Metropoli-TAN Airbrush Tanning's licensed aesthetician simulates the sun's rays to counterfeit tans. As with any good counterfeit, creating an authentic-looking tan requires some artistic skill and the right resources. She starts with Norvell Tanning Solutions products, which she wields so capably that the product manufacturer certifies her skills. She then hand-applies the pigment-inducing spray with an airbrush, taking into account things such as the body's natural contours and whether or not your imaginary friend fell asleep on your stomach at the beach yesterday. The result is natural-looking, UV-free tans.
Tucked away in a nook of Thread Away Salon, clients of Wink Beauty Bar recline on a padded table as aestheticians reinforce their lashes with eye-enhancing extensions. Led by a master trainer in eyelash extensions, stylists add synthetic mink extensions to existing lashes, which can help clients blow out their birthday candles with just a few quick winks.
As the stylists at Desdimi Gallery Salon deftly conjure curlicues, revamp dull colors, and smooth down frizz, their sensibilities stay inspired from looking no further than the surrounding walls. Original works of visual media from emergent and established artists bedeck the studio, inviting patrons to ponder a cornucopia of colors and concepts while their old hairdos fall to the ground. The gallery keeps its culture fresh by swapping out exhibitions every four to six weeks, the same rate at which Mount Rushmore swallows tourists.
In its earliest stages, airbrush technology was used solely for magazine cover models, deceased-rapper t-shirts, and makeup for the cast of Cats. But when airpaints shot to $93 a barrel in 2000 following the dot-com bubble burst, airbrush artistry became financially unviable. A drought of airbrush artists resulted in finger-paint-based photo retouching, shirtless Tupac fans, and the renaming of Cats to Humans. At the 2008 International CO2-Based Design Conference, out-of-work airbrush artists finally discovered a profitable solution: airbrush tanning. They immediately went back to work, delighting the millions of Americans patiently waiting for sunless, streak-free tanning options. “It's called Ortanic, and it's nothing short of amazing. We've tried Mystic Tan in the past and ended up looking less-than glowing and more like macaroni and cheese. We've tried self tanners and spent many nights lathering ourselves with different lotions to come to determine which one is the top runner, followed by many days walking around with different colors stained on our skin.
In her more than 17-year career, Melinda Rodriguez has participated in fashion shows for Nicole Miller and Armani, and crafted styles for such notable personalities as actress Jane Seymour and Latin-pop singer Chayanne. To expand the reach of her red-carpet styles, she founded Roque Beauty Lounge, a spacious salon and spa where a team of energetic style experts draw on experience in Chicago, Miami, and London to craft face-flattering looks that adhere to the salon's shared creative vision. Here, three tiers of stylists perform services at prices that match their individual experience level while using products by Moroccanoil. Roque Beauty Lounge also houses The Lashe Spot, where lash technicians accentuate eyes by shaping brows and amplify lashes with synthetic extensions.
Aesthetician and nail technician Elsa Vasquez heads up Love Your Skin, a boutique spa that uses vegan skincare products from Only Yourx to refresh the epidermis. Treatments range from PCA Skin peels to indulgent 24K gold facials, diamond-tip microdermabrasions, and regular showers of oversized gems. In the future, the spa plans to introduce a portable, disposable cover-lined Footsie Bath, which will brim with fresh fruit slices and flowers, and shelves of SpaRitual, OPI and Essie nail polish will embellish digits during mani-pedis.