Eyebrow tint left woman looking like she’d been beaten up – twice

A beauty fan has vowed to stick to ‘drawing’ on her eyebrows after two horror reactions to at-home tinting kits saw her face double in size and looking like she’d ‘been beaten up’.

Distressing photos show how Stephanie Davies’ entire face ballooned in size after reportedly colouring her eyebrows with Eylure and Colorsport products on two separate occasions.

The 20-year-old said she’d used the Eylure Dybrow permanent tint for brows in dark brown for a year problem-free so didn’t patch test before topping up her tint.

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The mental health support worker was initially happy with the results, but claims her eyebrows became itchy within a few hours.

Stephanie said she woke up the next day with a grossly swollen and burnt face and her eyes were weeping ‘green goo’ – leaving her needing steroids and antibiotics from her GP.

The reaction was so extreme that her manager at the time reportedly ordered her to go home for fear she would ‘scare customers’.

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Having avoided at-home tints for two years following the first reaction in July 2018, Stephanie decided to try another product last week hoping it was an adverse reaction to that brand.

Stephanie slapped on Colorsport’s Diva 30 day brow tint last Sunday but started to suffer a similar reaction and rang 111 where an operator suggested taking allergy tablets.

Beauty lover Stephanie is speaking out about her ordeal to ensure no-one else suffers like she has and is urging people to always carry out patch tests, even if they’ve used a brand before.

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Eylure and Colorsport said they advise all customers to conduct a patch test at least 48 hours before application, even if they have used the product previously.

Stephanie, from Cefn Hengoed, Swansea, said: “My face doubled in size, it looked like I’d been beaten up.

“I didn’t recognise myself – I looked like a completely different person, it was awful.

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“I had to peel my eyelids open because they were folded over and my eyebrows felt rock hard and brittle, some hairs fell off.

“I love beauty, I always wear eyelashes and make-up but I couldn’t for a week, I wouldn’t go out like that.

“I went into work the morning after I tinted my eyebrows wearing sunglasses.

“When I took them off I remember my manager [at previous my job] saying ‘you can’t work today Stephanie you’ll scare the customers’.”

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Stephanie used to get her eyebrows tinted at a salon, but decided to do it herself about three years ago.

Every month for a year Stephanie used the Eylure product to tint her eyebrows with no problems.

In July 2018 Stephanie opened a new packet of the product at about 7pm, applied it and was fine for the rest of the evening.

A few hours later when Stephanie lay in bed she was plagued with itchy eyebrows, but brushed it off.

It was only the following morning when Stephanie couldn’t open her eyes that she started to panic.

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Stephanie said: “I put it on one night and I was fine. I was itching through the night but didn’t think anything of it.

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“The next morning I couldn’t open my eyes and there was green goo coming out of them, like conjunctivitis.

“My face swelled up so much and all my ears and my throat was sore.

“I was really upset and started crying, after I was sent home from work I rang my doctor and had to have strong steroids to bring my face down.

“It took a good week to go down and I wouldn’t go out [like that] I couldn’t even walk my dog Caesar.”

Stephanie avoided at-home eyebrow tint kits for just over two years until she decided to give another brand a go last week.

Stephanie said: “Before the first allergic reaction I liked getting my eyebrows done because they looked so good.

“I did my eyebrows at home recently, this time I used a different brand. I just thought I’d give it a go.

“I was fine for about three hours but then the same thing happened again, it started to itch and I started swelling up again.

“I remember thinking ‘oh god it’s happening again’, but luckily it was nowhere near as bad this time.

“I rang 111 and the operator suggested I take Piriton straight away.”

Since the second allergic reaction, Stephanie has vowed never to tint her eyebrows ever again, and instead will stick to using an eyebrow pencil.

Stephanie said: “It’s put me off tinting my eyebrows for life. I’ll never do them again, I’ll stick to drawing them on in future.

“I would say to anyone who does have their eyebrows done, to patch test 48 hours beforehand because it can take a while for a reaction to happen.”

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An Eylure spokesman said: “We always advise that a patch test must be carried out 48-72 hours prior to any form of dye application as stated on our packaging, even if you are a regular user.”

A Colorsport spokesman said: “We are disappointed to see that one of our customers had a reaction to brow tinting.

“Our products are fully tested and compliant with European regulation 1223/2009.

“We advise our customers to conduct a 48-hour skin sensitivity test prior to application, even if they have used brow tint previously. Instructions will always be enclosed.

“If a customer has an enquiry or issue with any of our products, our contact information can be easily found and we are more than willing to offer any advice or assistance.”