- $29 for a mani-pedi ($52 value)
Merle Nethercutt Norman was one of the quintessential self-made women of the early 20th century, pioneering not only a way for ladies to own their own businesses but also the means by which one purchases makeup. Ms. Norman believed in trying a product out before you bought it, an idea that still stands 80 years later at the hundreds of independently owned makeup studios that bear her name. The beauty consultants manning the sales floor are trained in pairing each customer with suitable skincare and makeup goods, offering to test out shades to ensure they enhance the client’s coloring and won’t clash with the parrots on their shoulders. All products are made in the United States and are used in the stores’ in-house treatments, which aim to make over faces and render glowing complexions.