STYLE & BEAUTY
05/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ingrid Grimes-Miles: Michelle Obama's Makeup Artist Revealed (VIDEO)

It's been revealed that a full-time makeup artist is responsible for taming Michelle Obama's "angry-looking" eyebrows and giving the first lady that glow-y look in recent months.

The New York Post reports that makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, along with hairdresser Johnny Wright, traveled with the first couple during their trip across Europe.

From The NY Post interviewed Hillary Clinton's former hairdresser Bernard Portelli:

"It took Laura Bush four years to finally look good. It's taken Michelle Obama two months. She wears fake eyelashes that are beautiful. She can't do those herself."

Style watchers suspect that Grimes-Miles is behind Obama's most prominent beauty reinvention: Her eyebrows. After the first lady drew criticism for looking angry, her high-arched eyebrows were reshaped with a softer arc that gave her a friendlier appearance.

(And while we're on that topic, read more about why the bushy eyebrow is back.)

The White House stated that these stylists are privately funded by the Obamas.

Writes the UK's Telegraph:

Aware of the sensitivity about public spending during the recession - and of previous criticism of expensive political haircuts - the first couple paid for the expenses of having a make-up artist in their entourage out of their own pocket, according to a spokeswoman for Mrs Obama.

WATCH discussion of Mrs. Obama's makeup and eyebrows on MSNBC Monday: