In Tinseltown, there’s a trio of sisters who've set the city abuzz. Their names are Kristie, Ashley, and Jenn Streicher, and they each possess a unique beauty talent: Kristie is a wiz at brows (her signature “feathered brow” technique has a cult following), Ashley snips and styles the strands of Emma Stone and Abigail Spencer, while Jenn is Emily Blunt's makeup maestro for any and all events. Though each of these sisters excels at her individual craft, it’s when they come together that the "OMG" moment happens: The signature 15-minute treatment they perform at their Beverly Hills salon, Striiike (aptly dubbed the Lightning Strike), is basically the makeover of your dreams, with all three sisters working their magic on you simultaneously. Dubious? Curious? Just want to watch a really, really cool time-lapse video? Click play to see it all happen in the video below, shared exclusively with us by our friends at the Estée Edit.
In the interest of getting to know the Streicher sisters (and, yes, for our own beauty benefit—we want to know their secrets!), we invited them to indulge us in a lightning round of beauty questions. First up? Jenn, the makeup guru.
If you only have five minutes, what’s your own makeup routine like?
JS: I think the quickest way to amp up your look is a nice bright, bold lipstick. It immediately brightens and makes you appear to be more put-together.
What’s your go-to color?
JS: My go-to is almost always an orangey-red.
What’s the one thing you do for every client during a Lightning Strike, regardless of their skin tone or coloring?
JS: No matter what, I always curl lashes and apply mascara on all my clients. This immediately opens the eye. I’ve never met anyone who thought mascara made them look worse. It’s a no-brainer!
Your go-to five-minute hairstyle for daytime—go!
AS: Oftentimes, if I wash my hair at night and sleep on it I wake up with hair much better than if I were to give it a full blowout! But on the days that I wake up a little too bedheady, I will just wrap a few pieces around a one-inch iron and call it a day.
What about for night?
AS: If it’s still too unmanageable, my favorite go-to style is a classic messy French twist. You're already starting with perfect messy bedhead, so really the only step is messily pulling it back, twisting it once, and pinning into place. I use these rad gold hairpins. You can find them on Shop Reed Clarke, made by Y.S. Park, and they will also come with little instructions.
What’s the one hair product you always have on you?
AS: Oddly, a product that stays with me all the time is one I discovered in Japan. I noticed that products from Japan just have the best packaging; you want to have them in your purse because they’re so cute and effective. I brought home a couple of these small flyaway tamers. It almost looks like a lip balm, but you take the cap off and run it over your part or hairline, and it immediately tames your little flyaways.
What’s the best advice you’d give to women with thin brows?
What about for those with thick, unruly brows?
KS: Most times, brows seem unruly because they are being forced into a shape that is too thin and contrived. Over-cutting and over-tweezing the brows makes them incredibly difficult to maintain.
If you have virgin brows that are naturally thick and unruly, explore tinting. This softens the cuticle of the hair and helps it to lay flat. You’ll want to trim the hair one hair at a time, but do not cut them too much or cut the hair too short. This can create dense patches in the brows.
What are your ride-or-die brow products?
KS: I love a great, strong-hold, clear brow gel that does not flake, and Mary Kay’s Brow Gel ($10), believe it or not, is the best. There’s something about the brush that creates great separation in the hair and gives a perfectly feathered look.
I also really like a powdery, low-wax, low-oil pencil to lightly shade in the eyebrows to create a fuller look. Troy Surratt’s version is my favorite. This mechanical pencil is refillable and comes in the best shades. Raven is my favorite!
Your number one brow icon?
KS: Brooke Shields, circa the 1980s on the set of a shampoo commercial. She’s such a gorgeous natural beauty with a great set of brows and full head of hair.
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