Eyebrows With Star Quality

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It was about 20 minutes into my session with the Anastasia eyebrow specialist at Nordstrom that it dawned on me. Shouldn’t I feel odd about having my eyebrows done in PUBLIC in the middle of a department store? Well, the answer is a resounding heck no. First, because the Anastasia counters are very discreetly positioned, and second, because the service is so fabulous.

In case you missed the recent feature on Oprah, Anastasia Soare of Anastasia Beverly Hills is affectionately referred to as “The Queen of the Eyebrows,” because of her proprietary method of shaping and grooming brows. She is somewhat of an icon among Hollywood’s elite and her Beverly Hills salon is host to a celebrity clientele. “My goal is to make the eyebrows beautifully symmetrical,” she says, “because even when features are asymmetrical-as they most often are-well-shaped brows will bring a kind of harmony to the face.”

If you can’t make it to her Beverly Hills salon to get your brows tamed, the salon comes to you – well, to your neighborhood Nordstrom. About 50 Nordstrom stores from coast to coast have trained “Brow Studio” experts on-site offering the complete Anastasia brow service (along with facial waxing) by appointment.

I was able to make an appointment for the same afternoon. And very thorough it was. First, the Studio expert applied a flexible clear plastic stencil over my brows to determine the correct shape. Next she applied powder shade to color in the brow according to the stencil. Everything outside of the stencil shape was precisely waxed, tweezed and trimmed away, leaving elegantly shaped brows. Finally, she applied a bit of concealer, under-brow highlight and a tiny dab of gel. My brows could win a Golden Globe.

The full Anastasia service at Nordstrom is approximately $25. Of course the complete range of Anastasia products is available as well, so you can keep your brows gorgeous between appointments – including the stencils, which I couldn’t resist.

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