I tried at-home brow lamination so I could give you the FULL run down with step-by-step instructions, photos, and (of course) my opinion on it. Feathered, fluffy brows are a huge beauty trend (here are 5 other wearable summer 2020 makeup trends) but achieving them with just brow gel can be tough. Many women are turning to brow lamination to achieve the look. At a salon this can run you $150+… so what about these at-home brow lamination kits for under $30?
Read on for my full experience trying at-home brow lamination!
I ordered this at-home brow lamination kit on Amazon since it had great reviews. Yes it says eyelash perm kit, but that’s what people are using on their brows for at-home lamination – it’s the same product.
I also wanted to tint my eyebrows and I read a lot of reviews where women did this during the brow lamination process. So; I ordered this eyebrow tint kit off Amazon; again it came highly recommended!
Other than your brow lamination kit ( and eyebrow tint kit if you’re using one) you’ll want to have the following on hand:
– Gentle makeup remover ( I swear by this affordable micellar water)
– Cotton rounds / Q-Tips
– A spoolie brush (depending on the kit you use – the one I used has it included)
– Saran wrap (yes you read that correctly. Trust me, this is as necessary as it is weird)
– VERY intense moisturizer – cream or oil – (I use/love this eight hour cream)
*Please note: as with any new product (especially something strong like this) you should always do a small test patch on your skin to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction
I wiped my brows down with micellar water, let fully dry, then applied a layer of my lip balm to the skin around my eyebrow to act as a barrier cream. I used a q-tip to get precision and not get any on my actual eyebrow. This step is important as it protects your skin from the perming solution.
Next, I used the spooly brush to brush my eyebrows upward into the shape I wanted (ie. the fluffy “brow lamination look”. Don’t worry if they won’t stay perfectly (mine grow downwards so it’s a real struggle!) you can go over once again with the spooly brush when the adhesive is on.
Take a deep breath and bust open your kit! Follow the instructions on your box (if they differ from mine) but for mine I:
– applied the perm solution to my brows
– covered them with saran wrap!!
– left this on for 10 minutes.
For this step I repeated the above application steps, except using the second bottle in the kit – the one labeled ‘fixation’.
Again, follow the instructions on your kit (if they differ from mine) but for mine I:
– applied the first gel “cream color” to one eyebrow. They recommend you do one at a time (as you can see in the photo above)
– waited 2 minutes
– removed and repeated with the second package, the gel activator.
– repeated on my other eyebrow
Note: I found 2 minutes to be WAY too long. My eyebrows are definitely dark, so I would recommend starting with a minute and you can always go back and add more color (there’s lots) for another minute if it’s too light.
Apply the nourishing solution that comes in the perm kit. Then apply your own moisturizer or nourishing oil.
Do NOT get your brows wet at all for 24 hours. This means no washing your face, so be prepared for that!
I’d give this at-home brow lamination a score of 8/10.
The process had a lot of steps and if you’re an anxious human like me freaking out about getting all the exact timing right is stressful! I do really like the results of the lamination though. My brows are fluffy and while they do stay in place in that fluffy upward shape throughout the day, they don’t feel stiff at all.
The eyebrow tinting I’m less of a fan of, but only because they are darker than I wanted! I actually have naturally very dark brown eyebrows and blonde hair so I’m always trying to lighten my brows. I hoped by tinting them with a light brown I could actually make them a bit lighter, but no luck. If you know the shade you like, then I do think the tint kit was really easy (10/10 easy) and it does fit in well as a step with the lamination.
I love how the at home brow lamination turned out, I love my feathered brows!
Any Questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!
Oh wow, I’ve never heard of this! It looks like aa lengthy process but super easy. I think they look great!
Thanks Lizzie! Ya I watched a few youtube videos before picking out which kit to buy, and Im super happy with the results! (I just wish the tinting wasnt so dark, but happy with the lamination aspect!)
My SIL told me about this. I loved how hers turned out and yours look amazing too!
It’s such a cool at home beauty treatment! and thank you so much for saying that! I love the shape / how the lamination part turned out – i just wish the tint was lighter – oops!
