As a woman whose natural eyebrows can best be described as translucent, I understand the magical powers of eyebrows better than most. The first time I had them tinted, it was like a revelation. Suddenly, the world was a brighter place. My makeup looked better. My face—who knew it had such symmetrical proportions? I kid (sort of), but in all seriousness, tinted brows are majorly transformative. Even if you don't have super-blonde brows like me, brow tinting can help your brows look fuller and draws attention to your eyes.
Many eyebrow dyes contain chemicals, though, and if you're moving toward a cleaner beauty routine, you're probably looking for a way to darken your eyebrows that's more natural. Here, how to darken eyebrows naturally.
Henna is a super-popular natural eyebrow tint on Instagram. It can be done at home or in a professional setting, and most proponents report that it lasts for about two weeks. Brow guru Jimena Garcia says that one of the major drawbacks to using henna is that it takes a really long time to set in—about an hour—which is why most technicians don't use henna.
Meet the Expert
Jimena Garcia is a celebrity aesthetician and brow specialist for Chanel.
It's also difficult to say how it will react to your hair, she adds. Since henna is typically derived from burgundy or red, it will fade quickly. However, if you are looking for a 100% natural way to darken your eyebrows, henna is going to be your best option. Even vegetable-based dyes contain some chemicals, Garcia explains.
Avoid over cleansing around the eyebrow area to keep henna from fading too fast.
For more on brow henna, check out these mesmerizing photos of DIY brow-tinting transformations.
Mixing together coconut oil, coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and honey is a popular brow-tinting DIY among the blogger set. They swear by it to give brows a hint of color without using any chemicals.
The most popular application appears to be using an angled brush to apply a good amount of the solution to your brows and cleaning up any stray pigment with a Q-tip. Let it set for 20 minutes, and then rinse completely off. Ta-da! Fuller-looking, darker brows sans chemicals.
A DIY Quick Fix
If you're looking for a temporary natural solution to darken your brows, Garcia offered up this tip: Mix aloe gel or castor oil with a natural eye shadow, and apply it to your brows with a spoolie. It's like a customized all-natural Boy Brow that tints your brows while also conditioning them.