We were first introduced to Anna Ha, eyebrow extraordinaire, from an avid reader. She said, “Anna does brows for St. Louis models, upscale boutique owners, radio DJs, men, women, pretty much anyone. Her work is primarily seen through print. I’ve seen her work at fashion shows and she brings a touch of Hollywood brows to the midwest! It’s really nice to have someone who’s Asian in St. Louis like her because 1. There are SO FEW asians around here and 2. Everyone who encounters Anna, feels so comfortable around her because she's so personable. She is awesome and versatile, which is why I think she might make a good story for your magazine. First, she's an accomplished pianist, winning piano competitions from Washington University at the age of 12! She was Class President, Editor in Chief, etc. etc. in high school and was chosen class speaker for both her high school and college graduations. She grew up in St. Louis, went to college in Chicago and has worked for a few of the top leaders in healthcare. When she has like 3 hours left in the day, she does charity work for ICouldBe.org, a non-profit org. that assists underserved teens in career exploration. Anywho, I hope that’s enough to have peaked your interest in her. I love reading your online magazine and have always enjoyed reading about fascinating people that we all don’t really hear about, so I figure I might have a good candidate for ya.” Anna demonstrates eyebrows for Asian women below.
Asiance: What type of eyebrow looks good on an Asian face?
Anna: There isn’t a specific shape or a one-size fits all that works best on Asian faces or people in general. This is why I am against brow stencils. One, they are difficult to use and two, it gives a misconception that there is only one way to achieve the “perfect brow.” The right brow shape for any individual is dependent on a variety of factors such as eye size, nose, lips, forehead, chin, hairstyle, and age.
The difference between Asian faces and other ethnicities is that Asians (with the exception of Indians) tend to have eyebrows that point downwards instead of up. In addition, Asians have eyebrow hairs that are sparse, giving the appearance that the brow hairs are light and fine. To remediate this, a good brow pencil and powder applied to your natural brow line should do the trick.
To find a good brow product, you should look for products that are highly pigmented which prevents the color from rubbing off easily and will have the staying power to last all day with no touchups needed. My favorite line is Brett Freedman’s VanityMark line. They come in a variety of shades to keep your brows looking natural all day. Best of all, they are affordable!
Asiance: What celebrities have you worked on?
Anna: Although I cannot divulge specific names, I have worked on Miss USA contestants, Miss America contestants, models, news reporters, and prominent business owners.
Asiance: What are the trends in eyebrows now?
Anna: The natural, full and bold eyebrow is in! The razor thin eyebrows we were used to seeing in the late 90’s are out. I know it’s been almost a decade since we hit the new millennium but I still see plenty of women out there sporting skinny, minny brows. Asian women should avoid brow tattoos that we have been traditionally known for. That is so 1988, NOT 2008. On the runways at Fashion Week, the eyebrows are looking thicker and darker, but in the real world, the trend is to stick with a natural and full eyebrow. In addition, the high and arched eyebrows have been pushed aside by the low brow (think Jennifer Connelly). Whatever trends that may appear in our culture du jour, it is most important to work with a look that is shaped best for you!
Asiance: Any more information on yourself?
Anna: I have been brow obsessed since I was 15. I started shaping them for only close friends and relatives. Like most girls, I was self taught in how to tweeze and shape my brows. I recall getting excited at a beauty magazine whenever the word “brows” were mentioned. I continued clipping articles and studying face shapes when I realized that I had something unique to offer.
My method for hair removal only involve tweezing. I do not use wax (more information on this can be found on my website – “ www.myanbeauty.com). I mostly cater to clients who are too busy to bother with fighting traffic to obtain the perfect brows. Instead, I go to them, with supplies and all, shaping their brows in the comfort of their own home without leaving any embarrassing red (ouch) marks behind.
St. Louis, MO