Few artists have seamlessly transitioned from look to look—and era to era—quite like Lady Gaga. And like her style, hair, and makeup, Gaga’s brows have had just as much of an evolution over the years, largely thanks to her makeup artist Sarah Tanno. “She lets me go there and she has so much fun with it,” Tanno says of collaborating with the multitalented star, with whom she’s worked for over a decade. “She’s not afraid of makeup. She’s not afraid of transformation. Often when we’re doing a new look or starting a new era, the brow is a big part of the conversation of what the makeup style is going to be,” says Tanno, teasing, “We have a project that we’re working on right now, the brow is a major topic.”
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Like her mega-famous client, Tanno is a strong proponent of a statement brow. “To be honest, a lot of times I work the entire look around the brow,” she reveals. “After I prep the face and moisturize it, I actually shape her brow first because that will set the tone for the makeup.” The same is true even for the rest of us, especially in the age of the face mask. “The brow does even more for us and it’s a way of expression,” she says. “It’s the one thing right now that I’m doing, even when I’m in my house or taking meetings. Every day, if I’m wearing no makeup or a ton of makeup.”
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Tanno is also the Global Artistry Director for Gaga’s makeup line, Haus Laboratories. So when it came time to create the brand’s first-ever brow product, the Edge Precision Brow Pencil (launching March 9 on hauslabs.com and Amazon), it had to be glorious. “We have 13 shades. We worked really hard on the shades to test it on all different skin tones, and all different hair colours,” she shares. “We just tried to make something very straightforward, utilitarian, and easy to work with so it doesn’t take an expert or a makeup artist to use.”
In honour of the new launch, Tanno walks us through some of Lady Gaga’s most iconic brow looks. And although the level of drama varies from look to look (as you’ll see below), the attention to detail remains constant. Keep reading to see them all.
This article first appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US