Where to Find the Top Brow Artists in San Francisco

 Image: Benefit Cosmetics

Image: Benefit Cosmetics

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but great brows can give you life. At the very least, they make you look more awake.

No one would blame you for trying to simplify your beauty routine with tweezers and a healthy dose of hope, but anyone who's ever over-plucked will tell you that you're better off leaving brow care to the pros. Because—sometimes—brows don't grow back.

To help you keep your face in check, I teamed up with Tru, the beauty-booking app, to find the best brow artists in the city. Below, browse our picks for who to see about your next pluck, wax, or thread.

 Photo: Benefit Cosmetics

Photo: Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit

2219 Chestnut Street, 262 Sutter Street, 170 O'Farrell Street, and 2117 Fillmore Street

Benefit offers a range of beauty services from bikini waxing to spray tanning, but they've built their reputation on brow grooming. I've only had positive experiences with Benefit estheticians, but if you're looking for a go-to brow-girl, go see Stephany at the Chestnut Street location. She's almost universally lauded as a miracle worker. While you're there, try combining brow-shaping with a brow or eyelash tint.

 Photo: Eye Candy Lash and Brow Bar

Photo: Eye Candy Lash and Brow Bar

Eye Candy Lash and Brow Bar

3001 Fillmore Street

Eye Candy's fans rave about owner Tracy Chavez. Tracy has been cleaning up brows for 15 years, and gives her clients the pampering and attention that you would expect from a small business. In addition to brow shaping, Eye Candy also offers lash perms. Give it a whirl and enjoy telling your friends, "I woke up like this."

 Photo: Love Your Face

Photo: Love Your Face

 

Love Your Face 

1075 Pacific Avenue, #A

Anastasia, the perfectionist behind Love Your Face, does one helluva brow treatment. Visit her for a combo treatment, combining brow shaping and tint with an eyelash curl. Eyebrow shaping is $25-$40, brow or lash tint is $18, and a lash curl is $65. Available to book on Tru.

Eyebrows Anonymous

1472 California Street

Christina has over a decade of experience in the brow biz, and she'll be the first to tell you that the right brows can change your life—making you look younger and happier. (Because RBF can happen to the best of us, right?) Eyebrows Anonymous is currently a shaping-only operation, with sessions running $25-$40. If you want to finish your face with a lash fringe, a lash curl will run you $70.

 Photo: Lucid Beauty

Photo: Lucid Beauty

 

Lucid Beauty

427 Hayes Street

A trip to Lucid Beauty feels like a visit to your bestie's home...if your bestie had mad brow shaping skills. Natalie is a threading/waxing/tinting pro and a true credit to her craft. She'll set you up right with a brow wax and tint ($45) or a brow thread and tint ($50).

 

 Photo: Code Salon

Photo: Code Salon

CODE Salon

370 4th Street, 2nd Floor

CODE's pros offer a winning combination of honest guidance and friendly service. Mylissa is a goddess among brow shapers; even fellow estheticians—who do brows for a living—turn to her. Brow shaping is $22 for women ($10 for men), brow tint is $12, and lash tint is $15.

 Photo: Pretty Parlour

Photo: Pretty Parlour

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Nordstrom, 865 Market Street

The real Anastasia may be sitting pretty in Beverly Hills, but her busy elves at Nordstrom in Westfield Centre will shape your brows to perfection. Regulars are obsessed with Tiffany, whom they describe as a genius. If you're in dire brow straights, be sure to call ahead; the schedule fills quickly.

Pretty Parlor

483 Guerrero Street

If the name "Pretty Parlor" sounds familiar, it's because this Mission salon also appeared on our best bikini wax list. (These folks are damn good at hair removal.) Customers recommend Debbie, a long time favorite for brow shaping who has recently added microblading—think of it as a 2–5 year eyebrow tattoo—to her bag of tricks. Available to book on Tru.

 Photo: Dermal Essentials

Photo: Dermal Essentials

Dermal Essentials

1738 Union Street, Suite 101

Erika Lee, who's been a licensed esthetician for 18 years, owns Dermal Essentials with her mother, Anne Lee. Some of her devoted clients have entrusted their brows to Erika for more than a decade, which is hella long time to commit to a brow shaper. If you're recovering from a bad brow experience, she'll get you fixed and ready to face the world again.