The Streicher Sisters
Contributors to The Violet Files
With shorter bangs, you really want to make sure your eyebrows are on point, since they will be front and center (see more on this from Kristie, below). I love using the Hourglass pencils to fill them in—Soft and Dark Brunette are go-tos in my kit. I learned how to shape them from the best: Brush down, brush up, outline them a little on the bottom and then pencil the rest in. For the red carpet, sometimes I’ll use a little bit of eyeshadow the color of the brows instead of a powder; I apply it with Bobbi Brown’s boar bristle eyebrow brush. A word of caution, though: I love a strong brow and a bold eye, but wearing them together can be a bit much for every day. Pick one focus and run with it.
My own bangs are super short and blunt, and I love the way they bring attention to my eyes, so when I’m doing makeup I love to play up that area. It can be as simple as just layering on a lot of mascara— I use L’Oreal Carbon. Using black liner on the lower waterline always gives a quick pop, and I also love doing something smudgy around the lid with Charlotte Tilbury’s eyeshadow pencils (I’m especially into the bronze colors) or Laura Mercier’s in Cocoa (a really pretty color without any shimmer). A nice liquid liner can be good too—I love the Auto-Graphique one from Troy Surratt.