In a recently released video collaboration with Soho House, you might have noticed something a little different about Janelle Monáe. If you look closely at the artist’s face you will see a cute little heart tattoo underneath her eye. We reached out to find out if the ink is real or just temporary, we have not heard back, but does that even matter? The point is that the “I Like It” singer looks so cute with the little heart.
Now, face tattoos are not going to be for everyone, clearly. However, you might be curious about the possibilities of these designs after seeing the heart tattoo on the icon. We wanted to discover what other small face tattoos work well for others to better understand the best placement, designs, and sizes that will work best for most people. We have found some truly remarkable face tattoos that we think you are going to love! Check out Monáe’s showstopping look and then keep scrolling for more tattoo inspiration!
Check Out Janelle Monáe’s Little Eye Tattoo & Discover More Dainty Face Tattoos Below
The iconic Janelle Monáe always looks stunning, but the adorable heart tattoo she showed in a new video with Soho House is truly on a whole new level. We expect the tattoo is temporary but we almost hope that it’s not. The bold look is both edgy and sweet, striking a perfect balance on Monáe’s face. What other tattoos look great on the face? Let’s explore!
Going with the same spot that Monáe chose is a logical choice, but you can explore other possibilities. For instance, this micro tattoo of a bird looks great back on the cheek near the ear. It will be subtler as well!
Play with Different Shapes
Here, we find cute little sparkles done with a very fine and steady line. These look so great like this person’s got a twinkle in their eye.
Queen of Hearts, Red Ink
Why have just a heart tattoo when you can be the Queen of Hearts? Red ink always looks great for tattoos so we urge you to think about other ink colors than just black for tattoos.
Between the Eyes
How do you feel about getting something right between your eyebrows? We like the half moon but we are not completely sold on this placement.
The heart is a symbol for love which made us want to look for other symbols might work for some people as face tattoos. How about the symbol for your sign of the zodiac? We think it looks fun here!
This tiny tattoo of a bolt of electricity feels appropriate. We love how small it is on the face and how sharp the lines appear. We definitely feel something similar could work for many.
This tidy little star on the cheek looks fantastic. We feel like the shape of this design will allow you to go smaller than other star shapes. What a dream!
We are not sure we love the teardrop tattoos as they do feel emotional. However, tattoos are all about self-expression so feel free to go with your heart, of course. We do appreciate how neat and clean it looks.
Cheer Up, Folks!
We guess being emotional at this time is completely understandable, but we keep coming across some rather joyless designs! We find a tiny little broken heart in this example. It does look great, however.
Whispers in the Ear
We doubt a lot of people are aching to get snakes tattooed on their faces but to each their own! This snake done in all black ink is a bold choice. Remember that outlines of shapes will appear much lighter and subtler than those completely filled.
Check out that leafy element over this person’s eyebrow. Because it is slightly tucked into the brow, it doesn’t jump out as much. If that’s what you’re going for, you might consider doing a similar design for your tattoo. Tattoos that celebrate nature are always recommended!
What you think about these two face tattoos? We like the flower over the barbed wire, but we do appreciate how light the lines appear. They’re some really sharp tattoos.
The tragus area of the ear is a smart place to get a tattoo as it is like a small little landing pad just asking for a tattoo. Face tattoos that are further from the center of the face read less obvious as well.
Softer shapes will look more appealing than sharper, more geometric designs. That being said, this paper airplane tattoo looks fantastic.
Look closely, it’s easy to miss the two brushstrokes that have been tattooed beneath this woman’s eye. Can you see them? They look so unique and unlike any face tattoo we have ever seen before. Bravo!
While we do not recommend getting an entire word tattooed on your face, these cute little letters seem dainty enough. It’s unclear whether this person got someone’s initials or just loves Texas. We like a touch of ambiguity!
X Marks the Spot
Check out the very lightly applied cross under this person’s eye. It appears almost airbrushed on. A cross or X like this may work for you. We are into it!
From the Hairline
We love the idea of the tattoo extending from the hairline out onto the face slightly. We imagine something like this is not easily visible when this person’s long hair is let down. Is this too much?
Check the very, very, very light tattoo just next to this person’s eye. A very thin squiggle like it would look great when applied by a talented artist.
One of the most popular face tattoos we saw over and over again while researching this list are the mandala-style tattoos that extend from the ear onto the face. The shape of the design helps accentuate the face’s natural shape which looks lovely.
Radiant in Red
A little bigger than Janelle Monáe’s, this heart tattoo looks stunning in red ink. It appears bright and full of passion and life. We cannot sing red inks praises loud enough!
We love the way this teeny-tiny little asterisks look beneath and next to the eyes. In a pinch, we venture something this small could be covered up if you felt the need.
Chrissy Teigen just got little dots tattooed on her fingers and we think they look great on the face as well. Sort of like a beauty mark in the way they make you pay attention to different pleasing parts of the face.
More Daring Subject Matter
While we do love the more subtle face tattoos, this little butterfly tattoo turned out great. We think because it is an organic shape it works better than something like a dagger. We urge you to follow your heart but to think really hard before getting that beautiful face tattooed! It’s a big commitment, but for the right person, it will help them express themself even more!
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these 25 images of face tattoos and that they will inspire you to get your own face ink. Janelle Monáe up on the trends and face tattoos are huge right now. They are bold, daring, and beautiful if chosen and applied properly. Whatever you decide, we hope you are happy with that decision and it brings even more interest to your face.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Check Out Janelle Monáe’s Little Eye Tattoo & Discover More Dainty Face Tattoos Below
- 2 Choosing Placement
- 3 Play with Different Shapes
- 4 Queen of Hearts, Red Ink
- 5 Between the Eyes
- 6 Symbols
- 7 Striking
- 8 Seeing Stars
- 9 So Sad?
- 10 Cheer Up, Folks!
- 11 Whispers in the Ear
- 12 Botanical
- 13 Thorny
- 14 Paper Planes
- 15 Brush Strokes
- 16 Little Letters
- 17 X Marks the Spot
- 18 From the Hairline
- 19 Subtle Squiggle
- 20 Mandala-Inspired
- 21 Radiant in Red
- 22 Asterisks
- 23 Dots
- 24 More Daring Subject Matter
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