The first tattoo idea I ever had was my senior year in high school. I wanted to get a purple butterfly on my lower back as soon as I turned 18. That didn’t happen, and the more time that passed the harder it was for me to decide on the tattoo I actually wanted. I thought of getting a tiny heart on my ankle. I also considered getting an anchor on the inside of my wrist. But the ideas I had for permanent ink never really stuck. Towards the end of 2014, Clarence and I traveled to Asia and decided on a weekend trip to Seoul, Korea while we were there. You can read more about that trip HERE.
My first day in Seoul I noticed that the local women had amazing style, and also amazing skin. As I admired their skin, I then noticed they all seemed to have symmetrical eyebrows. Their brows were so natural, not over-plucked and not over-drawn. After the 17th set of perfect brows (I’m guessing here) I decided to ask around, surely someone could explain to me what the women of Seoul had figured out.
I asked one of Clarence’s classmates if she knew. Though she’s American, her family is from Seoul. And her eyebrows were symmetrical like the women around town. She told me that women in Korea get 3D Eyebrow Tattoos. I was stunned. I never imagined eyebrow tattoos could look so natural. All of the eyebrow tattoos I’d seen over the years on older women were obvious and clearly something to avoid. But this new Korean technique intrigued me and I needed to know more.
“Many people associate eyebrow tattooing with bold and unnatural results, but with the emergence of semi-permanent tattooing in Korea, women can enhance their eyebrows in very subtle, natural way” – The Coveteur
One of the greatest beauty tricks you can apply is to create the right shape eyebrows for your face. Just take a look at these before/after eyebrow transformations. Personally, I was tired of having one eyebrow on point and the other a hot mess. So I started researching. I took my time because after all, this is a face tattoo we are talking about people. I knew that Clarence wasn’t too excited about the idea of having my face tattooed. Up until this point no ink has touched my skin. But I included him in my process and he was able to see how incredibly natural eyebrow tattooing can look in 2016. Gone are the days of the sharpie look, at least if you go to a trained professional. After months of researching my options for eyebrow tattoos in LA, I came across a Youtube Video by Beauty By Bell that helped me make my decision on which artist to go with. Check it out for yourself ;).
After looking at childhood photos I was able to decide which shape to go with. The straight Korean eyebrow shape was closest to my natural shape pre-high school over plucking. Straight brows are the current trend in Korea, you will find them on most K-pop and K-drama stars. This shape is known for it’s youth like quality. It makes sense, most children and pre-teens leave their brows alone.
I have a pretty high pain tolerance. But if I had to describe the pain on a scale of 1-10, I’d give it about a 5. The process doesn’t take very long once the numbing cream has been applied. If you can endure some annoying skin scraping for about 10-15 minutes, it’s worth the year of not having to think about your brows. Also, my brow artist So Young Lee offers one touch up at any point during the year at a highly discounted rate.
Atelier by Tiffany (아뜰리에 바이 티파니)
Located in Koreatown, Los Angeles
So Young Lee (Tattoo Artist)
ADDITIONAL EYEBROW TATTOO ARTICLES:
- Why I Tattooed My Eyebrows & What It Was Really Like! (Refinery29)
- Eyebrow Tattooing: It’s A Thing (The Coveteur)
- Korean 3D Eyebrow Tattoo – Everything You Need To Know (Wengie)
- Korean Eyebrow Embroidery (ABC-Korea)
I believe a woman should have a few beauty secrets. But this is one positive experience I had to share with my friends. The great thing about these eyebrow tattoos is that they are semi-permanent. They start to fade around the 6 month-1 year mark. So, if you are like me and decide to get a “trend” brow, you have the freedom to switch to a new style after a year or so, or simply return to your natural brows and fill them in with a pencil on the days you want a stronger brow.
Honestly, this was one of the best external beauty decisions I’ve made in a while. My eyebrow obsession may have been a silly insecurity, but I went with my gut and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Have you tried any beauty treatments that changed your regimen for the better?