Need your makeup done for date night? What about a last-minute blowout that’ll last for days? From New York City to Los Angeles, here are the salons to visit.
NEW YORK CITY
Pucker Makeup Studio
129 Grand St.
If this eight-chair makeup studio’s co-owner isn’t tending to models backstage at fashion shows, you, too, can score time with the smoky-eye wizard.
Julio Sandino: Applies just-smoldering-enough gunmetal shadow and individual lashes that blend invisibly into real ones, and dabs on a lovely lip tint from RMS (you can buy a jar to take home). The best part? The clean, spacious dressing room downstairs, where you can change. The salon will even have your work bag messengered to you the next day (for an extra fee). Makeup, $60; lashes, $20.
Rouge New York
130 Thompson St.
This makeup bar has workstations that look like Hollywood vanities and guarantees to have you out in 45 minutes or less. The menu has only three main services (including Total Polish: major lashes, winged eyeliner, and red lips) to choose from.
Asia Vereline: Applies foundation (the salon uses some of its own branded products), berry lip color, and false lashes, altering the look for your needs. Makeup, $75; lashes, $15.
By appointment only
Socialites, models, and CEOs rely on this high-end (and pricey) at-home hair and makeup service, which was started by a stylish hedge funder.
Aña Monique: This makeup artist neatly sets up her Nars, Armani, and Kevyn Aucoin products on a white towel and gets to work with minimal chitchat. She blows hair dry before gathering it into a high, shiny ponytail (the Tribeca) with lightly teased roots, then blends shadows on lids for a soft, smoky look (the Uma). $225.
By appointment only
Book online or via the app and this at-home hairstyling service (“the Uber of blowouts”) will have a stylist in your living room in under an hour. As with most blowout services, they provide a menu of styles, but beware: They can skew pretty contrived and Kardashian-esque. Instead, go for a classic round-brush blowout for an evening out.
Lydia: Arrives on time with a roller bag full of tools and products to style freshly washed hair, which she blows dry in 20 minutes (and adds a few messy waves upon request). $60, which includes a 20 percent tip.
Blo/Out Blow Dry Bar
1804 Chestnut St.
As the only dedicated blowout salon in town—with options like the Blair (“HOT!”) and the Emma (“SEXY!”)—this place is regularly packed with college students and young professionals seeking bouncy blowouts and on-trend braids.
Jessie P.: Rough-dries hair to maintain texture before weaving loose waterfall braids. $35.
2903 M Street, NW
This salon caters to socialites and celebrities who visit for White House events. A recent redecoration means no more fake columns or dingy tiles—just dark-wood floors and sleek chrome furniture.
Michele Salvadori: Creates simple, elegant, and voluminous looks but with decidedly un-prom-like roughness. $110 and up.
3722 Roswell Rd., NE
Known for being the most popular blowout salon in the area, this chic space looks like a page out of a decorating magazine.
Bilgah Moka-Moliki: Moka-Moliki’s fast and furious blowout may be rough, but it gets hair long-lastingly smooth, soft, and perfectly wavy. Blowout, $40.
Elle Air Blow Dry + Make Up Bar
9480 Harding Ave.,
This salon caters to a wide range of clients, from discerning Art Basel patrons to “OMG!”-squealing Bar Mitzvah guests.
Alexis Garcia: Washes hair with shampoos that address specific needs and follows with a speedy but gentle blow-dry. While the soon-to-be ropy waves set in rollers, a makeup artist creates cat eyes and applies a tasteful amount of bronzer for glowing skin. Blowout, $36; makeup, $36.
2803 N. Sheffield Ave.
The hair and makeup space is bright and gold—very gold. During happy hour, the champagne is flowing.
Megan Hollinger: The Windy City’s braid goddess preps hair with volumizer, blows it dry, then creates a chunky hairline braid, resulting in a style that’s feminine without veering into bridal (the body lasts through the next day, to boot). $38.
The Vanity Lounge
2800 Kirby Dr.
Makeup artist Layne is the new brow (and date-night makeup) pro in town. The salon also offers lash extensions, spray tans, and facials.
Aubrie Layne: Tweezes and tames brows without redness, applies false lashes and matte fuchsia lipstick, and even spritzes vetiver perfume—all with blow-you-away thoroughness and graciousness. Brows, $30; makeup, $125; lashes, $25.
The Social Beauty Co.
2157 Lombard St.
This place is the slumber party of your dreams, with rom-coms on the TV screens and makeup tables filled with every pink lipstick imaginable.
Julia Solorazano (brows): Threads and tints to shape just-as-requested Cara Delevingne brows. $41.
Alli Stubbs (makeup): Wings liner perfectly and adds a set of lashes for good measure. $50; lashes, $35.
Nicki McKay (hair): Curls hair before brushing it all out for easy, sexy surfer-girl waves. $30, plus $15 long-hair charge.
8591 Sunset Blvd.,
Think of it as the makeup version of Drybar, down to the marble countertops and colorful product shelves.
Jamie Fisher: Chisels cheekbones in a natural, not contoured way, and brightens eyes with deep chocolate-plum liner. Clients walk out with flawless results in 35 minutes flat. $45.
Braid Bar at Nine Zero One Salon
901 Westbourne Dr.,
Stars (including Selena Gomez and Alessandra Ambrosio) and noncelebs alike pop into this bustling salon to get their hair braided.
Sheenon Olson: Weaves prim waterfalls but will dutifully muss up the look upon request. $35.
Hair Room Service
By appointment only
Founder Michael Dueñas (who has worked with stars like Shailene Woodley and Taryn Manning) created this full-service operation that offers hair, makeup, nails, waxing, and spray tanning to bring celebrity hairstylists and makeup artists to ordinary mortals.
Christina Culinski: For blowouts, Culinski readies hair with beach spray and volumizing mousse, then rough-dries while scrunching and twisting pieces for texture, and finishes by wrapping small sections around a curling rod. Bonus: The fullness lasts two full days. $65 and up.
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