The staff at Pigmenta Permanent Cosmetics believes that beauty should be effortless, which is why they've curated a selection of services designed to minimize time in front of the makeup mirror. Permanent makeup artist Julia enhances eyes and lips with hypoallergenic ion-oxide pigments custom-matched to the client’s skin-tone and cosmetic preference. Instead of relying on a machine or stencils, Julia performs the tattoo-like procedure by hand, allowing her to impart a soft, natural look and even mimic the look of individual eyebrow hairs. Meanwhile, lash specialists enhance flutterers with everything from semi-permanent extensions to lash dipping—a process that allows clients to ditch their mascara for up to six weeks. Pigmenta’s staff also invites customers to stop in for quick threading sessions, where sturdy lengths of thread allow aestheticians to swiftly remove excess hair from the face and brows or quickly sew it back on if the client changes their mind.
Over the course of her two-decade career, makeup artist and aesthetician Robin Erb has dolled up brides for more than 150 weddings and helped her studio win praise on CBS Boston’s list of "Best Places for Eyelash Extensions." Using unique methods she learned throughout the years, she flatters clients' facial features with expertly applied makeup and skin-rejuvenating treatments. Instead of blowing really hard on strands until they fall out, she swiftly removes unwanted hair from the premises using soy-based wax, which is easy on sensitive skin. Even the wildest brows leave Robin Erb Skin Care domesticated and well-behaved after an eyebrow maintenance session, which factors in the client's face shape and features.
Any client that commissions the services of Group Beauté places their aesthetic goals in the hands of four very capable women. Over her 20 years of international experience, makeup artist Alicia Zefta's work has appeared in a who’s who of high fashion that includes the pages of Vogue and runway shows for Yves Saint Laurent. But bridal makeup is where she really excels, as she possesses a unique knack for interpreting her clients' desires and carefully studies their natural beauty to design personal styles. Aesthetician Elvira McCloskey also carries more than two decades of experience and specializes in treating skin plagued with acne, signs of age, or sun damage. Shikora Hill, a graduate of the Paris Fashion Institute, and Tomirys Calderon, who spent years working fashion events, also call on years of training to bring out their patrons' features with the art of cosmetics.
Beyond their prowess for bringing out each face's innate elegance, the beauty quartet polishes up other features with services such as personal cosmetics shopper, spa parties, spray tanning and hairstyling. Clients looking for more long-lasting fixes can invest in permanent makeup, lash extensions, or makeup workshops, where the Group Beauté team shares the techniques they’ve learned over the years, such as how to create looks appropriate for work, evening, and Blue Man Group auditions.
What happens when six well-regarded and well-established hair and makeup experts team up? The Makeup Artists, a collaborative of professionals with more than 35 years of combined experience and training, ready to help anyone, from a bridal party to a movie star, look great. This floating band of beautifiers work mainly on-site, dishing out private in-home makeup lessons or working celebrity events around Boston, then dolling up runway walkers for fashion shows. The hairstylists specialize in hair extensions and use cutting-edge techniques to achieve any look desired, be it for a professional gig to private occasion. The accolades for all of the six are extensive, reassuring clients that they can be trusted with their appearance.
Residents of the North End don’t have to go to Newbury Street for a great haircut. Instead, they can book an appointment at Philip’s Salon on Hanover Street. The small contemporary stylist is located just a few steps from the waterfront and away from the hustle and bustle of the restaurant zone that Hanover Street is so well known for. From single-process colors, partial highlights and conditioning glosses to trendy cuts, creative blowouts and straightening treatments, the trained stylists recommend new looks based on hair texture and face shape. They also offer hair removal services for bikini, back, eyebrow, lip and underarms, all from inside their brick storefront, touched off with warming wood tones and light wooden floors.
Studio 9 specializes in sculpting streamlined and symmetrical eyebrows; Boston magazine named it Best Brow Shaper in 2008, and InStyle picked it for Best Boston Brows in its 2009 Beauty Black Book. Let one of these talented pluckists give your brows a look of surprise just in time for gift-receiving season ($45 for sculpting). Or, opt for a haircut in the latest style ($35–$100) or a conditioning treatment with a head massage ($25). A member of the Boston Wedding Group, Studio 9 has excelled at bridal and prom hairdos (updos start at $65) and a special 'do for proms that turn into weddings. Perfectly coifed clients treat their digits to a luxurious spa manicure ($30). A full range of makeup services includes expert application of false lashes and pupil-illuminating eye makeup ($60).