How to Use Coffee Grinds to Darken the Eyebrows

Give brown brows a boost with coffee grounds.
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For those plagued with fair-haired brows, penciled-on arches may seem like the only real solution. If you are tired of the daily drawing routine, consider darkening your brows with a little java. Coffee grounds can do more than just give you a morning jolt of energy, they can give your brows a jolt of color, too. Although darkening with coffee grounds works on all brow colors, it looks best on those with brown shades.

Fill a standard coffee maker with one carafe full of water. Insert a coffee filter into the filter basket and add four to five tablespoons of coffee to the filter. Insert the basket into the coffee maker and turn the machine on. Wait until the coffee stops brewing.

Pour 1/4 cup coffee into a mug and remove the filter basket from the machine. Allow both to sit for five minutes until they are slightly warm but not hot.

Wash your face with a mild cleanser, massaging your brows and the surrounding skin thoroughly to remove all oil. Rinse your face with warm water and pat your skin dry gently with a towel.

Dip a cotton swab into the mug of coffee until it is saturated. Insert the cotton swab into the coffee grounds and roll it around until the head is covered.

Rub the coffee over one eyebrow, saturating the hairs and working the coffee grounds into them. Hold a tissue under your brow to catch any drips.

Dip the cotton swab back into the coffee to saturate it, and then roll it in the coffee grounds. Rub the coffee over the other eyebrow, saturating the hairs.

Leave the coffee grounds on your eyebrows for up to 30 minutes.

Close your eyes and rinse your face thoroughly with warm water to remove all traces of the coffee from your eyebrows. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

Comb your eyebrows into place using a brow brush.

  • Do not place hot coffee or grounds on your skin, as severe burns can occur.
  • Wipe up any coffee drips or grounds from other areas of your face using a tissue. The coffee can stain skin, so remove it as quickly as possible.
  • Coffee darkening is not as durable as hair coloring; it will fade the more you wash your face. You may need to reapply the treatment as often as once per week to maintain the desired color.

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.