Softouch Permanent Makeup's steady-handed professionals subtly and safely enhance clients' natural features using the SofTap Hand Method. Unlike permanent makeup applied with a tattoo gun or water pistol loaded with borscht, the SofTap Hand Method applies pigment using small needles to gently tap color under the skin's surface, usually over the course of two visits to reduce healing time. Improve top lash batting averages with a slight dot of color between every lash ($250), or add permanent top or bottom eyeliner ($250). Fully shade a pout ($550) or fill out sparse or bare brows ($400) with natural-looking strokes that mimic the look of brow hair. Though the procedure may cause some pain, prettifying pros apply a numbing agent before application to reduce discomfort. Results can last from five to ten years, and require minimal touchups or makeout sessions with rainbows to maintain.
People sometimes compare applying permanent makeup to getting a tattoo, but at Softouch of Birmingham, that comparison couldn't be more wrong. Owner Heidi and her certified staff don't even use machines, instead relying on the SofTap hand method. This results in a gentler procedure, faster recovery time, and a softer, more natural effect than can be achieved with machines. Using hypoallergenic pigments, the artists permanently enhance lash lines, eyelids, eyebrows, and lips with designs that are virtually indistinguishable from regular makeup. But what's even more remarkable is that the procedure, like a feather boa with a stethoscope inside, has both cosmetic and medical applications?they have been known to help sufferers of alopecia and vitiligo as well as survivors of cancer.
Studio A owner and 25 year beauty industry veteran Annette Hyche took inspiration for her salon's aesthetic from her communal loves of photography, art, fashion, and design, and created a uniquely visual backdrop for customers looking to discover their own style. An elegant mix of modern colors, gold-framed mirrors, and other vintage-inspired flourishes, Hyche's gunmetal and turquoise hued salon is packed with a team of master aestheticians, hair stylists, and makeup artists ready to help each guest uncover their inner starlet or starfish. Products from Moroccanoil and Clayton Shagal Skincare stand ready at each chic styling station and velvet sofas and leopard-print lobby chairs provide unobscured views of departing bridal parties and other photo-worthy patrons.
Renee Hughes leads the team at Body Logic Wellness Center with a skill set that could put a one-man band to shame?she's a master aesthetician, licensed massage therapist, certified colon hydrotherapist, Endermologie and lipomassage technician, and certified electrologist. Hughes?s team rises to meet her impressive pedigree as they dole out detoxifying wellness treatments, apply eyelash extensions and permanent makeup, and wield lasers to eradicate hair and land-speeders double-parked outside the office.
During one-hour personal instruction sessions, professional makeup artist Danielle Lee—whose work has been featured in numerous publications including Southern Bride magazine—teaches clients step-by-step application techniques that can be used to augment their already existing facial features or to polish a miniature bust of Jennifer Lopez. Faces are exposed to a wide range of high-end cosmetics, including pigments by MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Trish McEvoy. A focus on delivering custom-tailored tips ensures that all clients leave the studio with the know-how to dress their dermises appropriately for upcoming bridal parties, birthday bashes, or KISS concerts.
Laser light is a quick, nearly painless, and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively treating unwanted hair. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy on the skin and treat hair follicles faster than other methods. Annihilate the roots of unwanted human fur in one treatment area—the upper lip and chin ($750), ears ($450), neck ($750), underarms ($900), or bikini line ($750). Combine the powers of two Groupons to devastate twice as many personal forests, or to hit an especially tenacious area with six laser nukes.