To the makeup artists at make(ME)up!, the most rewarding part of their job is seeing clients' newfound confidence in their looks. All it takes is an expert application of makeup, which can simply enhance facial features or camouflage imperfections, such as laugh lines or dark circles under the eyes on the front or back of your head. They also work to keep their canvases clean and healthy with skincare services such as facials.
Walking through the doors of Park Slope Tanning, visitors know what the business is about. The rows of brand-name accelerating lotions, the arsenal of UV beds, and even the ochre-colored walls hint at the sultry color of a day spent lounging under the sun. To get that color, the salon furnishes six tiers of UV beds that range from the no-frills tanning of the 35 100-watt bulbs on the Level 1 beds to the 650-watt high-pressure bulbs of the Level 6 beds, which are augmented with reflectors that ensure tanning rays can hit every corner of the body and still check their blind spots. Since clients don’t always have the time to build up a golden tan with UV rays, the salon also offers VersaSpa spray tanning booths that imbue skin with one of three shades in minutes, and custom airbrush tans that skilled technicians apply to bring out their clients' best features.
In a studio brimming with what New York magazine calls a “relaxed, residential vibe,” walls of slate gray and exposed brick ensconce the cutting-edge equipment dwelling within each of Pacific Tanning Salon's seven private bronzing rooms. Clients garner sun-kissed glows from an array of machines such as the Ambition 300, equipped with turbo and superpower lamps and high-pressure facial tanners. During sessions that last a maximum of 15 minutes, clients punch easy-to-navigate buttons to control their experiences, and ventilation systems ensure that they, and the casseroles they are warming, do not overheat.
D'Beaute Boutique's able aestheticians apply craftsmanlike precision as they file, buff, and polish nails for 45–60 minutes in a hot-cream mani-pedi. Nails take on new shapes as a file turns barbed-wire edges into even curves, and a thorough buffing leaves surfaces as smooth as the evasions of a practiced foreign-policy debater. Polish adds color, protection, and a miniature family crest to finger shields, and hot cream smothers hands and feet in hydration and deft hands massage out tension.
The staff members at BenSimon Salon & Day Spa strive to make each beauty treatment personal while immersing their guests in a luxurious setting. As they hand out robes, slippers, and complimentary cappuccinos, they steer patrons toward custom services that can amplify head-to-toe allure. The salon's stylists fashion new dos with renowned hair-product brands—including Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Wella—while remaining mindful of harsh chemicals, flattening frizz with formaldehyde-free smoothing formulas and dyeing strands with ammonia-free INOA color. They perform most salon treatments on wigs as well, and they can lead clients through a showroom that displays enough removable coiffures to disguise one detective for each potential jaywalker.
The skincare and spa specialists maintain the same level of commitment to customization. To combat acne, wrinkles, and dryness, they highlight optional add-ons for facials, such as seaweed and paraffin masks. They have also composed a variety of packages to accommodate all types of spa excursions, from bridal-party prep to romantic dates.
Yin's Beauty Spa's stylists and technicians administer a range of beautifying and pampering services, from facials and microdermabrasion to massages and skincare treatments. Collagen masks encourage the growth of younger, healthier-looking skin, whereas laser facials battle acne, rosacea, and boring lectures. When services conclude, clients can maintain their newly acquired glow with the spa's selection of retail beauty products, including skincare creams from Dermalogica and Biotone.