Friday, July 17, 2015

Brow & Lash Tinting | Before and After!

Having golden locks can be a blessing and a curse. I adore my naturally flaxen hair and the brightness it brings to my complexion and baby blues, but I have major #BlondeProblems when it comes to my practically translucent eyelashes and eyebrows.
Tinting is a game-changer. 

Brow and Lash Tinting Before and After

Both photos are with no eye makeup and no photo editing, so you can see my results clearly.
(I am wearing tinted moisturizer, though. I woke up with super red, irritated skin that morning!)
I apologize for any discrepancy in lighting. I am not a professional. These photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S6.

The Low Down

What: Eyelash and eyebrow tinting
Where: Brush Salon in San Juan Capistrano
Who: Medical Esthetician AnnRae Novak
The Cost: $20 for eyebrows, $15 for eyelashes (plus the $10 I left in tip)

The Story:

About a month ago, I decided I was fed up with my blonde eyebrows. Brow powders, gels, and pencils are fine and good, but I love the freedom of leaving the house sans makeup, and Picasso-ing on brows every morning is just not my idea of a good time.
I visited the fabulous AnnRae after my fresh chop at Brush Salon with Brianna (love her!) and took the plunge. A mere five minutes later I was transformed! Seriously, eyebrows are awesome. I can't believe it took me so long to buy a pair ;)

This time around, I had my eyebrows and my eyelashes tinted and the results were incredible. I tried eyelash tinting once before in high school, but the dye burnt mine and Tory's eyes so badly I had been scared off ever since!

The Process:

AnnRae soothed my skin and gently removed makeup around my eyes and then hand-painted on my set of brows. They took to the dye within a minute or two, and we moved onto the lashes. She gently placed toner-soaked pads under my eyes and painted the dye onto my lashes. It was not at all like my high school misadventure - the dye didn't burn at all and the very worst that I experienced was a minor irritating feeling similar to the one I get when using makeup remover wipes (it should be noted that I have incredibly sensitive skin). AnnRae also carefully painted my lower lashes, which were down right CLEAR previously.

Helpful Tips:

Try not to wash your eyebrows or lashes the first day to avoid fading. I waited three or four days to get mine wet (I showered, just very carefully), and even then I never rubbed them or got makeup remover product on them.
My first visit to the salon, we went with a very light tint so I wouldn't be too shocked by the change. By my second visit, I was ready to go darker. We purposely went a little too dark so they would be just right after my initial wash.

The above before and after photo with eyelash tinting is about 3.5 weeks after my first eyebrow tinting. My eyebrows had not 100% faded, so below is a real reflection of how incredibly nonexistent my brows were before my first treatment!

LOL Duckface!
Sorry for the crazy coloring! This is my only true eyebrow before without any makeup product in my brows.
(I am wearing mascara here, because I am legit an alien without it.)

All in all, I am thrilled with the results, and would recommend it to anyone who suffers from pale lash syndrome. It's not like I will never grab a tube of mascara again, as I still lack a bit of thickness and length, but I no longer feel like an alien when I leave the house with my hairless upper-face.
The price is great, the process is quick and easy, and AnnRae is wonderful.

More on AnnRae: I first met her when I wandered into the salon, appointment-less and desperate for a solution to my painfully chapped, winter-ravaged skin, and she was gracious enough to slather me in a calming toner until my swollen eyelids and bumpy cheeks calmed down (free of charge!) Needless to say, I have clung to that amazing toner (featured here) and everyone at Brush Salon ever since!

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