What we grow to love is sometimes in the hands of fate, as makeup artist Aimee Aquitania, proprietor of All Occasions Artistry, has discovered. In 2011, a car accident left Aimee unable to stand for long periods of time, so she knew she had to find a way to support herself that didn’t require her to be on her feet. After choosing aesthetics, her first makeup gig was for a wedding, and Aimee often looks back with surprise that she, a self-proclaimed tomboy, fell in love with such a delicate art.
In her plum-colored headquarters at Studio 55 Salon Suites, bronze double-sconce lighting illuminates countenances as Aimee enhances features with traditional cosmetics or tattoo-like permanent makeup. In addition to offsite trips to beautify wedding parties or paint faces on coconuts for shipwrecked sailors, she travels to homes to give makeup lessons or overhaul clients’ makeup bags by evaluating each cream, powder, and liner. After a sharp rap on the door, she can be found waiting on porches with a Norvell airbush tanning system to burnish bodies before sugaring and waxing away unwanted hair.
The team behind Lux Salon and Spa primp patrons with services amid stately wooden styling stations, tile floors, and orange accents. Hairstylists mold manes with products by Redken, Pureology, Paul Mitchell, and Brazilian Blowout. Beauty techs tint fa?ades with spray tanning and nourish epidermises with skin treatments by Rhonda Allison and Image. They also evict unwanted hair with wax, enhance beloved fuzz with brow tinting and lash extensions, and adorn hands and feet with OPI polish. Massage and bodywork heighten the relaxation. At the front of the shop, a boutique area with jewelry, hats, and scarves equips guests with accessories before they return to the outside world and their robot overlords.
At Scene Cosmetics, owner and founder Stacey Sacco helps clients achieve their dream look while also teaching them about proper makeup application so they can achieve the red-carpet look at home. Stacey uses the Scene PRO makeup line, which she designed to endure the stresses of professional photo shoots, the plot twists of film and TV work, and the hot lights and constant face licking of the stage. She and her crew also lead private makeup lessons, working with their own products and the client’s regular makeup to help master a look.
Unlike most teenagers, Shelby Hoogstad knew what career path she wanted to go down in high school. After graduation, she attended cosmetology school to gain expertise in keeping clients’ skin in tip-top shape. Now, at Shear Perfection, the Dermalogica-certified expert performs custom facial treatments, which combat everything from stubborn acne to confetti-stuffed pores. She also waxes away unwanted hair on the face and body and adds drama to eyes with lash tinting and extensions.
Upon witnessing how well Kacee wields bottles of Sexy Hair, Goldwell, and Redken hair products, it?s easy to see that she boasts seven years of experience in the beauty industry. Inside Hair by Kacee, the stylist fashions sleek hairdos accented with a wide palette of colors and dresses up faces with cosmetics that prep customers for a night on the town or a day at a police lineup. Kacee also performs hair and makeup services for brides and event-goers.
The aestheticians at Bellus Spa pamper skin with a range of facials that target specific needs. Serums infused with vitamins and hydroxy acid go after signs of aging, while detoxifying masks combat the bacteria responsible for acne. Calming facials relieve red, sensitive skin and back facials cleanse and exfoliate the oft-neglected face on your back.