Rehab now extends to eyebrows—check in by following this celebrity brow guru’s steps to fuller, more face-framing brows
The fervor with which women were painting on Latisse for full bat-worthy lashes just a couple years ago has migrated a little further north to brows. “Slowly I am seeing people wanting to grow [their brows] out—in the last year in LA and in New York, because of the fashion industry, for the past four to five years,” says bicoastal brow-shaping—and recovery—guru Kristie Streicher, who has studios in both NY’s and LA’s Warren-Tricomi salons. “Trends come and go, but the mainstay is what’s natural. You can really get away with doing less to your face if you have a pretty, full brow—it distracts from dark circles and with good skin you can throw on a pretty lip and look finished.”
Unfortunately, achieving lush brows—in the vein of Jennifer Connelly, Rachel Weisz and Keira Knightley—is much easier said than done, since a majority of women have at one point gone through a tweezer- or wax-happy phase. It can take brows three to eight months to totally grow out and fill in, since the hairs grow in two to three week phases and can go dormant. Streicher tells her clients to grow as long as they can possibly stand it without doing anything (“hide your tweezers. It gets to be so habitual—you see a hair and it’s like leaving a huge whitehead on your face, but once you get past the first grow-out phase it feels good to have a sense of control.”), while using the natural GrandeLash MD growth serum.
Also, don’t over-trim. “I only cut the hairs that are super long and fall out of the shape. Over-trimming creates more of a high maintenance brow and can look really sparse and thin. When you have longer brows, you can brush those hairs to cover bald spots.”
But there will also be some artful tending to be done. Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer will be your best friend: “it covers really well on the brow bone underneath, it makes what you have pop, it conceals the little fuzzies that are growing in and it fakes a good brow.” Also, Streicher suggests filling in holes and extending the length (“people don’t realize how far out their brows should come”) with a powder or low-oil pencil that shades subtly. Kimiko Eyebrow Pencil in Coffee works for many women, while Streicher goes to Kevyn Aucoin’s Precision Brow Pencil in Blond for redheads and warm blondes. (Lorac Take a Brow kit is her powder pick.)
And of course, one can’t expect to keep strays at bay while growing out brows without a good gel: Mary Kay, 3 Custom Color and Laura Mercier make her favorites. Armed with a few powerful products, anyone can totally rehabilitate their brows into a pair Brooke Shields would be proud of. Ultimately, says Streicher, “the key is just to be patient.”