Small Change, BIG Impact: 3 Real Girl Makeovers You've Gotta See

Los Angeles has a lot of local treasures — the Hollywood sign, Venice Beach, the Malibu Pier — but none quite as special as the Streicher sisters. Each an expert in their own field, beauty runs deep in this bloodline: Jenn's a red carpet makeup artist, Ashley a celeb hairstylist, and Kristie is one of the most sought-after brow artists in the game.

Together, they make up one of the raddest beauty trios we know. And, for the first time, getting them all in one room doesn't require triple bookings with their agencies. Why? They just opened a salon in Beverly Hills named Striiike. (Okay fine, we admit they were hard to nail down, with their thriving careers and all...)

To celebrate this new beauty mecca, we challenged the sisters to put their beauty prowess to use making over a few real L.A. girls. The goal was simple: Implement one small change to reveal a big impact.  Click through our slideshow for details on how a little brow tinting, losing a few inches, or trying new makeup palette can make a major splash!
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First up: Kristie Streicher. One of the most talented brow artists we know, she jets from L.A. to NYC and back almost monthly to see clients that swear by her 'feathered brow' technique. It's a naturally-fuller arch she achieves by going sans wax. Yep, she only sparingly plucks, and creates fullness by tinting the hairs, which lasts around one month.
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And, her partner in beauty crime for the day? Actress and yoga teacher Teresa Michelle Lee, who hasn't had the best luck with her brows.

"I was working on a film years ago and the makeup artist offered to tweeze my brows," Lee says, setting us up for a common tale we all already know the ending to. "They were so thin after and they never grew back the same!"

Now, Teresa falls victim to a common cycle. "I try to grow them out, but they never come in right, so I just end up plucking them and filling them in."

The solution? What Kristie calls "brow rehab."
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"I started with my natural vegetable-dye tint for the brows," Kristie told us. Using a rich, dark brown (not quite black, which can be too harsh), she applied it over all of Teresa's brow hairs and let it sit for a few minutes. "It not only darkens the hair, but lightly stains the skin underneath to create a fuller-looking brow, which will then inspire Teresa to grow them in," Kristie says.

The dye also tints the 'baby hairs,' which are the fine, light hairs many of us have towards the top of our brows. Darkening those little guys often makes the most unexpected impact, since they're the ones that create the actual arch.

Once the color had processed, Kristie wiped and washed the dye off Teresa's face and tweezed only the hairs outside of the natural shape. Kristie used Surratt Beauty's Expressioniste Brow Pencil in Raven to fill in any sparse areas and brushed them up with her trusty Mary Kay Brow Gel, which makes the hairs look even more full.
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The result is thicker and more defined arches. "I love it!" Teresa says. "I feel like it makes such a big difference in my face. I have always been so jealous of people with fuller brows!"

Of course, this makeover also came with a prescription: No plucking for eight weeks, which will help Teresa's arches get back to their natural state. That's right, no matter how undesirable they look, hands off until she reaches the two month mark. Then, she can come in for a light cleanup and a fresh tinting.

After four or five rounds of the eight-week tweezing embargo, the brows start to finally fill in, Kristie told us. (Yes, you did the math correctly, that's the better part of a year.) This may seem like a lengthy commitment, but it will allow the hairs to actually go through their full growth cycle, i.e., reach their full potential.

And, for those who want to get bushy on a budget? Go hands off for nine full months, then a light shaping and tinting could reveal brows you've only ever had in childhood.
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Now we move onto the makeup artist of the group: Jenn. This Streicher expertly paints the faces of stars like Emily Blunt, Carrie Brownstein, Lena Dunham, and so many more for a living. Whether crafting an expertly-smoky eye or applying a pop of color to the lips, her work is both pristine and fun.
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Today, Jenn's working her magic on L.A.-based dancer Gakenia Muigai, who just so happens to wear the same makeup almost every day. "It's pretty basic," she told us. "I start with concealer, and then I do winged-out black eyeliner, and mascara...sometimes I fill in my brows if I have an event or performance."

This go-to routine means she never wears the one thing that can provide the biggest impact: Color! Which, Jenn had a hunch, would be an easy way for the busy dancer to go from rehearsal to an event quickly and easily — if she gave them a try.
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And, that she did. Gakenia happily allowed Jenn to take her out of her comfort zone, which included shadow, lipstick, and a rosy blush. But first, Jenn applied Nars All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation with a damp Beautyblender sponge to the dancer's just-moisturized complexion. Gakenia's radiant flush came courtesy of Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush, just on the apples of her cheeks.

For a foolproof wash of color on the eyes that Gakenia could easily mimic, Jenn turned to an easy-to-use pencil. "Fat eyeshadow pencils glide on, then you can just feather it out with your finger," she says. "Then, lightly dust a shadow over it to help the pigment stay." She used Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst, set with a matching powder (Jenn's came from an discontinued palette, but you can try Maybelline's Color Molten Eye Shadow in Rose Haze). Then, Jenn bumped up Gakenia's brows with Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette and applied a coat of Charlotte Tilbury's Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black to her lashes.

For the final touch, Jenn applied a coat of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Nylon with a brush and a steady hand to Gakenia's pout.
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Sure, the smile says it all, but will Gakenia be more experimental with her makeup from now on? "I think so!" she told us. "Definitely with the pink lip. The eyeshadow might take me a little bit to get used to, but the lip I love." Hats off to the artist for another bright lip convert. (Did we forget to mention Jenn has a different bold lip color each time we see her? Slow clap for this Streicher...)
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Finally, we move to the baby of the Streicher clan: Ashley! (And, a hair chop you won't soon forget!) This Streicher may be the youngest, but she has some serious beauty cred. Her celebrity clients include Mandy Moore, Abigail Spencer, and Emily Blunt (yes, Jenn and Ashley tag team the British actress).
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Long hair? Makeover story? Yep, you are assuming correctly. For Linnea Gibson, a VP of Marketing and Production at a media company in Hollywood, today is a day she's been anticipating for a long time. She had a baby seven months ago and is eager to cut her morning routine down. That, and eight inches. But, is she nervous? "Nope, I'm ready!" she told us.
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Cool, calm, and more collected than we could have anticipated, Linnea sat down in Ashley's chair for the chop without breaking a sweat. In just a few seconds her pony was cut and set aside to be donated, while Linnea was off to the shampoo bowl.

"She had tons of extra length," Ashley says. "So, we took the length to the shoulder, which is a really cute and on-trend cut that's also really easy to style." Plus, removing the bulk of long hair helps to give the locks more volume and release the natural texture. For Linnea, this is a slight wave that's been weighed down for years. "Now she can just let her hair air-dry!" Ashley says.

Ashley cut Linnea's locks blunt, then went through and texturized the ends to get rid of the weight of her thick hair.
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The result is a wavy shoulder bob that Linnea loves. If you're after the same kind of effortless polish, Ashley suggests asking for a one-length blunt cut that has texture instead of layers.

"It's also a little bit shorter in the back, just to give it a more angular vibe, without making it an actual A-line bob," Ashley says. To style the new crop, Ashley blew Linnea's damp locks out straight, then wrapped random sections around a curling rod, alternating the directions. To give it a slightly undone finish, Ashley spritzed it with Sachajuan's Dark Volume Powder from root to tip. Just like that, a brand new look.