Shawn understands that no two faces are alike. That's why the aesthetician focuses on each individual who walks through her door, customizing every treatment and seeing clients by appointment only. She then sets to work brightening, tightening, or de-milk-mustaching their skin, drawing on more than a dozen years of experience and training from San Francisco's Dermalogica school to do so. Shawn turns back the complexion's clock with treatments employing products from brands such as Obagi and Jessner, and enlists the aid of a local cosmetic surgeon when performing intensively exfoliating VI peels. And once she has perfected pores, Shawn can artfully adorn them with makeup of both the classic and permanent varieties.
How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.
The aestheticians at iCandy Eye Salon & Academy funnel all their energy into a single task—making eyes beautiful. Permanent makeup accentuates sparse brows or lash lines, and individually applied extensions make lashes stand taller without the need for posture lessons.
When you walk into thirteen, you'll be whisked away to a hair fantasyland. A highly trained hair stylist will help you figure out the best cut ($35 and up) for your face and personal style. If you already know what you're looking for, the stunning staff of stylists can take your vision and transform it beyond expectations. A single-process color is $36 and up, while partial highlights for dull head threads start at $60. Narrow down the focus to ocular hair with eyelash extensions ($125–$350), or wax away unwanted peach fuzz beneath an arched brow ($20–$25), on the stiff upper lip and trembling chin ($29), or from the bikini line ($30). Save today's Groupon for the largest day and use it for bridal makeup, which costs $225 for the bride and $85 for each doting handmaiden. This Groupon is also valid toward specials, such as half-price Friday facials, which occur once a month, enabling visitors to fully indulge in a European facial (regularly priced $95) or firming facial (regularly priced $165) for half-off.
Quilted stools standing before curved mirrors, plush curtains cordoning off treatment rooms, all lend an air of 1940s glam to Lashfully's eyelash salon. The lash artists – at this highly praised salon – work to lend their clients the same glamorous air, with lush synthetic mink eyelash extensions to enhance their eyes. Co-owner and head artist Liv Contreras trains each artist herself to artfully customize each client's lash extensions from a selection of 100 styles, differing in length, thickness, or curvature. Just like a middle school couple, natural lash and extension stay together for two to four weeks, until the native lash grows out naturally. Because of this, touchups are recommended every few weeks.
At Doll Face Permanent Cosmetics, Janell Lamela grants her clientele the convenience of having permanently spruced facial features with tattoos that mimic makeup. Her repertoire includes eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, and full lip color, examples of which can be seen here.