One might not think of makeup as having attitude, but Brazen Cosmetics aims to change that. The indie cosmetics company creates bold hues and trendy scents to draw attention on the street, amplify a stage presence, and—at one point—grace the faces of the Detroit Pistons cheerleaders. These eye shadows, blushes, brow powders, and foundations sport names bold enough to reflect their colors and the spirits of the divas living inside their containers. Women can wear their mood with flirtatious tints such as En Fuego, Frisky, and Surrender or play with more mysterious names such as End of the World, Idol, and WTF.
Yet intrepid looks aren't the only goal of Brazen Cosmetics. Each custom-blended color uses durable formulas anchored by natural minerals, oils, extracts, and vitamins to enhance and heal complexions. As a further eco-friendly measure, most of the company's products are made completely vegan and all the products are 100% vegetarian. In Brazen's Ferndale showroom and beauty lounge, customers can feel good about the lack of animal testing as they sample blends from the shelf or learn how to apply them during group and private classes spurred by wine.
Years of searching for painless and effective hair-removal technology led Dr. Granowicz to the Aesthera PPx system. At Medical Laser Aesthetics, PLLC, he and his staff prevent hair from slowly taking over bodies by using Aesthera’s noninvasive, wand-like device to flash low levels of intense pulsed light on treatment areas, causing camera-shy hairs to flee the scene. During the hair-removal process, the Aesthera PPx system soothes skin with a mist of pure water, rather than relying on aesthetic lotions or anesthetic creams. Other than whisking away unneeded bodily fleece, the center’s technicians also use the powerful device to rejuvenate damaged skin, treat acne, and chime in at Pink Floyd laser-light shows. Regardless of the aesthetic need, the practitioners at Medical Laser Aesthetics work with clients to create personalized treatment plans.
Kimberly and Robyn of Airbrush Artist Pro have honed their craft over the years by applying makeup for weddings as well as boudoir and fashion photo shoots. During makeovers, they use organic makeup that’s free of chemicals, gluten, and parabens and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential oils. The makeup is made from crushed minerals imported from Germany, making it both safe and nourishing for most skin types. Eager to pass on the secrets of their profession, Kimberly and Robyn lead 90-minute lessons that cover proper techniques, color selection, contouring, and highlighting.
At The Smokey Eye, owner Kimberly Williams and her staff of aestheticians and cosmetologists beautify clients with professional makeup, hairstyling, and eyelash extensions. The staff also hosts classes that teach women about many nuanced aspects of makeup application.
Since opening the doors of their first location in 1997, Club Soleil has bronzed more than 46,000 Detroiters. The staff constantly switches out the lamps in the salon's collection of seven levels of beds and stand-up booths to keep tan times quick and the sun on its toes. For a UV-free glow, automated misting booths distribute 5 ounces of Magic Tan solution through 36 individual jets that coat the body evenly from head to toe. Certified tanning associates educate clients on the risks and benefits of each system as well as products for moisturizing the skin and extending the life of the tan.