Time to Step Up Your Brow Game with 3D Eyebrow Tattoos



One thing I wish I was blessed with are some nice, thick, full eyebrows. Instead, I have these sparse, barely-there brows that I have to deal with. If the saying is “your eyes are the windows to your soul and your eyebrows are the window frame,” then my windows have been hanging by strings for years. I made the mistake of over-plucking my eyebrows in the 90s (yeah, pencil thin brows were in) and now I’m suffering the consequences. If you have to spend an extra 10 minutes in the morning to perfect your arch, welcome to the club.

Thank goodness makeup has strayed FAR away from the lines-for-brows trend, and we’re realizing that our brows deserve more tender, love and care than that. Nowadays, we have a plethora of options just for brow maintenance from brow pencils, gels, powders and stencils. In an attempts to recover my brows, I’ve even tried eyebrow tinting and I ended up with two black blocks as brows for a while. Not one of my better experiments.

While on my quest for an option that’ll save me those extra minutes in the morning, by some twist of fate, 3D eyebrow tattooing (sometimes called “embroidery”) popped up on my YouTube feed.

It’s not what you think traditional permanent makeup to be. When I read “tattoo,” I initially thought of those bold blocky lines people have permanently tattooed above their brow bone, but I scrapped that assumption when I started watching the process of 3D eyebrow tattoos.

First thing to note is that only the superficial layer of the skin is tattooed, making it semi-permanent. Also, the skin is numbed beforehand so no need to worry about pain. Depending on your maintenance, the tattoos can last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year, so say goodbye to that eyebrow pencil. And the best part is how natural it looks! Instead of drawing two solid blocky lines, the beautician uses single strokes to imitate the client’s hair growth and the brow arches are personalized according to the person’s facial features. It’s a very tedious process, but the results are well worth it.

These ladies share their 3D eyebrow experiences:

Word of caution: do your homework before you get anything tattooed! Research for professionals in your area, and make sure they practice sanitary methods.


Featured image courtesy of wengie.com.


Justin Bieber’s Korean Tattoos Elicit Mixed Reactions

Story by Ruth Kim. 

Singer Justin Bieber has come a long way from the clean-cut Canadian 15-year-old who wooed teenage girls the world over. The pop star is declaring his bad boy reputation one tattoo after another, and his recent choice of inked art directly appeals to his Korean fans.

The Canadian singer avowed his love for Korea, posting on Instagram on March 25 a photo of his new Korea-inspired tattoo, accompanied with the caption “I love you Korea.” The image reveals a traditional Korean Hahoe mask tattooed in black ink, with his name inscribed below in Korean, 비버, which is pronounced “bee-buh.” Close enough.

Popular Toronto-based Korean tattooist, Seunghyun Jo, inked the tattoos for his fellow Canadian, and also shared a photo of the two on his Instagram. He said, “Thanks @justinbieber for inviting me to your studio! It was a long night of tattooing you but worth it! See you soon brotha you are crazy talented.”

Reactions from fans (and non-fans alike) were mixed. Obviously, hardcore Beliebers were unflinchingly supportive of their favorite pop star, leaving a slew of positive comments on his Twitter and Instagramaccount, like “I love you” and “obsessed”. South Korean fans, especially, are enthusiastic; one Korean Instagrammer commented, “omo yesss South Korea all the way man!”

However, more negative remarks are mixed in, with some fans disapproving of his tattoo spree, pleading him to stop. Others insult the singer, saying he is nowhere near Asian pop star level.

One disgruntled reader writes, “Ugh, gosh. I bet he’s just doing that because everyone knows that kpop is going to be the next big thing around the world and he’s trying to get on the korean’s good side so he can get “positive comments” about him and all that crap.”

They continue, “비버…more like 바보”, the latter phrase translating to “stupid” in Korean. Positive and negative comments aside, let’s be honest—the Canadian pop star had that particular play on words coming.

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This story was originally published on iamkoream.com.

Japanese American National Museum Introduces New Tattoo Exhibition

L.A.’s own Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo opened its newest exhibition last week titled Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, which explores the history of traditional Japanese tattoo art and its relevance in mainstream culture today.

Curated by Takahiro Kitamura and photographed and designed by Kip FulbeckPerseverance dives into the rich history of Japanese artistry by focusing on its roots in ukiyo-e prints. The exhibit also features the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii and Yokohama Horiken, along with tattoo works by selected others.

Perseverance opened on March 8 and will run until September 14.

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