Even women who meticulously tend to their appearance often underestimate the importance of giving their brows regular TLC. Eyebrows however play a huge role in framing the face and ideally we should being seeing a specialist every 4 to 6 weeks. We chatted with Warren-Tricomi’s eyebrow specialist, Misty Chapman, to find out about all the dos and donts.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I started working for the Warren-Tricomi Salon back in 2005 under Kristie Streicher at the Fifth Avenue location in NYC. I've since had the opportunity to work with high-end clientele such as celebrities, models, and many talented artists.
What is it about brows that you find so appealing?
I love how eyebrows play a huge role in framing the face. How we choose to shape them can significantly change our appearance in a positive or negative way. They can redefine our personality in the way we see ourselves and the way others see us.
What's the biggest mistake people make when it comes to their brows and how can they avoid it?
One mistake is over tweezing. It can be avoided by following simple tweezing guidelines, which you can learn from an eyebrow specialist. I'm sure there are also some great how-to videos online. It’s important to remember that not all guidelines are the same and there is no "one eyebrow shape fits all." Even if you can't afford to see an eyebrow specialist every 4-6 weeks, saving the money to go just one time is a great investment.
What's the biggest mistake people make when it comes to their lashes and how can they avoid it?
One mistake is using an old eyelash curler. By replacing the old eyelash curler or the rubber liner as soon as you see an indentation will prevent breakage or pulling out of the lashes.
Tints are becoming increasingly popular. What are some important things to keep in mind?
Tinting the eyebrows and eyelashes can really enhance the face by giving you a youthful glow. It can warm the complexion or do the opposite. It’s really important to choose the right shade based on your hair, eye, and skin color.
Waxing vs. threading vs. plucking - what's your take?
I find it to be a personal preference for the client and the specialist. It also depends on what you're trying to achieve. Keep in mind that skin sensitivity plays a huge role in deciding which technique is best. Waxing tends to give a cleaner look and removes more than one hair at a time, which makes for a quicker cleanup job. Threading is an ancient technique that I find to be very similar to tweezing because you're removing one hair at a time. In the end it all depends on the specialist having a good eye for giving you the right shape for your face.
What are some of your favorite brow and lash products and/or brands?
I like brow growth enhancers/conditioners to help with the growing in phase of over tweezed brows. A couple to check out are Revitabrow and Grandebrow. Mascaras that condition the lashes are great because they aren't harsh on the lashes and help keep them strong. A couple to check out are Grow Luscious by Revlon and Voluminous by L’Oreal.
Any brow or lash products and/or brands you try to stay away from?
Any fly by the night products that haven't been around long enough to be used by and preferred by professionals.
What celebrity would you love to give a brow makeover to?
Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy I've always felt he could use a little brow love to open up his eyes a bit. He's a powerhouse figure with such a strong stare. It suits him well. Why not give it more power?
How often should people get their brows tended to? Any tips for between appointment upkeep?
Every 4 to 6 weeks depending on their growth cycle, I find works best for most. If you must clean brows between appointments, try filling in the brows first with brow powder then clean away any strays by staying away from the main brow shape. Always remember to stand back from the mirror every two hairs to see the whole picture. Remember less is more. If you have to look in a magnifying mirror to clean up then it might be best to leave it to a professional.
Any tips for growing out lashes and brows? Do you believe in taking supplemnients? Do you think diet can affect how fast they grow?
I've heard different things over the years that have helped clients take on the long, painful waiting game. Some cut bangs, use lash/brow growth enhancers, throw their tweezers out, take a biotin supplement, the list goes on. I do believe all these can work. What it comes down to is patience. I also believe that there are certain brow growth inhibitors such as hormones, aging, medication, stress and medical conditions. Diet definitely plays a role in all of these things, hair growth being one of them.