A few are blessed with stunningly thick eyebrows that can be easily shaped to perfection but the rest of us have all kinds of issues from thin, unruly, patchybarely there among other things.

If you fall into the eyebrows issues group, you know a skilled eyebrow artist is hard to come by.  The average ones take a little too much from here, too little from there and give you all the reasons why your eyebrows are the problem. Only on rare occasions have I’ve been happy with a threading or a waxing job and on more than a few occasions I have literally walked out with tears in my eyes after getting my eyebrows done because of a very poorly done job. So for the past 10 years I’ve been hopping from place to place.  Sometimes I settle for an average place for a little while before moving on after a few tries.  By kismet, I stumbled upon what I think is the best kept New York city eyebrow secret a couple of days ago on yelp while searching hair salons.

A yelp elite review tipped me off to that secret and her name is Julie Tussey. An artisan in her field.  She can shape an eyebrow like you were born to have it that way.  She leans towards long and thick and uses neither waxing nor threading, just that old original method called tweezing, yep! the stuff  even tweezerman couldn’t get us to use for too long when it made it’s comeback. She plucks away little hair by littler hair, stops and examines, plucks away even more until she achieves the best shape she can give you considering previous damages.  As scary as this may sound, it did not hurt at all.   julie tussey - eyebrows - best eyebrows in nyc - celebrity eyebrow artist - luckyseventen

My Experience:
I made an appointment and she welcomed me into her peaceful Chelsea apartment on a Tuesday evening.  I was the only client, since she works by appointment only.  She settle me in, offered me something to drink and begun to work on my eyebrows.

The first time Julie showed me the mirror so that I can examine, I thought she was finished and was happy with the shape.  She examined my face again and I can tell by her facial expression that she spotted imperfections and she was not willing to let go.  I couldn’t understand what else she could possibly do to them because it was a pretty clean job, but after ten minutes of plucking away  (30 minutes by this time) she shows me the mirror and whoa whoa wow I love, I love, I love. I then realized that the first time she showed me the mirror she was just getting started.

She then tinted my brows and let sit on my brows for a few minutes before cleaning my clownish face off and again whoa, I have length and the patches are gone. But she was not happy yet, she notices more unwanted little hairs in the way and she goes on to pluck even more, showed me the progress as she went along, then tint a little more, then clean, then pluck again,  then fill them in on last time and even thought me how to fill them in myself and showed me a technique to to cover my patches.  Every step she takes is like a step closer to eyebrow perfection.   You can tell that Julie is really in love with her art.  All in all it took her about an hour for her to find my perfect shape.

You are probably wondering how much this cost, it was it was one pricey side but totally worth it – please contact Julie for her rates*.  If you calculate the what you pay for 10-15 minutes (not including wait time) for an average job at a regular salon it will make sense to you. One of her regulars that came in for her appointment as she was finishing up with me said that she hadn’t waxed in almost two months!  Turns out that after speaking to that regular for a few minutes I found out she was the same yelper who had tipped me off to Julie.  What are the chances?!  So don’t be surprised if you run into me when you go see her. This is my first visit and not the last.

I would love to hear your eyebrows stories in the comments.

Xo,

Leslie

*updated to remove rates per Julie’s request.


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  • Robin Rue

    Sometimes I feel like my eyebrows are a hot mess. I will be in NYC again in August, so I should make an appointment to see her.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    You are so gorgeous. I think your eyebrows came out perfectly. I’m loving the hat, too!

  • Christy Maurer

    I need her to come to Ohio to do mine! Does she do house calls? lol Yours look so good! Mine are never quite the way I want them to look!

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    So beautiful! Eye brows stress me out…. I do mine myself, and they never come out just perfect like yours, but mine are okay. I wish I was closer to NYC.

  • I’m late to the fashion of getting my brows done…thanks for sharing your experience so I know the best place to get mine done at now!

  • I have thick eyebrows. I was told I have a natural line like you mention in your post. I don’t see it. as I can never get both eyebrows to look the same.

  • Laura Hinckley

    Oh mercy! I am Italian and mine are beasts. I go to the salon here but never come out with them even :( I want an appointment. Now I am so jealous :)

  • WEMAKE7

    You look really nice. I have never gotten my eyebrows done before. I do know that my are really thick and I don’t like it lol.

  • Alli Smith

    I wish I lived nearby! I’ve had the hardest time finding someone to do my eyebrows. They usually wax them way too thin even after I tell them I don’t want them thin. That’s not a bad price at all, especially in NYC. Your brows look awesome!

  • What a great find! That is a really nice price and scheduling by appointment would be perfect.

  • Eyebrow game on fleek lady! Haha. I’m only now getting into doing my eyebrows. I’ve had the anastasia stuff before but I think I just had the wrong shade. Now I’m using a Dior one and I can’t help but fill them in every day! It’s addicting lol

  • Ourfamilyworld

    Sounds like a great service. Scheduling by appointment is always best.

  • Since you asked, I tried to snip my eyebrows off when I was little as I was following my dad’s lead! I did not know he used a thinning shears and it too heaps of time for mine to grow back!

  • I can’t seem to grow mine enough to then go and get them reshaped! Mine grow very sparsely!

  • michele d

    I love getting my eyebrows done by a professional. They really come out so perfect. On those off weeks, I just hate doing them myself. Such a pain!

  • Heather @mommyonlyhas2hands

    I’m totally in love with your eyebrow, I’m using MAC eyebrow now, yours looks simple and gorgeous, I’m gonna try yours one day.

  • Your eyebrows look great, having an amazing eyebrow person is high up on the list. I hate to get someone that doesn’t listen. I like my eyebrows thick but clean. I’ve spent many months trying to grow my eyebrows back after someone made them so thin.

  • Wow what a difference. I have unruly eyebrows and should have them fixed. I usually don’t pamper myself this wsy. I’m lucky if I get a pedicure once a year. :)

  • Chris G

    My wife is always talking about how she doesn’t like her brows. She would probably love this.

  • Lynn Dee

    To be honest, I don’t like my eyebrows at all, but since I have bangs, I just leave it as it is. The last time I had it waxed was on our wedding 4 years ago. :) Love your eyebrows, by the way.

  • SwaRai

    Eyebrows look amazing. It’s so funny how they can change your appearance. It’s so important to keep up.

  • Your brows look perfect! Julie definitely sounds like the best thing since sliced bread! The fact I

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I love the look of your eyebrows. I just leave mine alone but i would love to get some shape to them.

  • chubskulit

    My eyebrow is a mess, I would love to have someone give it a beautiful shape.

  • Jay Simms

    My eyebrows need help, sometimes I feel as though I should get them professionally done but I hate waxing I want a specialty job done just like you. This sounds like a perfect service for me.

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    I have never had to pluck or shape my eyebrows! I know, right? Yours look fabulous and totally worth the price.

  • mail4rosey

    I think she did a great job. I love that she works w/clients singularly. That’s pampering at its finest.

  • I think your brows look great! Mine have always been very light in color and not very thick so I’ve had to be creative with my brow pencil! lol

  • Jacqui Odell

    This is a great tip. I hate messing with my eyebrows!

  • Carly Anderson

    I had never heard of doing such a thing! She did a great job, though!

  • So cool! I’ve never had mine plucked, waxed or anything of the sort (I do them myself, at home) and have always been scared to make an appointment due to fear lol.
    I would have loved to see some up close before and afters!

  • I don’t know how to groom my eyebrows! I go to the brow salon to have it shaped and groomed!

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  • OurOrdinaryLife®

    I need to get my eyebrows done. Still havent found a place that draws me back when needed. Ill find one.