Anastasia Makeup Chicago is a go-to resource for cosmetics, given that it not only provides applications of traditional, and permanent makeup, but also lessons on applying makeup yourself. The staff takes its time with clients, spending one to two hours on lessons and up to a full day for applications. By creating cat-eyes, shaping eyebrows, and applying eyelash extensions, staffers ready faces for magazine covers, fashion shows, weddings, and, if all those go well, postage stamps.
Seva—named for the Sanskrit root-word that means 'to serve selflessly'—grew from a single, simple location opened in 2008 to what is now a beautifying powerhouse with shops populating nine states. Owner Vas Maniatis stumbled upon the concept of owning an eyebrow-centric salon during a trip he took with his sweetheart-turned-wife to Chicago's Little India district on Devon Avenue. While his date indulged in a quick eyebrow threading, Vas marveled at "what looked like hands and arms and a spool of thread dancing to some peculiar rhythm." He quickly set in motion a plan to set up shop and expose the ancient hair removal technique to those living outside the Indian community.
Today, a menu of services ranges from traditional eyebrow and facial threading, to instantly-drying no chip manicures that stay flawless for up to 14 days of incessant thumb war tournaments. Additionally, aestheticians at Seva de-fuzz a variety of physical locales with warm wax such as legs and arms, as well as detox faces with anti-aging, express, and acne facials.
Specializing in event styling, the beautifying veterans at Makeup Chicago festoon peepers in trendy sets of flutter fibers with eyelash-extension applications. Composed of synthetic mink, extensions allow baby blues to snag the attention of passersby with long, thick addendums to natural lashes. A specialist applies demi-cat extensions one by one to the outer corners of eyes, affording clients the sharp, catlike look necessary to stand out in photographs or blend in at the next kitten pageant. Alternatively, full sets of extensions adorn eye curtains with custom bristles, which are curved to replicate the appearance of natural lashes. With regular touchups, extensions may last up to a year, and can safely endure the moisture-slicked effects of swimming, exercising, and competing in pie-eating contests.
Serving services for more than 30 years, Michael Thomas Salon & Day Spa helps transform unruly manes and scuffed soul sacks into lustrous locks and frictionless fleshoskeletons with a bevy of beautifying services performed by a talented staff. A women’s ($45–$70) or men’s ($30–$50) haircut and style or a classy up-do ($65) will chisel hair into eye-catching hair statues, and a French manicure ($23) that includes an arm massage, nail and cuticle conditioning, and crusty peanut butter removal will pretty digit plates. Spiff up frontispieces with a moisturizing European deep cleansing facial ($80), which unclogs pores and extracts impurities by utilizing exfoliation, steaming, and elaborate voodoo dances before applying a relaxing face, neck, shoulder, and confidence massage.
Monica Harris began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, even developing enough expertise to design and teach a college course on makeup artistry. After spending countless hours working on models, she realized that even the most makeup-savvy girls struggled with their skincare. Inspired by this experience, Monica became a licensed aesthetician to educate clients and improve the quality of their skin. Today Monica runs several successful spas, where she works directly with her clients to clear up skincare woes and develop results-oriented home regimens to whip skin into shape without the use of restrictive pore girdles. At Monica’s Skincare Boutique, she delivers a host of skincare treatments along with a full menu of makeup, nailcare, and waxing services.
The voluminous selection of services at Beyond Bare has something for every part and for every person, from hair extensions to body contouring to spa services just for men. Technicians and aestheticians are available seven days a week, and they even travel to clients' homes.