Monica Harris began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, even developing enough expertise to design and teach a college course on makeup artistry. After spending countless hours working on models, she realized that even the most makeup-savvy girls struggled with their skincare. Inspired by this experience, Monica became a licensed aesthetician to educate clients and improve the quality of their skin. Today Monica runs several successful spas, where she works directly with her clients to clear up skincare woes and develop results-oriented home regimens to whip skin into shape without the use of restrictive pore girdles. At Monica’s Skincare Boutique, she delivers a host of skincare treatments along with a full menu of makeup, nailcare, and waxing services.
The voluminous selection of services at Beyond Bare has something for every part and for every person, from hair extensions to body contouring to spa services just for men. Technicians and aestheticians are available seven days a week, and they even travel to clients' homes.
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.
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.
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.
Cheryl Picha used to exclusively specialize in bridal makeup. As she added that wedding-day glow, dabbed away tears of joy, and blended foundations to match her subjects' individual coloring, she began to receive requests—the brides wanted these long-lasting, custom-blended formulas in their own makeup kits. This discovery led Cheryl to establish Custom Face, a group of independent makeup artists who specialize in applying individualized cosmetics to every unique face that walks through their door. Powered by the sultry hues of the Motives by Loren Ridinger line, the artists concoct foundations, bronzers, blushes, and eye shadows to complement their clients' skin tones. Visitors can either bring these formulas home or have their specialist craft a personalized look stunning enough to brighten any wedding, cultural celebration, or live-action production of The Smurfs they desire.