5 posts tagged "Kristie Streicher"
Bicoastal brow groomer Kristie Streicher is breaking new ground. The arch guru has spent the past few years traveling between her namesake Melrose Avenue Beauty Bar and her spot at the Plaza Hotel (as well as her L.E.S. apartment) to preen loyal editor and celebrity clients. Now, housed within the brand-new Warren-Tricomi Salon in NYC’s Flatiron District (its third location in Manhattan), Streicher and her yearlong-trained protégés will beautify the set surrounding Gramercy Park—all guided by her signature Feathered Brow aesthetic (a natural shape that requires less maintenance than more severe waxed and threaded styles). She describes her sleek white, mirrored space as “clean, pretty, and bright”—especially when appointed with her favorite pink and green ranunculus and vintage-looking apothecary bottles. But this L.A. girl is most excited about the surplus of natural light provided by nearly floor-to-ceiling windows opposite her two chairs, which allow her to better see her clients’ arches (and those fine baby hairs hiding underneath them). Along with providing makeup application, eyelash enhancements (individual falsies that last up to five days), and henna-based brow- and lash-tinting services, Streicher will stock a small, self-sampled list of paraben- and animal-testing-free products from brands such as Rouge Bunny Rouge and Jouer. And, of course, she’ll offer her own custom-blended Aforé Oil and Après Calming Cream for pre- and post-tweezing. Bring the welcome wagon (and your brows) round—it appears that Streicher is staking a serious claim on lower Fifth.
Opening November 12; Kristie Streicher at Warren-Tricomi Flatiron, 125 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, NYC, (212) 262–8899, ext.3.
“I want to bring back the unibrow. Full brows are in—so one brow just might be next!”
Although it still remains to be seen if thick or thin will be in for Spring ’14, we’re paying homage to Streicher’s arch forecast above. Will Frida Kahlo’s famously connected brows be the inspiration backstage at the shows? Or will tweezers rise again? Only time will tell.
Today Style.com had the pleasure of having Feathered Brow guru Kristie Streicher in the house. Katharine Zarrella, associate news editor, says of the experience, “It was like looking at an angel plucking my eyebrows.” With her vintage-like SteamLine Luggage kit in tow (which reminded us of the days when traveling was considered glamorous and felt less like riding the Greyhound), she whipped our brows into shape in no time. “In fifteen minutes you can change someone’s life, that’s why I love my job,” Streicher says. (She indeed changed ours, and just in time for New York fashion week.) Streicher also divulged her genius idea of holding appointments on the transcontinental flight from her base in L.A. to New York City—a trip she frequently makes to see clients at her namesake Beauty Bars at the Warren-Tricomi Salons (one is located in both cities). “I’m always tempted to buy the window seat next to me—a plane really has the best lighting for doing brows,” she explains. We think jet-set tweezing is the next big thing and this arch angel should get her own set of wings.
In the beauty realm, eyebrows wield a particular power. Too sparse, too bushy, too inky, too light—all can significantly alter a visage, for better or worse. Molding them is an art form that few have mastered. Kristie Streicher is among the virtuosos. Her arch-grooming talents led her to open her namesake Beauty Bar in L.A.’s Warren-Tricomi salon (she makes frequent trips to New York to see clients as well) and have garnered her favor among such discerning celebrities as Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Emily Blunt, and Julia Roberts. Here, Streicher talks about her signature (and trademarked!) Feathered Brow and reveals her all-time favorite arch icon.
You’ve become known for a style called the Feathered Brow. What is it exactly? Can you describe the shape?
“The Feathered Brow is my signature style. It’s a natural-looking and softly shaped eyebrow. The start of the brow is gently fanned and ends with a diffused tail. The Feathered Brow creates a beautiful, sexy brow that draws attention away from dark circles or other imperfections around the eye. The effect is achieved with tweezing, and seamlessly blends the eyebrow with the contours of the face and forehead, resulting in brows that are just naturally gorgeous. I came up with The Feathered Brow name because I really love the image of softness that ‘feather’ elicits. The overall look of a full natural brow closely resembles a feather, with the broad fanning of hairs at the front and a softly diffused tail.”
What motivated you to develop that signature shape?
“I really started specializing in the fuller, more natural brow style when I moved to New York in 2011. I found most women in my chair wanted to look younger and less tired. Everyone in New York works twice as hard as the average person, then you add the harsh weather and elements on top of it, and it’s above and beyond hard on the body, mind, skin, etc. I began seeing a significant change in the face when the eyebrows were fuller, stronger, and more abundant. Never having been a fan of wax to begin with, I started using tweezing as my main form of epilation. I found I not only had more control when shaping, but it left a more natural, less contrived look. Tweezing is gentler on the skin, especially around the sensitive eye area. I also found that coloring or tinting the eyebrows made a tremendous difference—it immediately helps to richen the brow hair color and add fullness to the base of the brow.”
How do you execute the Feathered Brow?
“The Feathered Brow is achieved by first applying a custom tint, usually a shade darker for better definition to the interior of the brow. Then strategic tweezing of hairs from the outer arch of the brow gives the feathered look. The result is a diffused edge, rather than a hard, lined, definitive brow. It softens the eyes and face, detracting from age lines and dark circles. The Feathered Brow looks great on every face because it is simply your own, natural eyebrow shape with just the few carefully chosen hairs removed from selected areas to open and widen the eye area.”
If someone can’t score an appointment with you, any advice on how they can DIY a feathered-style brow?
“The first step is letting your eyebrows grow out for three to four months in order for their natural shape to become apparent. For some, this is by far the most difficult part of the process. Then only tweeze the few hairs it takes to open up the arch. To find your natural arch, draw an invisible line from the corner of the nose straight up toward the forehead; this is where the eyebrows should start. The arch should fall just outside the pupil and go all the way across the brow bone. The biggest mistake women make is not finding their own natural arch. Oftentimes it is placed too close to the inner part of the brow, rather than the outer portion of the brow. If you try to arch your eyebrows too high above the bone, it will look unnatural. All bone structure is different, and so are eyebrows. Stay with the arch that works best with your bone structure. It’s the one that you naturally have. Eyebrows that are too long and come too far down can make eyes look droopy. Be sure to feather ends outward, giving the eye a lift. Look at your bone structure and hair texture as a guideline for your eyebrows. Softer, more delicate facial features look best with a slightly thinner, more elegant eyebrow, while a stronger bone structure is the perfect face for a thicker, stronger eyebrow. Avoid making the brows slant upward; this has the potential to create an angry look.” Continue Reading “Bird of a Feather” »
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The Quandary: After getting my brows done, I noticed they weren’t exactly symmetrical the next day. How much time do I have to go back to the salon and ask that they be reshaped?
The Expert in Residence: Kristie Streicher, brow artist and founder of Kristie Streicher Beauty Bar in Los Angeles
The Advice: “This all depends on the brow artist or type of spa or salon you went to, but typically I’d say you have a week. But rather than going back right away to have more hair taken out, to even out the shape, you might want to consider waiting for about four to six weeks until after they’ve filled in a bit, and then have your brows reshaped. Just let the artist know right away you were unhappy with the shaping or that your brows look uneven—you can even try taking a picture if it’s difficult for you to get in to see your person. The point is to let her or him know you’d like to let them grow out a bit and to keep this in mind for next time. Perhaps the artist will discount or even comp your next eyebrow shaping appointment.”