Though only one accent wall drenched in lilac disrupts Paris Skin Care Center of Hoboken’s all-white décor, you won’t be missing color. It appears within the kaleidoscopic palettes at the cosmetics counter, manned by professional makeup artist and owner, Sofia. Using both airbrush and traditional techniques, she makes eyes pop with shadow, gives lips a glossy sheen, and contours cheekbones worthy of a ventriloquist’s dummy—all while masking blemishes. Semi-permanent lash extensions, in either basic or dramatic styles, complete freshly made faces. And though makeup is Sofia’s forte, clients will also want to check out her other spa services. She uses an extra-gentle blend of beeswax and cotton-oil, for example, to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs during full-body waxes, and shoos away stress and muscle pain with deep-tissue and aromatherapy massages.
Beach Bum Tanning's board-certified consultants speak with each client beforehand to determine the best tanning method for their golden-hued goals, allowing bronzed butterflies to emerge from their cocoons with a natural glow free of overexposure. The salon's Star Trekkian tanning beds come with features such as climate control, cool misting sprays, aromatic fragrances, and MP3 player inputs, and some beds are even open to the air to cut down on claustrophobia. As an alternative to tanning beds, the time-crunched can undergo an airbrush tanning that sun-gods skin without exposure to unforgiving UV rays or harsh Friar's Club roasts. Using a combination of fine-point- and wide-point-guided guns, Beach Bum's certified airbrush artists will shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to your body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
Tanning expert Rachel Isaacson delivers custom tans in about 30 minutes with her mobile beautifying equipment. After quickly setting up a private tanning tent to keep healthy glows from spreading to furniture, Isaacson airbrushes organic, skin-tinting ingredients onto human canvases. The considerate tanner provides disposable garments and flip-flops for patrons who opt not to wear their own bathing suit. The carefully applied hue lasts up to seven days or longer, depending on time spent exercising, showering, or living in an air tunnel.
Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified Airbrush Artists also implement customized airbrush tans over 150 ways by using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
It's no surprise, given Portofino Sun & Solar Salon's name, that clients there can tan in a lie-down bed outfitted with more than 50 lamps and dubbed the "Giant Sun." The "Sun Machine" booth offers a standup alternative, too, giving physiques 365-degree tanning coverage, much like the old school technique of rolling down a glowing hill. The salon isn't purely loyal to its name, though. Airbrush tans and the Norvell auto revolution both bronze physiques while eschewing the sun's signature tanning tool, UV rays, altogether.
Ibiza Sun Club soaks pasty patrons in skin-tinting sprays and rays, whipping them up to their cocoa-toned best. The Mystic spray tan rapidly and evenly performs an elusive photoskinthesis without exposure to UV rays. Applied in a private booth in a matter of seconds, the tan darkens over the course of a few hours and lasts from up to 7–10 days, with an add-on of 3 Shots Bronzer available for $5. For anyone avoiding the wooziness clinically linked to standing upright, Ibiza also browns crusts with a host of sleek tanning beds, available in a range of power levels ($12 per session for level one, $15 for level two, $20 for level three, $25 for level four, and $30 for level five). Visitors tan in Ibiza's colorful, neon-inflected setting, located near scores of restaurants and stores in the Shops at Atlas Park.