Your eyebrows need to be on fleek, but for those of us not blessed with naturally flawless face-framers, it usually requires professional assistance. NYC’s beauty scene has endless options (i.e., waxing spas) but spending the extra time to find a salon that solely specializes in taming those tiny hairs is key. Keep your tweezers and at-home wax at bay; we’ve mapped out the best spots—at a variety of price points—that raise the bar (or arch?) for perfectly shaped brows. Remember: Bad-hair days can take refuge under stylish hats, but your frowzy arches have nowhere to hide.
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Best for: Tinting
For years, we’ve been going to this West Village spot for organic threading ($19), but now it’s becoming a destination for tinting. Ditch the brow makeup and opt for a longer-lasting darker (or lighter, or even ombré—yes, it’s a trend) shade with a quick dye treatment ($21), which helps accentuate and sharpen your arches for weeks. FYI: Vegetable-based dye is available on request for those with sensitive skin. Mention Time Out New York and receive 15 percent off an add-on 20-minute express eye treatment ($30) through Wednesday 21.
This beauty brand introduced us to products like They’re Real mascara ($22) and Benetint lip-and-cheek stain ($29). But since this haven opened a flagship in NYC, Benefit beauty experts have been offering up their services, too. Inside the multilevel Soho boutique, check out the second floor where you can get your brows tinted ($20) or shaped ($23).
Best for: Threading
Best for: Tweezing
If you want fierce and fabulous arches, step right into this funky West Village spot. But don't let the girly-girl interior and sass fool you—the brow artisans here know how to get the job done. Specializing in big, bold brows, these ladies will tweeze your brows to perfection ($29).
Avoid overzealous plucking by allowing one of NYC’s most renowned tweezing experts to transform your brows into soft, natural arches. Sania Vucetaj, the self-taught brow pioneer, tends to your tiny hairs with full precision ($75) in order to help you build a healthy brow that complements your face shape.
If you “dread the thread” and believe “waxing is for cars” like tweeze master Ramy Gafni, then schedule an appointment for a brow sculpt ($85) at his beauty studio in Murray Hill. You can even pick up a few essentials—a Ramy brow wand ($28), brow scissors ($18) or brush set ($75)—to maintain your newly deforested look.
Best for: Waxing
Although this luxurious day spa is best known for its deluxe treatments (i.e., facials, massages) and its own skin-care line, the grooming specialists here can wax your brows to perfection ($30).
This beauty destination in Brooklyn is widely known for facial treatments ($65) and eco-friendly makeup applications ($55), but brows are becoming a bigger deal here since the salon acquired a brow bar last year. Make an appointment with expert, Carrie who’ll wax or tweeze ($30) those hairs into a flawless shape. Mention Time Out New York and receive a free brow tint when you book a wax or tweeze service through Wednesday 21.
Best for: Brow repairs
It’s easy to understand why Cara Delevingne’s brows have a cult following. The supermodel’s unkempt, barely-touched-with-Tweezermans brows have become synonymous with strength and glamour. But not everyone is born with thick face-framers, so experts from Blink Brow Bar can help. Saks Fifth Avenue’s latest fifth-floor addition features the U.K. brand’s hugely popular Build-a-Brow treatment (full set $85), during which Blink artisans add hairs to your overplucked or sparse brows, creating a fuller look that’s sure to give Cara D. a run for her money. And if bold by brows aren’t your style, the ladies here can thread and shape your hairs into any desired style ($15–$22).
This brow joint has a reputation for offering innovative services in addition to the traditional thread and tweeze. Suffer from sparse brow syndrome? Well, the salon offers a service aptly named Brow Resurrection: a natural, semi-permanent treatment that constructs a perfect brow lift, which complements your facial features ($925). But a simple threading, tweezing or waxing session costs $27.