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How To Remove Eyebrow Tint From Skin

Getting eyebrow tint on your skin can be an easy mistake to make, but removing it doesn't have to be a hassle. Here are the best ways to clean it.
Updated: November 9, 2022
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We all want perfect eyebrows. Every year, millions of women spend countless hours shaping, molding, plucking, and tinting their brows to get them just right. However, this enthusiasm can sometimes lead to an unwanted mess, and the clean-up brings unnecessary stress.

Tinting in particular, much like sticky eyelash glue, can be a source of frustration for many, so we’ve taken the time to compile the best ways you can easily remove it from your skin if you have a little accident. Let’s get to it.

What is eyebrow tinting?

Basically, eyebrow tinting is a process of using semi-permanent dye to alter the shade and thickness of the brow. Tinting is especially effective at making the brows appear fuller and darker. Eyebrow tinting can also help to cover up a lack of brow hair, which is great for those of us who feel self-conscious about our eyebrows.

Tinting is usually done by a qualified beauty professional in pre-booked sessions. While you can do it yourself at home, a professional will be better placed to find the ideal color for your particular brows, and the entire process will be a lot smoother.

How to remove eyebrow tint from the skin

So you’ve decided to try and bit of DIY eyebrow tinting, but disaster strikes! Sure, your brows look good, but you weren’t as precise as you could have been, and there’s now dye on your skin that is proving difficult to remove. Well, we can help.

Here are some of our top tips for removing eyebrow tint from the skin.

Preventative action

Ever heard that the best offense is a good defense? Taking proper precautions before starting the tinting process can save a lot of time and annoyance later on. When dyeing the brows, rub some lip balm or Vaseline on the surrounding areas of the skin. This will protect the skin from tinting and reduce unwanted spread. Also, be sure to wear plastic gloves to prevent your hands from being covered in dye. Implementing these small things can really help.

Makeup remover

If it’s already too late and you’ve accidentally dyed your face alongside your brows, there are some simple solutions that can clear it up quickly. The first is by using a standard makeup remover. Treat the tint as you would makeup and use the product to help break it down and wash it away. Makeup remover is very competent at handling dye and other forms of skin stains, so don’t overlook this technique.

Olive oil

Surprisingly, olive oil can be an effective tool in removing eyebrow tint from the skin. Since olive oil is so concentrated, it can have a rich cleansing impact on the skin and can go a long way in reducing dye stains. Simply apply with a cotton pad and rub the oil in a circular motion over the skin until the tint disappears.

Rubbing alcohol

Ah yes, rubbing alcohol had to be on this list. Rubbing alcohol has proven itself to be a very capable cleaning product that helps with all sorts of dirt and stains. Again, apply with a cotton pad and rub into the skin with a circular motion. Just a word of warning though, rubbing alcohol can be very drying to the skin, so it may not be the best choice if you already suffer from dry skin or have various sensitivities.


Nope, you didn’t read that wrong, toothpaste can work to remove dye stains from the skin. Toothpaste already has strong ingredients and a successful track record of clearing stains and dirt from teeth, so it’s not too much of a stretch to learn it is good for other cleaning purposes too. Rub into the skin with a cotton pad and see how well it works.

Soap and water

We’d be silly not to mention the most obvious solution. Good old regular soap and water can do a decent job of removing eyebrow tint from the skin, but the trick is to act fast. If the tint is allowed to dry too much, the soap and water may not be strong enough to fully wash it away. Time is of the essence, if you accidentally stain your skin, get to the sink!


There you have it. Eyebrow tint can be removed from the skin by using the simple techniques above. We’d recommend always taking preventative measures before tinting the brows to reduce the chances of staining the skin to begin with. However, using simple products such as rubbing alcohol, olive oil, and even toothpaste, can help clean the skin if the worst does occur.

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