Darkening eyebrows and eyelashes will give the face a more dramatic look without having to permanently alter a person’s appearance. There are several eyebrow and eyelash dying kits on the market, but these are potentially dangerous and can cause skin irritation. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, they could even lead to blindness; no brands of eyebrow and eyelash tint currently on the market have received FDA approval. A safer approach is to create your own temporary eyelash and eyebrow tint from natural ingredients.
Things You'll Need
Locate a henna eyebrow kit from a local beauty supply or drug store. Henna is a natural product derived from the henna tree.
Mix the henna eyebrow dye according to the package directions.
Cover the area around your eyebrows with a layer of petroleum jelly. Use a cotton swab and wipe down this area to prevent the henna dye from accidentally tinting your skin.
Apply the henna dye to the eyebrows with a clean mascara wand or cotton swab. Dip the wand or cotton swab into the mixture and apply it to the bulk of the brows. Use a toothpick to apply the henna mixture to the thinner, outer sections of the brows.
Allow the mixture to remain for no longer than one hour before wiping it away with a damp cloth.
Create a mixture of 1/2 tbsp. clear aloe Vera gel and 1/2 tbsp. activated charcoal, which is available at drug stores.
Stir the ingredients together well with a spoon.
Spoon the mixture into an empty mascara bottle. Wash out an old mascara bottle with soapy water or purchase an empty bottle, complete with mascara wand, at a beauty supply store.
Dip the mascara wand into the mixture and apply it to the lashes. The activated charcoal will naturally darken the eyelashes.
Remove the homemade darkening mascara with soapy water or eye makeup remover.
References and ResourcesHenna Hut: Eyebrow Dye
Become Gorgeous: How to Dye Your Eyebrows
Vegetarian Beauty Products: Homemade Mascara
Passionate Homemaking: Natural Homemade Mascara; Michele Augur; November 2010
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Eye Cosmetic Safety; December 2006