A lash lift and tint are simple, easy, fast, and cheap ways to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. But can you tint lashes before getting a lash lift?
Why Lift First and Then Tint Lashes?
You should always have your lashes lifted first before tinting.
As is the case for most beauty procedures, there is a logical reason why technicians recommend certain procedures or processes to be done in a specific order.
In the case of lash lifting and tinting, the lifting and neutralizing solutions used in the lifting process will lift out any tint on the lashes.
It is for this reason that it is always advisable to lift first and then tint lashes.
The lifting balm also makes the lashes porous.
Consequently, the tint is absorbed faster which results in a shorter development time for the tinting process.
What Is a Lash Lift and Tint?
While you may know what the results of a lash tint and lift look like, you should also know exactly what is done to your lashes before getting a lash lift and tint.
During the lash tint process, your lash tech will brush the dye onto your upper and lower lashes using a tool called a spoolie.
The vegetable-based dyes used in a lash tint and lift are specifically formulated to be extra gentle since they are used around the eye area.
So gentle in fact, that eyelash tinting is not considered to be detrimental to your lashes.
Disclaimer: Although the dye is not actually harmful, you’ll want to be sure to keep your eyes closed the entire time because if you get the dye in your eye it will sting!
Why Get a Lash Lift and Tint?
While both a lash lift and a lash tint alone can add to the beauty of your natural lashes, people often choose to do both at the same time.
A lash tint is often requested after a lash lift because more people are discovering that a lash tint adds drama to lifted lashes.
Instead of curling your eyelashes and applying mascara daily, a lash lift and tint offer the same look without the hassle.
Even better – there is no need to remove the mascara at the end of the day.
This 30-minute combination process is sure to have your eyes looking stunningly bold, dark, and intense.
How Long Does It Take to Do a Lash Lift and Tint?
You should be able to get both a lash lift and a lash tint completed in about a 30-minute session at your chosen lash salon.
After your lash lift, which typically takes about 15 minutes, your tint will be applied.
Expect the tinting process to take about an additional 10 minutes.
For less time than it likely takes you to curl your lashes and apply mascara each day you can have lifted and tinted lashes.
How Long After a Lash Lift Can I Tint My Lashes?
The good news is that you can have your lashes lifted and tinted in the same session; however, your lash technician will lift first and then tint.
There is no need for a waiting period between the two processes.
This is one of the many reasons why people frequently choose to get both a lash tint and a lash lift at the same time.
How Long Does a Lash Lift and Tint Last?
One of the biggest drawbacks to many beauty services is the time and money you must invest in upkeep and maintenance.
Coloring your hair or getting your nails done typically requires a two-to-three-week maintenance schedule which can be costly and difficult to maintain.
One of the best things about getting a lash lift and tint is the comparatively low maintenance.
If done properly by a good technician, both the lift and the tint of the lashes should last a minimum of four to six weeks.
Yours may last even longer, depending on several factors including the quality of the service, your lash cycle, how quickly your lashes grow, and how frequently you get your eyelashes wet.
For example, if your lashes get wet each time you wash your face, your lash lift and tint may not last as long as that same lift and tint would last on lashes that remain relatively dry.
Preparing for Your Lash Lift and Tint
Preparing for your lash lift and tint appointment is crucial to ensuring the desired outcome.
With that in mind, there are a few things you will need to do, as well as refrain from doing, right before your lash tint and lift session:
Prep your lashes
It is important to start the process on a blank canvas.
If you have had individual lashes in the past, and have a few leftover eyelash extensions, they would need to be removed prior to the service.
On the day of your appointment, your lashes need to be thoroughly cleaned and free of any eye makeup, such as mascara, eyeshadow, and eyeliner.
Use oil-free makeup remover
To accomplish this, use oil-free eye makeup remover to remove makeup the day before your appointment.
Make sure it is oil-free because oil residue on your lashes will prevent the tinting and lifting product from adhering to your lashes long enough to work.
In addition, be sure not to use waterproof mascara at least two to four days prior to your treatment.
Another very important step in the lash tinting and lifting process is to ensure you are not allergic to the solution used to lift and tint your lashes.
To check for sensitivity or an allergic reaction, the lash technician will conduct a patch test by placing a drop of the solution on your skin and self-monitoring the area for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
What Should I Expect at My Lash Lift and Tint Appointment?
Do not be surprised if the lash tech asks you to sign a waiver before your service as this is standard practice.
After signing the waiver, there are only a few simple steps to a lash tint, also commonly known as a “lash perm.”
- First, your lower lashes are covered with eye pads to protect them from getting the perm solution on them.
- Next, your tech will place lash shields or curling rods on your upper lids. These act as the curved base around which your lashes are sculpted.
- After these are carefully placed on your lashes, an adhesive solution is applied to the upper lashes, securing them to the shield.
- Next, a lifting balm is administered for seven minutes to break down the shape by dispersing the bonds between the keratin and the hair.
- Finally, a fixing lotion is used to repair the bond that was temporarily broken in the previous step so that the lash retains its new curl and length.
How Much Does A Lash Lift and Tint Cost?
As is the case with most beauty services, the price of a lift and tint can vary widely depending on the geographic location of the salon as well as the reputation and experience of the lash technician.
As a general guideline, however, expect a lift alone to cost between $50-$100 and tint to cost an additional $20-$40.
Of course, if you live in a city with an above-average cost of living, or you frequent a high-end salon, you can expect to pay significantly more than the national average.
Salons often offer a special for both services together at a discounted price.
For most people, spending around $100 will get you striking lashes that brighten your face and highlight your eyes for weeks.
Lash Lift and Tint Aftercare
Like any other beauty process, proper aftercare is an essential component of a successful outcome.
The first two days after getting a lash lift and tint are the most important for aftercare.
You undoubtedly want your luscious lashes to last after spending the time and money to get them lifted and tinted.
To make sure that happens, you will need to be very gentle with your eyes and resist the urge to rub them to allow the tint time to fully adhere and dry.
Wetting your lashes during this time frame is also a huge no-no.
Experts also warn against sleeping on your face, wearing make-up, or using any other products on newly lifted and tinted lashes as doing so can ruin the results of your treatment.
You can return to your normal daily routine 72 hours after your lift and tint.