Miss Courtney Allen... fellow makeup artist, esthetician, and "get yo life" brow specialist! I trusted this beauty to get my brows together for my wedding day, and I am so glad I did! She hooked it ALL THE WAY UP! Courtney has been featured as the one to see in Chicago for all things brow by Allure Magazine and Chicago Splash, G! So YOU KNOW SHE is the sh**!
I was originally introduced to this brow slayer by my dear friend Kyra of the Chicago Curl Collective (the woman who slays the eff out of my curly locs), and we have stayed in touch ever since. I had the pleasure of interviewing her for her perspective on brows. She gave me the good, bad and the need-to-know tea about grooming and maintaining brows. Check it out!
Ryan: 1st things 1st... What is your idea of the perfect brow?
Courtney: My idea of a perfect brow is one that is symmetric, full and thick hair. Sidebar I wish I had full eyebrow hair.
R: I KNOOOOOOW! Me too! My brows are kind of patchy because of that chick at the West End in Atlanta who did all the girl's brows in college... jacked me up fo life... but, no... I’m not bitter... not at all! Lol. What are the most common mistakes your clients make with their brows?
C: The most common mistake my clients make are tweezing in-between brow appointments. They believe they are helping me by tweezing. In actuality they are disrupting the growth cycle, e.g., I shape your brows and 1.5weeks later you tweeze a few hairs that grew in. The next time you come and see me the hairs you tweezed will be underneath your epidermis almost ready to POP OUT, but I won't be able to wax/thread them. So now in a few days you will have to tweeze those hairs again when they surface. (Disrupting the growth cycle)
R: Microblading... people are asking about it. What are your suggestions for your clients before, during and after treatment?
C: Before: make sure you aren't pregnant, breastfeeding, you've been off Accutane for 1year etc.
After: Remember this is a tattoo, so your skin is an opened wound. Make sure you aren't touching your brows with dirty fingers. During: Don't make facial expressions while talking. Remember your face is being tattooed.
R: Waxing or Threading? What technique is best for what client? And what are your thoughts on each?
C: Personally I prefer waxing. I think it's less painful and it’s quick. 1, 2, 3 pull. With threading it seems like you can feel every single hair being pulled. (Torture). Threading is good for people on Accutane, Retinol, Retin-A, anti-aging creams/serums, exposure to the sun for too long or sensitivity to wax. You can't go wrong with either because they do the same thing; pull the hair from the follicle. Everyone has their preference. I have clients that love threading over wax. I don't get it but hey, to each his own.
R: Now, you did my brows for my wedding, and I absolutely LOVED them! How do you determine the right shape and intensity for your client's brows?
C: THANK YOU Ry-Ry (in my Ky voice) I have a thorough consultation with my clients and I ask lots of questions. What color do you use to fill in your brow? This helps me determine if I'm going to use a light, slightly dark or dark tint. Do you prefer an arch or rounded brow? I also give my clients a sneak peek of what their brows will look like by placing my waxing stick over the unwanted hairs.
R: What is on trend right now for brows?
C: Full, unruly brows (not a lot of trimming), with a rounded shape.
R: Do you suggest any at home grooming between services?
C: NOOOOOOOOOOO lol. If you are growing your brows out use a growth serum before bed.
R: What are your pet peeves when it comes to brows?
C: 1. That sculpted brow with that light concealer going around the entire brow. Can you please blend that out? It looks so fake.
2. When brows are too close together.
3. When brows are too far apart.
4. When brows look like distant cousins and not even half-sisters. lol...
5. When people don't wear makeup and only fill in their eyebrows with a dark pencil. It doesn't look polished or complete.
I just want people to understand that eyebrows shape your face.
Beauty is therapy... and Ryan Whitney is the Doctor! This licensed esthetician and beauty blogger slays daily by educating and customizing the best skin care and makeup regimen fit for any lifestyle. Ryan Whitney has been in the makeup industry for over a decade and is the go to bestie for all things beauty! “Beauty is not about covering up, it’s about enhancing what makes you, YOU!” Find Ryan Whitney on Instagram @bestiesandbrunch& @RyanWhitneyMUA