How to dye your eyelashes: 13 steps (with pictures)

How to dye your eyelashes: 13 steps (with pictures)
How to dye your eyelashes: 13 steps (with pictures)

Coloring eyelashes is a great way to darken them without having to apply mascara every morning. If eyelash dyes can't make them thicker or longer, they will help you make them a darker color. This beauty tip is especially useful if you have naturally pale lashes or want them to match your colored hair. Whether you choose to color them at home or in a beauty salon that offers this kind of service, you will end up with dark lashes that will require almost no touch-ups for several weeks.


Method 1 of 2: Choose and mix the dye

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Step 1. Choose an eyelash coloring kit

There are many colors to choose from, but like mascara, black and brown are the most common. There are also colorful versions ranging from blue to bright red. While most of these colored shades are not especially visible, they will help you create a more even look if you have colored hair.

  • As with hair dyes, there are many different types of eyelash dye. Vegetable dyes such as henna are used the most because the eyelashes are a sensitive area. You will likely find chemical based dyes, however you will need to use them with care.
  • In general, eyelash dyes are sold in beauty stores as well as on the Internet because they are considered specialty products.
  • You should never apply hair dyes to your eyelashes. These products contain dangerous chemicals that you should keep away from your eyes. Instead, look for a dye specially formulated for use on the eyelashes and eyebrows.

Step 2. Perform a sensitivity test

Mix a small amount of color (no more than half a hazelnut) with a drop of activator and then apply it all to the skin behind your ear, on the inside of your elbow or in another place away from looks. Leave the dye on your skin for half an hour before rinsing it off.

  • Monitor the test area for 8-24 hours before proceeding to the next step. If it starts to itch, burn, or ignite, it's most likely because you're allergic to the dye and shouldn't be used on your eyelashes.
  • It is important to perform this test before mixing the rest of the dye, as the prepared dye can spoil if you do not use it within 24 hours.

Step 3. Mix color and activator

Follow the instructions provided in the kit to find out how much color you need to pour onto the mixing pad (usually less than 2.5cm). Add 2 to 3 drops of activator, being careful not to add too much to the risk of getting a liquid substance.

  • Liquid dye will not stick well to the applicator.
  • Most kits contain a tube of dye, a bottle of activator, a brush or mascara applicator, a spatula, and a mixing tray.

Step 4. Stir the mixture until it thickens

A thicker mixture will be more effective and safer. Liquid dye may get into your eyes. Stir the activator and color until you get the consistency of toothpaste that doesn't run down the length of the spatula. A thick mixture will adhere to your lashes much more easily than a liquid mixture.

Method 2 of 2: Apply eyelash dye

Step 1. Wash your face and eyes

Before applying the dye, it is important that you remove any makeup and dirt that may have accumulated around your eyes and eyelashes. Use your regular facial cleanser and a safe eye makeup remover to wash your face. Remember to dry your skin afterwards.

Step 2. Apply Vaseline around your eyes

Vaseline creates a barrier around your eyes. You should apply it as far as your lashes extend when you close your eyelids, in the outer corners of your eyes, on the upper lash line and on the lids.

The dye shouldn't stain your skin, but with a Vaseline barrier it will be much easier to remove when you don't need it anymore

Step 3. Dip the tip of the applicator into the dye

Swirl the applicator several times in the dye so that all sides are soaked in it. You will get a better result by covering its entire surface with dye. Avoid soaking it non-stop to get a more even appearance and a more intense look.

The applicator may look like a paintbrush or similar brush to the one you use to apply mascara

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Step 4. Look at yourself in a mirror to apply the dye

The dye will cause stinging and may cause irritation if you get it in your eyes. It is important that you look at yourself in a mirror and keep your hands steady when applying it. If it gets in your eye, rinse it right away before doing anything else.

If you cannot keep your hands steady, prefer to have your eyelashes colored in a hairdressing salon

Step 5. Apply the dye to your upper lashes

Use the applicator to spread the dye on top and then below your upper lashes, getting as close to the roots as possible and working in sections. Applying the dye to small sections ensures that each lash is colored.

  • For this step, you can either use an applicator similar to the one you use to apply mascara, or an applicator that looks like a brush.
  • You can wiggle the brush upward to apply the dye more evenly, making sure to cover the ends of your lashes.

Step 6. Apply the dye in small sections to your lower lashes

Work in sections to apply the dye to the top of your lower lashes and then below. Blink and look up to avoid contact with your eyes during the process.

Use the mirror to make sure your lashes have been fully covered

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Step 7. Wait 15 to 20 minutes for the dye to set

Your lashes need to fully absorb the dye, which is why you need to give them time to dry to achieve a darker result that will last for a while. In the meantime, try not to touch your lashes or look down for too long.

Step 8. Dab the wet dye with warm water and cotton wool

Soak the cotton pad in hot water, close your eyes, then wipe your lash line. Rinse or replace the cotton and repeat 3 or 4 times. You can also apply saline solution to your eyes to make sure that no dye residue gets stuck in the eyelid.

If your eyes itch when you open them, close your eyelids and rinse them several times

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Step 9. Recolor your eyelashes every 2-3 weeks

In general, commercial dyes last between 4 and 6 weeks. If you like the result and want to preserve the color of your lashes, you will need to reapply dye when they start to fade.


  • For long-lasting results, do not use moisturizers, cleansers or oil-based wipes. The color of your eyelashes may wash out and dissolve faster.
  • If you want, you can wear transparent mascara over your colored lashes. This will give them volume without adding unnecessary color.
  • Professional colorings last between 2 and 5 weeks.


  • Do not use eyelash dyes or tints if you have ever had an allergic reaction to henna or hair dyes that contain paraphenylenediamine.
  • Permanent eyelash dyes are not approved by health organizations and are known to cause problems like granulomas (inflamed tissue) or contact dermatitis (rash).

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