Your brows turned out so well! I need to try this since I haven’t been able to get my brows microbladed lately.
Thanks so much Greta! and yes, it’s such a good alternative to that! and so affordable!
I’m fascinated! I think my esthetician wouldn’t allow me in their spa again if I tried to do this at home, buuut I’m still tempted 😉 It’s good to experiment and see what works for you. And I think your brows look really good! I’m glad you got a chance to give this a try. And thanks for the walk-through of the whole process. You did a great job providing detail!
Haha it’s one that’s not tooo bad to do at home since it’s not necessarily changing any of the hardwork they may have done to shape your eyebrows. The one thing I’ve noticed though now that it’s been a few days is how dry my eyebrows are! the hair is SUPER dry so I actually applied my boyfriend’s beard oil to them before bed last night (which seemed to help a bit)
i’ve heard so many good reviews about brow lamination! gotta try it out!
cute & little
It’s so fun! I highly recommend it!
Honestly, this is my first time hearing about this! But how cool.
really!? it’s pretty new so I can totally see why – it’s been big in salons for about a year now but only just starting to be an at-home DIY thing!
I’ve never heard of this before but yours look great!
I’ve never heard of brow lamination. Your eyebrows look great! I tint my eyebrows at the salon when I go in for an eyebrow wax but should try it at home!
Jill – Doused in Pink
Thanks Jill! You totally should, it’s quick and easy! The only thing I would say is don’t go too dark!! They give you more than enough color in the package so I would say start with 30 seconds to a minute (not the two minutes they say) and they may be perfect! If they’re not and you want them darker you can always apply tint again for another 30 seconds to a minute!
I had never heard of this before your post. I stopped doing anything to my brows about three years back and I am thankful for that for else they would have bothered me a lot more. I used to get threading done only.
Ya it’s a pretty new thing, it’s picked up in popularity just the last few months I’d say!
Oh my gosh, I’d be so stressed out too! Ha!! But they turned out beautifully!
Haha right!? it’s weirdly stresssful! and thank you so much, I’m pretty happy with them!
Didn’t know this was even knew this was a thing! Never heard of brow lamination but the results look promising! xoxo, Sarah
Haha it’s funny how many people have said that! I hadn’t heard of it until a few months ago either but the last few months I feel like it’s been all over instatories I’ve watched!
This is a new trend, for me at least. I’ve done a brow henna before and liked the results but they were very expensive. Thanks for sharing Lee, will have to give it a try. Saving this post xo Jaimie
You’re so welcome! It’s definitely a newer trend. I like that it’s an affordable option and honestly just something fun beauty wise to try while we’re all stuck at home socially distancing!
Your results have made me think about doing my brows myself, just like you! Hopefully they will turn out good ♡
Aw I hope you love em if you try it! Let me know if you have any questions!
First time I’m hearing about this but your brows turned out nice.
Thank you so much Nina!
WOAH, I love this step by step but also you totally nailed it. These look so so good! I think I may try this now too!!
Thank you so much babe! I hope you try it and love it!
Such a long process but it’s good you liked the results and that it worked for you 🙂
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Wow I love this and how your brows turned out. You did a really good job since you did it on yourself! I’m just a bit skeptical of the aftermath. Was your brows dry and fuzzy or fall out at all ? If so, did adding oil onto the hairs help and still keep them hydrated but styled nicely and laminated ? Please thank you.
Thank you so much! They were definitely SO dry after. They looked completely fine so it didn’t bug me but if I touched them and ran my fingers through them they felt like wire, which was just so weird. Adding oil definitely helped a bit and it didn’t effect the lamination at all! Just make sure to get no water on them for 24 hours after doing them, then you can wash your face as normal and use oil on them.
Thanks for the review; this is really helpful. Are you able to re-link the lamination kit that you purchased? It’s no longer available.
Ah of course! Thanks for letting me know! I just updated the link, let me know if it doesn’t work for you or if you have any problems 🙂
Enjoyed reading your blog. You can also try Brow Lamination at our beauty salon, if you want stunning Brows.