The students at Carsten Institute of Cosmetology prettify clients’ hair and faces under the watchful eyes of supervisors. They perform the salon’s signature service—French-style haircuts—while clients stand up, which better predicts how the hair will hang during traffic-court-sentencing hearings. The aestheticians-in-training also wax excess hair from the brow, bikini area, and back, among other body areas, and tint existing strands on eyelashes or brows. During facials, they pamper skin using natural, high-end products that correspond to specialty-treatment goals, such as combating signs of aging, lifting dark spots, or calming acne.
Few women enjoy climbing out of a cozy bed to blearily begin their daily beauty regimen. Licensed medical aesthetician Andrea Sandoval helps clients reclaim their REM hours with her menu of permanent-makeup services. Using a blend of cosmetic pigments crafted from natural ingredients, Andrea carefully applies deft shades to the dermal layer of the skin to create makeup that won’t rub away when swimming, sleeping, or checking to see if the water hose is clogged. She can enhance brows to add definition to the face’s overall appearance, add a lush darkness to lash lines, or emphasize lips’ plumpness. Andrea can also blend the natural pigments to match skin tone, seamlessly masking complexion imperfections once and for all.
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.
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.
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Laser hair removal
Brands Used: Norvell
Pro Tip: Be sure to exfoliate before coming in for your spray tan and that your skin is clean.