A simple guide for a DIY eyelash dye job

Taryn Davies
Published: August 10, 2017

Eyelash dye is the perfect addition to your look if you want to nail the whole no-makeup beauty look. It gives a similar effect to mascara making your eyes look more awake.

Tinting your eyelashes at home might be a little tricky and fiddly at first, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you won’t look back. Plus, you’ll save a tonne of money as opposed to heading the salon every few weeks to get it done.

Eyelash dye works to darken your natural lashes, without smudging, clotting or rubbing off. The treatment is quick and can work wonders, more specifically on those with lighter eyelash hairs.

Whether you’re going on a beach holiday and want to enjoy the pool without worrying about panda eyes, or just want to wake up without the need of mascara every day, then eyelash tinting could be the beauty treatment for you.

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Benefits of eyelash dye

You don’t have to wear mascara: No more panda eyes. You can also go without mascara and people asking if you’re feeling ok.

Gives your eyes a natural opening effect: Whether you’re pale or dark, applying eyelash tint can give your eyes an eye-opening effect. Just a pair of curlers and you’re good to go with a wide-eyed look. Eyelash tinting will create that all-important definition and add frame and structure to a face.

Low cost: Eyelash dye sets can cost less than £5 and you get more than 10 applications out of. Plus think of the time you’ll save having to apply mascara every morning.

Ideal for those who lead an active lifestyle: For anyone who plays sport, goes to the gym regularly or leads a particularly active lifestyle, looking good can be an on-going struggle. One eyelash tinting session should help your lashes look effortlessly luscious, regardless of sweat, sea water and harsh weather.

Picking the eyelash dye for you

Prices range from £4.70 to £12.99 for the kits, you can buy the eyelash tint separately for cheaper, but you’ll need to then purchase a developer too and the handy little tools that come with the kits. So if you’re just starting out with eyelash dye at home, it’s most probably best to pick up a kit at first.

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The colour patch test

This product is a dye, and as with any other dyes, it’s really important to do a patch test 24 hours before you use it. It's important to repeat the test every time, regardless of whether or not you’ve done it before too. You’ll find instructions for the patch test in the box.

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Getting down to your DIY eyelash dye

When you start your DIY eyelash dye it's imperative that your lashes are free from any mascara, as well as any residue from cleansers too. Try a micellar water to remove all traces.

Apply a barrier cream or some Vaseline around your eye, be careful not to get it on your lashes, to help avoid staining the skin. Just in case you make any mistakes.

Mix the eyelash dye – typically in the kit, you’ll find a tube of dye cream, a plastic mixing wand, a developer liquid and a mixing tray.

Squeeze dye from the tube onto the tray about 1-2 inches should do the trick. Add a couple of drops of the developer liquid and stir till they’re combined into a thick liquid.

Once you’ve made up the dye apply it to your lashes, you can use the mixing wand that typically comes with the kit, but a small mascara-style brush is preferred to really coat the lashes. This way you can apply the eyelash dye exactly the same way you would a mascara. Just be careful not to get any in your eye, of course.

Try to get as close to your eyelash roots as possible, without poking yourself in the eye of course.

Then it’s time to wait and let the dye develop. Follow the instructions per the kit you’re using to see how long you need to leave it on your lashes.

This part can get a little messy, so make sure you take your time and have plenty of clean tissues to help remove the dye. Use a clean tissue each time you wipe away the product.


Eyelash dye is essential a semi-permanent form of mascara which stays smudge-free and perfect for a few weeks at a time.