Aromatherapy can be used to soothe nerves and focus the mind, but for SkinBar's Lynda Dheming Moore, it sparked her entrepreneurial spirit. While working at an essential-oil company, Lynda discovered the benefits of plant extracts on the skin. This experience inspired her to enroll in aesthetics training and cosmetic chemistry classes at UCLA. This was in 1995, when Dr. Howard Murad was developing his holistic approach to skincare in nearby El Segundo, so she sought training from him after completing her coursework. She opened SkinBar nearly a decade later, after learning high-tech techniques at The International Dermal Institute and deepening her knowledge of skincare products at Dermalogica.
SkinBar stays true to its name, focusing exclusively on ways to smooth and refresh the saran wrap covering our faces and bodies. Facials reflect Lynda's diverse training, with involved rejuvenation methods involving gentle electrical impulses, salves enriched with goji berries to heal dryness, or retinoids to even out blotchy pigmentation. She still relies on Murad and Dermalogica tonics during treatments, but her library of products now includes bottles from Jan Marini and Obagi as well as cosmetics from Jane Iredale. Bluewick candles infuse the studio with relaxing aromas, and their scents seep into private chambers where massages ease pregnancy or melt knots with warm basalt stones. Waxing reveals radiant skin from under a wilderness of hair, and makeovers can accent facial architecture with pigment and eyelash extensions.
Lisa Reyes brings more than the necessary credentials to FaceInk, sporting certification in permanent-makeup application and instruction alongside licenses in cosmetology and aesthetics. At her salon, Reyes enhances natural beauty with tattoo-like eyeliner, lip liner, and brow fillers that can shorten daily primping rituals or correct asymmetrical features and sparse eyebrows. The tech takes skin tone and eye color into account to guide clients toward flattering color palettes and looks, but ultimately leaves the final decision to the customer or the customer’s talking mirror. Reyes enlists a trusted two-step process for each one- to two-hour procedure, requiring touchup visits within 10 weeks of the first procedure.
At Pearl MedSpa, Dr. Richard Bailey oversees the clinical but nonsurgical cosmetic treatments that subtly enhance clients' beauty. The doctor and his staff smooth fine lines and acne scars with nonablative AFT lasers, which, unlike more aggressive laser treatments, have mild side effects and little downtime. The staff also fine-tunes mugs with Botox and Juv?derm injections, which can give patients a face lift and reduce the need for surgery or clothespins. Radio-frequency technology gently heats tissue to fight cellulite, and chemical peels and PCA lightly exfoliate fa?ades.
With wine colored walls and black beaded curtains, the atmosphere inside Gorgeous Lash Lounge evokes a posh nightclub. But here, everywhere's the VIP section, and anyone can sink into one of the plush armchairs and be pampered. Technicians fortify eyelashes with extensions so they look fuller, thicker, and better suited to cleaning the insides of sunglasses. Permanent makeup services enhance clients' natural beauty and saves them precious prep time, and other glamorizing services include Pura spray tanning.
As a girl, Stevee Danielle would watch professional makeup artists transform her actress mother and her show-business cohorts into glamorous stars. That sparked her interest in the craft, and at the age of 20, she opened her own beauty salon, Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup. She quickly built out a team of skilled, trained stylists and makeup artists to augment her own talents and form a well-coiffed laser-tag team.
Though Stevee and her crew tackle a slew of services—such as hair cutting and coloring and manicures—in her salon, they specialize in bridal hair and makeup done on location and beautify 8–20 bridal parties per week. Stevee has even appeared on The Morning Blend to discuss her successful traveling wedding services and the latest bridal trend of weaving sparklers into hair.
While Michelle Kunkel studied at the Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences, she earned her certification in Babor skincare products and cultivated a passion for glowing skin and edgy, prismatic makeup. After graduation, she began her career as an aesthetician under the moniker Mama Riot Make-up, and today she artfully performs services inside Yost Salons Exclusive. Michelle's facials and waxing treatments make skin slippery smooth, and her ultrasonic and photofacial treatments subdue blemishes including cellulite and stretch marks. When she isn't accentuating faces with brow and lash tinting and makeup applications at the salon, she travels to her clients for weddings and spa parties. She'll even give makeup lessons upon request, should clients want to master techniques for achieving sultry and smoky eyes, perfectly pouty lips, or cheeks adorned with flawless sudoku puzzles.