Eyebrows are major. Everything can look put together and hot as hell but if your brows are wack the whole thing is wack. There are some major beauty trends going on right now, one being full, shaped, filled, beautiful brows. I have been filling my sorry ass brows since NAM but that doesn’t make me a brow expert. I wanted to learn more about the brow culture and I knew just where to go. My old friend and brow expert, Meghan Mauro. Meghan has long advised me in the beauty world. Here is a little history about my talented friend. Meghan has been in the cosmetic industry for 10 years. She worked as an artistry trainer for Smashbox cosmetics prior to landing her current position as an account executive for Anastasia Beverly Hills. Meghan has completed advanced artisty trainings as well has trained with Anastasia herself. Her resume includes weddings, photo shoots, freelance work, teaching master classes, as well as providing clients and aspiring make up artists with brilliant beauty tips and make up tricks. Meghan earned my respect and trust many years ago as a talented and knowledgeable artist, thus why I am so frigging thrilled to be collaborating with her and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Her knowledge and talent are valuable. You lucky bitches are going to reap the benefits. Now that you have learned about my friend and makeup artist, Meghan, let’s get to know her boss, mentor, and friend, Anastasia Soare. Here is a direct quote from her bio.
“Anastasia Soare is highly regarded as Hollywood’s go-to expert on balance, proportion and natural beauty through her use of innovative ingredients and techniques. Professional makeup artists, beauty editors and the biggest beauty bloggers look to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brand as the authority on brow and eye beauty.”
In 1997, Anastasia opened her first salon in Beverly Hills, which quickly became the premier beauty destination for supermodels and actresses alike. While growing her client base, Anastasia began to craft her own unique method of shaping eyebrows, different than any other technique in the field. This method, named the Golden Ratio®, relies on the human eye’s inclination to sense that objects in correct proportion are naturally beautiful, and quickly became renowned for its transformative powers in enhancing the entire brow and eye area. In the years following, Anastasia went on to create the largest assortment of award-winning eyebrow products in today’s market.
Holy cannoli, that is quite the resume, Anastasia! You go, girl!
I was invited to take TSP to ABH at Nordstrom Oak Brook, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. This little field trip was brow raising. I walked into Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Studio thinking I knew a thing or two about well groomed brows. Yeah. No. I knew nothing other than I knew I loved ABH brow products. Anastasia is more than an eyebrow shaping artist, she is the frigging Einstein of the Brow world. Speaking of brows and Einstein… Holy shit, did that guy need a trim or what? Anywho, she has developed a science for eyebrows (the patented Golden Ratio) and it is spot on. Here is a quick explanation. She divides the face into 3 zones. All 3 must be equal zones in order to create symmetry which creates “natural” beauty. For those of you who don’t know, natural beauties have symmetrical faces. ABH shapes the brow according to what your particular “zone” is lacking or needs. Some need a higher arch, some a smaller brow, some a fuller brow, etc. I needed straight up help. Keep in mind, my brows lack something crucial. Actual eyebrows. I have never had full, thick, luscious brows, and I have had years of mediocre waxing and recently have been really happy with threading. The pros at ABH weren’t impressed. Meghan and ABH Nordstrom Oak Brook’s Manager, Shanda, pampered my brows and brought them from ‘eh’ to ‘YAY’! I swear, I did not think walking in there that I needed all of the help they provided me with. These girls are artists. They are really frigging good at what they do. Take a look.
This here is me sporting my naked brows. Homegirl feels super, duper uncomfortable without her brows on. I would never leave the house like this unless of course it’s something for TSP or ABH. I fill these bitches. No matter what. If my house were on fire, I would fill my shit before stop, dropping, and rolling. Know it.
