Elizabeth Bilow has more than 19 years of experience as a professional makeup artist. She spent this period working for prestigious companies such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Smashbox. The director of Makeup Chicago, who trained with a celebrity makeup artist, has even had her work featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Fashion Magazine, and on HBO. She and her team specialize in on-location airbrush makeup applications for weddings, fashion shows, and editorial photo shoots. In addition, they’ve recently begun applying single-strand synthetic eyelash extensions, which adhere to individual lashes to create a fuller, thicker lash line that holds up against showers, swimming pools, and squirting clown flowers.
Anastasia Makeup Chicago is a go-to resource for cosmetics, given that it not only provides applications of traditional, and permanent makeup, but also lessons on applying makeup yourself. The staff takes its time with clients, spending one to two hours on lessons and up to a full day for applications. By creating cat-eyes, shaping eyebrows, and applying eyelash extensions, staffers ready faces for magazine covers, fashion shows, weddings, and, if all those go well, postage stamps.
Serving services for more than 30 years, Michael Thomas Salon & Day Spa helps transform unruly manes and scuffed soul sacks into lustrous locks and frictionless fleshoskeletons with a bevy of beautifying services performed by a talented staff. A women’s ($45–$70) or men’s ($30–$50) haircut and style or a classy up-do ($65) will chisel hair into eye-catching hair statues, and a French manicure ($23) that includes an arm massage, nail and cuticle conditioning, and crusty peanut butter removal will pretty digit plates. Spiff up frontispieces with a moisturizing European deep cleansing facial ($80), which unclogs pores and extracts impurities by utilizing exfoliation, steaming, and elaborate voodoo dances before applying a relaxing face, neck, shoulder, and confidence massage.
Aisha's training at the Niles School of Cosmetology and 17 years of experience underscore her expertise. At Aisha's Beauty Salon, she flexes her shears as a stylist and flaunts her knack for matching hues to hairs as a master colorist. She paints strands with multidimensional highlights and lowlights and dresses hair with natural or dramatic shades using single- and double-process color. Her salon’s services also include makeup applications, facials, nailcare, and threading and waxing for men and women.
Seva—named for the Sanskrit root-word that means 'to serve selflessly'—grew from a single, simple location opened in 2008 to what is now a beautifying powerhouse with shops populating nine states. Owner Vas Maniatis stumbled upon the concept of owning an eyebrow-centric salon during a trip he took with his sweetheart-turned-wife to Chicago's Little India district on Devon Avenue. While his date indulged in a quick eyebrow threading, Vas marveled at "what looked like hands and arms and a spool of thread dancing to some peculiar rhythm." He quickly set in motion a plan to set up shop and expose the ancient hair removal technique to those living outside the Indian community.
Today, a menu of services ranges from traditional eyebrow and facial threading, to instantly-drying no chip manicures that stay flawless for up to 14 days of incessant thumb war tournaments. Additionally, aestheticians at Seva de-fuzz a variety of physical locales with warm wax such as legs and arms, as well as detox faces with anti-aging, express, and acne facials.
Inspired by her daughters’ dissatisfaction with costly visits to the salon, owner Farzana Jazeh opened Jazeh La Belle motivated by a quintessentially mom-like goal to make her children happy. By carefully selecting skin therapists and eyebrow-threading technicians, Farzana ensures her staff is top notch, not only proficient in their craft, but also excellent communicators with or without the assistance of hand puppets. The spa specializes in treatments for the face, revitalizing skin with natural and organic products and augmenting the expressive tendrils framing the eyes with extensions and tinting.