Hundreds of people view the artistic work of Lilly Rivera as their eyes run through the pages of fashion and bridal magazines, though they may not be aware of it. With an arsenal of airbrush techniques, Lilly helps both fashion models and real brides get ready for their walks along catwalks and aisles. Her applications aim to subtly accentuate the natural beauty of each client using waterproof products that eliminate the need for touchups when officiants demand that couples run through the kissing scene again. In addition to makeup and skincare services, Lilly applies her airbrushing talents to cover up tattoos and grooms’ five o’clock shadows on big days.
Sunlight filters in through Scandalous Hair Studio & Spa’s two walls of windows, illuminating the intimate boutique so that it stands out amid the other neighborhood stores. Perched on the corner, the all-purpose salon and spa greets visitors with an exposed brick wall that gives way to a row of styling stations where stylists pace around salon chairs as they plan out customized haircuts and color treatments.
Just a few yards away but a world removed from the lively bustle of the salon floor, aestheticians stationed in private treatment rooms cultivate glowing complexions with Wilma Schumann skincare products. Among the most popular spa services, aromatherapy massages melt away stress, and European facials fight signs of aging, acne, and embarrassing face-plant dives off the Eiffel Tower.
Salojona Beauty Center's founder, Ana Pena, and her team of LPG-trained technicians instill confidence in both women and men with the aid of advanced cellulite-reduction treatments. FDA-approved Endermologie sessions use automated rollers and lifting technology to encourage lymphatic drainage and stimulate collagen production, resulting in decreased dimples on the skin on hips and thighs. Salojona's team can also beautify with permanent makeup to make features pop with a natural look, and facials—including rejuvenating and light-massage varieties—come in a diverse array of packages designed to suit clients' needs. Eyelash-curling services further define the eye area, whereas brow-design waxing keeps the focus off unwanted stray hairs not yet taken down to the pound.
The staff at DreamZ Beauty Salon combine their collective talents to enhance each client’s natural beauty from the top down. After sculpting fashionable haircuts, stylists reinvent strands’ natural shade or texture with stunning color treatments and an all-vegan keratin smoothing formula by Zerran. Aestheticians draw from all-organic products and 24 carat gold flakes to render complexions soft and blemish free, and use hard wax to remove body hair and leave bodies with skin that’s baby soft. The salon also balances its makeovers with spirit-reviving massages, treating full bodies to Swedish or aromatherapy-enhanced services, or with prenatal massages that help expecting mothers silence constant worries about college tuition costs or how much to tip the tooth fairy.
Studio 12’s old-timey façade with forest green trimming and floor-to-ceiling windows greets clients as they cross the cheery threshold into a brightly lit space with hardwood floors. Seasoned stylists gussy up men and women, drawing from a Homeric-sized salon menu that includes haircutting, coloring, and styling services alongside waxing services and makeup applications.
At DEX New York's private makeup studio, everyone gets the celebrity treatment. DEX's professional artists help create, interpret, and perfect new looks for clients during private makeup applications or lessons, whether they need an everyday look or are headed to a red-carpet affair; and since their clientele has included stars such as Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Carrie Underwood, a red-carpet event isn't out of the question.
Dexter Phillip, a 20-year veteran in the fashion and beauty industry, created the DEX New York signature mineral-makeup line. Made with plant-derived extracts, the hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free makeup aims to boost skin's regenerative properties and stimulate collagen production while providing wearers with runway- and street-inspired looks.
Makeup workshops and professional applications take place at DEX's studio, where clients can also stock up on matte-finish bronzers, cream eyeliners, lipstick, and other products from the DEX line. Plus, guests can visit the studio’s blog, which is regularly updated with helpful beauty know-how and pro tips.