I Tattooed My Eyebrows!

Posted on April 17, 2012

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I tattooed my eyebrows! After years of researching, I had finally found the perfect tattoo artist who came referred to me by 2 separate reliable sources, and after meeting her… I knew she was the one and it was the right time.

I’ve been meaning to write a post on brow tattoos for some time now. After reading so many recent posts/articles on eyebrow tattoos… it just seemed like the perfect time to share my experience and story. There seems to be still a lot of fear and misunderstandings of WHAT and HOW a brow tattoo should be. I hope to help people who are considering getting a brow tattoo with this post, so please don’t be shy in sharing this post!

Here’s WHY I wanted to get this done and WHAT I was looking to achieve.

Browless Mona Lisa.

  • Full brows are a sign of youth and they help frame the face. I was born with VERY sparse eyebrows and have always envied people with full brows. I was practically browless like the Mona Lisa herself, except my portrait isn’t at the Louvre and sought out by millions all around the world! :(
  • It may come as a surprise, but I don’t wear makeup most days. It was super important that my brows looked natural enough for all my makeup free days.
  • I wanted a semi-permanent solution. :) Wasn’t looking for a lifelong commitment.

What’s there to fear?

  1. Tattoos are permanent! What if I want to change the shape of my brows? What if my brows start to sag with age? What if I color my hair?
  2. Some brow tattoos are so unnatural looking. Looks like someone took a generic eyebrow stamp and stamped her face regardless of shape, size or even color! This picture is from Refinery29 and Michelle‘s post. Frightening, right?
  3. Tattoos can change into a weird gray/green color over time. Asians have been tattooing eyebrows and eyeliners for decades now, so many early adapters (aka moms and grandmas) are often left with strangely shaped and colored eyebrows. The picture below is not the worst I’ve seen it, but it’s a picture I saved a while back to remind me of what NOT to do.

So what made me change my mind?

  1. Semi permanent is key. Options like semi permanent ink! Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be drastically changing my brows since I’m going with “my” natural brow look… but it’s nice to know that the ink will fade within 1-2 years just in case I have a change of heart or decide to follow a brow trend.
  2. No more stamped look. In the past, tattooed brows were filled in completely making it look solid and unnatural. These days, tiny individual hair strands are drawn in to mimic your own brow hair, resulting in a very natural and enhanced look! It gives the illusion of fuller, longer, and/or more shapely brows.
  3. Looks so natural, no one knows I had it done! The key to natural looking eyebrows is to not get greedy with it. My tattoo artist kept telling me… “I’ll do 80% so it looks natural, you have to draw in 20% if you want it to look perfectly done.” I couldn’t agree with her more. Contrary to what most people may think… a tattooed eyebrow shouldn’t look completed. Nobody’s eyebrows are naturally 100% perfect!
  4. Fades before changing colors. Never will I have a blue/gray tattoo on my face. The ink used is a high-grade semi permanent ink, so the ink will fade away before it ever changes colors. Also, the inks are so much better than what they used to use, the blue/gray discoloration shouldn’t happen even if the tattoo was permanent. But still… semi permanent is key, JUST in case. :)

Finally the BEFORE and AFTER photos! Here goes! *Note: I got the brow tattoo before I started blogging, so I didn’t take many before, 5 minutes after, and few weeks after photos! Sorry the lighting in the photos are so inconsistent.

Whimpy and bare. Looks like I over plucked, but I promise I didn’t! Just born that way.

Va Va Va Voom!~ Within 5 minutes, I had a fuller look! Not gonna lie, there was some pain involved. :( I was told that the tattoo would get lighter in the next few weeks which it did. See the next photo.

I went in for my 2nd session a few weeks after my initial session. The tattoo lighten up as expected so I wanted to get it retouched. I asked my tattoo artist to lengthen the ends just a tad.

You can see that the tattoo still looks natural.

BEFORE AND AFTER, side by side.

Left Brow: Notice how the tattoo helps enhance and SHAPE my brows?! Love.

Just my right brow this time. The tattoo FILLS in the bald spots of my brow!

COST?: I went to a Sherri’s Studio in Los Angeles (please tell her PrettyGossip sent you). Her English is not great, so if you have a Korean speaking friend handy, I suggest you take her along! I think it cost me between $250 and 300 (can’t remember the exact price), including the 2nd session. Totally worth it. A brow salon like BrowHaus charges up to $900, and touch ups are $195. Wow. That’s super expensive for a tattoo the size of 2 brows. I highly recommend Sherri, but please check out a couple of other places before deciding. You have to make an informed decision that’s right for you and your brows! Oh, and if you find an awesome one in your community, please comment below and share your experience for others to read!

AFTER CARE?: Scabbing can occur as with any tattoo. I didn’t scab much, but I made sure to apply Vaseline every night, stayed out of the sun + pool, and didn’t apply makeup until the skin had fully healed. Once healed, there’s not much to do. I just make sure to apply sunblock to my brows, along with the rest of my face and neck.

CONSIDER THESE BEFORE GETTING A EYEBROW TATTOO!

  • Make sure to research until you find a tattoo artist you completely trust and feel comfortable with. My search spanned over almost 5 years and many visits! The artist you select should specialize in semi-permanent and permanent makeup, and be sure to check out their portfolio. Your face is at stake, so take the time to get all the facts.
  • I only recommend semi permanent tattoo for your brows. You never know when/if your preference change, and even though you might not want to think about it… your skin and brows will sag and shift with age. :(
  • I can’t stress this point enough, but go for a natural look (aka: tiny individual hair strands drawn versus a stamped look). Think of the times you won’t be wearing any makeup.. you don’t want your brows to stand out! You’re goal should be to enhance your natural brow look, not complete it.
  • If you have full brows… 1) I’m jealous. 2) Thank the eyebrow angels and don’t get a tattoo. You don’t need it. :)
  • This is a great solution for people who are tired of looking like the Mona Lisa, in or around water a lot, have trouble drawing in brows due to motor difficulty or even poor eyesight!

Mona Lisa with Brows!

CONCLUSION: I’m super happy I got my eyebrows tattooed. I’m also glad I took the time to find the perfect tattoo artist and that I waited until I was completely comfortable with all aspects of the procedure (semi permanent, drawing method). No regrets for sure. I will be going back in probably in a few months to get them touched up, and I’ll be sure to share those photos as well.

Hooray to natural looking eyebrow tattoos! I never have to fill in my brows or worry about them smudging off… Ever! ~

So… what do you think? Would you consider getting your eyebrows tattooed? Let me know in the comments below~ I love hearing from you. Oh… and please share this post with anyone who might be considering getting a brow tattoo! xo

If you have any questions, leave me a comment below or tweet me!~ Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out.

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