Life in Korea

Eyebrow Microblading Experience in Seoul

Microblading, semi-permanent makeup, eyebrow feathering, eyebrow embroidery, tattoo, whatever you call it, I am glad I discovered this thing! Honestly, I am terrible in putting makeup on and drawing my eyebrows takes most of my time in the morning. I usually have the draw-erase-draw again-erase again routine. Haha! So when I saw Clinic Gyul’s ad on Facebook, I thought of giving it a try. I decided to do so because I want to have the perfect eyebrow shape (of course, in my own standards) and keep it for a long time. Also, the thought of not having to fill my brows everyday pushed me to give it a go. ^^

Microblading is a relatively new method which does not use the traditional permanent makeup tattoo machine. It is done by using a unique hand tool that has a small row of micro needles that deposit cosmetic pigment into the skin with slicing, feathering strokes. This method creates very crisp, fine hair strokes that don’t blur after healing like you would experience with a traditional permanent makeup tattoo machine.

Traditional Brow Tattoo vs Microblading

  • Traditional brow tattoo creates a solid line, while microblading mimics strands of brow hair so it looks very natural.
  • Traditional brow tattoo turns green or blue over time. Microblading is semi-permanent and it fades naturally after a year or two depending on one’s skin.


I arrived at the clinic just on time at 2:00 PM last Saturday. I had a consultation with Miss Ji Hye Song; and it was a fun and friendly conversation. She erased my eyebrow makeup and checked my eyebrow shape. She commented that my brows were too long. Ahahaha! I told her that it was already quite a while since the last time I shaped my brows. It was embarrassing but that was why I went to their clinic in the first place—to have my problem solved. LOL. When she asked me about my desired eyebrow shape/design, I told her that I want to have the straight eyebrow shape that most Korean women love. I don’t know if she took it too literally or if she really understood what I meant coz she said that it would look weird and unnatural to have straight eyebrows because of the shape of my face. Haha! So I just told her, “Okay, just make my brows pretty.” She just laughed and nodded. Talking to her was indeed a learning experience. I am glad that she was honest in telling me what suits my face and what doesn’t. That’s what you call professionalism.

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Miss Ji Hye Song

Clinic Gyul offers three types of eyebrow microblading procedures: natural, makeup and 3D (natural + makeup). Since I want to have defined eyebrows, Miss Ji Hye suggested the ‘makeup’ eyebrow procedure first (to form my desired shape) and the ‘natural’ eyebrow procedure next time to create that “real hair” look.

‘Natural’ Eyebrow Microblading (Ja-yeon Noon-seop)

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.02.25 PM‘Make-up’ Eyebrow Microblading (Hwa-jang Noon-seop)

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After the consultation and payment, Miss Ji Hye applied some numbing cream on my eyebrows and served me some snacks. I stayed at the lounge for 30 minutes and waited for the numbing cream to take effect.


Then I was ushered to the treatment room (시술실) and introduced to my eyebrow contourist Miss Young Jung Lee for the real thing. I felt nervous and excited at the same time. I worried that I might look like Jjanggu after the procedure. Hehe!

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Treatment Room

Miss Young Jung and I chose the shape and style together. She drew in a suggested shape and then we worked together to perfect it to my preference. Measurements were also taken to check symmetry and position. When I was already satisfied with the shape, she started the microblading procedure. She chose grayish black ink to match with my hair color.

Who is that pokemon? Ahahaha!

The whole thing took around 2 hours -from the consultation to the giving of aftercare instructions. The consultation was really short since I did some research and had already decided to have the 3D eyebrow microblading procedure before going to the clinic. The consultation and instructions were all in Korean.

Did it hurt?

Well, each individual has different pain tolerance. I just felt a scratching sensation at the beginning but it hurt at the mid-section of my eyebrow. I just told Miss Young Jung that it hurt; then she stopped and applied some fluid anesthetic. The rest of the procedure was almost painless.

Here are some photos that I took while waiting..

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What to consider:

  • The color of your eyebrows will appear extremely dark for 7-10 days. Make sure you don’t have any special event (wedding, meetings, etc.) to attend during that period.
  •  The days following the procedure, as your swollen skin heals, it may feel itchy. This is normal part of the process and a good sign that you are healing properly.
  • Be very careful not to rub, scratch, scrub, or exfoliate the area. Let it peel off naturally.
  • Avoid the following: sauna, excessive sweating, swimming
  • The color lasts for 1-1.5 years depending on your skin.

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18-in-1 Micro needle (single use)


Cosmetic pigment, microblading pen, needles

How did it look right after the procedure?

My eyebrows were a bit swollen and the color was very dark but not like that of Janggu’s.  The good thing was that the color wasn’t as dark as I expected it to be. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of my bare eyebrows before Miss Ji Hye applied some numbing cream. Actually, my eyebrows were patchy and it had always been a challenge for me to fill them and come up with a nice shape. So here’s how my brows looked right after the procedure. And I will update this post with photos to show the healing progress.

Day 1: Inside the clinic’s powder room Hehe!


Day 2: Early morning the next day..
Day 4: Still dark.. It starts to get itchy.. I’m still waiting for it to peel off and look natural..
Day 5: Starts to peel off…
Day 6: More peeling
Day 7: Looks like I am wearing eyebrow makeup! I love it! ^^

I am pretty satisfied with the service quality of Clinic Gyul. The entire experience was great and relaxing though it was my first time getting a cosmetic tattoo. I am looking forward to my next appointment for the final touch. Thank you Miss Ji Hye and Miss Young Jung! See you again next time! 🙂

I recommend this procedure to those people with thinning eyebrows, bald spots in their brows or those who have over-plucked. Eventually, brow hair stops growing back so if you plucked away your shape in a desperate attempt to achieve the once-stylish super thin eyebrows (Kilay 2000), eyebrow microblading could be the solution for you. No more draw-erase-draw again-erase again morning routine! You know it feels so great to wake up every morning with perfect eyebrows! Hihihi.


The regular price for the eyebrow microblading (natural or makeup) at Clinic Gyul is 297,000 won. Now here’s a tip! Make a reservation through Kakaotalk or Facebook to avail some discount. Clinic Gyul also offers other microblading services: lip, eyeline and hairline. Check the clinic’s website below for more information. Unfortunately, the site is in Korean and Chinese only.

Here are some more photos by Clinic Gyul…

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How to get there: Shin Nonhyeon station Exit 5

The building is located at the left side of  Exit 5. Take the elevator to the 8th floor.


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