Above you can see Meghan measuring and analyzing my brows. This is a science. The Golden Ratio. She marks my brows in 3 locations. The point of start, the arch, and the end. It’s incredibly interesting to see it all come together. One thing that really stood out to me was the education. I was walked through every step of the process. I asked if this was standard and the answer is yes! ABH is hard core and educating their clients is customary. The hand mirror is yours the entire time to help guide you on your eyebrow journey. Look closely. Above you can see the 3 marks to my brow. Get ready to see the transformation. Look at those sad little, scarce brows. They are almost cringe worthy. Remember, ABH hasn’t waxed my brows yet. We are still shaping and filling to achieve symmetry. I must add, I NEVER tweeze my brows. The only time I ever have tweezers in my hand is to remove the god damn chin pube that comes for a visit every now and then. Here are the stencils. They are used to achieve the prefect brow for each individual client. There are 5 arch types that fall within the golden ratio. The pros at ABH analyze your face and brow with the different stencils until they find the perfect shape and size to achieve symmetry. My face required The High Arch to achieve zone symmetry. Now it’s time to fill that bitch. Meghan proceeded to fill my brow with Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe. Once it was filled to her satisfaction she moved onto the brow wiz to perfect the shape. Holy craparoony. These products are the bees knees. I am not just saying it either. If you have been following me, you know I have been using ABH products for years prior to this lesson. This is me in awe. You can’t see my filled brow here but I sure can. And to think I thought I knew what I was doing.Once my brows were filled to perfection and precision by the pro, I was handed off to another pro. Professional Esthetician and the Business Manager at ABH Nordstrom Oak Brook, Shanda, who waxed my brows in accordance to the High Arch stencil applied and filled by Meghan. I thought it was pretty friggin bad ass that my brows were filled appropriately and THEN waxed. Duh! Makes total sense now, right?! This way, there are no mistakes, no holes, no wack ass brows. Filling the brow first ensures the only hairs removed by waxing are the stray hairs that don’t need to be there. I have some areas of my brows that need some hair growth to fill in holes to achieve a natural high arch. Oh, and in Shanda’s hand is the Pro Stick. Rise from your seats, bitches, and raise your hands to Jesus! That’s right! Praise the lord, because this stick right here is a gift from God! This stick deserves its own friggin blog post and dog gone it, I will do just that! Shanda is using the Brow Wiz to touchup my brow after being waxed. Look at that shape! My right brow has yet to be shaped and filled. We decided to do my left first to show you a solid before and after.Um. I love my brows.Check this out! Mad talent. Mad knowledge. TSPeepers. I was waxed moments before this picture was snapped. Notice no redness. These broads are good. I have extremely sensitive skin. Any trauma to my skin leaves me red as hell. Spankings leave marks so none of those for me on tropical vacations. Here, I get waxed and nothing. Impressive. Meghan. You’re my brow hero, little lady. She may be small but in the world of makeup and brows she is a frigging giant. Above are all of the amazing products the girls at ABH Nordstrom used to create my beautiful brows. We have the High Arch stencil, Dipbrow Pomade, The Brow Wiz, Clear Brow Gel, and lastly, the incredible product known as The Pro Stick which you all praised Jesus for earlier. Sister Michelle was dragged into the chair for a quick fill. This bitch is beautiful and happens to have the best brows in the family. It may have something to do with the fact she is the only one of us with dark, thick hair.An artist doing her thing. Take a look at this chicks brows. Yeah. I know. They are beautiful.
It is amazing what a little TLC to the brows can do for a gal. Michelle is not high maintenance but knows the importance of filling her brows. I am so happy we threw her in that chair. What Meghan did for her was show her exactly what her brows potential is. She filled Michelle’s brows naturally and flawlessly, giving my sister a big beautiful smile. That made my day. Her brows looked beautiful.
I love my job. Here we are in action. There has been some serious buzz about ABH’s recent launch of her Contour Kits. Meghan and I have some big plans for this one. I can’t wait to play! I def want to tranny the shit out of my face to show you what not to do with contouring. One last thing. I cannot finish this post without talking about Anastasia’s new color line. She has developed and recently launched her Liquid Lipsticks for consumer enjoyment online at Anastasia Beverly Hills. I was able to play with them and let me tell you. These lipsticks are as innovative and as brilliant as her brow line. These things are going to make a huge impact on the cosmetic industry. They are packaged in a lip gloss style tube but don’t be fooled. Inside is frigging lipstick. Highly pigmented and lasting color are the main players in this beautiful lip product. Check it out. Trust me. My ass wouldn’t steer my TSPeeps wrong. There you have it, sisters. My brow experience at Anastasia Beverly Hills. These two beautiful, kind, funny, talented, and dedicated artists taught me more in 30 minutes about brows than I have learned collectively my whole life. ABH’s technique and coveted Golden Ratio is unparallel to anything else out there in the brow world. They have converted me. I am now a committed and loyal client of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Studio in Nordstroms Oak Brook. The only people allowed to touch these brows from now on are my homegirls at ABH Nordstrom Oak Brook. Just a little FYI, all of the girls at the studio are licensed estheticians. Do yourselves a favor and visit an ABH location near you. This is more than a waxing. It is an educational experience that will leave you with confidence and symmetry. You will be more “naturally” beautiful leaving then you were when you walked in. Mad love, ABH, and a humongous thank you to my girls Meghan and Shanda for welcoming TSP and our wack ass brows to their studio. What a beautiful experience.
Shape and fill your shit, girls. Your brows deserve some love! xoxo