While most beauticians stake out one facet of the beauty world to call their own, Sandra Evans has spent her 20-plus years in the industry as an aesthetician, nail technician, eyelash extensionist, permanent makeup artist, and waxer. From her station in Chez La Femme Salon, she shares her vast beauty knowledge with her clients. Here, Sandra uses the latest equipment, such as microcurrent and diamond-tip microdermabrasion, to ward of wrinkles, and traditional and permanent makeup to highlight facial features. When it comes to clients? nails, Sandra turns to her tool kit, which is filled with shellac polishes, therapeutic paraffin wax, and a bunch of leftover parts from an IKEA dresser that don't seem to go anywhere.
Julia, a licensed aesthetician with more than 10 years of experience, combines traditional European skincare techniques with advanced technologies at Velvet Skin Care Therapy. She smoothes skin with facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels and naturally evens skin tones with SkinScript skincare products, which contain kojic and arbutin acid. Julia is also a state-certified permanent-makeup artist, and she uses hypoallergenic SofTap pigments to enhance her clients’ eyes, eyebrows, and lips while maintaining a natural look.
At Exquisite Salon and Spa, stylist Wendy cuts, colors, and styles hair. She and her fellow beauty professionals work their magic with an emphasis on calmness and relaxation—whether guests seek salon or spa services inside the gleaming white space, they're guaranteed a "quiet zone," complete with subtle music and soft conversation. Tanning services and Botox are also available for those who prefer to spruce up their looks and clear their heads at the same time.
Inside Exquisite Salon and Spa, pops of dark lilac and an occasional splash of red interrupt a sea of pristine white floors and furniture. The space also features spotless, private rooms dedicated to services such as steam baths, body treatments, and colon hydrotherapy.
Aesthetic specialists harness the power of light during photo-rejuvenation skin treatments and keep harmful rays at bay with spray tanning. In addition to enhancing facial features, permanent makeup artists hide flaws ranging from uneven pigmentation to scars. Stylists also beautify faces with traditional means such as makeup applications, haircuts, and highlights.
"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.
As an aesthetician, Brandy Rich spends nearly every day up close and personal with her clients’ faces. She has seen it all—from troublesome acne to irritated and dry skin—and she works her magic to address every problem. The anti-aging facial’s essential oils help diminish fine lines, and pineapple extract exfoliates faces more gently than scrubbing with an actual pineapple. When problematic skin quiets down, Brandy’s job as a makeup artist kicks in. She enhances brides’ natural beauty with Temptu Pro airbrush makeup, teaches everyday folk how to properly apply eyeliner, and applies eye-catching lash extensions for added drama when blinking.