From the walls that enclose Zena Day Spa's 6,000-square-foot space, one can almost feel sun seeping from the great, rough-hewn stone blocks and murals influenced by the ancient Egyptians. Intricately woven gold speckled with authenticity-testing bite marks trims Victorian-style couches, upon which clients nip at complimentary beverages. Extremities wrapped around warm mugs or wading through luxurious carpet prepare for dips in oil, paraffin, and a warm lotion or cooling gel infused with sea salt, and beautifiers overhaul hair, nails, skin and bodies with opulent spa and salon treatments.
Organic, semipermanent makeup accentuates facial features, and bold brushstrokes paint exotic scenes behind pedicure chairs and above gleaming marble countertops. The scent of potted lilies rides waves of eucalyptus-infused steam past the strawberry-blond wooden slats that border a sauna. The spa's private showers are ideal for relaxing cleanup or tearful regrets about taking cotton candy in the shower.
Some artists make lifeless pieces of paper the beneficiaries of their talent. But for more than 15 years, Mahnaz has used her talent to fill lips, brows, and lash lines with indelible pigments through permanent-makeup procedures. In addition to coloring lips with natural-looking pigments, she can trace kissers with full, pouty outlines. As she defines eyelids, she dots the pigment between the lashes to make each strand appear as thick as a professional passport stamper’s dominant forearm. Mahnaz also emboldens brows by drawing solid shapes or feather-like strokes. As a corrective-pigment camouflage specialist, she can help restore areolas damaged or lost through surgery. When Mahnaz isn't inking façades, she dry needles wrinkles and scars to coax skin-plumping collagen into production and beautifies fringed lids with lash extensions and perms. Mahnaz also shares her skills with aspiring permanent-makeup artists by teaching certification courses.
For mother-and-daughter team Pamela and Teal, beauty is a family tradition. Pamela—an aesthetician, shiatsu therapist, and makeup artist—has taught skincare seminars around the world, mentoring many successful makeup artists and working with celebs such as Eric Roberts, Beau Bridges, and Stacy Keach. Teal—an on-location makeup artist influenced by both her mother's experience and her uncle's work for film and TV—has freshened many famous faces herself in her more-than-10-year career. Working on numerous films, music videos, and fashion shows, she found herself enhancing the features of Shannon Elizabeth, Salma Hayek, and Christina Ricci, among others, and her work has been featured in the print work of famous photographers such as Michel Comte and Jamais Vu.
Together with a team of licensed aestheticians, mom and daughter embrace an approach that blends natural and organic products with cutting-edge services, including LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, and Intraceuticals oxygen-infusion treatments. The spa's own eco-friendly brand of organic skincare products includes apothecary-style blended masks, firming gels, and moisturizers worthy of nourishing celebrity visages or their wax-based likenesses. And, to nourish the environment, all products are packaged in recycled plastic containers featuring labels printed with soy ink.
The technicians at Eyelash Lab specialize in eyelash extensions and dedicate their craft to perfecting a natural look and feel for each client. In addition to their namesake service, staffers also perform other beautifying services such as waxing, hairstyling, and skincare, such as the skin-brightening facial that leaves faces shinier than ones that have never been allowed out of their original packaging. Eyelash Lab's staff is so confident in their work that they have also established a trusted teaching center for those who wish to learn the art of eyelash extensions and makeup application as well as aesthetics.
Shirin Salon's eponymous founder earned her first cosmetology degree at the prodigious age of 14 before gathering diplomas from L'Oreal, Schwarzkopf, and Vidal Sassoon and opening her own shop in 1987. Today, Shirin and her team of stylists pamper coifs and visages with salon services that include haircuts for men and women, vibrant highlights, and relaxers. Threading and wax technicians absolve bodies of unwanted bristles, and natural-looking eyelash extensions add a flirtatious flutter to attract potential mates and mistaken butterflies. Bridal packages enhance the most striking features of spouses-to-be with makeup, manicures, and gravity-defying updos. Crystals dangle from wall sconces and ceiling lights, casting the salon's white orchids and black-and-chrome chairs in a soft, twinkling glow.
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