Permanent Makeup in Stratford

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For the past 15 years, Samantha "Sami" Angelini has been manicuring nails, banishing fuzz with honey wax, and wielding makeup brushes. She's freelanced for MAC and Laura Mercier, filling her portfolio with images that typify her natural, yet evocative makeup style. Today, she enhances eyes, lips, and cheekbones with Motives Cosmetics mineral-based makeup. She demonstrates her techniques during one-on-one lessons, and preps brides for their nuptials. Sami's artist's eye also guides her hands as she shapes brows into flattering forms—one of her specialties—or tops finger and toenails in chip-resistant polishes or thimbles.

839 Chapel St.
New Haven,
CT
US

The beauty experts at Makeup by DiLieto take the stress out of primping for weddings or other special events. They give skin a flawless finish with high-definition, silicone-based airbrush makeup and assemble hair into dramatic updos. The team also conducts weekly makeup courses, in which they detail the tools and techniques needed to create stunning looks at home.

352 Concord Street
New Haven,
CT
US

Many people dream of winning an award at the Emmys, but Veronica Brayman has actually done it. Four times, in fact, for her outstanding achievements while working on As The World Turns. In addition to styling soap stars, Veronica also primped daytime talk-show hosts throughout her 17-year career. Today, she puts that authoritative expertise into running ESSA Salon & Spa, where she and her staff of stylists work with hair products including Redken, Cutler, and Kérastase to turn standard salon services, such as haircuts and color work, into opportunities for red-carpet treatment.

Veronica isn’t the only one with plenty of styling experience; many of the other staff members have been plying their trades for more than a decade, too. From senior colorist Rich Delloff’s quarter-century body of work built in New York City, Long Island, and even Las Vegas to designer Arsen Aronov’s background in New York City salons such as John Frieda, the team’s collective résumé is strong. It even includes a massage therapist, Maria Luciana, who has almost 20 years of experience. Drawing on the salon's arsenal of products, including Veronica's ESSA line of hair and makeup products and Yon-Ka Paris skincare concoctions, the stylists design detailed and flattering bridal packages, which make bridesmaids sparkle like champagne, groomsmen shine like new coins, and fire eaters look hot enough to melt Pluto.

1023 Oyster Bay Rd
East Norwich,
NY
US

Light becomes powerful at Lifetime Laser. Within the med spa's relaxing confines, technicians use lasers to remove hair, smooth skin, and address various other skin issues. They also administer cosmetic fillers like Botox, apply chemical peels, and treat clients with special [packages((http://gr.pn/1aas6v3) designed to address acne or the signs of age.

565 Route 25A
Miller Place,
NY
US

Board-certified physician Denis Bouboulis, MD directs Versailles Medical Spa, pairing a clinician’s expertise with a doctor’s compassion. When not overseeing the application of treatment, the doctor finds avenues to give back—his self-produced 2006 Christmas benefit CD climbed to the top of medical charts everywhere. Dr. Bouboulis’s staff includes aesthetician Marie Saade, who draws upon a decade of experience—plus training in France and England—to fight against wrinkles and misapplied temporary tattoos. In Versailles Medical Spa's well-appointed reception area, fine-art prints hang near carved wooden furniture, and a rose-toned oriental rug.:m]]

106 Noroton Ave
Darien,
CT
US

Brands Used: Neuveau Contaur Equipment, Premier Pigments
Established: 2001
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 21
Pro Tip: Relax. You will love your new makeup.

Q&A with Cathy, Permanent Makeup Artist

Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I had my permanent makeup done 15 years ago, and it is the most liberating thing I have ever done for myself. In less than five minutes, I can be made up and out the door. Never again will I run to the supermarket without makeup, and meet the one person I least want to see when I don't look my best. I've loved my permanent makeup every day since it was applied, and I know my clients will be thrilled with the time they save every day.

What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Permanent makeup should be a great attractive daytime look, not an overdone look that would be appropriate for evening. You can always dress up your permanent makeup, if you choose to, when you are going out for a special evening.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
When you decide to have permanent makeup applied, choose a person that has superior training, experience, expertise, and lots of pictures of her work.

125 Highway 25A
Rocky Point,
NY
US