I am very, very special about my eyebrows. I never let anyone touch them. No make-up artists (I always ask to do mine). No threaders. No washers. I brush them myself with a light hand. However, when a reputable LA celebrity brow-shaper recently came to New York, I decided to break my rule because her Instagram photos showed incredibly thick, precise, arches and deeply satisfying predecessors and afters.
Everything went well until we reached the area between my eyebrows and yanked a thin layer of skin, causing stabbing, swollen and reddish spots. It was my fault, not hers – I suspected it happened because I used retinol (more about that later) and I also did not reveal that I used retinol products (wrong mistake). I left loving the new shape of my eyebrows, but with two small, rough areas of the skin on top of my nose and under my right forehead. I panicked and wondered if I would scar or that everyone would stare at the blinding wounds in my face. The happy ending here is that it recovered in just four days and left zero marks. My skin is smooth and good as new. But I made sure that I took every possible measure to ensure that I did not damage my skin. Forward, I interrupt everything I did – and add advice from two experts, dermatologist Dr. Melissa K. Levin, founder of Entiere Dermatology, and dermatologist, Dr. Dendy Engelman, in case you are in the same unhappy position.