sit somewhere for an hour when you have 17 loads of washing to do and a deadline due tomorrow. 

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So, instead, I'm here to tell you that one of the easiest appointments to knock off your list is the humble eyelash and eyebrow tint. 

For anyone who has ever struggled with blonde eyelashes or eyebrow hairs starting to turn grey, the monthly tint appointment can be life-changing and make a difference to your overall appearance and confidence.  


I know anything around the eye area often feels scary; however, if you are someone who applies mascara regularly or fills in their eyebrows with a pencil, tinting your own lashes and brows is just as easy and can save you hours and dollars by doing it yourself. 

One of the easiest ways to do this at home is using a brand called RefectoCil

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You can easily purchase it online, and for less than $40, you can get more than 20 applications. That's $2 per tint (and even without any girl math, that is incredible value compared to having it done in a salon).

I've shown all my girlfriends this, and everyone is now hooked. It instantly gives your lashes a colour boost, making them look thicker and longer, while also saving you time in the morning on your makeup routine. 

The best part? It's really easy. 

You need two products to do your own tint at home. The first is the RefectoCil Eyelash & Brow Tint, which comes in seven different shades so you can find the one that works best with your complexion (if in doubt, start with a natural brown). 

The second product is the RefectoCil Oxidant 3% Liquid. This is the colour developer that will give you a vibrant colour lasting four to six weeks. It's essentially the exact same process you use for box dyeing your hair at home, just with products made for your lashes!

To begin tinting, the best trick is to prep the area first.

Take a tub of Vaseline and a cotton bud, dip the tip in the Vaseline and begin to outline your eyebrows. This creates a barrier for the tint, so when you colour the hair, the tint doesn't stray outside the Vaseline barrier and stain your skin. 

You want to do the same with your eyelashes, so take the cotton bud and cover your entire eyelid with Vaseline, then run the cotton bud under your bottom lash line to protect the skin under your eye. Once your area is all covered, you are ready to tint!


To begin, mix two centimetres of tint and 10 drops of the oxidant in a small mixing dish until thoroughly combined. 

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Using either a clean mascara spoolie or any tiny eyeshadow brush, begin to cover the area on your eyebrows you want to tint, filling in any gaps between hairs that are sparse.


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Don't worry if you make a mistake, you can tidy it up with a wet cotton bud easily (that's what Vaseline is for!). 

Next, take your spoolie or brush and coat your lashes from root to tip with the tint; make sure you cover all your lashes evenly on the top and bottom. Once you're done, leave the tint on for 10 minutes to develop.  


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After the 10 minutes, take a cotton pad, wet it with water, and wipe away the tint completely until all excess has been removed, rubbing both your eyebrows and lashes. 

Here's what my lashes and brows look like before (left) and after (right):

Before (left) and after (right).


And that's it! You'll now have beautifully tinted eyebrows in 15 minutes, and you won't have to leave the comfort of your own home or take time out of your busy schedule to fit in another appointment. 

Are you a fan of at-home eyebrow tinting? What do you use? Share with us in the comment section below.

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