There are certainly more important things in the world to be concerned with, but sometimes little things help you look in the mirror and feel like you have control over something.
Even when that thing is something as silly as eyebrows, I find no issue with taking comfort.
And so here I am, really into my brows. It all started at GOOP MRKT, as such things do. At the opening party, guests were pampered with hair styling, goodie bags, brow grooming and wine. This is where I learned that in this world, there are people who ONLY do brows. Brows are how they buy groceries, pay rent, buy a car. Brows are now such a big deal that brows can be someone’s only thing.
“Feathered brow” is a term copyrighted by Kristie Streicher, who is a “celebrity brow artist” and has two sisters who are also in the beauty business. They all work together at Striiike in L.A., providing a trifecta of hair, brows and makeup services. A feathered brow looks much like you would imagine: brushed upwards with a bit of a shaggy edge.
Michelle Holmes, who did my brows at the GOOP event, was mentored by none other than copyright holder Kristie Streicher. And she set me up right with a three-step plan to create my own perfect brows on the daily:
Michelle used Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil. But I already had this IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal pencil at home, so I’ve been using that and I’m pretty happy with the results. The package claims it will match any color hair—just press harder for darker hair. It includes a handy brush, so after you apply some strokes of the pencil, you can blend it out with the same tool. I fill in thin spots, and bring down the arch in my left eye, which is is ever too raised. If you use small, quick strokes, Michelle told me, you can create an effect that looks like real hair.
I have gray hair in my brows! It’s a fact of life that I’m too tired to think too much about. I just do my best to cover it with Benefit’s Gimme Brow in medium. Michelle recommends Tarte Amazonian Brow Clay gel, but again, I already had the Benefit product at home and it’s working out pretty well.
I let the tinted gel dry while I apply my mascara. Then I go back in with Mary Kay Brow Gel to set the feathered look for the day. Michelle recommends the Mary Kay gel, and the price is right, but I’ve also heard great things about the Anastasia version. Simply brush upwards to get the feathery look.
It’s not all that easy to get the look right, which I suppose is why we have brow specialists. But like anything, you’ll get better with practice. My left brow is perpetually raised quizzically, but I’m working on it.