Filed In: Eyebrows
First, I must confess that I seriously covet Lily Collins’ brows. They are dramatic (in a good way), perfectly shaped and are something my brows will never be — noticeable. Mine are blonde and unimpressive.
Beyond the brows though, Collins, in general, wears makeup really well. Lately I’ve found myself looking to her for inspiration.
That’s why, when I got the scoop on how makeup artist Molly R. Stern created her recently look from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show & Tea, I had to share it. I’ll also be recreating it on my own face — after I get my brows tinted, of course.
Here’s how to get the look:
Step 1: Perfect your skin with foundation. Stern used Lancome Teint Visionnaire in Ivory, $60.
Step 2: Apply a peachy blush like Lancome Blush Subtil in Cedar Rose, $30.
Step 3: Swipe your lids with a bluish purple cream eyeshadow like Shu Uemura Cream Eyeshadow in 796, $15.
Step 4: Sweep a navy eyeshadow from lashlines to creases using a flat brush. Try Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Indigo Intrigue, $49.
Step 5: Blend a mauve-y brown eyeshadow shade into your creases. Try Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Plum Splendor, $49
Step 6: Line top and bottom lashlines with navy eyeliner pencil. Stern used L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H in Navy, $9.95.
Step 7: Apply black mascara like Lancome Definicils Mascara in Black, $27 to top and bottom lashes.
Step 8: Finish the look by slicking on a pinkish-nude lipstick like Lancome Rouge in Love in Lasting Kiss, $26
Oh, and if you haven’t seen Stuck in Love — starring Lily Collins — do. It’s great.
After a summer of growing out my brows in all their full and natural (and sometimes unruly) glory, I was ready to have them cleaned up and sculpted for the fall. I headed straight to the Benefit Brow Bar in my neighborhood (click here to find one in your hood). As I was sitting in the chair, Roxy, my waxer asked, “Do you want a brown tint? I think it’ll look good on you.” What? The only time I ever died my brows was the short period that I died my hair chestnut brown (that’s a whole other story). But always up for a beauty experiment, I was game. So, using their vegetable-based dye, Roxy whipped up my custom shade brow tint and carefully applied the glaze-like color. I was amazed what a subtle, yet kind of dramatic difference it made to the look of my brows. They are just a little more defined and look even more full. I’m now totally obsessed because instead of making them just darker, I realized they are uniform in color. Much better. Check out the before and after — can you see the difference like I do?
Would you ever dye your brows?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
If you haven’t had the time or cash to splurge on a pro brow shaping, but you need to look pulled-together in a pinch, use this quick trick courtesy of Taylor Chang-Babaian, makeup artist and author of Style Eyes:
The key is to “create a well-defined arch or the illusion of one,” says Chang-Babaian. Do this by filling in your brows focusing on the arch area with a fine-tipped brow pencil.
If your hair is blonde, Chang-Babaian recommends using a pencil that’s one shade darker than your brow hairs, but if you’re a brunette, use a shade that’s one shade lighter. She also suggests using pencils with a slightly ashy or taupe tone. “Colors with too much red in them look fake — unless, of course, you are a redhead,” she says.
Try: Benefit Instant Brow Pencil, $20
And, if you’re not quite sure how to create the perfect shape, cheat by using a brow stencil like Anastasia Beverly Hills Classic Stencils, $20. Just be sure to brush through your brows really well after penciling them in for a more natural look.
Set your brows with clear gel like Urban Decay Urban Brow Styling Brush and Setting Gel, $20 and you’re good to go.
A couple of weeks ago when I wrote about the launch of the Warren Tricomi’s braiding services, that was really only half of the story. The other exciting launch they celebrated that night was the opening of the Kristie Streicher Beauty Bar, a “one stop beauty haven for eyebrows, eyelashes and makeup.” It’s housed within the Warren Tricomi Los Angeles Salon.
I was thrilled to help toast Ms. Streicher (photographed working above) upon this accomplishment because she’s a fabulous brow artist and someone who I have leaned on to provide me with thoughtful advice and tips for many of the stories I’ve written over the years. And, of course, she’s someone who has a magical way of making my brows look their best. Because I know that not all of you can get to Los Angeles to experience Streicher’s masterful waxing and plucking process, I thought I’d share the six things she says every woman should know when it comes to their brows. Listen up, she kinda knows what she’s talking about …
Tip 1: “Eyebrows not only frame the eyes and face, but protect the eyes and should be as full as possible. We look best with what are a given naturally.”
Tip 2: “It takes six months for every hair we have growing on our brow to grow in. Be patient.”
Tip 3: “Brows should only be groomed every four to six weeks. I find that people groom too often and they’re creating several growth cycles thus creating more work. If you’re tweezing more than once a month, you’re creating more work for yourself and not getting the same hair every time.”
Tip 4: “I see a lot of over-tweezed and misshaped brows. It happens because we’re [plucking] them too frequently, not allowing ourselves to see the natural hair growth pattern. My advice is to take a break from your tweezers, if you’re [shaping your brows] yourself, or from your normal regime. I’m not saying don’t do anything for six months, but give it at least two to three months. You’ll be amazed at what you do see. It will make you look years younger.”
Tip 5: “Dont use a magnifying mirror or obsess over every little straggler growing — no one sees those!”
Tip 6: “The ends of the eyebrows are naturally thinner than the rest the brow, and as we age they thin from the ends first. So, keep them as full as possible and only tweeze the few hairs in the arch area to open and lift eyes. Find the arch by placing a straight object such as a pencil at an angle from corner of your nose to just outside the pupil of your eye.”
So tell me, do you pay a pro to shape your brows or do you pluck them at home? And, do you have any specific questions for Streicher? Ask them by commenting on this post.