Under the guidance of professional makeup artist and founder Lina Sogomonyan, Le Visage Makeup Boutique helps fine-tune faces with exclusive, handpicked beauty products. The shop’s shelves form a flesh-toned rainbow of cosmetic and skincare products from brands such as Talulah Skincare, Paula Dorf, and Dermalogica that are well suited for a range of ages and skin types. The friendly staff can help shoppers paint facial frescos with advice on matte foundations from Bare Minerals ($28) and Aphrodite ORA mineral bronzer by Julie Hewett ($30) or help eyes kick their cigar habits by arming them with Cargo SmokyEye Duo palettes ($28). Cheek canvases can go from bedecked back to blank with help from Dermalogica's UltraCalming cleanser ($33) or get sun-kissed without having to buy it dinner first by brushing on an Ultra bronzer from FaceAtelier ($30).
Life Color Contempo Day Spa is a one-stop shop for clients' beauty needs. Facials refurbish sensitive and combination skin with rebalancing cleansers and gentle masks. Other face-improving services include teeth whitening, wrinkling-blasting Botox injections, and eyelash extensions. Spray tans imbue bodies with an all-over glow, and rapid weight-loss treatments help reshape physiques.
Innocent Beauty Collections, Hair Studio’s two locations feature experienced stylists who beautify clients with hairstyling and waxing services. They snip away split ends with precision cuts, give tresses dimension with highlights, lengthen hair with sewing or bonding weaves, and add moisture to parched strands with deep-conditioning treatments.
At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.
Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.
Unlike more traditional how-we-met stories, the chance meeting of Natalie Gordon and Rachel Shrader eventually led them to many, many weddings. That?s because the two met while working on the beauty team for a three-day Indian wedding in 2009, and they knew they had an artistic connection; shortly thereafter, they founded Avenue 42 Style Studio. Each woman brings extensive experience to their business: Natalie has completed more than 130 hours of professional training and is an adjunct professor at the Virginia Cinema Makeup School, whereas Rachel has worked as a stylist for 10 years. Their mission began as a bride-centric one, and business boomed by 300% in their first year together. When they realized they couldn?t handle demand on their own, they brought stylists Sarah Bell and Gracia Triplett on board. In 2012, the opening of a permanent Avenue 42 Style Studio downtown solidified their presence in Richmond as not just wedding stylists but everyday stylists.
Today, the four-woman team at Avenue 42 Style Studio specializes in beauty services that cater to both the glam-seeking bride and the man, woman, child, or chow chow in search of a simple haircut. They hand-select hair color from lines by Schwarzkopf and Aveda, brushing color over roots to touch them up or creating ombre highlights. The styling team can also craft updos for formal occasions, as well as extend manes with Hairlocs, which adhere to the head without glue, heat, or forcing strands that just met to hug. As for aesthetics, their expertise now extends into organic airbrush tanning, airbrush makeup, and airbrush tattoo cover-up. Their on-location bridal services continue to flourish and have been featured in Southern Weddings magazine, among other publications.
Nava's Hair Studio's Facebook page reads like a beauty magazine, offering tips on such things as how to prevent hair from frizzing in the summer (keep hair properly hydrated so it won't absorb moisture in the air and swell) and how to build volume at the crown while keeping the rest of the hair sleek (apply mousse roots to ends, put hair in a ponytail on the top of your head, release when dry). The page is so informative because Nava's head stylist and owner, Ofelia, has been working in the industry for more than 20 years. Plus, she constantly travels the country seeking advanced knowledge on such things as how to cut hair based on facial structure and how to hide a third eye with dramatic bangs.
At her studio, Ofelia and her team of stylists keep locks looking spiffy with face-flattering cuts, Brazilian blowouts, and highlights and lowlights. They also beautify clients with waxing services and lash and brow tints.