For Antonette Johnson, beauty runs in the family. Her earliest training came from her mother, a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner. Now a licensed aesthetician herself, Johnson glitzes up clients at Face2Face Spa Studio. She specializes in makeup, laser hair removal, and skincare—revitalizing skin with facials and glycolic peels and creating luscious looks with eyelash extensions.
Laser Med Spa's aestheticians beautify and heal clients using advanced products and technology. That technology allows them to perform treatments such as laser hair removal, pixel skin resurfacing, or VelaShape cellulite treatments. Whatever the service, the staff treats each client as an individual; they'll explain each step of the process in addition to educating you on preventative and restorative maintenance.
In addition to their advanced medical techniques, the team also stockpiles some of the industry’s most forward-thinking dermatological products. Arbonne products blend antioxidants and natural botanicals to cleanse and smoothen the complexion with products for men, women, and children. Additionally, the Glominerals line has been used on top stars at the Academy Awards; it's garnered universal acclaim for its long-lasting effects without clogging pores or morphing your face into a Richard Nixon mask.
In her Today's Chicago Woman blog, Living Well and Beautifully, Tiffani Kim shares her thoughts on eating well, maintaining healthy skin, and dealing with stress. At her River North medical spa, she transforms these thoughts into action. A true renaissance woman, she’s also a fashion designer and artist. She creates a spa-like environment in which her legions of devoted readers can actively follow her online advice. Her staff of professional aestheticians and massage therapists exfoliates complexions with facials and soothes sore muscles with massages geared toward men, women, and teens. They also offer holistically minded acupuncture sessions and laser treatments that eliminate unwanted hair, tattoos, and spacecrafts illegally parked in the spa’s lot.
E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago—namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.
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During more than 20 years as a nail artist, Maureen Donlan has encountered dozens of women. She noticed how busy many of her clients were and how difficult it was for them to fit in a simple manicure during a hectic day. When she discovered permanent makeup, she knew it was the answer to many of these women's troubles—something that could let them get through an entire day without once checking their lipstick in the mirror. Maureen became certified in permanent makeup in 2004 and never looked back.
At Amazing Faces, Maureen offers today's women an alternative to traditional cosmetics. With safe and meticulous techniques, she adds permanent flair to lips, eyes, and eyebrows and performs corrective work and scar camouflaging to conceal evidence of past accidents or surgeries. She also boosts blinks with eyelash tinting and extensions to provide defense from lecherous butterflies. In addition, Maureen calls upon her past to shape and groom nails before coating them in standard or gel polishes.
A portrait of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo guards the entrance of Kahlo Salon, overseeing the creative stylists who cut, color, and sculpt hair armed with Redken and Moroccanoil products. Veronica Avila, salon owner and Redken master specialist weaves LOX hair extensions to add volume, length and color to locks and straightens follicles with Brazilian keratin treatments. Avila's list of achievements includes certifications in Pureology, Bosley, and LOX, as well as a certification as a Look Good Feel Better cosmetologist, which allows her to teach beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment. The salon, decorated with artwork by local artists, also features a reception area with a brown-leather couch and shelves of Redken products customers can peruse in person or via wireless Internet as they sip complimentary glasses of wine, coffee, and tea.
After being gifted with a free car on The Oprah Winfrey Show, makeup artist Kiley Russell sold her prize and used the profits to launch Big Girl Cosmetics, a line of mineral-based makeup and body products never tested on animals or underage mannequins. Years later, the company opened Big Girl Makeup Bar & Spa in Hyde Park, where friendly staffers regularly pamper visitors with facials, waxing, and massages infused with Big Girl products. Nail artisans augment manicures and pedicures with a chocolate scrub or honey-almond lotion before slicking talons with DBP- and formaldehyde-free polish. Feminine décor, such as bright pink walls and silhouettes of sassy gals, reflects the energetic, cheerful service that accompanies even the most relaxing of massages and facials. Eager to go the extra mile, the staff tops off every facial with a shoulder massage and a complimentary forged report card with straight As.