Celebrated brow guru Kristie Streicher loves to travel, often turning work into a grand excuse to travel and vice versa. ?I love what I do and always have a small kit with me? says Streicher. ?I once traveled around Europe on vacation (meeting up with my two sisters in Austria) with nothing but a small kit and a backpack. I saw clients in almost every city culminating with Vogue?s infamous Vicki Woods in London. She interviewed me as I did her brows at the Claridge's Hotel women?s lounge.
One memorable trip was being flown to Tulum, Mexico to do make up for a celebrity wedding. The bride, once dreaming of a dramatic look for her wedding, opted to go au natural after being drenched in the sun and surf! We of course still did a little something. My most recent fun trip was a six weeks surf trip to Costa Rica and Belize finishing off in Hawaii. Jamaica is a personal favorite as well. Check this spot out for low impact luxury. Amazing!! http://kanopihouse.com
What is your best advice for an amazingly shaped brow?
GROW THEM OUT!!! I see a lot of over-tweezed and miss-shaped brows. My advice is to take a break from your tweezers if you?re doing them yourself, or from your normal regime. It happens because we?re doing them too frequently, not allowing ourselves to see the natural hair growth pattern. It takes 6 months for EVERY hair we have growing on our brow to grow in. I?m not saying don't do anything for 6 months, but give it at least 2-3 months. You'd be amazed at what you do see. It will make you look years younger.
How do eyebrow styles differ around the globe?
Interesting question...and an interesting social experiment really...stress has a lot to do with women and over tweezing. Look at women with stressful jobs, or even just living in major, fast-paced US cities and even in European cities, and you will find thinner brows. It?s a control thing, tweezing is something you can control.
Splitting my time between L.A. and New York, I do notice the need for maintenance more so in L.A. My NY Clients wait 6 weeks to see me and don?t touch their eyebrows in between visits. In L.A., people look at me like I have 2 heads when I ask them to not touch their brows for 6 weeks. Or could it be they are looking in the mirror too much, and New Yorkers have more important things to think/worry about?
In most parts of Europe, especially Italy and Spain, I notice that women have a bit more brow, which is more natural and beautiful. This could be because they are born with more hair, but I also think they are less likely to over tweeze.
When is it time for an eyebrow style change?
...When people ask you if you're angry or surprised a lot ;)
Eyebrows can cause people to look mean or harsh when shaped improperly. Softening the arch or color can create a beautiful effect on the face. It can take years off as well.
Threading is popular in the East, how does it compare to waxing or tweezing?
Tweezing and even threading are much more gentle on the skin. Wax can cause irritation to the skin afterward and make the eyebrows look "severe" in shape. Tweezing is my epilation of choice. It is very precise and I can get that natural "feathered" look by leaving a few hairs toward the end of the brow creating the "my eyebrows are naturally this gorgeous" look.
What products will speed re-growth for overworked or under-achieving brows and lashes?
If you are growing out your eyebrows, try using a growth serum. I do not recommend Latisse for the eyelashes, but certainly think its great for the brows. I?ve seen hair growth from scars and in other ways I never thought possible. Other choices available without Rx are Revitabrow and GrandeLash MD.
You advocate vegetable dyes for sparse brows. Is it possible to do this from home?
No, simply because the product and application just isn't available without a licensed professional. The only product available to consumers is a tint for men (beards and mustache dye) and its just too dark for most women.
What does thin vs. thick brow shape say about personal style?
The super natural, full, sprout-y in the front, beautiful eyebrow is not only what were seeing on the runways but in Hollywood as well. The Olson Twins, Jennifer Connelly, Keira Knightly to name a few.
Eyebrows come in different shapes, thickness, color and boldness. Beautiful style means not too thick or thin for your face. Straight across the top, but not too straight, coming up to a soft arch just outside of the pupil and bold without looking too bushy or sparse. You should know that you are born with the perfect eyebrow shape for your face. Minor tweaks here and there give the best results.