Best of Beauty | The Feathered Brow



It doesn’t take a beauty junkie to have noticed that eyebrows– whether bold and dark or feathered and colored– have been one of the most scrutinized beauty characteristics in pop culture in recent memory. Indeed, ever since Delevingne’s coming of age, we’ve seen celebs obsess over perfecting their arches: does Rihanna’s tattooed pair come to mind? How about Kim K’s bleached silver brows she recently donned at this year’s Met Gala? For better or for worse, brows frame your face meaning they’re the building blocks from which your overall look takes shape (pun intended). A great brow can go a long way– which is why when CITIPHILE contrib Jenni Kayne touted LA-based brow artist Kristie Streicher as her beauty secret weapon, we were keen to learn more. As it turns out, Streicher is the OG mastermind behind the instantly recognizable “feathered brow,” a style where hair is sculpted to fan out ever so slightly to achieve natural, albeit prominent eyebrows. “I started working behind a Clinique cosmetics counter straight out of high school, then became an esthetician. After five years of practicing esthetics, I decided to join my sister, Jenn in NYC (she was assisting hairstylist Edward Tricomi at the time),” says Streicher. “This is when I started to specialize in eyebrows specifically. Working with Warren Tricomi gave me the incredible opportunity to work with the top people in the [beauty] industry. I broke the habit and trend of the over-contrived and over-waxed eyebrow style by trademarking my “Feathered Brow” philosophy and starting the natural eyebrow trend.” Today, Kayne is just one of her regulars, as are Kiernan Shipka and Emily Blunt (plus glossies like Vogue who hire her for editorial work). Evaluating each client based on his or her individual face shape, Streicher devises a plan for suitable arches, sculpting them out of her Beverly Hills studio, STRIIIKE (which, BTW, is a one-stop beauty mecca she co-owns with her two sisters, Jenn, a makeup artist and Ashley, a hairstylist). Pre- and post-treatments get the Streicher seal of approval too: before clients are tweezed, they’re brushed with Streicher’s “Aforé” elixir, a mixture of organic Moroccan Argan oil and essentials oils including lavender, tangerine, orange and ylang ylang, which is meant to relax the skin prior to sculpting; afterwards, her “Après” calming cream uses antimicrobial ingredients like Berberis Aquifolium and essential calming oils including roman chamomile and calendula to speed recovery of irritation and damaged skin. If this is sounding extremely legit, it’s because it is– Streicher’s been in the brow biz for over fifteen years– long before we were saving Delevingne close-ups to our desktop. Talk about being ahead of the curve, eh? We sat down with Streicher to find out her favorite looks, plus a few of our own neighborhood haunts.


BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED: Whatever look it is that you want to try— whether it’s a new haircut/color or lipstick— rock it with confidence! It will inspire others to do the same.

BEST BEAUTY ADVICE FROM YOU TO US: Break the habit of tweezing! Instead of tweezing your brows (daily, weekly or even monthly) to even them out or shape them, find a pencil or powder that matches your brow hair color and fill them in.

MUST-HAVE BROW ESSENTIALS: A spoolie-type brush to brush away any dead skin or unwanted loose hairs, Aforé Nourishing Brow Oil and Strong Hold Clear Browl Gel from Mary Kay.

Kristie Streicher’s LA

From L to R: Gracias Madre, Garde LA, Caudalie Spa, C

From L to R: Gracias Madre; Garde LA; Caudalie Spa; Clay Pit Indian Kitchen.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: We have the greatest authentic Indian restaurant right up the street from us which is unheard of when you live in the Hills (we can actually walk there)! It’s called Clay Pit Indian Kitchen (MAP IT) and its best hits are the chicken tikka masala, saag paneer and chicken biryani. They have the best flavors, spices and recipes— even our Indian friends say it’s great!

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A margarita. I like to make them at home with different tequilas that I infuse with things like vanilla bean or serrano chiles. I’ll also add fun additions like kumquat juice for extra tartness and citrus notes. When I’m not at home, I do like the margaritas at Gracias Madre (MAP IT)— just ask them to go easy on the ice!

GUILTY PLEASURE: I often indulge when I’m traveling. I don’t abide by any restrictions when I’m visiting other places. It’s fun to experience all the things a new city has to offer and food is one of my favorite sensory experiences.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is fun, eclectic, elegant. I love the vintage warehouses in DTLA.

ACCESSORIES PICK: Garde (MAP IT)— it’s the most beautifully curated home/gift store in Los Angeles.  They have everything from small leather goods, art, lighting and furniture to textiles, pillows, throws, rugs, bedding and jewelry.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Auggie Arsendiga at Caudalie Spa in Venice (MAP IT)— he gives space and time transporting body treatments!

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: Surfing and skiing in the same day!

9278 Civic Center Drive, 310.205.2600; CP


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