9 Hacks for Darkening Your Brows At Home, Whether You Want A Permanent Look Or Not

Eyebrow tinting is, not to be hyperbolic at all, magic. Tons of brow hairs brought to life, present and able to take your brows to a whole new level, no brow transplant or lengthy pencil routine needed. But as per usual, life and money get in the way — brow tinting typically requires monthly upkeep, and time in the chair adds up (I'd rather be doing, I don't know, anything else). Luckily, *infomercial voice,* there’s a better way. Really — I wouldn’t lie to you about this or anything.

Darkening your brows at home is getting easier and easier, and with a plethora of options on the market, the days of toothbrushing some hair dye onto your brows and hoping for the best are long gone. In their place, you can either go temporarily darker with a daily tint (similar to brow gels, but they pick up baby hairs for a thickening effect), or all-in with a semi-permanent dye, easier than ever. Best of all, both are doable in the privacy of your own home. A good thing, because there is a Groucho moment involved with most of them. I see it as a character-building brow-building double feature, neither all that removable with water. Unless you really try.


Glossier Boy Brow

Boy Brow, $16, Glossier

This ultra-popular option frequently sells out, the time-revered test for telling if something's actually that good. No surprises, it is — the pomade-meets-gel formula picks up every hair to leave brows plump, thick, and just the right amount of tamed.

Benefit 3D BROWtones Eyebrow Enhancer

Benefit 3D BROWtones Eyebrow Enhancer, $24, Sephora

A twist on the traditional tint formula, Benefit's Eyebrow Enhancer is intended to "soften darker brows with subtle highlights and enhance lighter brows with depth & dimension." It's like the je ne sais quoi of brow products — something's different, but people can't quite put their finger on what.


Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow, $22, Sephora

This one toes the line between temporary and semi-permanent for sheer lasting power. Perfect for testing if you're ready to take the plunge, the sweat, oil and smudgeproof gel takes a little practice to apply, but once you've got it, you've got it for hours (if not days, depending on lifestyle).

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $18, Sephora

Wouldn't be an eyebrow article without a cameo by Dipbrow. Like the Aqua Brow, it takes some time to get right, but the pigment brushed through brows is ultra-convincing for a darkening fix once you've got the technique down.

Milani Stay Put Brow Color

Milani Stay Put Brow Color, $6.47, Walmart

The drugstore alternative to Dipbrow, Milani's Stay Put Brow Color is a bit stiffer than the Anastasia version, but that's an advantage to lasting power — and at $10 bucks cheaper, it's a perfect trial run. Brownies points for the brush included.



WUNDERBROW Eyebrow Gel, $22, Amazon

Wunderbrow's gel was the third most-purchased beauty product on Amazon this summer, which is probably the most convincing endorsement ever. The people know a good thing — this is a great starter tint to perfect your application, lasting about two days.

Godefroy's Instant Eyebrow Tint Permanent Color Kit

Godefroy's Instant Eyebrow Tint Permanent Color Kit, $10.46, Amazon

Once something shows up in not one, but two Internet tutorials, we start listening. This drugstore favorite is beloved for how easy it is to use, and the dramatic difference it makes right away. Interested in serious at-home tinting? Start here.

Eylure Permanent Brow Tint

Eyelure Permanent Brow Tint, $13.50, Amazon

And the big leagues: Eylure's brow tint lasts for an purported six weeks. Easy to use, and you're done for the month.

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel, $8.05, Amazon

If you're more interested in weaving an illusion than just buffing up what you've got, the Etude House has your back. It depends on the shape you create, but if you know what you want it's a great stand-in for microblading.

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