Makeup artist Sara Rabuse has spent the past 10 years beautifying faces. She even earned certifications as a makeup artist and eyelash extension specialist to help her better tend to clients. She also treats dermal issues with chemical peels and facials, and bronzes bodies with Fake Bake tanning products. As an avid dog lover, Rabuse donates a portion of proceeds each month to help local animal shelters rescue and care for animals.
At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.
Since opening its doors in 1984, Ma Maison De Beaute has devised a bevy of healing skin treatments designed to mend dermal issues both minor and severe. Eggshell-colored walls, furniture, and décor, illuminated by a sparkling chandelier and candlelit fireplace forge a luxurious atmosphere for spa services that range from relaxing pedicures to Velashape laser cellulite treatments, which use infrared light to recontour golf-ball-dimpled bodily surfaces to more closely resemble their smooth-talking ping-pong cousins. An expansive selection of skin products helps staffers tailor the six flavors of facial to suit each client's skin type, whereas artful waxing services remove unwanted fuzz and sculpt contoured, tidy brows.
For 25 years, aesthetician Sara West has studied skin as dry as a desert and as oily as a car engine. In the process, she’s developed a mental tome of advice for her clients. Yet even as she educates on the role skincare products, exercise, and diet play in the health of one’s complexion, she continues her own education, ensuring that she has the most accurate advice to give. Inside her studio, where smooth black tile floors sprawl beneath modern wooden furniture that entices the eye with soft, curved lines, she tends to customers' faces with a range of holistic and medical treatments. Fruit-infused peels, green-tea and herbal steam, lavender, and chamomile bathe her clients’ faces, whereas plant-based ingredients cleanse their pores and free them of the urge to nap facedown in their gardens.
Boasting a prolific portfolio that highlights his range of professional work, Andrew Zepeda @ Salon Republic harnesses his talents as a hair and makeup artist to beautify clients with a menu of appearance enhancements at the West Hollywood salon. The mane master forges strands as nourished as they are stylish, pairing complimentary scalp treatments with each men's or women's haircut while incorporating conditioning treatments into each color session. Tresses in need of lengthening can bask in A-grade Remy hair extensions, which use real hair to augment existing coiffures, whereas applications of makeup and false lashes help clients avoid awkward run-ins with discarded bathroom mirrors.
In luxurious Oscars and Grammy gift-bags to the stars, it's not rare to find a certificate for one of Marc Edward's specialty facials. One of Hollywood's most sought-out aestheticians, Edward, in turn, seeks out the most opulent and effective skincare products to use in his facials, which he has perfected over a more-than-10-year career. In fact, he counts more than 4,000 celebrities and Los Angelenos as clients, and has performed nearly 35,000 facials since embarking on his career. At his self-named skincare clinic, he and his staff also dole out massages—Swedish, deep-tissue, pregnancy, sports, and shiatsu—that leave clients more relaxed than a cow at a vegan restaurant.