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Mary Kay Brow Gel
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Mary Kay Brow Gel

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Mary Kay Brow Gel

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Mary Kay Brow Gel

Mary Kay Brow Gel

Mary Kay Brow Gel

Mary Kay Brow Gel
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Two weeks ago, my eyebrows had the pleasure of meeting the brow whisperer, Kristie Streicher (clients: Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Julia Roberts). We bonded over our preference for what Charlotte Cho once called “prepubescent” brows—ones so soft and wild, they make you look younger and more romantic. Streicher deftly tinted, oiled, tweezed, then combed my brows with a swirl of products, her work making my homemade brushed-up brows look like they belonged to a feral, wire-haired dog by comparison. Streicher's effect was a combed-out curve resembling a plume (her signature look is actually called the “feathered brow').

Naturally, I asked about products. Her brow tint? Top secret. Her brow oil? Home-brewed. Her brow gel? Mary Kay. “It’s the best,” she explained while thoughtfully swiping the clear brow gel. “It never flakes or feels stiff or crunchy.” She brushed the inner hairs up and the outer hairs out to make them look, in her words, “more substantial.” And, after a full day of wind, work, and taking a turtleneck sweater on and off, my brows didn’t budge.

—Mackenzie Wagoner

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.