Amore Day Spa?s owner Kelly Kim spent years honing her craft by working as a licensed aesthetician and product specialist before opening her own day spa in 2011. Born and raised in South Korea, she spent the first eight years of her career traveling between her home country and Seattle, making her particularly well-suited to address the needs of other busy women who often forget to make time for themselves. Together with her staff, Kelly doles out relaxation in the form of everything from tailored hot-stone massages to whole-body steam treatments that leave skin feeling soft and polished with help from salt or sugar scrubs. She can also cut down morning makeup routines with permanent eyeliner or employ full-body waxing services to trim seconds off long commutes by playground slide.
Proprietor and medical aesthetician Andrea Juck cut her teeth as a print model before a mounting interest in behind-the-scenes beauty work led her to cosmetology school. After receiving her diploma but prior to establishing My Serenity Day Spa, Andrea painted known faces in New York City, including the guise of Liza Minnelli for her 2001 Madison Square Garden performance opening for Michael Jackson.
The skills that Juck developed in the Big Apple serve her well at her current base—an intimate, sunny Temecula retreat dappled with portraits of Old Hollywood stars. Moving swiftly within yellow walls and between directors' chairs stationed beside a spa bed, she daubs clients' façades with cosmetics from Laura Mercier and Chanel in a method that resists creasing, fading, and incoming pies. With a day's notice, Juck also concocts custom facials fresh from organic ingredients—such as lavender, avocado, and yogurt—to hydrate and exfoliate weary skin, and she uses all-natural beeswax to uproot unwanted hair with minimal irritation.
In the 28 years since Kymberly Whitaker first started doing makeup, her professional life has been a cosmetic whirlwind. She's attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, co-owned a medical spa, worked in medical aesthetics for renowned plastic surgeons, and served as Aveda's Southern California education director of skincare. Now in the comfort of her own aesthetic haven, PURskin Spa, she exercises her beautification chops by performing restorative facials, peels, and specialty waxing services. Her adoration of beautiful creatures also carries over to her second passion, horses, which she rides and enters into competitions.
Jenn Bouma, the aesthetic expert behind The Beauty Loft, cossets clients with the help of her seasoned staff. Their antique velvet couches and chairs give guests a place to faint like French aristocrats before they enjoy airbrush-makeup applications, eyebrow tinting, or facials. Certified by Lavish Lashes, Jenn applies lash extensions one at a time to concoct custom looks ranging from natural to dramatic. She can also subdue vascular blemishes with therapeutic treatments or keep faces camera-ready at all times with permanent makeup.
Paulette Collins wields her tools like an artist, carefully filling in lips, brows, and eyelids with perfectly cast pigment. Her makeup savvy derives from extensive dermal pigmentation training, as well as a degree in visual design. By staying up to date on current trends in the field, Paulette ensures her clients receive the exact looks they desire, from eyes that benefit from subtle eyeliner to lips that appear plump and red instead of deflated and sallow, like a bike tire on an acupuncture table.
Eyes take center stage at VeryPrettyGood. There, extensions are applied to the natural eyelashes one-by-one in a meticulous process designed to leave them looking long and lush. To help frame new eye fringe, the specialists also wax brows to keep them stylish and symmetrical. While faces are the main focus of the business, clients can also drop in for a Brazilian wax and then slide back out at record speed.