The eyebrow has come a long way since 1980, when the dominant look oscillated between feathered bushiness à la Brooke Shields and Patrick Nagel-esque graphic slants (hello, Grace Jones). It’s the same year a company called Tweezerman landed on the scene with its crazy-sharp Splintertweeze, forever altering the way we think about eyebrows and how they can transform and enhance the face with nothing more than a quick pluck. Of course, the introduction of ultra-precise tweezers is something of a double-edged sword. (Let the onslaught of perpetually surprised expressions from the ’90s serve as a cautionary tale.) Forty years later, we’re back to the au natural aesthetic—rejoice!—but tweezers are no less important. “It’s a really hard thing to shape your brow,” makeup pro and Tweezerman ambassador Mary Phillips tells CR. “[With tweezers], cleaning up the strays and grooming them really nicely is just so much easier.” Below, Phillips, whose revolving door of clients includes Hailey Bieber, Priyanka Chopra, and the Kardashian-Jenners, talks all things brows.
What’s one brow trend over the last four decades you’re glad has disappeared?
“On Instagram, I was seeing a lot of crazy wave-shaped eyebrows. I just don’t know if it’s the most flattering thing on the face. It’s cool—it’s almost like art—but brows are just so important, and they really are the frame of the face. If your brows are doing something weird, it alters your expression completely.”
Which celebrity or model has the best eyebrows?
“Somebody who made lot of people talk [with her eyebrows] was Cara Delevingne. She just has such a strong brow. I was hearing, ‘I want a Cara Delevingne brow!’ a lot. Also, I’ve always loved Natalie Portman’s eyebrows—they’re kind of straight, but also high. Growing up, I always thought her brows looked super cool. She has great brows.”
As a professional, what are some tips and tricks to keeping brows looking healthy and amazing?
“Once a week, after my makeup’s off, I like to give my brows a good cleaning with Tweezerman’s Slant Tweezer. I think if you wait too long, you kind of lose the shape. Too many hairs might grow in, and then you’re like, does this one belong? But I will say, if you’re not sure, leave it. It’s always better to have them fuller than thinner.”
Tweezerman is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and they’ve named you Lash and Brow Ambassador. What are your go-to tools?
“Of course. That’s the only tweezer I can even name! And I use Lash Assist all the time when I’m doing false lashes. Their Lash Curler [which comes in different shapes for differently shaped eyes] is great after you put falsies on or if you need a little bump at the end. I use the Slant Tweezer for regular cleaning-up, and if there’s a tiny hair I can’t quite get or a hair is extra fine, I use the Point Tweezer.”
Your eyebrows are amazing. Did you ever have a phase growing up when they were less than par?
“Absolutely. I was definitely experimenting with my eyebrows growing up. I looked very surprised.”
What are your thoughts on some of the technological eyebrow-enhancing procedures like microblading?
“People ask me this a lot. The one thing that really scares me about any of that stuff is the color choice. The browns tend to go way too ashy or way too orange. If you’re going to get that done, really do your research and see the color they’re using. And also the shape. If it’s going to be on your face forever, it’s really scary to me. But I think it can seriously help if someone does a good job. Just do your research and go look at their work in person. Everybody can make something look good on Instagram.”
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