Makeup artist Lauren Doerries uses her pigments, powders, and liners to enhance—not cover up—her clients' natural beauty. It's a talent that she has honed for years at esteemed schools and spas in London, New York, and Chicago. Over time, she has taken that knowledge and applied it to a wide swath of clients, from runway models to brides and special-effects departments. But her ease with a brush and a wand doesn't limit her to only applying makeup—she also takes pride in sharing her skills during makeup tutorials and games of Trivial Pursuit: Makeup Edition.
Located in a renovated 19th-century home, Brennan Massage and Spa swathes visitors in quaint atmosphere. Rocking chairs and potted flowers cover the front porch, and inside, original woodwork and contemporary furniture furnishes sunlit rooms. The staff offers guests complimentary cups of organic tea and free baths in piles of woodchips before pampering them with organic, paraben-free facials, relaxing massages, or all-encompassing spa packages. The spa also features a variety of organic, handmade products purchased from small businesses, including scented lotions, shea butters, and skincare lines.
The Tanning Co.'s four types of tanning beds and array of hair services help clients add customized oomph to their appearances. Body-bronzing beginners may opt for a nap in the level I Montego Bay bed ($8/session) to achieve an admirable tan in 20 minutes, or approximately half the time it takes to dream that you forgot to study for your Biology of Puppies final exam. The Tropical Kiwi bed ($12/session) aims to turn bodies tawny in 15 minutes, while the Silver Bullet bed ($22/session) is a mammoth bed for extra comfort and creates a coppery finish in 12 minutes without metallic aftertaste. For individuals who would rather be perpendicular to the floor, the stand-up booth ($15/session) delivers new pigments in 11 minutes, eliminates lines and pressure points, and gilds hard to reach areas such as the underarms, sides, and inner eardrums. After each session, tanning beds are sanitized with an FDA-approved cleaning solution.
Open 24 hours a day, XSport Fitness gilds pallid patrons with sunless Mystic Tan and VersaSpa systems as well as regularly relamped UV beds. With Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tan sessions, unstained patrons stand in private booths while a moisturizing mist sweeps over the skin, bestowing the body with the healthy golden glow of a Spanish doubloon polished up for a night on the town. In about two minutes, airbrushes apply a natural tone that can be customized according to body size, skin type, and desired color. The formula imbues dermises with a bronze, line-free tan without the hassle of spending all summer loitering around sandcastle hard-hat zones.
At Planet Beach Contempo Spa Elmhurst, automated spa treatments massage away tension, deploy heat and steam to soften skin, and restore complexions’ glow. Ears nestle into headphones that coo mermaid calls as clothed guests lie down on a hydro-massage bed, on which cloth-covered waves gently crash upon corporeal shores to ebb away tension. Infrared heat and nutrient-rich steam exhaled by a health-conscious dragon soothe, moisturize, and promote collagen production during a 20-minute Hydro-Derma Fusion treatment. For a more obvious glow, UV and Mystic spray tans gild pelts, and teeth-whitening services brighten the smiles brought on by the spa’s innovative personal pampering.
A rainbow wall of hair and skin care products brighten the storefront at Toujours Spa & Salon, which also gathers a wide range of lauded beauty therapies and expert practitioners under its roof. Many of the salon's senior stylists boast more than a decade of experience, and training in Wella coloring techniques. Their handiness with shears is exemplified by curl specialist Katrina Spence, whose deft implementation of Deva's dry-cutting technique won her a nod in Chicago magazine. In 2005, the massage therapists earned acclaim from Daily Candy for their raindrop technique, which aims to heal back pain with a combination of reflexology and antimicrobial essential oils. Lavender aromatherapy infuses nail treatments, and Toujour's signature line of skin care products appear in facials for men and women. Guests are greeted by Ned, a cardinal-red beta fish that serves as Toujours’ official mascot and freelance accountant.