Celestine Lipsey is a Renaissance woman, but no matter what she's up to, it's a given that she's going to make you look good. Celestine's online boutique, Olsolneo, adorns lobes with her own hand-woven hoops. Her work in retail swaths shoppers in new duds. And at Odell's Glamour Studio, she calls upon her talents as a makeup artist and aesthetician. Celestine's menu of services at Odell's includes brow-shaping, brown-sugar facials, and lash extensions.
Kim Phung Beauty Salon’s aestheticians rejuvenate cheeks, chins, and surrounding areas with spa-style exfoliation treatments. A time-tested cloud of crystals sweeps away spent and flaky skin, and the resulting detritus immediately vanishes through a tiny vacuum. Freshly unveiled skin shines with a healthy young glow alongside fewer fine lines and blemishes. The one-hour treatment typically requires very little downtime, ensuring that patients can make evening bridge-club appointments in time to get kicked out for looking too young.
Lidia Mosquera, the medical aesthetician behind Med Therapeutic Skin Care Day Spa, believes that her education never stops. Though she's been in the industry for more than 25 years, she still commits herself to staying on top of the latest beauty practices and procedures, even traveling to learn about breakthroughs made outside of the U.S. or in the galley of a Boeing Dreamliner. At her day spa, she offers massages, body wraps, laser hair removal, facials, and other services that showcase her cutting edge expertise. Her microcurrent, endermologie, and cavitation treatments help contour cellulite in problem areas, and her staff also enhance massages with aromas of sage and tequila that impart the natural healing effects of the agave plant.
Inside Salon Pennae, Tangela LaRue helms Art of Perfection, where she provides haircare education and services to women of all ages. Tangela works with tresses of all textures and specializes in vibrant color, smoothing relaxers and silkings, elongating extensions, and stylish cuts. In addition to hair services, she artfully applies makeup, shapes eyebrows, and adds extensions to make lashes lush enough to bat away fog.
It would probably be more efficient to ask Joan Bell Carroll about what she doesn't do. As the founder of Browz Makeup Bar, she is, of course, a makeup artist and aesthetician, but her skill set includes more than just creating a pretty face. She is also a licensed aesthetics instructor, and teaches courses at Browz on basic and advanced makeup artistry, waxing, and even pole and belly dancing. Inside her studio—a chocolate-hued space accented with pops of orange and blue—she hosts a diverse range of events that includes everything from birthday and lingerie parties to photo shoots and dance classes.
But since opening Browz nearly 20 years ago, Joan's specialty has always been brow and makeup services. She and her team can shape brows however clients prefer, whether by waxing, threading, tweezing, or pixellating. They also remove unwanted hair elsewhere with a complete selection of body waxing treatments. They create flawless skin with airbrush makeup applications, and can lengthen lashes with semi-permanent extensions or temporary strip or individual lashes.
Charmagne Grant, master stylist and owner of Salon Envy, comes to Atlanta by way of Kingston, Jamaica and the Big Apple. She brings nearly two decades of beauty industry experience to her salon, where she oversees a team of fellow stylists and massage therapists. This crew specializes in cuts, colors, and glamorous styles, and are equally adept at working with both natural hair and weave extensions. Click here to view their style gallery, which features bold wedding updos and stunning red-carpet downdos.