Renée Rudikh’s pursuit of beauty began in her native country of Ukraine, where she trained with dermatologists and plastic surgeons before moving to the United States to attend the Christine Valmy International School of Cosmetology. She spent 10 years working at such skincare companies as Helena Rubinstein, Mario Badescu, and Georgette Klinger. Now at her own company, Renée Rudikh Advanced Skin Care, she corrects and maintains skin with services that lift, exfoliate, and cleanse. Like a car that can also transform into a boat or a stylish blazer, Renée's treatments adapt to the circumstances: the teens' deep pore-cleansing facial takes emerging hormones into account, and the gentlemen’s facial considers the skin differences that accompany carrying a Y chromosome.
As a physician and the owner and medical director of Nu U MedSpa and Laser Center, Dr. Priyanka Gambhir takes the time to personally perform each aesthetic medical procedure at her center. Dr. Gambhir firmly believes that these procedures should work toward restoring patients’ natural beauty as opposed to reinventing an entirely new look. To accomplish this, she relies on clinically proven techniques and the most current med-spa technologies she can find, including Alma and Cutera laser systems and skincare products infused with powdered microchips.
According to Tricia Hetherington, founder of The Pretty Kitty, the perfect Brazilian wax requires a specific technique that she's developed herself. That's why she personally trains each one of her aestheticians—no simple task, considering that she operates locations in California, Nevada, Texas, and New Jersey—to remove hair using soft wax formulated for sensitive skin. The process takes fewer than 15 minutes, and frees clients to wear the skimpiest of swimsuits and lingerie.
A chandelier casts a glow over the pink-toned interior of the newly opened Montclair location, where a wall stencil depicts a feline casting a sidelong glance. Within treatment rooms, aestheticians wax men's and women's bodies, leaving behind smooth, clean expanses of skin. Hygiene is of the utmost importance to The Pretty Kitty's specialists, who never double dip waxing sticks, reuse wax, or procure it from Madame Tussaud's castoff sculptures.
When a client arrives at an appointment at Alter-Ego Makeup Studio, she is the only one in the makeup chair. This is because proprietor Erica Dennis's primary goal isn't to sell a bunch of cosmetics—it's to give her clients a customized look that makes them feel as gorgeous as an A-list celebrity and as adored as someone handing out free ice cream. To that end, she uses professional-grade tools to apply makeup suited for each customer's event, whether it's for a wedding, prom, or everyday wear.