Eyebrow tattoo’s have existed for a while now, even my mum got her eyebrow tattoo’d as an answer to her ever thinning eyebrow hair. I never thought I’d be doing the same thing many year later as I was quite young when she got hers done and it never occurred to me as to why? Now I know why since I just got my eyebrow tattoo
I myself had a flourishing set of eyebrows, so thick that most of the time I had trouble plucking away the hairs then ever worry about filling them in myself.
Fact: Many Korean girls will not leave the house without their brows filled in.
Oh how things have changed. Believe them when they say that it may never grow back! I feel it hasn’t been a problem while I was a teenager, when I needed my eyebrows to be elegant and thin they grew like a bush, and now I miss them as every over plucked hair may never come back. As if I had offended them by removing them. Damn!!
I had always been curious about Korean 3D Eyebrow tattoo mainly because they were said to only last temporarily. I have not yet settled on an eyebrow shape for life and happily follow Korean eyebrow trends so I’m not ready to commit. These sounded like a great alternative.
Fact: These Eyebrow Tattoo’s Last 3 months – 1 year
Depending on where you get them done and how your skin behaves, your brows should last anywhere between 3 months to 1 year. This new semi-permenant alternative is created by tattooing on the superficial layer of your skin and not so deep so that it will fade over time as you skin exfoliates.
Fact: 3D stands for the fact that each strand of hair is drawn on individually which makes it appear more natural
The old style of eyebrow tattoo’s involve a block of colour to mimic how brows are filled in with makeup. Often the colours that were used were black to match black hair which faded to a green or bluish tinted colour. Then brown was used to look more natural. Now they’ve got it right, by drawing in each eyebrow hair eyebrow tattoo’s look incredibly natural, not like the blocks of eyebrows you might see on aunties.
There are 2 styles of 3D brow, one is machine drawn and one is hand drawn. Machine drawn is more uniform as it’s done by a machine and usually more parallel and cleaner. Hand drawn usually is less predictable which makes it look more natural, it also means its more dependent on the experience of your artist.
|Machine tattooed brows
Fact: They save you so much time each morning and you can swim with beautiful brows
The great thing about these tattoo’s brows is that you no longer need to fill in your brows every morning, and if you’re like me this is great because I end up with different brows every day! Also if you live in a humid climate and sweat a lot you no longer have to worry about your brows sweating away.
Fact: It takes about 2 hours to have your brows tattoo’d on
The whole process was incredibly easy, and not that painful. Depending on your pain threshold and the numbing cream applied it should just feel like a gentle scratching.
The 3D Eyebrow Tattoo Process
1. Arrive with no makeup on
It’s important to remove your makeup before the process, however if you have an eyebrow shape in mind you normally wear, it may be a good idea to wear it to your appointment to show your tattooist how you would like them done. I arrived with none because I would prefer her artistic opinion. It’s completely up to you.
2. Choose your eyebrow design and eyebrow colour
Although it’s not a permanent commiment you will still live with this eyebrow shape and colour for up to a year. Think about choosing a shape that compliments your current makeup looks the most and that you’d be happy to wear ongoing. Remember you can always draw more eyebrow on with makeup, but you can’t conceal it as easily. When you can’t decide always just fill in your natural shape and then use makeup to change the thickness and shapes later.
Also in terms of colour, choose the lightest possible shade that would go with your planned hair colours. Also think about the tone whether your hair is warm toned or cool toned. You can usually choose between warm browns and ash toned browns so think about this too before you head to your appointment.
3. Apply numbing cream in the area
You will thank whoever invented numbing cream that it has made this process bearable, you will need to leave this miracle cream on for about 15-20 minutes and your tattooist will provide relaxing music for you normally, otherwise bring something you can listen to or do while you lie there with it on.
4. Remove numbing cream and start tattooing
This is usually the longest process and will involve the design of your brows, remember that if it starts to get too uncomfortable for you, just speak up and more numbing cream will be applied. This is probably better then you flinching and squirming around and having the artist make a mistake because you’re moving too much. Don’t be a hero 🙂 Speak up if it’s painful! For me it felt like a scratching sensation.
5. Apply ointment in the area for the next 7 days – don’t touch!
The area will be pinkish from the process and the most important thing is to prevent scabbing and infections. Remember to apply the ointment your provided religiously (3 times a day) and keep the area moist to prevent scabbing. I was also provided an anti-bacterial ointment for the first 3 days so that the area won’t get infection, because this is still an open wound we’re talking about and not to be taken lightly. Resist the urge to touch it and scratch it and you will be required not to get it wet for a week.
6. Go to your touch up session
A good tattooist will always include a touch up session to your package because how the design will fade from your skin is never predictable and it’s always better to under tattoo and fix it up in the second session than to over tattoo and have to wait up to a year for the mistake to fade. Ask for the price of both sessions so you know the total cost.
Fact: It will fade over the course of the next few weeks! Don’t panic
Immediately the eyebrow will look much darker than it is intended to so don’t freak out! Also don’t book any major events for the week after as you’ll have ointment on your brows and even though they won’t look bad, just a bit darker, you will have shiny brows which is usually not a good look.
My before and after eyebrow tattoo
|AFTER 1st SESSION
Where to get them done
I can’t stress how important it is to choose a good tattooist, because these are the brows you’ll be living with for the next year. Always ask to look at past samples and ensure that you share the same taste in eyebrows too! It’s very risky to ask someone to design a eyebrow they are unfamiliar with. This is why I didn’t get this done till I could find a good Korean tattooist! You know how obsessed I am with Korean eyebrow style and straight style 🙂 Lots of western beauty boutiques are incredibly talented however seems to do a lot of arched brow types that frame western faces beautifully but are not the brows for me. I didn’t want to risk asking them to do something they weren’t comfortable with so when I found a good Korean place, off I went. I got my brows done at Mii Beauty which is a cute little beauty boutique in Leichardt, Sydney run by a very talent Korean lady. I have to say the price she charges is incredibly reasonable compared to a lot of other places I asked so I highly recommend you try her if you’re in Sydney! (Note: I paid for my sessions, this is not sponsored :))
Price: $290 for 2 sessions (including touch up session)
Eyebrow Tattoo Talk Through
If you want to find out more about how I felt and see snapshots of the process don’t forget to check out my video where I talk about my experience from beginning to end and also show you the actual process 🙂
I hope that this has helped you guys understand more about it and whether you want to try it out for yourself 🙂 If you’re under 18 please don’t forget to ask your parents as it is still a tattoo!