In the Press
“In the middle of the pandemic, I took the leap and signed a lease to open my atelier,” Delphine Breyne tells Vogue of her new studio, Delphine Eyebrow Couture. She designed the high-ceilinged, intimate-feeling space to be “a Parisian experience in New York,” a phrase that applies to her brow philosophy, as well.
Breyne’s method is more French couture than French insouciance. Custom-tattooing eyebrows is a bit like custom-tailoring a suit. She explains that the final product feels effortless to the wearer and looks effortless to the observer—but its creation is quite the opposite. It takes “patience to find the best solution, bespoke, for each of my clients,” she tells Vogue.
“Microblading is a semipermanent [tattooing] method that gives a natural brow look to your face,” says Delphine Breyne, a microblading artist in New York City. I consider it part of my mental-health routine. I mean, the goal is to focus less on my appearance, to not obsess over what I look like, right? With a set of full, fake brows quite literally tattooed to my face, I don’t have to think about my own brows, worry that my trich is showing, or sneak off to the bathroom for touch-ups. They’re just there. They don’t take up brain space.
“Understand what brow shape works for your unique facial shape,” says Delphine Breyne. “A style you think looks good on your friend or a celebrity may not be what’s best for your bone structure. Work with your brow technician to find the most flattering shape for you, and keep in mind how much maintenance you’re willing to commit to.”
This Parisian transplant set up shop on the Upper East Side (in a jaw-dropping, stunning studio, no less) to bring the natural, European feathered brow aesthetic to New Yorkers who don’t want to look too “done.” Delphine Breyne takes her time to make sure every hair is just right for your face shape, and a follow-up session is included in the package.
As with all types of hair loss, there could be a plethora of reasons your eyebrows may begin to thin. Apart from the obvious over-plucking or over-waxing, Delphine Breyne, a Restorative Permanent Makeup Artist and owner of Delphine Eyebrow Couture in Manhattan, says there are a number of other causes, such as alopecia, thyroid disorders, or hormone issues that impact eyebrow fullness adversely.
“When I do a treatment, I always ask my clients to sleep on their backs — specifically not their sides — for at least two weeks to ensure they don’t remove the ‘tail’ of their new brows, as this is where people generally thin,” Delphine Breyne notes. “I typically advise clients to use a plane pillow — one that goes around your neck — because it works very well to protect the new brows with its support to prevent side-sleeping.”
Delphine Breyne, the founder of Delphine Eyebrow Couture, uses a light technique that does not involve too much tinting. The results are flawless and not too dark, making the hairs appear healthy without too much arching. What makes this option a popular one is how long it lasts.
Pénétrer dans le salon privé de Delphine Eyebrow Couture, c’est avoir l’impression immédiate de rentrer dans un somptueux appartement parisien : passé le spacieux vestibule et d’imposantes French doors, vous entrez dans une grande pièce lumineuse avec son lustre et un espace canapé chic avec coin cheminée pour la consultation. Delphine Breyne, qui a ouvert son salon de maquillage permanent Delphine Eyebrow Couture au printemps dernier, n’a laissé aucun détail au hasard pour que ses clientes aient la plus agréable des expériences, celle d’un pied-à-terre haussmannien au cœur de l’Upper East Side.
My eyebrows have officially been microbladed—and it is the most aesthetically satisfying treatment I’ve ever had…in around 20 years of exposure to the best of the best. I read a post from Jessica Defino, a journalist who covers the beauty industry the way Woodward and Bernstein covered Watergate. She recently microbladed her brows and was very happy (she wrote a story about it for Vogue). On that recommendation, I arranged a consultation with Delphine Breyne.
Falling in love with the United States on her first trip in 2007, Delphine Breyne dropped her bags there a decade later. A professional model and an entrepreneur teeming with ideas, she opened her permanent makeup studio, Delphine Eyebrow Couture, just over 2 years ago in the heart of the Upper East Side. Find out about how she got started, her challenges, and reasons why she loves New York!