I Started Tinting My Eyebrows With Beard Dye, and Honestly, It's a Game Changer


Paley Fairman

Before tinting

Like many women who came of age during the height of the skinny brow, the emotional scars of my over-plucked adolescence still haunt me. I was lucky enough to have seen the error of my ways before it was too late to grow back my naturally full arches, but that middle-school mishap was enough to morph into some serious brow-related control issues that are, quite frankly, as concrete as ever. I rarely ever tweeze my brows and have let exactly two other people touch them. Ever.

The downside of this anxiety is that it took me years to discover the magic of tinting. When I had it administered for the first time by one of the two aforementioned industry professionals—just three years ago, I might add—I remember feeling completely shocked when I looked in the mirror. I had spent roughly a decade growing my brows back, but in just a matter of minutes, they had suddenly morphed into the arches I always wanted.

Most of us—even those of us with naturally dark hair—have "invisible" blonde hairs around our brows, especially near the tail ends. Tinting helps target these hairs, instantly thickening your arches without so much as sharpening a brow pencil. If your ideal brow shape has seemed somewhat elusive without the help of makeup, tinting just might make it possible.

But it can be very expensive, especially if you'd like to touch up your brows every month or so. In my research, I've found that at-home brow tinting kits leave much to be desired—the shades are limited and tend to be overly warm in tone. So when I learned that some beauty fans swear by using beard and mustache dye, I was game to give it a try. That was a few months ago—and I've been hooked ever since.

I specifically use Just for Men Beard & Mustache Dye ($24 for a pack of three), which has a large variety of shades and happens to be extremely wallet-friendly. (I'm still on my first kit and have several uses in it left.) I also appreciate that there are conditioning agents in the formula, so it always leaves my brows with a glossy sheen. Oh, and it takes a grand total of five minutes. (Too many of my colleagues witnessed this firsthand when I dyed my brows in our office bathroom for this story.)

Keep scrolling to learn about the foolproof process—and to see the final result.