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Getting Your Brows Done in Public: Pretty Good, Actually

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My eyebrows were a pair of unruly beasts, and no at-home tweezing could tame them. And unfortunately, my regular brow-maintenance person has raised her prices to a not-so-affordable $50 a pop. So last night, I trekked to Nordstrom to try out the Anastasia Brow Studio in the beauty department. There are many locations nationwide, but I'd never thought of going to one because, well, you're getting your brows done in the middle of a cosmetics department. (I like a little privacy.) Still, the $30 price was much easier to swallow, and there's a reason that Anastasia is known as the brow expert — so why not take a chance, live a little?

First thing's first: Yes, it is a little awkward to have your eyebrows shaped while shoppers mill about. (Someone's sad-looking boyfriend, stranded while his lady shopped, looked very confused by the brow-waxing process.) But after I got over that, it was smooth sailing. My esthetician expertly waxed, plucked, shaped, and highlighted my brows until they looked magazine perfect. I was mildly surprised that she, a pro, used Anastasia's brow stencils to guide her, but they worked so well that I am now going to use them to maintain the arch at home. Score one for Nordstrom.

If you want to see the end result,

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There's no "before" shot, but suffice it to say that I sported the eyebrow equivalent of Daniel Higgs's beard.

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0danielle0 0danielle0 7 years
I go to Lindsay Klein @ Browtique in Rancho Santa Fe, a girl who was personally trained by Anastasia herself. I'd never let anyone else touch my brows. She is magical! :)
Jenny-Brows Jenny-Brows 7 years
They look great!! Was it me who did them? Are you in NY?As an Anastasia Esthetician I can assure people its not about selling the products, we really do care about the eyebrow shape and we usually do about 20- 30 people a day so we see a lot of brows.As for threading, its fine for people who have a naturally perfect eyebrow shape just to clean, but really its not the way to go for most and I see so many skinny bad eyebrows as a result. Eyebrows are too important to mess with, right on your face and all...:D
Jenny-Brows Jenny-Brows 7 years
They look great!! Was it me who did them? Are you in NY? As an Anastasia Esthetician I can assure people its not about selling the products, we really do care about the eyebrow shape and we usually do about 20- 30 people a day so we see a lot of brows. As for threading, its fine for people who have a naturally perfect eyebrow shape just to clean, but really its not the way to go for most and I see so many skinny bad eyebrows as a result. Eyebrows are too important to mess with, right on your face and all... :D
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 7 years
1. kelsea1102 needs to calm down. 2. I go to the Anastasia salon in Beverly Hills and all the girls there use the stencils. There are 4-5 different stencil shapes depending on your brow structure (mine don't look like Bella's) - they don't use it just to sell you. She's never pushed product on me! 3. I've gone the cheaper route but have never been as satisified as I am there, so I figure pay for what you're happy with!
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 7 years
1. kelsea1102 needs to calm down. 2. I go to the Anastasia salon in Beverly Hills and all the girls there use the stencils. There are 4-5 different stencil shapes depending on your brow structure (mine don't look like Bella's) - they don't use it just to sell you. She's never pushed product on me! 3. I've gone the cheaper route but have never been as satisified as I am there, so I figure pay for what you're happy with!
EricaJane EricaJane 7 years
i spend close to 30 for mine, but they are literally clear, so I have them tinted as well.. Brow makeup just doesn't work for me very well on it's own. I would love to try threading, but I love my girl too much to trust anyone else.
xemailheather xemailheather 7 years
Bella, we finally get to see you!
Advah Advah 7 years
Wow niiiice! Reminds me mine seriously need to be worked on! (and those glasses are gorgeous) I desperately looked for threading places in Edinburgh, but couldn't find anything apart from the very expensive Harvey Nichols that keeps getting terrible reviews from all the people I talked to. So I've been doing my own threading since I read Jessiebanana's tutorial - go check it out!! And Angelina, I agree. :o Mine will be fine for months, then all of a sudden I have to spend a good 2 hours tweezing things right..
Advah Advah 7 years
Wow niiiice! Reminds me mine seriously need to be worked on! (and those glasses are gorgeous)I desperately looked for threading places in Edinburgh, but couldn't find anything apart from the very expensive Harvey Nichols that keeps getting terrible reviews from all the people I talked to. So I've been doing my own threading since I read Jessiebanana's tutorial - go check it out!!And Angelina, I agree. :o Mine will be fine for months, then all of a sudden I have to spend a good 2 hours tweezing things right..
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I pluck my eyebrows, I'm pretty crazy about it! I don't know if I could trust someone else to do it!
JCP0240 JCP0240 7 years
$30 isn't too crazy sounding to me. I work at an upscale salon and it costs $25.00 to have your brows done. $50 is definitely steep, but $30 is pretty average for a high end place.
juliarose23 juliarose23 7 years
they look so good! but i get mine threaded too and its a lot cheaper...
Blix Blix 7 years
As long as you're happy with the results (and you look fab!), then it was worth the $$.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
Going to have to agree with all of the people in support of threading! It's cheap, there is no risk of burns, and I always get good results.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
I get my brows threaded for $5. And I've seen people get their brows threaded in the middle of the mall at a kiosk for $7. I totally think anything over $8 is too much for eyebrows.
BabeliciousSugar BabeliciousSugar 7 years
Your eyebrows do look great! Bella, definitely give threading a try, it actually turns out a lot more shapely and precise than waxing. Plus, it'll be so much cheaper, I pay $6 at an Indian salon and get them done every week and a half sometimes two. It may sting, it may not, I remember I teared the first time. But then after getting them done a few times, you wont feel anything.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
talk about in public, at the stone's town mall (across from mercy high) they have a threading kiosk right there across from boudin's bakery :faint: what if your brows are over plucked? any fix for that?
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