Lockdown left many of us with a range of new home beauty treatment skills, but for one woman, it appears ‘tinting eyebrows’ wasn’t among them.
An American woman named Casey shared her DIY tinting escapade on TikTok, documenting the moment her brows turned from light and feathery to cartoonish.
“We are going to tint the brows!” Casey tells viewers, appearing hopeful ahead of the brow blunder.
She then reads aloud the instructions on the tint packet, ignoring the prompt to use Vaseline on the skin around her brows to “prevent staining.”
“Ya’ll know I won’t be doing that!” she brazenly declares.
Dabbing her brows with dye via the wooden applicator, Casey fills in the shape to achieve a fuller, darker look.
As she stands before the camera with her hair in a towel and her brow dye “developing” to achieve an optimum colour, Casey jokes, “This is such a good look.”
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It’s then Casey checks the length of time that’s appropriate to keep the dye on, relative to the desired colour.
Reading that a medium brown brow will tint within a minute and a half, and a darker shade will form in three, Casey appears shocked that five minutes have passed.
She jumps to remove the brow dye with a cotton pad and water, and is left with two, distinct black stains across her forehead.
“Oh my god, oh my god,” she repeats, in shock.
“I’m for real in one of them ‘fails’.”
The video drew more than 2.7 million views, with followers demanding a follow-up to the mishap.
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“This is a catastrophe,” Casey says in a follow-up video as she furiously scrubs her brows.
A child’s voice can be heard in the background, asking her what happened to her face.
“Buddy, I put stuff on there to darken my eyebrows and now they’re black,” she replies.
Casey resorts to using alcohol to strip back the dye, to no avail.
“Does anybody have any advice?” she asks.
Fortunately, hundreds of TikTok users who’ve experienced similar fates have shared their tips.
“Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover – make sure it has acetone in it,” one writes.
“Get colour remover suitable for skin,” another suggests.
A third commenter swears by a bizarre tip, advising Casey to “put more colour on it”.
“In the cosmetology world, colour removes colour,” they explain.