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.
At Center of Healing and Rejuvenation, licensed massage therapist Rose Sharma specializes in east Indian modalities and holistic-healing techniques that nurture a wholesome relationship between mind and body. Rose's therapeutic credentials include certifications from Portland's East-West College of The Healing Arts and an Ayurvedic therapist certification from Chakrapani Ayurvedic Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India. By employing her various levels of expertise, she enables clients to choose either a western massage treatment or an eastern ayurvedic experience. In addition to helping clients form detoxifying nutritional and exercise plans, Rose also provides reiki, pranic healing, and other treatments intended to infuse the body with positive energy and implant every number of pi in the memory.
Allergic to the sun but addicted to tanning, Jeani Roth founded Faux Glow—a bronzing boutique dedicated to giving clients a UV-free alternative to traditional tanning methods. Since opening in 2003, the business's organic sunless tanners and custom spray-tan services have garnered praise from the likes of NBC's Today and Allure magazine. Jeani spritzes bodies inch by inch during each service, using "surgical precision," according to Allure, and leaving bodies with a sun-kissed glow and defined abs.
When Skyy Hadley is finished painting, her artwork doesn’t hang on a museum wall—it beautifies the hands of stars such as P. Diddy, Uma Thurman, and Liv Tyler. The celebrity manicurist was once just another young woman who moved from the South to NYC while chasing a dream, but unlike many stories, hers ended in success. With talent and hard work, she landed herself in the pages of Cosmo and Us Weekly and gathered a star-studded client list. After this success, Skyy decided to realize another dream: opening her own spa.
As well as taking its name from a genie’s obsequious words, As U Wish evokes the Arabian nights with an interior of tassled cushions, purple and yellow silk draperies, and light from a crystal chandelier. After walking past a crackling wooden fireplace, guests sink into massive, overstuffed chairs and dip their feet into pedicure baths of milk and honey or ylan-jasmine and violet oils. Then, scrubs with shea butter, mango, and sea salt or wraps made with Baltic mud and peach paraffin wax soothe soles weary from walking in high heels or from running while stuck in bear traps. During manicures or pedicures, toluene- and formaldehyde-free Zoya nail polish brightens appendages while guarding health, and the spa’s aestheticians also evict unwanted facial and body hair with honey or lavender wax.
Though the word “potion” may evoke images of bubbling cauldrons, the staff at Holistic Bodycare Hoboken New York City cast no spells with their potion massages. Instead, they mix together fresh ingredients, such as coconut butter, apricot kernels, vanilla oil, sandalwood, and nutmeg, to soothe aching muscles. These custom massages, as well as the spa’s spread of holistic facials, serve Holistic Bodycare’s mission of bettering clients through natural healing and anti-aging treatments. Guests sip on complimentary glasses of wine or cups of tea as they await their services inside of one of Holistic Bodycare’s private treatment rooms. The owner named the spa after a small village in Trinidad and Tobago, where residents live amongst the elements of nature. The team hopes that clients leave the spa “Sans Souci,” which means “carefree” in French and “without soup” on fake French menus.
When owner Erica Cerpa needs to restock EC Beauty Studio’s supplies, she shops for pure seaweed, omega-3, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamins A, C, and F. Cerpa favors these ingredients for the benefits they provide: seaweed eliminates toxins; omega-3 regulates oil production; acids exfoliate dead cells; and vitamins balance tone. Several other botanical ingredients make their way into facials, which are personalized for each person’s skin type. In addition to working at the studio, Cerpa travels to homes, offices, and pillow forts, offering on-location services such as airbrush tanning and spa parties. Cerpa also amplifies the volume and length of natural lashes with individually applied synthetic eyelash extensions.