In a recent interview, Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep confessed "I sit at home and wait for the phone to ring." With 15 Oscar nominations and two Oscars under her belt, that seems like an odd statement from a woman who has reigned at the top of Hollywood royalty for decades. But that's just the point, confides the 59-year-old star of the movie Doubt. Fewer roles are coming her way. After 40, Hollywood considers its no-longer-youthful stars "washed up."
One glance at Streep is enough to confirm that this beautiful woman — the confident star of Mama Mia! and The Devil Wears Prada – is far from washed up. Her beauty seems to come as much from her regal presence and strong sense of self as from any physical feature.
Streep recounts a story from her Yale Drama School days in which students were asked how to play a king. Rejecting student suggestions to speak in a deep voice and act assertive, her teacher said, "The way to be king is to have everybody in the room quiet when you come in. The atmosphere changes. It's all up to everybody else to make you king." It was a powerful message that has guided Streep throughout her career as the recognized Queen of Hollywood.
Permanent makeup has much the same effect. By knowing that you present to the world your most luminous self every hour of every day, you exude a powerful sense of self confidence that turns heads. People may not exactly know what it is about you that attracts their attention, but Meryl Streep would know. It's that same regal inner poise that she achieves whenever she walks into a room.
In spring, the focus is on looking your best with less - less applied makeup! Less is more since permanent makeup actually looks more natural than any topically applied makeup, which sits on your skin, whereas permanent cosmetic pigment is in your skin.
So, with spring fast approaching and beach time just around the corner, now's the time to get the eyebrows you've always wanted before our spring rush. With permanently applied eyebrows your eyes take on a dramatic new look, add permanent eyeliner and lip liner and you'll never be found at the makeup counter buying supplies again.
For this issue we've asked Melany what she considers when designing new eyebrows. As a portrait artist, Melany Whitney doesn't just fill in eyebrows with color, but creates the prettiest most natural hairline stroke to complement facial morphology and skin tone.
"I love doing new brows. Eyebrows add so much to a person's individual beauty. First, I start with a careful review of the client's facial bone structure. They can change their hair color and style, but they cannot change the shape of their face, nor the placement of their features such as how close or far apart their eyes are set. (This is also an important point in which to factor in when determining the proper placement for brows.)
"There are natural parallels established by drawing imaginary lines from the inner corner of the eye straight up to the inner "bulb" of the brow. Yet with all these "rules", some are necessary to either "break" or as I prefer, "bend a bit". Finding this perfect combination of design and reality is found by using the "artistic eye" taking the whole face into account. There is not only balance in determining the position, arch, and placement but artistry to select the correct shape for the face as well.
"Heavy and close set brows can give the impression of displeasure or frowning. Just like flat brows can cause the eyes to look smaller and the entire face to appear shorter in length. A very high and arched thin brows is not only outdated but can give an unnatural surprised look, like a "deer caught in a car's headlights". With permanent makeup, and the artistic skill that I have honed over the years, I can even narrow or widen a client's facial appearance cosmetically by just selecting the proper placement of their new permanent eyebrows.
"With skill and training a technician should be able to follow the natural "diagonals" of any brow's hairline or decide on a soft powder fill to compliment the client's natural head of hair. But what sets me apart from any technician is the wealth of experience and artistic eye to see you how you may not be able to see yourself thereby enhancing your natural beauty.
"Color selection of the brow pigment is also important in this ever changing world of hair color, shades, and highlight options. One of the newest techniques I am using is the hair stroke simulation technique giving brows a wonderfully natural look."
At the Center for Permanent Cosmetics, we invite you to visit our Eyebrow Gallery to review before and after photos of clients. It is amazing what the "right" brow shape can do to enhance a person's individual beauty!
Melany Whitney was recently interviewed on Sirius Radio 114 or XM 119 February 26th. She was interviewed with New York City dermatologist Dr. Doris Day on the topic of permanent makeup.
In the near future we will post an MP3 file of the interview in our press room so you can enjoy the conversation too.