Elizabeth Bilow has more than 19 years of experience as a professional makeup artist. She spent this period working for prestigious companies such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Smashbox. The director of Makeup Chicago, who trained with a celebrity makeup artist, has even had her work featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Fashion Magazine, and on HBO. She and her team specialize in on-location airbrush makeup applications for weddings, fashion shows, and editorial photo shoots. In addition, they’ve recently begun applying single-strand synthetic eyelash extensions, which adhere to individual lashes to create a fuller, thicker lash line that holds up against showers, swimming pools, and squirting clown flowers.
At Head to Toe, a full-service beauty salon and spa, pulchritude professionals cosset weary patrons within a relaxing oasis featuring a range of hair, nail, and waxing treatments that utilize high-end salon products and stress-melting massages and facials. During pampering manicure and pedicure services, the salon’s digit doctors knead tightness out of phalanges and extremities before coating keratin in OPI, Essie, and Duri lacquers to revitalize fingers and prepare feet for trips to the beach or for sandal-model interviews. Stylists reduce head tension with relaxing shampoos and conditioners before basic cut and style sessions and after double-process color treatments.
Whether you're stopping in for an express facial or a full day of unwinding, the staff at Organic Body & Soul Spa’s singular goal is to help you shine inside and out. On the relaxing end of the spectrum, they dole out massages that use organic essential oils to enhance the entire experience. They also have 10 specialized facials with organic European serums featuring caviar extract, peptides, vita-mineral concentrate, and melted-down euro coins. Other treatments, such as jet peels and microdermabrasion facials, blend the relaxing elements you'd expect from a spa with the powerful results of a medical office.
A marble-topped reception desk and heron-strewn silk screen welcome customers to Skin Renewed By Rhonda, where the aesthetician-in-chief echoes her calm surroundings with European-style spa services such as customized facials, soothing massages, and surface-smoothing microdermabrasion. Performed with cutting-edge products from Bioelements and PCA, Rhonda’s services treat signs of aging with serums free of artificial color, fragrances, or clog-promoting oils.
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.
Among the arches, pillars, and pastel-rose walls of Zena European Salon and Spa, a team of four stylists and one aesthetician attend to their clients with fashionable cuts and targeted skin treatments. Stylists trim tresses in front of a wall of mirrors, and the aesthetician gives faces the royal treatment with a 24K-gold facial under a tropical-island mural and King Midas’ jealous gaze. Since Zena’s trio of stylists accrued experience in Redken coloring techniques, they specialize in highlights and full-color treatments, and can help customers achieve new looks with feather extensions or perms. Along with 15 facials and masks, the salon’s aesthetician can scrub down patrons’ whole bodies with salt and minerals for a glow to rival irradiated glow worms.