There’s a deeper reason why so many women are obsessed with mascara.
Batting a long pair of luscious lashes is an evolutionary signal of attraction, and the more contrast between lashes and skin, the stronger the message.
Yet not everyone feels comfortable coated in mascara, and women with lighter features and eyelashes may even feel a couple coats of the wand looks too strong and tar-like all together.
Lash tints are a happy medium between au naturel and classic mascara, since they gently enhance contrast between lashes and skin by semi-permanently tinting the lash—but without adding length or volume. Most lash tints claim to last up to three or four days, and power on through contact with water and showers.
You can expect long wear and a gently darkened lash, as well as no clumps or flakes—so long as you don’t try to coat up multiple times, which tint formulas are not made to withstand.
Professional lash tinting services offered in a salon or spa usually refer to the permanent dye version, and should be administered by a licensed professional. Permanent tints typically last closer to 28 days.
Want to give it a go at home? Here are some easy-to-apply lash tints that will give you a natural-looking boost for a couple of days.
Jemma Kidd Make Up School Lasting Lash Tint, $22. A resin silicone crosspolymer base makes for a light-weight wear that can last anywhere from 24 hours to three days. For an exceptionally natural look, try the brown shade.
Hard Candy Lash Link 4-Day Lash Stain, $7. A thin, careful coat with the short bristle brush designed to hit every lash is key to setting this tint to last up to the claim of four days.
Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain, $18. Crosspolymers are blended with mineral pigments and provitamin B5 for a tint that binds to lashes, while still keeping them soft and flexible.
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