Angelo David Salon, a celeb-favorite near Grand Central Station, has a new secret beauty weapon in eyebrow guru Julie Tussey. On my fashion week trip to New York, I stopped by to see her before I hit the tents for the shows. The salon is tucked away on the second floor of an inconspicuous building, with private rooms to primp and pamper stars before TV or event appearances. Fresh white orchids lighten up the sophisticated space and stylists, including Tussey, are friendly as can be, without a hint of pretension.
“I can’t do somebody’s makeup without doing their brows,” Tussey says. “Brows are like the frame for your eyes.” Tussey prefer strategic plucking to waxing or threading, since it allows for incredible precision.“I have all sorts of Julieisms for brows. I love there feathering at the end, the worst is to overpluck.”
Tussey has worked for Francois Nars, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown, so she is a world-class makeup artist as well. These days, though, clients are clamoring for her help in taming their brows while still keeping a full, natural look.
The last time my brows had been done, they were badly waxed with one brow clearly higher than the other. With Julie’s help, my brows are looking much more even. However, Julie says that for best results, she asks that clients come in to see her three times – allowing a month or two to let brows continue to grow out so Tussey can guide brows as they grow back. “It’s an evolving process,” Tussey says. “I’m all about finding your natural brow.”