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!