Betty Lynn practices art on a surface far more delicate than a canvas: the human face. With a steady hand, she gently applies makeup in intricate designs that befit each client, from brides wanting a rosy glow to models looking to make a fashion statement with dramatic eyeliners and lashes. For a more subtle effect, her makeup applications can also simply accentuate the client's facial features in a flattering way.
Betty Lynn's artistic skills aren't just limited to makeup applications. At birthday parties, she thrills kids by painting their faces with their favorite designs, such as a Spiderman mask or the cover of a math textbook. She also travels to private residences to paint customized murals in kitchens and nurseries.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.