For the past 15 years, Samantha "Sami" Angelini has been manicuring nails, banishing fuzz with honey wax, and wielding makeup brushes. She's freelanced for MAC and Laura Mercier, filling her portfolio with images that typify her natural, yet evocative makeup style. Today, she enhances eyes, lips, and cheekbones with Motives Cosmetics mineral-based makeup. She demonstrates her techniques during one-on-one lessons, and preps brides for their nuptials. Sami's artist's eye also guides her hands as she shapes brows into flattering forms—one of her specialties—or tops finger and toenails in chip-resistant polishes or thimbles.
The beauty experts at Makeup by DiLieto take the stress out of primping for weddings or other special events. They give skin a flawless finish with high-definition, silicone-based airbrush makeup and assemble hair into dramatic updos. The team also conducts weekly makeup courses, in which they detail the tools and techniques needed to create stunning looks at home.
EG Salon's team of design-driven stylists focus their skills on both taming wild coifs and educating coif-owners on how to preserve the post-salon look. The Coppola Keratin Express Blowout smoothens unmanageable hair, smiting frizz, curls, and pompous pamphleteers with its signature formaldehyde-free formula. After fortifying noggins, the Coppola Keratin acids employed simply decompose when heated, thereby strengthening the hair from within for a safe, effective procedure. Delivered via skilled, friendly stylists, the treatment imbues shine and silkiness to head-fur, complementing EG Salon's warm décor and sleek floors.
Aesthetician Christine Zimmerman executes Vasculyse treatments to banish vascular blemishes ranging from broken capillaries to skin tags. During the treatment, a handheld device emits a low-level energy current to force the cells that compose the imperfections into a form of coagulation, after which the body absorbs them. The device's tiny tip, similar in width to a piece of thread, targets even minuscule marks such as ruby points or drops of nail polish that help patients to tell one elbow from the other. Although minor marks can clear up after one visit, harder-to-treat lesions such as telangiectasia and spider angioma may require up to three sessions to eradicate. Sessions last approximately 20 minutes, and most clients report only a slight pinching feeling, similar to crowd-surfing on hermit crabs.
The Beauty Bar’s continuously educated aesthetic duo of Adriana and Sierra, a makeup artist and stylist, tag teams unwieldy tresses and leaves skin looking sun-smooched with a roster of salon services. Specializing in readying faces for weddings, Sweet 16 parties, and other celebrations, Adriana harnesses the light feel and even finish of airbrushed makeup, imbuing cheeks with a hue as rosy as an embarrassed baby. Alternatively, Sierra styles and colors hair to highlight each client's features and adds length to locks with Fusion hair extensions. Portraits of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe preside over the chandelier-lit styling space, or staff members go mobile, toting their own kits, chair, and lighting to primp at a client's home or in their neighbor's tornado shelter.
Unlike the playground game it takes its name from, Rock Paper Scissors Hair Salon has nothing to do with competition. Instead, the staff members—who have more than 35 years of combined experience—emphasize cooperation as they work closely with their clients to craft personalized looks with their extensive assortment of hair services. Inside the modern and sleek salon, in which red fixtures dangle like stalactites, the stylists work their magic with high-end products from Goldwell, L'Oréal, Simply Smooth, and Moroccanoil. The team also encourages clients to enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, wine, or their choice of a high-five or bear hug—but customers must supply the bear.