Since filing and buffing the nails of its first client about 15 years ago, Magen Nails’ experienced staff has remained dedicated to creating a relaxing space in which patrons can unwind. Amid welcoming pink walls, the friendly crew can be found gussying up weary hands and feet with a slew of nail services. Patrons getting pampered at the manicure stations can gaze at the spa’s flat-screen TV or bustling aquarium as aestheticians apply glossy polish or apply sets of acrylic nails. Nearby, white pedicure chairs cradle guests as their feet rest in the soothing waters of attached basins after a long, blurry night of running through the woods under a full moon. Along with precision-driven polish applications, Magen Nails’ staff further enhances appearances with additional services that range from face and body waxing to installing eyelash extensions.
Carlie Marie’s Esthetics’ licensed aesthetician bolsters beauty with permanent makeup that sets up shop on faces without vamoosing for years. During the appointment, the steady-handed makeup artist implants natural pigments into the dermal layer, enhancing visages with a burst of complexion-complementing color that won’t wash off in the shower or in the errant spray of a hydrant filled with cold cream. Permanent cosmetics revolutionize morning routines by saving precious clicks of the minute hand, and the treatment is ideal for clients with cosmetic allergies or skin sensitivity. The long-lasting color gradually softens over time, and customers generally require a touch up after 2–8 years or 3,000 miles.
Makeup artist Marie Cutrer first discovered permanent makeup when looking for a way to hide a childhood scar. Inspired by the results, she decided to attend the Arizona Institute of Permanent Cosmetics and ditch her analog face paints. Marie learned how to skillfully and delicately apply permanent makeup, which landed her a job in Hawaii correcting the mistakes of inexperienced artists who favored the short-lived unibrow trend of the 1980s. Next, she enrolled in the holistic aesthetician program at Spa Luna, where she earned her aesthetics license while learning how to blend Ayurvedic, Eastern, and Western techniques. Marie's family soon brought her back to Arizona, where she attended the Physicians Skin Institute and added photofacials, tattoo removal, and acne and wrinkle treatments to her menu of services.
Marie now draws on 15 years of experience as she implants natural pigments into the dermis via microinsertion. In addition to filling in sparse eyebrows and lash lines, she indelibly dolls up clients with cosmetic allergies, visual limitations, or unsteady hands. While clients save time getting ready in the morning, they can also rest assured that their makeup won't smear, wear off, or evaporate into thin air.
At Sunset Nails, digits go through a pampering regimen of soaks, massages, buffing, and polishing amid an array of treatments. The signature manicures and pedicures include paraffin dips and exfoliating sea-salt or sugar scrubs, and the ultra spa pedicure takes flight in whirlpool spa chairs and lands 35 minutes later with a hot-stone massage. Nail technicians also stock and apply a host of gel and acrylic nails. But the staff tends to more than just nails; permanent makeup technicians accentuate eyes, brows, and lips with cosmetics that negate the need for touchups every morning or every time "We Are the World" comes on the radio.