Mandy Moore has been serving up beauty inspiration since her “Candy” days back in the nineties, but she’s recently been stepping up her game — and no, we’re not referring to the major transformations she undergoes on the set of This Is Us. From her history of chic hairstyles to her cool red carpet makeup looks, she’s low-key one of our biggest beauty crushes.
Happily, she often shares her secrets on social media. For example, the 35-year-old star recently posted her microblading transformation on Instagram Stories, writing “New brows, new lease on life.” The popular process, which uses semipermanent pigment to make brows look fuller, has taken the beauty industry by storm — and one look at Moore’s brows proves why.
The look comes courtesy of Moore’s longtime brow artist Kristie Streicher, the co-owner of STRIIKE, who explained in her own Instagram post that the technique she uses is actually called “microfeathering.” According to her website, like microblading, it is performed by depositing pigment into the epidermis of the eyebrow so that it looks like little brow hairs. However, it’s a more minimalist approach to the semipermanent makeup trend. Think less strokes and color intensity.
“My overall aesthetic is more natural, so I’m calling it microfeathering,” Streicher explained to W Magazine. “microfeathering incorporates more of your natural hair, brow shape, and growth pattern by blending strokes into the brow. There are no stencils!” As a result, she said, you should not be able to differentiate between the microfeather strokes and real eyebrow hairs.
Case in point: Moore’s finished brows look fuller and feathered, not stenciled or drawn on. Here’s another example of Streicher’s microfeathering technique:
Brow tattooing has become a popular beauty trend in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. Though microblading and microfeathering require touch-ups every few months and cost a pretty penny, it’s a lot less time consuming than filling in your brows with a pencil or gel on a daily basis.
It’s certainly an intriguing trend, and if our brows could look anything like Moore’s, it’s worth a shot.